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Review: Dakesis - Trial by Fire
Trial by Fire

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 51:34
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: January 9, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Trial by Fire

Rated 2/5 (40%) (3 Votes)

Well, this didn't look too promising, but it's not too bad when you get down to it. Dakesis are playing what they claim is 'progressive' power metal, but it features far too much repetition to qualify as prog in my book. Having a keyboard player does not make you a prog band by itself.

Dakesis have some solid riffing, the production is decent for a self-release, and some of the playing is actually quite good. Their Achilles' Heel (see what I did there?) is frontman Wayne Dorman, who is a fine guitar player, but he can't sing for shit. He's got energy, and obviously is really excited about his performance, but he has a stuffy tone and isn't on-note very much. It doesn't help that he keeps stacking multitracked vocals on top of the music in the misapprehension that he's awesome.

With a better singer this band might be worth watching, but I definitely detect a whiff of Lead Singer Disease mixed with Lead Guitar Syndrome, which means this band will never get another singer, so we can just hope he improves over time. The parts where Keyboardist Gemma Lawler adds her voice are much smoother, and I think she'd make a better voice for the band entirely. In sum: not much good on display here, but I didn't hate it completely.

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