Dynamic Lights - Resurrection

Year of Release: 2002
Label: self-released
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 26:27:00

Dynamic Lights (courtesy)Dynamic Lights are a quintet from Pesaro, Italy and Resurrection is their first EP. It is divided into two sections: the first two tracks, "Breath Of The Earth" and "Breath Of The Sun" comprise the Straight to The Sun section; "Awakening/Consciousness" and "Deception/Revenge" from the Rescued From Oblivion section... for a total running time of 26:27.

Stylistically, Dynamic Lights have taken a dash of Evergrey, though not as dark, and a dash of Pain Of Salvation, the latter mainly in the way vocalist Matteo Infante sounds. This is a very mature debut, as the band started out already knowing when to let loose and when to play with restraint. There can be a tendency for a band to show all their cards all at once, and I really mean all at once. Where Pain of Salvation also come to mind is in the complex structure of the songs. A layering of activity that fits together to form the whole. There is some looseness, which would need to be tightened up for future releases. "Breath Of The Sun," includes tinkly piano figures from Giovanni Bedetti that sound very nice, but are a little too up the mix for my taste, mainly because the focus at this point should be the vocals. The band get into a neat, deep groove for a bridging section of this song, lead by Simone Del Pivo on drums and percussion and Raffaele Mariotti on bass. We also get a fleet fingered guitar solo from Marco Poderi, who is, perhaps the most polished performer of the five, though none are slouches by any means.

Del Pivo is the main focus for the first two and three quarter minutes of "Awakening/Consciousness," and while he concedes some of the focus for part of the track, his drumming is fully in command of this track. It is a driving but dense track that could have, perhaps, had a little breathing room, but relief comes with the piano and vocal lead that begins the second part "Deception/Revenge." This particular section and the first verse specifically, reminded me of a heavier Pearl Jam. This section is no less intense than the one before it, but there seems to be a little bit of breathing room. Not doubling Infante's vocals helps, since in the first segment there seems to be just enough phase shift (perhaps intentional) that fills in any "open space" the track might have had.

Overall, this is a very good debut. The way track four ends, it leaves you wanting more. I was listening to this in the car again today while taking a longish roadtrip. Because my player automatically repeated this disk without prompting, I heard this in a continous loop -- the result of which is that even with each track having, to some degree, different emphases, it all flows together nicely. The production is very good, the, uh, dynamics are clearly heard. This is a band to watch; I think with just a little extra polishing and little fine tuning, they'll be able to "complete" with the likes of Evergrey, Pain Of Salvation, Dream Theater, etc. Check out this debut and hear for yourself.

A ten minute video segment is included (if you don't have Quicktime, that is also on the disk), showing the band in the studio during recording sessions and, towards the end, at the photo shoot. As "in-the-studio" segments go, it's not the most thrilling; you are like a fly on the wall, too much the distant observer, waiting for something to happen.

Matteo Infante and Marco Poderi (courtesy)

Straight To The Sun: Breath Of The Earth (6:01) / Breath Of The Sun (6:04) / Rescued From Oblivion: Awakening/Consciousness (8:42) / Deception/Revenge (4:50)

Marco Poderi - guitars
Raffaele Mariotti -bass
Matteo Infante - vocals
Simone Del Pivo - drums and percussion
Giovanni Bedetti - piano and keyboards

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Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin IT

Added: March 24th 2004
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
Artist website: www.dynamiclights.net
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Language: english


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