AFM Records has, in the past year or so, released some impressive albums from a number of well-known acts, such as U.D.O. and its front man, Udo Dirkschneider, Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), and Firewind. The label has also taken on so many bands that could easily become big names in their own right. One of those bands, Dymytry, is set to release its latest album, Revolt Feb. 18. The band’s sixth album, it has primed the band to finally break out in America. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike, as its opener/title track shows. That song will be discussed shortly. ‘Never Gonna Die’ is another way in which Revolt shows its strength. It will be examined a little later. ‘Tick Tock,’ which comes much later in the album’s run, is yet another example of what makes the album successful. When it is considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes Revolt a powerful new statement from Dymytry and an equally powerful first impression from the band for American audiences.
Dymytry is a band that every American hard rock and metal fan should be watching. That is proven from the 12-song record’s opening to its end through its musical and lyrical content alike. The album’s opener/title track supports the noted statements. The song’s musical arrangement immediately grabs listeners with its driving guitar line and steady 4/4 beat from drummer Milos Meier. Vocalist Alen Ljubic’s gritty vocals and the equally gritty choruses from Ljubic and his fellow performers makes for an interesting, infectious effect. The whole is a sound that is comparable to the harder-edged sound of Five Finger Death Punch and to a lesser degree, works from the likes of Powerman 5000. The whole is a strong opener for Revolt and an equally strong first impression for audiences who may be new to the band and its work. The aggression and energy exuded through the song’s musical arrangement does well in pairing with the song’s lyrical theme to make the song even stronger.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Revolt’ is clear. It is a call to unity and to stand up against all the powers that be that would hold people down. This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “Stand up/It’s time to stand up/Remember to speak up/Tomorrow brings another blow/And now it’s time to stand up/Even when the sun turns dark/Look at me/They call me the revolter/Same old story/That we keep forgetting/We might have lost the battle/But the war is never-ending/Deep inside our hearts/Desire for rebellion/So, rush, rush, rush, rush…Revolt/Time to get together/And face our enemies/You need to stand up/Revolt/Feels like swimming upstream/To find your destiny/No regrets/Stand up and revolt.” This is a clear statement of defiance and pride that will resonate with any listener. Its message of standing up against obstacles, whether they be people or something else is hardly new in the rock realm, but is still just as welcome here as from any other act. The message continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Don’t stop/I told you don’t stop/And I won’t say it again/’Cause when the time will come/I want you to remember/The promises…I don’t wanna see you going down to hell.” Not having a lyrics sheet to reference, a little bit of the content here is difficult to decipher. Enough of the verse is understandable though, that a relatively clear understanding is easy enough. It is that continued encouragement to stand up together, to fight against life’s obstacles, including those people that would try to stop people from achieving their goals, whether personal or otherwise. It is, again, a powerful statement, and when considered with the content in the song’s lead verse and in the song’s musical arrangement, is made that much harder hitting. All things considered here, ‘Revolt’ proves itself a clear example of what makes Revolt such a strong new offering from Dymytry and an equally strong introduction for new audiences. It is just one of the songs that serves to show the record’s strength. ‘Never Gonna Die,’ which comes just prior to the album’s midpoint, is another example of how much the record has to offer.
‘Never Gonna Die’ is, musically, a stark contrast to ‘Revolt.’ Where ‘Revolt’ is a pure, hard-driving hard rock work, this song is more industrial in its approach and sound. The Powerman 5000 comparison is just as prominent here as in ‘Revolt.’ At the same time, the use of the keyboards and electronics also make the song comparable to works from the likes of Crossbreed. That pairing of influences/comparisons will keep audiences just as engaged and entertained as the more unique pairing of influences in ‘Revolt.’ The almost brooding nature of the arrangement along with its heaviness makes the composition that much more uniquely interesting. Much the same can be said of the massively heavy breakdown that comes roughly three minutes into the song. One cannot help but imagine guitarists Jan Gorgel and Jin Urban hitting their marks, heads down, swaying so heavily to their down-tuned breakdown as they play their lines. It is just one part of what makes ‘Never Gonna Die’ stand out in Revolt’s bigger picture.
The song’s lyrical content adds its own layer of interest to the song. The seeming theme presented through this content comes across as a message of defiance and determination. That is just this critic’s own interpretation. The inference comes as Ljubic repeats the phrase, “I see fear in your eyes, my friend/But don’t worry/I will carry you out of the darkness again/We will not die/Take my hand…We’re never gonna die, my friend/Until the light forever fades away.” The last part of the verse is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference, but from what can be deciphered, one can tell that the message is one of encouragement and support. It reminds audiences that things will get better and to not give up. Again, this is just this critic’s interpretation. The song’s second, brief verse builds on that inferred theme as Ljubic sings, “We will go to a place without lies, rules, and tears/Where no questions are asked/And answers have disappeared.” This sounds like a rather good place. The added mention in the chorus that “We will never die/Until the light forever takes us” is another seemingly uplifting statement that is sure to resonate with plenty of audiences. When all of this commentary is paired with the heaviness and depth in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole makes this song yet another clear example of how much Revolt has to offer audiences. It is just one more way in which the album shows its strength. ‘Tick Tock’ is yet another positive, notable addition to the album.
‘Tick Tock’ wastes no time kicking into gear as it opens. This forward driving rocker fully immerses audiences in its body with its intense instrumentation and vocals. The modern rock approach and the depth of the composition makes it such that it will easily appeal to so many hard rock and metal fans. Making the song even more interesting is the way in which its energy pairs with the song’s seeming topic of dealing with mental health.
The seeming theme is inferred as Ljubic sings in the lead verse that “The past is a broken dream/The future brings fear/I’ve been thinking too much about you/I will never forget/I’m locked up in a clock/I just wanna live/I’m trapped inside/A twisting hourglass/There’s darkness in the future…I’m caught between/What was and what will be/I’m begging for salvation/Someone set me free.” This is clearly someone dealing with so much inner emotional turmoil, and a unique way of delivering that fully relatable situation, too. The theme continues in the song’s second verse as Ljubic sings, “I’ve been going forever further/Living in a dark cloud/I’m locked up in a clock/There’s no way out.” This continued metaphorical reference to time past and future is, again unique, but still clear enough to understand especially when considered along with the content in the song’s lead verse and chorus. That taken into consideration along with the energy in the song’s musical arrangement makes the song even more impacting and one more example of how much the album has to offer both musically and lyrically. When this song and the others examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Revolt a record that is primed to help Dymytry break out in America, given the right support.
Dymytry’s new album, Revolt, is a strong introduction for the band among American audiences. For those more familiar with the band, it is just as certain to impress. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content. The songs examined here all serve to make that clear. When they are considered along with the album’s other entries, the whole makes Revolt a powerful new record that any metal and hard rock fan will appreciate.
Revolt is scheduled for release Feb. 18 through AFM Records. More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
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