Dynazty came onto my radar in 2016.
Actually I heard of em a few years before but avoided them because of the band name, thinking they would sound like Kiss, and why did they spell it with a ‘Z’.
They are a typical example of what its like to be involved in the music business today for a Swedish band. They exist completely off the mainstream radar screen, doing their thing and building their catalogue of songs. And eventually, people will notice. But it takes time. Hell, I’m a fan of their last three releases and I don’t even know who is in the band.
How is that possible?
It’s so far removed from the label gatekeeper 80’s/90’s model. Anyway I looked em up this time and here are the member’s. Nils Molin on vocals, George Harnsten Egg on drums, Rob Love Magnusson on guitar, Mike Lavér on guitars and Jonathan Olsson on bass. Yep, I can’t say I’ve heard of em.
The new album and number six overall is called “Firesign”. It’s a European sounding album, so it’s fitting that I am listening to it in Europe.
But it was album number four “Renatus” that hooked me in which I heard at the same time as album number five “Titanic Mass” in 2016.
And people are listening. Music is a lifers game. You’re either in it for life or it’s just a passing hobby.
And Dynazty are in it.
A label head would call this pop power rock. But I hate labels, so to me, it’s just a cool rock album with kick ass guitar solos. Actually really good guitar solos.
Breathe With Me
The kick ass intro gets the foot tapping, the vocal melodies gets the head nodding and when the guitar solo comes in, it’s got so many cool licks from sweep picking to legato lines to string skipping to pentatonic lines.
It’ll be cool to sit down and figure it all out.
Any track that starts off with just drums and bass hooks me in. When the keys and guitars kick in, it’s melodic heaven.
And that guitar solo. It starts off with a repeating open string lick under changing chords. After that it’s time to tastefully shred.
If the first two songs don’t hook you, then the rest won’t.
In The Arms Of A Devil
One of the heavier tracks on the album and another guitar solo moment which hooks me.
My Darkest Hour
The vocal melodies, the symphonic music and that guitar solo. Brilliant. I scrubbed it back 8 times just to hear the lead again.
Will these songs sustain and penetrate?
I thought Dokken would rule the world and instead it ended up being Metallica.
Rammstein riffs merged with In Flames riffs merged with Joey Tempest style vocals.
What’s not to like?
And when you add in another tasty guitar solo.
It’s everything that’s great about Euro Metal wrapped up in a 4 minute song.
And again the guitar leads shine.
The Light Inside The Tunnel
Malmsteen influences are all over this album, but by the last song it’s clear that the Dynazty guitarists have surpassed the Fury Master.
And apart from the symphonic nods, this song grooves. It has an addictive chorus on the album and another great guitar solo.
Check it out purely for the guitar heroes.