DIORAMIC - Technicolor [Review]

Genre: Progressive Metalcore

Label: Lifeforce Records

Released: March 16th, 2010

Reviewer: Mark McGuire

Let me introduce you all to my new favorite band of the moment. Like an improv session conducted by Muse and Poison The Well, Dioramic never fail to impress as each track progresses. Seemingly attempting to blend every genre in the extreme music category, Dioramic not only do this successfully, they do it with style. Guttural growls, shrieking screams, melodious choruses and instrumental work worthy of any metal heads music collection these guys seem to be able to do it all…

Formed in 2002 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, I cant for the life of me think why I haven’t heard of these guys before. The reason is that only in the last year have Dioramic released spearhead album Technicolor on Lifeforce Records after what appears to be a drudgingly long period of playing Battle of the Band competitions and getting their name out there ‘the old fashioned way’. Well it would appear that the work has payed off because Technicolor, is a technically colorful album, awash with almost every musical element one could ask for.

The album cover for Technicolor, depicts what appears to be a man running to freedom through an abandoned prison. If this is the case it certainly echoes the way the album imprisons the listener in a state of paradox, nostalgia and new beginnings all at once. Achievable? Apparently so… Its hard to find fault with an album such as this one because just when you think somethings missing, the entire Omni-narrative of the track changes almost as if the song is listening to you rather than the other way around. It would be an astoundingly long process to list all the bands I hear throughout this album and most astounding of all is that despite this huge group of influences, Dioramic still come across as their own band, with their own identity and their own sound…
Despicably brilliant.

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