Released by: Prog Rock Records
Release Date: March 7th, 2012
Genre: Progressive Metal
Tom Vidar Salangli – Lead and backing vocals
Marius Nilsen – Electric and acoustic guitars, additional keyboards
Kristian Berg – Keyboards
Tommy Granli – Bass guitars
Frank Nordeng Røe – Drums
01. Cosmic Chaos
02. Industrial Evilution
03. Uncharted Waters
04. Drawing the Lines of Mortal Existence
I – Pre-Spective
II – Transparent Reality
III – Illusion
IV – Counterparts
V – The Battle Within
VI – A Different Perspective
Progressive Metal is a genre has resonated in a big way in the country of Norway. From old school bands like Ark and Conception, to the new wave of Prog Metal groups like Communic, Circus Maximus and Pagan’s Mind. There is something in the high rarefy air up there that gives birth to these outstanding metal bands. Obviously I don’t throw these names for comparison as Dimension Act although new and intriguing, have ways to go before they can reach the level of appeal as the above mentioned bands.
The band was formed by Marius Nilsen and Tom Vidar Salangli in mid 2008, the guys quickly found out they could be just more then merely a side project. Nilsen handled all the instrumental duties and Tom Vidar Salangli took over vocal duties. In 2009 they entered the studio and recorded their debut album “Manifestation of Progress” and have reached a worldwide deal with Prog Rock Records of recently for their debut release. Now that that you know a little about the band’s background, let’s dig into the actual music here.
As a big fan of the progressive metal genre, I like variety, complexity and dexterity when I listen to new bands. I don’t like to hear a bunch of wankery and nonsense with the instruments, I like the music to set the mood right, and at times take you to a different place in time whether be by the story, or the intensity to mellowness of the shift in rhythm. Although Dimension Act has glimpses of some of these traits, they still need some improvement in those same areas.
The opening tune “Cosmic Chaos” has a nice mid tempo groove that introduces the band to a pretty strong rhythm and bass section, but the vocals seem to be a little drowned in the overall tone of the song. The excellent groove of “Industrial Evilution” has some sick drum work that makes this long lasting tune rise above mere greatness. While I did like the softer parts in “Uncharted Waters” the main attraction here is once again the guitars which are heavy as hell and provide some intense melody. On the other end of the spectrum the distortion in certain parts of this song are a little odd and distracting at times.
The “Perspectives Chapter” is something you typically expect from Progressive Metal bands, a half hour of a tune broken into six different parts, no pun intended here as the actual composition is very well done. Each song is well constructed and I did enjoy the message behind the lyrics, the quest for human existence, the meaning behind the quest or journey. “Transparent Reality” and “Illusion” are great tracks with a deep and thick heavy bass, and the drums are again super tight.
Overall this is not a bad effort at all by Dimension Act, they need a little touch around the edges but overall sound sustains enough potency to hold some water for a new band entering a genre which is hard to elucidate at times. I did feel the vocals needed to take more of a front row emphasis, as the instrumentation which is great at times, really overshadows lead singer Tom Vidar Salangli’s solid vocals. Again one of those albums that you have to let sink into you multiple times to fully grasp the overall complexity of the sound and purpose. I think DA can find a place in the genre and with more experience behind their debut, I look forward to a stronger effort the next time around. But for now not a bad showing. Check em out!!!
Written by Denys