Review: Dynazty – Titanic Mass – Spinefarm Records – Release: April 15th, 2016.
From the nation’s capital Stockholm hails Dynazty. The band was founded in 2007 and reached its current formation a year later with the addition of ace vocalist Nils Molin. The band released four albums, toured internationally, performed in the insanely popular Swedish Eurovision song contest qualification, Melodifestivalen event. After exploring all corners of the melodic rock with their first three albums, they changed course on the latest album “Renatus” in 2014. It made me curious what the new album “Titanic Mass” will bring!
Nils Molin – vocals
Love Magnusson – guitar
George Egg – drums
Mike Lavér – guitar
Jonathan Olsson – bass
With their previous album “Renatus” (Latin for ‘Rebirth’) the guys decided to follow a harsher path. Especially the guitar sound was extremely powerful. With “Titanic Mass” they walk the same rock paved road and again the guitars from Lavér and Magnusson sound like red glowing machine-guns! The music shows a shift to power metal, but still keeps the sense of melody. In the background you can hear keys and some smooth harmonies fill in the tiny gaps.
Album opener ‘The Human Paradox’ makes it impossible to listen passively. I start a Rockband competition on my own. I play the imaginary drums, guitar, bass, keys and of course belt out the chorus. This is very contagious stuff! ‘Untamer Of Your Soul’ is a bit more aggressive with Nils in optima forma! The man reaches the high notes with a natural ease and reminds me more than once of Sebastian Bach in his prime. And yes girls, he even got the looks from that stage animal!
‘Roar Of The Underdog’ is a more melodic in the verses and lets us enjoy some fine harmonies.
Some symphonic elements pop up in the furious title track! Nils goes all the way here and shouts as if his life depends on it during the chorus! The guitar solos are always something to look forward to.
But the Swedes haven’t lost their melodic roots. ‘Keys To Paradise’ holds some melodic riffage and above all smoother vocals from Mr. Molin! The melodic touch reaches its highlight with the slower ‘I Want To Live Forever’.
‘The Beast Inside’ brings the keys to the front and the guitar sound reminds me of the latest Europe album. The slightly progressive ‘Break Into The Wild’ has an unparalleled instrumental break!
‘Crack In The Shell’ delivers an amazing contrast with chopping riffs and fresh, almost happy sounding keys!
Nils is the true shining star during the orchestral power ballad ‘The Smoking Gun’. A great way to conclude an album!
This album offers even more variation than its predecessor and the Swedish guys have improved their sound. Nils delivers soaring vocals and all musicians know the ropes. This album is simply a natural evolution to “Renatus”. Simply put: melodic rock with huge power (metal) balls!
Score: 4,5 out of 5
1. The Human Paradox
2. Untamer Of Your Soul
3. Roar Of The Underdog
4. Titanic Mass
5. Keys To Paradise
6. I Want To Live Forever
7. The Beast Inside
8. Break Into The Wild
9. Crack In The Shell
10. Free Man’s Anthem
11. The Smoking Gun
Text by: Rik Bauters