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Dynazty: Firesign
Dynazty - Firesign Music Review

Dynazty: Firesign

Melodic Symphonic Heavy Metal Rock
4.0/5.0

While Dynazty have been going strong since 2007, with six albums under their belts, I've never heard of the band. While that's not uncommon for the volume of music that crosses my desk, it is something of an anomaly. Nevertheless, having never experienced Dynazty, the occasion offers an advantages I have no preconceived notions or expectations of the band or their sound. So, let's begin then.

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First, if you search the ubiquitous Internet, you find that many call Dynazty a power metal band. Huh? Perhaps they were in the past and, yeah, I can hear that with Firesign. But, musically, Dynazty is more multidimensional. As a foundation, they blur the line between melodic hard rock and heavy metal; they have the beat and groove of the former, and the heavy edge of the latter. But Dynazty does add the swiftness of power metal to most songs.

But the real wild card in their musical formula is their use of synths, which apparently have been, though I'm not sure, either increasing or later addition to their sound. Mostly, the synths add a large measure symphonic embellishment, often giving the songs a bombastic, even epic, atmosphere. Dynazty is also not afraid to let those same keyboards rise on their own, not so much for synth solos, but simply to let you know that they are present and pervasive. Other times, as within the title cut or the later, Let Me Dream Forever, those same synths can have anything from a quirky to pop to dance vibe. Alternatively, in every song, Dynazty delivers fiery guitar solos, one of the sin qua nons of all melodic hard rock and metal. Moreover, all the arrangements are wrapped in the AOR accessibility of rhythm and groove, strong melodies, fine vocal harmonies, and catchy refrains.

So then, what sound is Dynazty ultimately going for? The short answer is perhaps, whatever the fuck they want. But that's something too convenient, and sarcastic. Or, the long answer is, Dynazty delivers guitar forward, melodic heavy/power metal rock, with a large amount of symphonic synth embellishment. What I found also was that their musical recipe is also heavy on repetition. Between their song formula and the sustained synth enrichment, the album could be called a blur of musical redundancy, one long song with breaks between eleven parts. Nevertheless, in the end, Dynazty's Firesign is powerful and entertaining enough to grab your attention. Recommended.


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The Bottom Line

With Firesign, Dynazty delivers guitar forward, melodic heavy/power metal rock, with a large amount of symphonic synth embellishment. But, for some listeners, after a spin or two, it might all sound the same. Yet, the album is still is powerful and entertaining enough to grab your attention. Recommended.

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