DALI'S DILEMMA

Progressive Metal • United States
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This five-piece outfit from California delivers technically demanding, high-velocity prog metal. References include Dream Theater, Enchant, Fates Warning and Shadow Gallery as well as the more classic rockers such as Rush and Deep Purple. The band consists of Matthew Bradley on vocals, Patrick Reyes on guitar and brother Steve Reyes on bass, Jeremy Colson on drums, and former Zero Hour keyboard player Matt Guillory.

Manifesto for Futurism (1999) is a ten-piece set that features strong musicianship (you'll notice some elegantly gothic, neo-classical tinges in their guitar lines). Some may bash the band for being another Dream Theater clone but they do stand on their own, both from a compositional and lyrical standpoint. Perhaps one aspect they could improve on is in the melodic department; a little more feeling in their play would be welcomed as well. Technically speaking, they are flawless.

Recommended for Dream Theater fans, especially of the Images
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DALI'S DILEMMA Manifesto For Futurism album cover 3.50 | 10 ratings
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DALI'S DILEMMA Manifesto For Futurism

Album · 1999 · Progressive Metal
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After hearing and falling in love with the song 'Within a Stare', I was determined to find this album on CD. I had read other reviews for 'Manifesto' online, and the common opinion was that this album was a "bland, generic, Dream Theater clone". Nothing too much to get worried about then, since this seems to be the typical description for most prog metal bands these days.

I wouldn't go as far as to say this is bland and generic, but whilst the album starts off with some amazing tracks, about halfway through it tends to drop dead, and leaves you feeling like you've been listening to the same song on repeat.

That's not to say this is a bad album, in fact, there are some incredible compositions here that definitely make this a rare gem worth owning. The problem is that for every classic, there's a rather dull, lifeless filler song. Sadly, Dali's Dilemma never had the chance to rectify this with a follow-up album, as this was their only release. At least, at the time of writing this review the band have long-since split up. Still, as far as debut albums go, this one is still pretty decent, and shows a band that had a lot of potential.

With such highlights as 'Within a Stare', Miracles in Yesteryear', 'Despite the Waves', 'This Time Around' and the short-but-sweet piano ballad 'Whispers', this is still an album worth checking out, even if it isn't anything you've never heard before.

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