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Review: Dyecrest - The Way Of Pain
Dyecrest
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The Way Of Pain

Label: Noise Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 51:06
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 29, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
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The Way Of Pain

Rated 3.11/5 (62.22%) (9 Votes)
Review


Dyecrest apparently started out as a power metal band on their demo but their heavy metal leanings kicked in on this one along with some prog elements here and there. These guys are the winners of the "Young Metal Gods" competition and judging by this record, I'd say it is well-deserved. This is some fine power metal that is a step away from majority of the acts in the genre. Judging by the lyrics, it is quite dark and not overly happy…which is good! Some cuts on here do have that flowery element to them however. I can live with it.

Now there is something very interesting here. 3 guitarists! Yes. You read correctly – 3 axemen. Dyecrest are a six-piece consisting of the usual heavy metal ingredients, except there is one more person on the guitars. This is something I still don't get. What the hell is the point? Nowhere on this album will you hear three individual guitars playing something. Even if they are, I wouldn't know because two of them are, in all probability, playing the same thing. It's like 4 blades on a shaving razor. What the fuck is up with that? 3 is the absolute limit. If somebody requires a 4 blade razor, then they really shouldn't be shaving and should start considering the use of a lawn mower or something on that rug they've got growing because it just doesn't add up! Anyway, in the case of power or heavy metal, when the music really isn't that extreme, 3 guitars is simply a waste of frequency. I can't hear the third guitar anyway. No points were deducted from the rating for this; however, I do think the whole 3 guitar heavy metal image thing is going a little too far; especially if they aren't contributing in any effective manner to the music.

In any case, Dyecrest are quite a six-piece. This is one of those bands that truly shine when they slow down and show us what they're all about. "Made Me Believe" is the best track on the album. This is how music should be written! Well thought out, touching lyrics, amazing guitar leads and an excellent chorus. Other good tracks on here include "Kneeling Down", "Last Man Standing" and "The Game." "The Way Of Pain" delivers some very powerful songs; add to that some solid vocal harmonies and killer guitar work and you've got Dyecrest.

Overall, "The Way Of Pain" is a very promising release from the band and one that will likely get them somewhere. This is definitely worth checking out if you enjoy heavy or power metal.


Track Listing:
  1. For All The Weak
  2. Into The Void
  3. Made Me Believe
  4. Last Man Standing
  5. Lost Faith
  6. The Game
  7. Kneeling Down
  8. All In Vain
  9. Until Death Do Us Part
  10. With Pain
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