Album Review: The Dali Thundering Concept – When X Met Y

Album Review: The Dali Thundering Concept – When X Met Y

Band: The Dali Thundering Concept
Album: When X Met Y
Location: Paris
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Progressive metal, djent, mathcore
Reviewer: Samuel Worsfold
For Fans Of: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Veil of Maya, bands with more guitar strings then they really need

I’ve probably pissed you off already by describing this band as “djent”, so if that did annoy you, I have quite a few more jokes lined up for this review so try not to cry too hard if and when I offend you. I first heard The Dali Thundering Concept back in 2014, when their glorious full-length Eyes Wide Opium first dropped and drove me headfirst into a wall of ambience and more “0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0’s” than I could shake a stick at. All jokes aside though, as this album was phenomenal to me (and without sounding as pretentious as the lyrics for ‘Astral Body’ by Between the Buried And Me), it took me on a journey. If you haven’t already checked out Eyes Wide Opium, do it NOW, and then go into hibernation for a couple of months to listen to it on repeat then come back to reading this review. Okay, so you liked it? If the answer was no then shhh, because you should read this review anyway of their remastered EP titled When X Met Y.

So this EP came before the marvellous Eyes Wide Opium, but has since been remastered from its 2012 release, and even has a new bonus track which was recorded recently featuring a vast array of guest vocalists. This EP is actually quite different to the full-length, it sounds as though The Dillinger Escape Plan got rowdy one night and decided to hook up with various sub- genres such as deathcore and progressive metal, added an extra string to the guitars and said “let’s record an album”. So saying all that, this EP is quite literally insane, and the quirkiness of some of the tracks on here are outstanding and are very much like the chaotic nature of bands such as The Chariot (RIP). The standout track of this album which contains said “fuckery” is appropriately titled ‘Avantgarde – Requiem For a Mindfucked Brain’, which was balls to the wall bat-shit crazy and also highly enjoyable. Think of any action exploitation movie such as Crank and Machete and picture the oddities of them except in a musical form … yeah, that’s this song. It even contains a hilarious rap section near the end of the track where one of the lines contained the lyric “I would like to jizz on your breasts”, at this point there was no return for my maturity and I howled with laughter like I was in the eighth grade getting taught about the “birds and the bees” again.

Instrumentation-wise, Dali have a lot to offer on this release. The guitars are destructive but also classy and “djentlemen”-like (see what I did there?) — there were some great guitar solos and the rhythms were so tight and precise with not a single “0-0-0” out of place. The more ambient sections were thoughtful and provided that same sense of atmosphere I got in Eyes Wide Opium. Drums are crazy and blast-filled with the heavily syncopated and offbeat grooves which sink in like the Titanic and just beg you for one more hit of that crisp fade in snare. Vocals were an obvious standout with the personality the vocalist brought to his performance, going from the guttural lows of deathcore, the shrieking mids of “my girlfriend just broke up with me” metalcore, to the high screams of every Mitch Lucker impersonator ever, and the narrated type spoken vocals we expect to hear from the almighty progressive side of music. In all seriousness though, this vocalist is damn well brilliant, and fits perfectly with the chaotic nature of what all the other instruments are playing. Now, I want a round of applause for this next instrument’s role, as this is one of the rare reviews where I can actually here the fucking thing in the mix — the bass (oops, if you cry at that one then I understand). There were some funky basslines and general bass bad-assery that I could clearly hear over the guitars in this release, which was honestly so great to hear because I can say that every instrument in this album is immaculately excellent and has their own spotlight to shine on themselves.

The Dali Thundering Concept have two mammoth releases under their belt right now and although I do prefer Eyes Wide Opium compared to this release, When X Met Y definitely hits hard and will surely pull you in for a good time. If you like crazy, progressive music and anything I said in this review, check out The Dali Thundering Concept right away. Peace.

Vocals: 9/10
Lyrics: 7/10
Guitar: 8/10
Bass: 8/10
Percussion: 8/10
Songwriting: 9/10
Production: 9/10
Personal Enjoyment: 8.5/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8.5/10

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