Dimension X- Impliations of a Genetic Defense
(Unicorn Digital vsr-104)

From Aural Innovations #38 (Jan 2008)

It is heavy. It is mellow. It is atmospheric. It is progressive.

It plays as a concept album and takes the listener on a journey throughout.

I hear a melding together of a number of different influences, even though it may be hard for me to put my finger on the sound as a whole.

Firstly I hear a prog metal concept to the heaviness of the sound as well as a manic Focus slant to the fast riffing. Vocally it is Sanitarium styled Metallica, The Thing That Should Not Be etc, but that is not to say that is a sound alike, rather an influence.

The production is very good and the whole sound has a vibrancy and depth to it that displays the progressive side of the band. This side is especially evident in the way that the tracks are crafted, mixing ambience with narrational interludes between tracks, which are executed with a sort of heavy War of the Worlds slant. Sort of Resident Evil stuff without the zombies, but we all know that sooner or later zombies get involved…

It is heavy prog metal really; Voi Void would be a good source for this genre and may produce similar things, but Dimension X are their own sound and I think that they tread similar but separate ground as to the structure and concept than Voi Void do. Maybe more in a Linkin Park or a Rob Zombie collaboration way. System of a Down could also be mentioned and in places all of the above can be heard. So I guess that together all of these sources could give a very good explanation of the sound.

If you like heavy music that incorporates atmospheric backing with a progressive concept slant then you’ll like it I’m sure.

I cannot say that I dislike it because that would do it a disservice. I would rather say that I found it interesting on the first listen and I would not choose to listen to it regularly. But I might listen to it again down the line, perhaps… Perhaps not…

Check out the record label web site at: http://www.unicorndigital.com

Reviewed by Albert Pollard

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