Sound: They say variety is the spice of life, and many folk from UG's neck of the woods would strongly agree, promoting rulebook-burnings and more clean interludes than a struggling alcoholic. Music has always needed to evolve but you can't travel effectively if you're too excited to remember where you're going, but that's Dioramic in a nutshell not that they'd like being put in such a confined space. At the heart of it all they're a metalcore band, with a good command over their instruments and the genre's various riff disciplines rather than sticking to their guns, however, the three-piece have dipped their toes into a few too many pools, and not once taken the plunge.
Technicolor's got a promising press release, some pretty fantastic artwork and even the first song-and-a-bit sounds decent, but soon enough you'll stop engaging with the chopping and changing moods - eventually you'll stop registering that anything's happening at all. The band's full of good ideas, there's no doubting that, but it truly takes a reviewer's kind of attention span to try and figure out how they're all meant to fit together. A good riff here, a good lead there amounts to little when they can only be taken as musical vignettes, rather than entire songs. The exception to this is Arms Of Poseidon', which should probably be used as a future reference point by the band; different? Check. Original? Check. Coherent!? Check. Anyway, there aren't enough figures of speech in the world to sum this one up. // 5
Lyrics: A lot of this album's scrambled nature is down to vocals; The Antagonist' wings its way through four vocal styles in its first 30 seconds, and most other tracks suffer from this same multiple personality disorder. The growls and screams are competent (at times enjoyable) but the clean vocals simply don't cut it and don't get the clearly desired soaring' effect 99% of the time. Contemplating the horrendously ironic Eluding Focus', and its equally amusing opening line (Complexity is not dead) is about as close as you'll get to zoning in on the lyrics as well, cause they flit about as freely as the instruments that accompany them. // 4
Overall Impression: Dioramic's biography is one of a band excited to be making an album, and this album does indeed channel that giddiness I'm happy that they've hit that milestone, as we all should be, but we'll have to hope that when the novelty wears off, the lofty ambition will go too. A grounded, focused and well-prepared album from these guys could be deadly, but I suppose we'll have to wait for another release to see whether it's feasible to expect such a thing. Until then, only the extremely curious should seek out Technicolor'. // 4
- Duncan Geddes aka duncang (c) 2010