Dimicandum – The Legacy Of Gaia by Lee Carter

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Total Metal Records
Released: 2013
Buy Album: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Legacy-Gaia-Dimicandum/dp/B009YY331G/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/dimicandum.official
Dimicandum - The Legacy Of Gaia

Band line-up:

Roman Semenchuk – Vocals, Guitar
Oleg Aditon – Guitar
Timur Voiko – Bass
Anton Skrynnik – Drums
Anastasia Logniove – Keyboards.

Track Listing:

1. The Legacy Of Gaia
2. Give Me A Name
3. The Walls Of Jericho
4. At The Gates Of Ishtar
5. Indigo Child
6. Sumerian’s Warning
7. Bring Me Down To My Atlantis
8. When The Sun Burns Out

Review:

Atmospheric metal is seeing something of a re-emergence within the metal community of late, with bands demonstrating their progressive rock and post-rock influences even more. Regardless of your opinion of “djent”, its rise in popularity has certainly made the atmospheric breaks within metal a more aurally pleasing proposition. As a result, Ukraine’s self-styled atmospheric metal quintet DIMICANDUM bring forth their debut “The Legacy Of Gaia” and it is the more “gothic” style of atmosphere that is on display here. Think of PARADISE LOST meets the vocal style of DARK TRANQUILITY and you’re pretty much in the ball park for DIMICANDUM.

It is a focused effort, with everything crafted to merge well with no space for anything to go off kilter. The fat has been trimmed from each song and what remains is a digestible piece of metal. In fact, there are no atmospheric breaks mid-song (in a modern progressive metal sense) at all – softer interludes are reserved for the start of songs like “The Legacy Of Gaia” and “At The Gates Of Ishtar” to welcome proceedings in. Atmosphere comes elsewhere through the use of melody and strings atop thick, lead-heavy riffs that tip their hat to the melodic death metal style of DIMICANDUM’s Scandinavian brethren.

There does feel like there is a lack of true atmosphere – where other bands break into softer sections of ambience or ethereal synth/guitar (USA’s FALLUJAH, for example), DIMICANDUM don’t and instead rely on emotive compositions. Perhaps other bands over-rely on the atmospheric breaks, but it does seem that we’ve been rather spoiled. Nevertheless, it is a good mix; simple but effective. It’s not a “by the book” album, but would offer a great introduction to a melodic yet heavy style of metal to any newcomer.

Even if it feels like a basic approach, the musicianship on display is excellent. The drumming is powerful and effective; Anton Skrynnik plays with precision and with great feel for the song – it isn’t always double kicks and blasting, but groove-orientated when needed. “Bring Me Down To My Atlantis” and “The Walls Of Jericho” are exemplary demonstrations of his prowess.

The rhythm section is solid, whilst the keyboard inflections add a lighter touch. But the other key aspect to DIMICANDUM’s attack is the vocals of Roman Semenchuk – there is a deep strength in his notes, whilst his growl carries enough menace to contrast when necessary. There is a favour of singing, which might not be to everyone’s tastes, but again would suit someone appreciating the more melodic metals or someone making their forst foray into the genre. There are times when it feels like Semenchuk is lacking a vibrato on his notes – he utilises a lot of soaring notes which cry out for a wider vibrato than what we hear. Having said that, he can hold the note strongly so it’s arguably a nitpick.

As a debut, DIMICANDUM have set themselves a strong start to what hopes to be a long and established career. It is a lean, fat-free album and one that knows what it wants to achieve – well-written, melodic metal songs that showcase a quintet of excellent musicians. While seasoned metal-listeners may find a slight formulaic nature about this, those with an open mind or newcomers will certainly get something out of this.

Review by Lee Carter
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