Dagoba
Poseidon


4.5
superb

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
September 7th, 2010 | 61 replies | 12,566 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dagoba bring back the harsh bite of What Hell Is About and fuse it with Face The Colossus-esque mature approach. The final result is more than pleasing

With 2008’s Face The Colossus, French metallers Dagoba proved that they are more than your casual heavy as balls metal band. It was a fully mature album, exhibiting both Dagoba's versatility and ear for melody (something that the previous albums didn't have much). Now, in 2010, Dagoba have taken their mature approach and have coupled it with the heavy as balls, industrialized metal sound of Face The Colossus’ equally good predecessor, What Hell Is About. The result is Poseidon, an album that exceeds in sounding both heavy and sophisticated.

While Face The Colossus was in no way Dagoba gone soft, with tracks like "Face The Colossus", "The Nightfall And All Its Mistakes", and "Sudden Death" bringing us undoubtedly heavy metal cuts, I did miss some of that pure crushing force that What Hell Is About packed, whilst listening to it. Poseidon on its part fixes that problem, finding a solid middle ground between the two aforementioned albums. It takes the more calculated, well thought-out sound of the former, but also brings back the grittier bite of the latter. The only thing one could complain over, here, is the fact that the band didn’t put as much emphasis on melody as they did on Face The Colossus. The industrial soundscapes are still there, but many a time they get buried under machinegun riffs and ferocious double bass. This in itself isn’t a big problem, since the overall sound does not directly suffer from it, but for those who appreciated the more melodic approach of Face The Colossus, it may be a slight disappointment.

That is the only possible con to this album, though, and even that is arguable. Everything else on Poseidon is well-calculated and superbly working. The instrumental side is delightfully heavy most of the time, but is nevertheless varied enough to keep the listener glued. Just when you are growing tired of the onslaught of double bass and heavy palm muted riffs, a relatively catchy chorus or a cool industrial effect makes its way to the forefront, delivering some needed contrast to the heavy general sound and varying things up. Much of the same can be said about Shawter’s vocals. While mainly shouting and screaming his way past songs, he doesn’t shy away from the occasional semi-melodic singing, keeping the vocal department equally interesting to the instrumental one. That’s especially good to hear since on Face The Colossus, Shawter’s vocals weren't quite as excellent as on earlier releases. The problem, namely, was in his clean vocals, which just weren't as good as his screams, and in a couple of times, didn't flow well with the overall sound. He has since worked on his cleans, and on Poseidon they're already much more enjoyable. It is great to see him back in fine form on here, even though it is obvious by now that he will never beat his own performance on What Hell Is About, which by the way was just flat out immense.

There is one odd (not bad, just odd) thing about this album, though, that deserves mention - its outer concept. As far as music goes, Dagoba are still stylistically doing the same thing they have for the past three albums, and so it somewhat baffles me why they have decided to pick an outer pirate theme here. While their previous records did have a certain theme running through them too, they fit the music well. Here, the pirate theme does not. The band members took promo photos where they looked like modern day pirates, they titled this album Poseidon, the cover art is basically just a ship, the tour following the release of Poseidon is titled "Death Cruise Tour", but none of this has anything to do with the music. Even the lyrics are almost devoid of pirate themes, with only a handful of exceptions, such as "Dead Lion Reef", where Shawter screams: "Do you really think that a lion needs a cage? / I’m a ***ing pirate, not your slave". The reason why I brought this up in the first place is because pirate themes have become somewhat of a gimmick in metal nowadays (Alestorm, Swashbuckle, Verbal Deception – all good examples), not to mention that pirates aren’t very metal to begin with. Because of that, I want to assure you that the music presented is not pirate-themed in any way, shape or form. No jolly sailorman tunes or "Yo ho ho"'s here, just four guys playing ballsy metal and having a good time (and apparently loving pirate tales, too!).

Poseidon is the perfect embodiment of Dagoba as a band. It takes only the best from the group’s already great previous records and fuses those elements together into a well-working metal machine that features some of the tastiest material the band has ever put out. It is heavy, it is varied, it is well thought-out, and clocking in around 40 minutes, it doesn’t overstay its welcome. Quite simply, Poseidon is what Dagoba is all about.



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SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


Anything like devildriver, never heard of this band so im just curious, cause i just get an impression it might be that kinda sound?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Drumming is very similar, riffs somewhat (but they sound more mechanical and "cold" than Devildriver's), vocals better and yeah this is reminiscent of Devildriver minus the groove and with added industrial undertones.

SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


busy downloading now, as i live in south africa metal albums are rare to come across so have to rely on torrents unfortuneately for certain albums.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Same here (well, minus the south africa part of course). Since these guys are French, I do hope that this comes on sale down here in Estonia. I'd really love to buy this, but so far I haven't seen in on the shelves here.

SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


sputnik has been my source of music for the past 4 years, if it wasnt for this site id still be under a rock

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This site definitely has the tendency to reward people with good music if they just bother to look around even a little.

SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


i dont agree with everything this site has to say on reviews but majority of recommendation are good. But it made me realise alot more about metalcore and how generic it really is and ended up making me hate metalcore haha not all of it but the majority of it.

edit:It's a love to hate site

SCREAM!
September 7th 2010



9973 Comments


Youtubing waves of doom now, lets see if this is worth checking out

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


When i saw this album cover i was like omg please don't sound like alestrom.

SCREAM!
September 7th 2010



9973 Comments


Hey! Alestorms debut is still one of the funnest metal albums ive heard. They just need to mature already

SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


Haha Alestorm is funny to listen to but its really not something i listen to outa choice, if my playlist is on shuffle and Alestorm comes up i don't mind listening to it for the lols.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Alestorm is fun I guess, but really, some of their stuff is just embarrasing to listen to ("Captain Morgan's Revenge" and "Mead and Wenches" still rule tho).

And see, that's why I wrote the big paragraph on this not actually being pirate-y

SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


The album art almost got me not to click on this review but i must admit that is one of the best fucken album arts, even if it doesn't suite metal its a well done picture or piece of art

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh the album art is actually fantastic, I love it. Google the full pic for it (they always make "full" versions of their album covers), it's pretty epic.

EDIT: I mean, there's a reason why it's my profile picture right now haha

SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


really awesome digital painting

pizzamachine
September 7th 2010



12571 Comments


Nice review Metalstyles! Man is it nice when albums live up to their expectations.

Also, Alestorm is pretty fun.


Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, the full picture is just really really awesome looking

Pizza - oh yes, yes it is

SatansLittleHelper
September 7th 2010



192 Comments


This is pretty fucken epic love this style of metal yet so hard to come across stuff like this.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you're digging it

pizzamachine
September 7th 2010



12571 Comments


Soooo, will this be on your best of 2010 list?



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