Review Summary: Just when I thought the Australian music scene couldn’t get any stronger...
Thinking to myself “I simply must see these guys live”, Deligma rapidly became another reason why I need to pack my things and move to Australia immediately.
This five man group truly surprised me on first listen, not only with what they offer but with their ability to stand out despite all they’re up against. Just when I thought the Australian music scene couldn’t get any stronger, Deligma manages to shine amongst personal favourites like Karnivool, Birds of Tokyo and Dead Letter Circus. What stands out right away is the band’s unreal ability to generate and maintain raw power, musically as well as emotionally.
Musically, it’s an all out assault! Heavy, melodic and fast, Deligma seems to want to outdo themselves on every track. Just as you were getting used to one sound, they throw you off with some electro or heavy riff, while kicking the rhythm into overdrive. It all comes together in such a grandiose package and with such impeccable flow that you can’t help but give in to the sound. This becomes especially apparent when you take the length of their songs into account, the shortest one clocking at just over four minutes. These tracks are lengthy but as the saying goes, “time flies when you’re having fun”. And fun you will have because if their instrumental cooperation isn’t enough to convince you, their rollercoaster vocals are up for the challenge. Dylan Smith manages to effectively match the bands ever changing sound with beautiful singing reminiscent of Dead Letter Circus, powerful screams ala Miramar and ruthless growls that push their overall progressive genre into metal territory. This brings me to the emotionally raw power I mentioned earlier. While the lyrics aren’t overly complicated, each line is performed with passion which helps the songs become meaningful even if you can’t relate. When he screams you will feel it, when he sings you will feel it. Coupled with catchy melodies, you’ll be singing and screaming the choruses along with the band in no time.
When all is said and done, all the five tracks on this EP are substantial enough to stand on their own and loud enough to be heard. Don’t miss “Devastation” and “Misfire” if you’re looking for something destructive! However “Vendetta” is the one you should start with as it will give you a greater overall sample of what they are capable of. This band truly shines when they combine their mellow singing with hard hitting screams, but what sets them apart is their instrumental unpredictability. Do yourself a favour and give Deligma a try. They show true potential with their first release and I wish them nothing but success!