Dionaea
Still


4.0
excellent

Review

by Justin P. USER (8 Reviews)
November 28th, 2011 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still plays like an ideology formed from the integral concepts of many genres.

At first, it may seem as though Dinoaea has a bit of an identity complex. Their Bandcamp website (dionaea.bandcamp.com) tags them under numerous categories including ambient, avant garde, experimental, grind, indie, mathcore, metal, post grind, post rock, progressive, tech metal, and finally, New Jersey. It soon becomes apparent that most, if not all of these tags apply for better or worse, compiling the group’s intricate methodology. Still, the band’s second release, not only shows these tags/genres as ideas, it also frames them as an ideology presented in three lengthy chapters. Upon giving the album its dues, one cannot help but feel like the album as a whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Although grind is a part of what Dionaea does, it certainly does not make them who they are. Throughout the thirty minute encounter, the listener is held captive to an array of declarations stated by none other than the trio’s musical prowess (see 2:45 and 4:30 of the track Carrier for a lesson in bass guitar artistry). Vocal parts remain sparse throughout, only appearing where the group felt it was absolutely necessary, and perhaps for the better. The message that the group conveys musically is undoubtedly what demands the attention. Skyward guitar melodies along with articulate, eloquent, and frequent surging drum rhythms break whatever limitations of the genres Dionaea have tacked on to themselves. Carrier also boasts an adventurous violin section at the final minute, as if to let the song’s motivating force venture on elsewhere long after it finishes. Interestingly enough, the final track enjoys the same feature, however in a more unifying and realistic sense, as the album ends on the same guitar melody that it began with. This adds to the notion that Still is not a mere dissertation in the practices of the group’s art, it is a new philosophy. Press repeat, and it becomes as everlasting as it needs to be.

While the creative instinct of the group has superseded the standards set by endeavours from similar music acts, it has left them in a place perhaps too poorly lit to continue any further. Originality brims forth from Still, yet it can leave the listener hoping for more, or worse yet, less. It will feel to some as though the near-fifteen minute epic “Same Story” could be separated into several gapless tracks. This is not to say the transitioning of the music is poor, but rather the attention span of the listener may not be equipped to handle the full duration of the song. In fact, the opening song contains some formidable transitions, flowing from blissful arrangements to chaotic slides and spasms in split-seconds. Even though the other two parts of the album each clock in at half the length of the first, they will present the same issue to anxious listeners. On the other hand, while only wanting more from the music may not particularly be a con to the album, it certainly will provide the group with the challenge of a noteworthy follow-up. This will in turn distinguish Dionaea from their counterparts.

So as the trio’s newest effort sees numerous moments of greatness, it also cuts out their work for the future. With any hope, Dionaea will have included those details within the complex yet inspiring ideology that is Still.



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FelixCulpa
November 28th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review. This is really great, didn't expect anything really when I clicked the link to their bandcamp (http://dionaea.bandcamp.com/album/still). Was pleasantly surprised.

"Even though the other two parts of the album clock in at half the length of the first"
Also if you are comparing the length of the second and third track combined to the first one they are of equal length. But I might be misunderstanding you here.

djunior
November 28th 2011


816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heard this for the first time yesterday, and it's definitely not disappointing. It'll be cool to see what they do next.

good review btw, pos

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Hopelust
November 28th 2011


1101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Even though the other two parts of the album clock in at half the length of the first"

I edited this sentence for clarity. Thanks for the tip. I meant each track individually to be half the length.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2011


6286 Comments


Very good review, pos.

Keep writing.


I will definitely check this.

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Hopelust
November 28th 2011


1101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not to sound like a complete moron, but what does pos stand for in this context?...hah

FelixCulpa
November 28th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The pos stand for that he gave you a "Yes" to the question "Was this Review Well Written? Yes | No". Pos=Positive.

seedofnothing
November 28th 2011


3425 Comments


listening to carrier right now, sounds good so far

CasinoColumbus
November 28th 2011


340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just finished Same Story and Carrier on their bandcamp and I really liked it. I agree with you about the identity complex thing, but it doesn't really bother me so far. And yeah, pretty good review. Pos'd.

Hopelust
November 28th 2011


1101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, and yeah, I think the whole identity complex thing works for them, unlike most bands.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2012


10362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This sounds incredibly awesome.

tkxxx7
January 14th 2012


6153 Comments


I didn't know they'd released something new. Gotta get this

tkxxx7
January 14th 2012


6153 Comments


First song. Even better than I expected.

tkxxx7
January 14th 2012


6153 Comments


Justin from Trophywife does vocals on Same Story about 12 minutes in

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2012


10362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is indeed awesome. There are so many jaw-dropping moments

DinoX
January 19th 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

slays

dixoncocks
January 20th 2012


2639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Real nice guys, great music.

Scoot
January 20th 2012


17887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is pretty sweet

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2012


10362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

These guys and CHON are my current jams

Hopelust
January 31st 2012


1101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This is indeed awesome. There are so many jaw-dropping moments"

Jaw-dropping is the perfect term to describe those moments. Wholeheartedly agree.


Scoot
January 31st 2012


17887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

end of same story is the best



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