DYSCORDIA - Words In Ruin

Dyscordia - Words In Ruin

10 songs
52:22 minutes
***** ****


Belgian prog metal band Dyscordia have been around for about six years and are back with their second album Words In Ruin, a self-released just like their debut three years ago. The musicians are between 28 and 45 years old, yet despite that rather unusual interval, they harmonise perfectly on their new record that they can be really proud of.

The album begins with a short and not very spectacular intro, but the first regular track Harlequin’s Grief is already a first highlight. Dyscordia play very compact prog metal which is melodic, catchy and powerful at the same time. Vocalist Piet Overstijn’s growls may be somewhat unusual in the context, as one would expect such a delivery rather from a death metal band. Nevertheless the experiment is successful, with the brutal voice matching well with the harmonic guitar leads. That the guys can act also in a more melodic way is shown on Reveries which comes close to being epic metal. Yet most of the time the band is playing at a faster pace, as on A Perfect Day and Never Will which are two truly fascinating songs. On their faster material, Dyscordia remind me strongly of Rhapsody Of Fire, while their quieter moments may show parallels to Queensr˙che. The band itself sees Sonata Arctica as their biggest influence, proving this by concluding their album with a cover version of My Land which they recorded for a tribute album in 2014.

Dyscordia’s class is emphasised by the great sound the band maintains throughout the album. Their well balanced mix between heaviness, melody and playfulness should appeal to every fan of progressive metal. Maybe some will be estranged by the atypical growls, but I rather like the band’s different approach to their chosen genre. Their courage should be rewarded, so do not hesitate and give a listen to Words In Ruin. It will be well worth it.

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