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Renatus – Dynazty

Posted in CDs, Uncategorized on April 1, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Dynazty’s new record “Renatus” came out the other day, and I was lucky enough to receive it for reviewing. I got it together with the new H.E.A.T CD, which I requested, and I wasn’t all too excited when Dynazty was thrown in, mostly because at times, I get a little uncomfortable going outside my comfort zone. I’ve been moderately interested in Dynazty over the years, so they aren’t exactly in my “comfortzone”, but you know. It’s always good to go out of your comfort zone, so I didn’t complain.

We were requested to wait with the review until close to the release date, so I simply let it be for a while. I was also in the middle of Frozen preparations when I got it (yes, that early!). But you know, time passed and I finally sat down, or, laid down to listen to it and all.

At first, I choked on my tea. See, I expected Dynazty to be the band they were when they were in Melodifestivalen, with “Land of Broken Dreams”, but it wasn’t. I guess most of you have heard “Renatus” by now, and you know as well as I that the album is nothing like the old Dynazty we know.

And surprisingly, for me, I liked it. No.

I didn’t like it.

I loved it.

I loved every single bit of it. I’m normally not a fan of bands changing their sound too much, I think you all remember how shocked I was when I came across Lordi’s new last year. But this… damn. Every second of every song blew me away.  And I think a big part of that is because of keyboards. I’m weak as fuck for keyboards in songs, be it rock, metal or schlager. I just think they add that little extra thing. That little extra sparkle. And to add on to that, these are some wickedly talented musicians and songwriters. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this.

And since I said I love keyboards, I guess all of you who’ve heard “Renatus” can guess what song is my favorite. That’s Right. “The Northern End”. I love the verses. I love when it builds up to the choruses, you know, “you are now in the company of brothers….”, and I love how it all just loses it after the guitarsolo. It’s pure perfection. In my ears.

I also love the verses in “Run Amok”. You know, when the keys are coming in and the verse gets… playful. I don’t know how to describe it better, but it’s at 0:35 in the first verse. When the keys come in. Right there. Perfection.

“Salvation”. I…. I don’t even have words. I remember I looked at the length of the song and got worried, generally speaking, I tend to not be a too big of a fan of long songs. But when hearing this, I can’t understand it’s 7 minutes. It feels a lot less. And regardless of length, it’s still…. fantastic.

I do, from the bottom of my heart, recommend everyone to buy this album, if you are a metal fan. I rarely do this, especially not on my blog. But I do. I recommend you all to get up, and go get yourself a copy of “Renatus” by Dynazty. Here’s a Spotify link if you want to hear it on beforehand. It’s worth listening to.

And I can tell you one thing.

I’m never, EVER, EVER again going to be “not too excited” about a record just because it’s out of my comfortzone. Ever. Dynazty proved me wrong so hard I’m gonna curl up in a corner and cry a little. And listen to their music some more.

// Sara

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