I would be lying if I said that I spent hours reviewing prog and power metal, because that couldn’t be further from the truth, but I’m going to make an exception in the form of Dakesis.
I featured the news a few weeks back that the band had announced a new album and a huge launch show to go along with it, well to coincide with the release of this new single the band have announced a second launch show.
Album launch number 2 will take place at The Black Heart in London on Friday 1st April. Tickets for both shows and all album bundles can be found here.
Right… the music. By all accounts the track picked itself as a single, as vocalist Gemma Lawler explains;
“When it came to picking a single, this was the obvious choice. The Great Insurrection is a pivotal song in The New Dawn’s concept, it’s themes of frustration and eventual uprising encapsulate the revolutionary spirit of the album.”
I don’t think the words ‘back to basics’ apply to power metal, that isn’t what it’s about. Power and prog metal is all about being theatrical, grandiose and brilliantly over the top. That’s exactly what The Great Insurrection is; it’s a huge, sprawling expanse of a track. There’s layer upon layer of vocals, guitars, basslines and almost apocalyptic synth sounds. Guitarist Matt Jones picks through his riffs and solos with the dexterity of a surgeon and despite not normally being my thing I keep hitting play.
The drums are savage, the vocals delivered with almost religious grandeur and the bassline rumbles out of the speakers like a tank into war. From a personal point of view maybe some of the guitar work is a little bit too precise, and too perfect, it’s a very ‘power metal’ trait, you’ll know what I mean when you hear it, but other than that this is a big ass track.
The video went from conception to completion in 48 hours, filmed and edited entirely by drummer Adam Harris who says: “It’s the first full length music video I’ve produced, and it’s been a great experience and exercise in producing results under pressure. I think I’ve managed to capture what Dakesis is about, and who we are as performers.”
The New Dawn is released worldwide on 10 March.