2014 release from Spinefarm Records.
Nils Molin – Vocals. Mikael Lavér – Guitars. George Härnsten Egg –Drums. Love Manusson – Guitars. Jonathan Olsson – Bass.
Artist location; Stockholm, Sweden.
5 out of 5 stars rating.
Reviewed by David.
- Cross The Line.
- Dawn Of Your Creation.
- The Northern End.
- Run Amok.
- Unholy Deterrent.
- Sunrise In Hell.
- A Divine Comedy.
Dynazty is back with their fourth album, “Renatus” and what an album it is. Renatus is Latin for rebirth and Dynazty have had somewhat of a rebirth with this album. First of all bassist Joel Fox Apelgren departed the band after the bands phenomenol 2012 album, “Sultans Of Sin” and was replaced by Jonathan Olsson. Secondly the band switched record labels, leaving StormVox for Spinefarm. And lastly, while still holding true to their melodic rock roots and extremely catchy melodies the band opts for a much heavier sound on this album, bordering on power metal territory.
Powerhouse vocalist Nils Molin is back and boy does he deliver. This young man has one hell of a voice on him and constantly blew me away with his vocals on this release. His voice runs the gamut of lower register vocals (for him) to screechingly high vocals (that I love) and he does so with such ease it is enough to make the wannabe rock star in all of us jealous. The rest of the band is tight here and sound terrific throughout the entire album. These guys are extremely talented musicians.
The songs, 10 tracks, on here are all pretty much without reproach. The only track I had a hard time getting into at all is the chorus of “The Northern End” and that is the only thing holding this back from a perfect 5 star rating, and that is pushing it because it is by no means a bad track. Every one of the tracks delivers blazing guitars, driving beats, superb vocals and melodies that are undeniably catchy.
While “Sultan Of Sin” was an incredible record and an extremely strong release, the band manages to even top that album here and it is without a doubt a no brainer choice for one of my top 5 albums of the 2014 year. It has everything you could possibly want in a hard rock record. Absolute pure melodic metal heaven that should not be missed.
There are really no bad tracks on this one and being such it is hard to give a standout track listing. There is one that really stands out to me personally though, “Run Amok”. It is a driving, melodic gem of a song with a great chorus that will get you pumped. Of course if you aren’t already pumped by the time you reach it (it sits at track number 6) then you are just dead inside and don’t enjoy clean vocal metal and are obviously listening to the wrong kind of music here.
Obviously highly recommended for those of you who enjoy melodic metal and even those that like power metal. Give this one a listen to, I don’t believe you will be disappointed in the least.
Be on the lookout for the band’s new album, “Titanic Mass” , which drops on April 15th of 2016. Until that album releases grab the band’s back catalogue and get ready for some seriously rocking music. There is a goldmine of music waiting for you there.
Cross The Line.
Sunrise In Hell.