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The Dali Thundering Concept

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14th Febuary 2016 – Self-released

01. Primitive Art-Act 1
02. Absract Art-From Chains To Insanity
03. Realism-The Stone Ego Paradox
04. Surrealism-Act 2
05. Futurism-The Prometheus Addiction
06. Avantgarde-Requiem For A Mind Fucked Brain
07. Words Are Wind

A little over three years ago an unknown commodity from Paris released an EP that would propel them to become a mainstay of the now booming French tech scene. Fast forward to 2016, and one album later (a fucking banger, I’d like to add), The Dali Thundering Concept are revisiting old pastures, much like fellow compatriots Uneven Structure did with 8 in 2013. This revisit turned out to be a great decision for US, but will the same be said for TDTC?

As “Primitive Art” kicks in, it’s pretty clear that things have stepped up from the EP’s first outing. It’s like the difference between a lukewarm microwavable generic processed-meat-product roast dinner and a banquet for kings; you get a lot of remakes, remasters, whatever you want to call them these days, but unlike 99.9% of those, this is one of those rare occurrences that actually surpasses the starting product.

The Dali Thundering Concept are one of those bands that do the dreaded ‘d’ word right – which is good and all, but as times change they run the risk of being left behind. Unfortunately the momentum of djent is grinding to a halt – it’s pretty much saturated with hundreds of cookie bands – but although Dali are not one of them, at some point there needs to be evolution, and that’s where “Words Are Wind” comes in.

Featuring a who’s who of the French scene (Kadinja, Atlantis Chronicles), “Words Are Wind” is a brand spanking new track, and is a clear indicator of the direction in which the band are heading. It’s like being hit in the face by Mike Tyson, if his fist were made of prog and tech and his lisp is the essence of deathcore. You get the idea.

The Dali Thundering Concept ran the risk of being left behind with the gamble of a remaster, but the attention to detail and the addition of a new track – a glimpse of a new direction – adds a silver lining to such a risky move. Anyone who knows me will know that I’ve been championing this band for quite a long time now, and on this evidence, The Dali Thundering Concept can certainly rise above the ever-rising sea of mediocrity.