We Are Dios – Dios

 

 

 

I dropped the ball on this one. I had heard great things, but this was one of the those CD’s I just put off for a bit. What a mistake. From California comes Dios (formerly titled dios malos after a lawsuit run-in with the deceased Dio), a four-piece band that specializes in making music that will take you elsewhere.

With the term psychedelic being coined incorrectly and more often, it becomes obvious that they’re are two kinds of psychedelic. There’s the music that gets called psychedelic because your guitar player learned how to use a delay pedal and then there’s the psychedelic that is called this because it makes it feel like you’re tripping. We Are Dios is the latter. The short but sweet pop hooks and random but perfect noises help create a new atmosphere take you just outside of reality. The dynamics will keep you captivated and make you stay there. It’s gonna be a long but good trip kids. Stay with me.

Epileptic Tunnel Visions starts off with a final, resonating note and doesn’t get fully going until a minute into the song. It’s okay though, because the crooning and singing of Joel Marales entices you to keep listening. By the time the hand drums and shakers come in (an unorthodox but interesting choice), you find yourself more into it. It’s like staring into the abyss before the guitar and drums come in more heavily and make you refocus. “Ojay” is another track that helps you make your own trip. With grooving bass lines and a calm guitar riff, the floating feeling remains. Various synths throughout the song mimic the sounds you heard on your last trip. “No Is Wrong” starts off with Marales singing in a low but creepy voice. However, once the instrumentation kicks in, it becomes a really peaceful track with cool guitar fills and again, awesome basslines. The opening melody of “Toss My Cookies” is familiar but still gets resonates in your head long after the song is done. It’s nothing to significant, but a decent head nodder.

Stare at Wheel – Dios

At the half way point, we find the album’s most powerful track, “Stare at Wheel.” It’s hard to not get sucked in by those guitar fills and Marales vocal melodies. Seriously, I can’t find anything wrong with this track. If you give one track a chance on this album, make it this one. The album then slows down the pace (but not momentum) for “Tel Mi Theen,” a track that relies on peaceful and somber guitar fills to keep the flow going. The next track, “Ay Don Wanu Meri Yu” originally relies on synthizers and synth pads to make things interesting. However, throughout the over 3:30 long track, the dynamics change so much. You don’t know if you’re gonna have a bad trip, a good trip or a great trip, but you’re sure as hell entertained until you find out. Definitely another standout track. The organ sounds are enough to warrant repeat listens on “Don B Efrey Du Die” and “O Don Fil Baad”. The choir and outro guitar on “Et Weel Fil Gud” makes the album close with on a heavier, but beautiful note.

After a couple of listens, I’ve come to three conclusions about the album. 1) it’s dynamic to the point that it can be unorthodox and a bit difficult to get into at first. 2) it’s an album of continuity and needs to be treated like that. Listen to it from front to back to get the full effect. 3) This album is really fucking good. You can listen to  the whole thing below. If you want to buy it, head over to Amazon.com. Definitely worth it.

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