Brazil may sound like a distant place, but that’s only for those who aren’t acquainted with the best of underground music in recent years. From a scene that's famous for bringing some of the most innovative acts in music, DYNAHEAD released their debut full-length ‘Antigen’, an album that manages to sound intriguing and original, even in a world where everything seems to have been done before.
Formed in the dry backlands of their country, the band brings an unexpected level of intelligence and sophistication to the brutality that Brazilians are known for mastering. Their music embraces so many genres that they sound like the most natural choice to share stages with acts as dramatically heterogeneous as ILL NIÑO, ANATHEMA, OMEN, ANGRA, STEVE GRIMMETT and RATOS DE PORÃO.
Hailed as “a new Brazil” by the French zine Progressive Area, and occasionally dubbed a “Testosterone DREAM THEATER”– but “far more approachable in their songwriting” (The Metal Observer), they honed their music in a way that’s confusing to those who expect sameness, but fascinating for who’s looking for different sounds not necessarily related to exaggeration. “DYNAHEAD don’t give a fuck what you think” (MetalSucks) but “for those who are into heaviness with occasional melody who are not loggerheads, there is a lot to discover.” (Stormbringer)
Mastered by the metal legend James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH), “Antigen” received an excellent production, taken care by the band themselves. Written and recorded in the best independent fashion, the album gathered an amount of positive feedback by the media and fans that signed bands rarely achieve. The band is looking for labels that “dignify themselves to look at their work and give them a distribution that matches their talent.” (Music Waves), taking care in the meanwhile of their own marketing and distribution, with independent partners such as Free Mind Media and DigMetal World.
“A seducer of the great art” (Ragazzi Music), “a visceral, catchy, functional and diversified album” (NovoMetal), “direct, exuberant, and honest in their intentions” (Flight of Pegasus), “a theatrical symphony of deep emotions spawning from the soul spear headed by true musical geniuses” (Das Hard Rock Radio) “like the work of a lifetime trying to write the best Brazilian metal album of all time” (Whiplash!).
Published in MUEN Magazine, July 2009
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