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Dizmas - On a Search in America Review
by Brodie

For the most part, it seems that popular Christian music, while good intentioned, is mostly formulaic, simplistic, and cookie-cutter. Not much is happening these days that would really shake up what is considered conventional music within the Christian scene. So when I heard Dizmas, a band out of Southern California, I was hoping that the buzz I was hearing about them would measure up to what I heard on the cd. Not the case.

While admittedly Dizmas is one of the first straight-forward rock bands to come out of the scene in some time, it seems they fall into the trap that so many other cliché bands fall into. Formulaic guitar riffs, simple lyrics, and no-frills rock seem to be the order of the day. It's not horrible music, but it's also not anything you'd freak out with while listening with your friends.

Zack Zegan's vocals range from a gravel-like scream on the opening track "Revolution", to a much smoother sound on what is probably the album's best track, "Redemption, Passion, Glory", which begs the eternal question, "What love is this/That You would die for me". This track, while the best, is also one of the more mellow songs on the cd.

The majority of the rest of the cd simply fails to really grab one's attention. A well-intentioned effort? Sure, and if one thing can be said of the band, it is this-they noticeably put the whole of their effort into making the best cd that they could. For that, they are to be commended. Unfortunately, the sum of their efforts fails to produce what could be called a stellar debut effort. Hopefully, they will be able to learn from the experience of making this album, so that they can continue to grow and mature as a band.

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