On A Search In America is the debut album from hard rock band Dizmas. The opening track "Revolution" begins with blaring guitars and edgy vocals, complete with metal inspired screams reminiscent of Five Iron Frenzy/Roper's Reese Roper. The screams continue on "Controversy," becoming harder towards the song's closing.
"Let This One Stay" falls in the vein of nu-metal, complete with solid vocal efforts, and edgy screaming. Lyrically, the song sounds a bit vague. The chorus repeats "Please let this one stay / To help me find a way." Had the song been a bit deeper lyrically, it could have been a much stronger effort. "Redemption, Passion, Glory" is a worship song with simple lyrics, which feels more appropriate this time around. The chorus repeats "What love it this / That You would die for me?" Musically, however, the song seems to fall a bit short, as it slips into obscurity, sounding like most other radio-friendly songs.
The album continues to progress much in the way it started. "Time Well Spent" talks about moving on, while "So Long My Friends" offers some of the best guitar riffs on the album. "Night Divine" serves as a fine way to finish the album, ending On A Search In America on a strong note.
Although On A Search In America tends to fall short from time to time, Dizmas offers up a solid rock album for their Credential Recordings debut. The album clearly showcases the band's potential, overshadowing the weaker moments. Fans of hard rock should be pretty pleased with this Dizmas' On A Search In America.- Review date: 6/17/05, written by Brett Wier
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