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Dizmas
Tension



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks, 41 minutes and 00 seconds
Street Date: May 22, 2007


Two years have passed since the hard rockers of Credential Recordings' Dizmas appeared on the Christian music scene with their own blend of nu-metal, hard rock, and raw rock. They return this year with their sophomore record, Tension. There are quite a few similarities between the band's debut On A Search In America, but there are some differences as well, and some notable ones at that.

Dizmas' debut was chock full of screaming vocals, but this new album shows much more maturity, especially sonically. It seems the production has been stepped up quite a bit, but the band still carries that raw feel on many of their tracks, such as the opening rocker "Jealousy Hurts," the melancholy, yet riff-driven "Play It Safem," and "This Is a Warning." The repetitive chorus of "Shake It Off" can get a little in the way of the song, but other tracks like the upbeat "Dance" and "The Voice Is Ghostly" make up for what is lost on one song.

As was with their debut, there are a few ballads included on Tension. "If You Love Someone" talks about not giving up on love when it seems too hard. Lead singer Zach Zegan's voice is perfect for the softer songs that the band writes, and this time around, some songs like "Nothing At All" and "October" feature a female vocalist as well, which makes these ballads stand out among the rest of the album. As a whole, this new record from Dizmas is a definite step forward from their debut, although many fans may see it as a step backwards, missing the screaming vocals the band was known for. This album proves that Dizmas can rock with or without the vocal aggression, but it will be up to fans to decide which they like more.

- Review date: 5/14/07, written by Justin Mabee class="coversize" align=right> Early Thoughts...
Credential Recordings rockers Dizmas are back after a two year hiatus, with some of the same elements that made them mildly popular in 2005 with On A Search In America. Tension is different in some ways, including a couple more ballads than before, and a noticeable absence of screaming, which had flooded their debut. Highlights include the opener "Jealousy Hurts," which boasts an infectious melody, "Play It Safe," and the upbeat feel of "Dance." This is one for hard rockers to look for, but big fans of the band's freshman effort may say otherwise...

- PReview date: 5/14/07, written by Justin Mabee-->



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. Artist Info: Discography
. Record Label: Credential Recordings
. Album length: 12 tracks, 41 minutes and 00 seconds
. Street Date: May 22, 2007
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  1. Jealously Hurts
  2. Shake It Off
  3. Play It Safe
  4. If You Love Someone
  5. See Daylight
  6. Dance
  7. This Is A Warning
  8. The Voice Is Ghostly
  9. Nothing At All
  10. October
  11. Until You Rescued Me
  12. Sun
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