Dameria - M(us)ic
Record Label: Equal Vision Records
Quick! Think of a band that pulls off lightning-fast guitar parts, ever-changing tempos and time signatures, and does it without compromising songwriting and integrity. Stumped? You may need to take a listen to Damiera's latest release M(US)IC to come up with something for this riddle. Filled with some of the most dumbfounding complexities that can be found on a record of late, Damiera seem to effortlessly pull off an original and exciting sound, blurring the line between Q And Not U and The Fall Of Troy.
M(US)IC is filled to the brim with ten songs that flow nicely into one another without becoming monotonous. Nothing slows this band down and they get right to the point with each tune. The album opener, “Immure” kicks off with a killer vocal performance by lead singer Dave Raymond that will have any fan of progressive music saying “Cedric who? The Mars who?” This leads perfectly into the next song “Lessons”, which jolts the listener with an opening riff containing an urgency normally only found in much heavier bands that are too clumsy to display the kind of sensitivity and musicianship that Damiera effortlessly churn out.
“I AM Pulse” provides an over-the-top energy level for the midpoint of the record and showcases stops, time changes, and guitar-work by Raymond and guitarist Rock Whittington that have surely inspired many to simply put the instrument down. Or sell it. Or burn it. It’s clear that guitars in this band work both as a melodic, as well as percussive, instrument. Following this frenzied song, the band does something not expected or suggested for most groups of their genre: they slow things down a bit. “Ember Eason” surprisingly offers grooves from the rhythm section that, while not as complex as the “turn-on-a-dime” feel of their other tunes, offer a new look into the writing capabilities of the band, and a chance for the listener to breathe.
Other worthy mentions are “Flora:Yield” with its guitar harmony outro that will make your brain explode inside your skull, and the album closer “Obsessions” which features a more relaxed tempo, and a twist in the second verse and bridge reminiscent of Don Caballero. Bottom line, Damiera is more talented than your progressive indie band or your favorite progressive indie band. Did I mention they pull these songs off live? God help us.