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Dios

Dios: We Are DiosWe Are Dios (2010)
Buddyhead Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Dios, unfortunately, is not a band made up of clones of Ronnie James Dio, la "House of Cosbys." Which is a shame. That'd be a great angle.

Instead, it's a band of a few dudes who play late '60s psych rock that's been cut and mixed like late '60s dub. Which sounds pretty great, in theory. What ends up happening is that there's a loss of cognition halfway through a good amount of the tracks. It's like a stand-up comedian telling a joke that had a billion side tangents after you've already invested in the original subject.

What happened to the car your roommate was trying to sell you? (I'm looking at you, approximation of Dr. Pepper as performed by Patton Oswalt.)

Still, I can appreciate the process behind it (y'all know I'm a sucka for late '60s psych rock and late '60s dub), and the melodies are nice. I bet I'd appreciate all the reverb if i got stoned. At least Dios knows when to kick it up a notch with the electric guitar on "Stare at Wheel." The band hits their stride when they pick up the pace--it's scientifically proven, faster rhythms are toe-tappingly catchy. It's nice, too, when "Stare at Wheel" leads into "Tel Mi Theen," which is about as ballady as Dios is ready to get. The song lets the band settle into an acoustic groove with some noodling, a bit of a back beat and some heart that seems to be lacking in the rest of the album.

And that seems to be my biggest complaint about the whole album. There doesn't seem to be a true emotional content here--no connection between the lyrics, the singing and the music that shows these guys are really invested spiritually in this whole shindig. That's not to say that Dios are phonies, but they do leave a bit of passion to be desired.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
damnitsderek (February 22, 2010)

I came into this review with no expectations, but your opening line just made me realize that now no matter what these guys sound like, I'm always going to be disappointed that it's not a band of Dio clones.

Deadpan (February 21, 2010)

Dammit, I wish the edit function worked.

Deadpan (February 21, 2010)

Jesse, your shorts friction is both juvenile and pathetic.

jesse (February 20, 2010)

I understand if this was a short story, it would be very terrible and sad. However, it is a review of an album, and not subject to literary rules or arbitration.

AnEpicProblem (February 20, 2010)

Jesse, your short fiction is juvenile and pathetic.

24hourpriapism (February 20, 2010)

I like to explore, this makes me curious i'm curious cosby, rudyyyyyyyyyyyy...

greg0rb (February 20, 2010)

Are we not men? We are Dios!

Good to see ya back Jesse; feels like it's been awhile since we've seen a review from you here.

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