1. FIFTH SUN
Formed around three years ago, Southamptons Dilutral have created what can only be described as an outstanding EP with their latest release called Phi. These guys craft songs that have all the aggressive drive favoured by many, but use a melodic blade to do the fighting. Snarling hardcore its not, this is post millennium, melodic, hard rock.
Of the four songs (and 25 minutes of music) featured on this EP, each one stands out and holds its own. The beautiful use of melody urges you to listen over and over again - and heres the twist - they have a vocalist that actually sings. Not only is he singing, but he very much the focus of the music, always keeping your interest as the vocals wrap around and weave in and out of the well structured songs. They contain an awful lot of emotion and are used very expressively, reminiscent of Eddie Vedder - in early Pearl Jam days - its that kind of style but without particularly sounding like him. Its a style that takes the emotional feelings and directs them onto a canvas of heavy guitars that are producing big classic sounding hooks and riffs.
Dilutral manage to reach back to those halcyon days of classic hard/heavy rock, taking all the magical elements required and mixing them into something that still remains relevant in todays scene. More so, they move it forward adding there own signature of monumentally epic sounding riffs in a tight and tuneful collage of rock past and present. Its professional, its impressive and it works very well, bring on the album.
Rigsby (2nd December, 2002)