Review: DACAST-“Dédale”

By Lane Oliver

To quote author Mae West, “too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” She wasn’t talking about Parisian quintet Dacast but that little quote applies to this band very well. As I stated, Dacast is a five piece musical group from Paris whose music is a smorgasbord of chaos for lack of a better term. If you think Botch, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Daughters, Mike Patton and the incalculable amount of similar artist, and put all of those in a blender and add a pinch of schizoid behavior then you have the musical stylings that Dacast display with pride. Their new record, Dédale, is a thirty five minute monster that will test your stamina throughout its duration.

Dédale is actually one long piece of music that is split up into two lengthy sections dubbed “Face A” and “Face B”. I know the length of these two sections can be intimidating but those who learn to be patient will be rewarded tremendously. Besides, there is enough going on to keep you interested, trust me. “Face A” begins with a short jazz-like intro that gives way into a heavy cycling groove that rumbles with extreme low end. The track revolves around variations of this riff for a bit with short interludes of noisy harmonic squeals and mathcore trademark “noise” chord rhythmic bastardizations. “Face A” soon becomes dissonant and increasingly complex rhythmically speaking all the while screeching, pain stricken vocals are delivered over the top. “Face A” eventually breaks down into a lengthy section of palm muted chugs that are intersected by dissonant sliding riffs and other tumultuous eccentricities. After that the band just goes completely haywire up until the ten minute and a half mark, only to go insane again shortly thereafter. The riffs become more and more strange and chaotic and eventually clash in a furious cacophony.  This section does not let up for its entire fifteen minutes of fame and left my mind battered. “Face B” begins right of the back with inharmonious chord attacks and malicious sounding tremolo picked riffs. Then this section becomes surprisingly melodic with melancholic sounding jazz sections around the two minute mark. Dacast soon return afterwards to their mind numbing noise laden metal attack. Then the band slow down at the nine minute mark with a section marked by impressive bass lines, sporadic drumming and unnerving harmonics. Unfortunately this section is extremely repetitive and just drags on for way too long. Five minutes too long. Thankfully, Dacast pull themselves out of this rut and back into the chaos and go into a nice melodic section near the end. This section eventually ends with powerful sounding, head crushing riffs that signal the end of this hectic excursion in a triumphant way.

Other than a few repetitive sections, Dédale is quite the impressive album, or song rather. Do not be discouraged by the songs’ length because this is a fine piece of chaotic hardcore/mathcore that you will fawn over for days. I look forward to see what Dacast does next. Maybe a fifty minute song?



Rating: 8/10

Label: Self released

Release Date: February 4th, 2012

For Fans of: Botch, Cleric, Coalesce. The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fantomas and Daughters.

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