Review & Lay-Out by Stefan
Last Saturday, April 20th. 2013 I had the honour to witness the CD release concert of Belgian Progressive Metal revelation Dyscordia. The week before they opened the second day at the PPM festival in Mons (Belgium), Metal To Infinity co-editor Patrick De Sloover was present and saw that Dyscordia was brilliant. As first band of the day, the set was limited to 25 minutes – I had a burning desire to see these guys playing a full concert, actually to promote their almighty great new album “Twin Symbiosis”, one of Belgium’s best Metal albums ever!
Dyscordia’s CD release gig took place at JH Tap (Kuurne-Belgium), as support another local act named Creature opened with a flaming melodic Black Metal performance. Strong attitude on stage, the sound was good but to be honest, I’m not really into Black Metal … I was longing to enjoy the one and only Dyscordia which full tracklist of “Twin Symbiosis” would be played. Heavy-D and companion once again delivered a fantastic job as real sound engineers – about what I noticed during the set of the band, I can be quite summarily… it was GREAT! The house was fully crowded and apparently experienced a really good time.
Right from the start, Dyscordia ruled with an iron fist and the attendees were enthusiast throughout the entire performance. Musical wise, everything just clicked into each other as it should be. Each transition to another song was handled in a professional and pleasant manner by frontman Piet Overstijns, damn right this guy is a real good and very controlled singer. It feels good to hear his clean way of singing alternating with the death grunts of Stefan Segers.
Brutality meets softness and modesty, in the end all works out contagiously. Passionate by shred guitar tactics I keep my eyes closely on Dyscordia’s three axemen named Guy Commene, Martijn Debonnet and Stefan Segers. Playing in a band with three guitarists, well everything have to be well attuned to each other which means that a good musicianship is recommended. In the case of Dyscordia I absolutely heard no problems during their live performance... So pure, so melodic, so elegant and so technical strong - make notice that these three axe wielders did a wonderful job, although it was guitar wizard Guy Commeene who stole my complete attention… to me, best guitar player we ever had in Belgium!
The bass lines of Wouter Nottebaert (wearing a good old shirt of Impedigon, one of the bands he played with in the past… damn, those were the days man!) showed a thundering sound perfectly in line with the double bass drums of Wouter Debonnet who’s really surprised me with his superb, technical way of skin pounding movements!
One by one, all the songs from their mighty "Twin Symbiosis" output were friendly offered by a bunch of skilled to the teeth players, driven and willing to achieve their goal - to serve an outstanding way of ProgPower Metal to the masses. Dyscordia is definitely well underway to reach a very high level in its career. After their perticipation at the BIG Prog Power Metal festival in Mons, next stop for the band will be Dokk'em Open Air - Two Days Of Full Metal Madness in Holland on June 21-22, 2013. Dyscordia will share the stage up there with greats like: Testament, Iced Earth, Symphony X, Jorn, Heathen, Rhapsody Of Fire and many more. No doubt about, they will set the stage ablaze once again !
The stage was on fire and the crowed wants more and more as they were screaming and shouting with clenched fists in the air. As always, the most pleasant times fly by and also the wonderful performance of Dyscordia came to an end but… they had a little surprise right after playing the entire “Twin Symbiosis” effort. They came back with a cover song taken from the movie “Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny” featuring Jack Black, Kyle Gas, RJ Dio, … Dyscordia surprised with their own interpretation of the most awesome part of the movie, where both JB & KG to overcome the battle with Satan. Those who saw the movie know what I mean. Fantastic how beautiful and technical powered Dyscordia managed the song, they were the “D” for sure. One last track to go, the title track from their EP “Reveries” was offered before the curtains finally fell over a performance I will remember for a long time.
I had a really good time and so the rest of the crowd obviously did, Dyscordia proves that they are not only superb on CD. According to what I may experience myself last Saturday, their future is guaranteed. I’m glad to announce that we have a new great band here in Belgium, basically a true revelation in the fields of Power/Progressive Metal delivery. If they get a fair chance they will reach the top in no time and sure, we at MTI webzine stand in the front lines to give support as good as possible… they need it, they absolutely deserve it!! Check ‘em out at www.dyscordia.com - don’t forget to order “Twin Symbiosis”, you won’t regret at all!!