"Blue Shift EP" Reviews


Here are the reviews so far for our "Blue Shift EP". Click on the link below to jump to the specific review:

Review By Mick Mercer
Review By Femme Metal
Review By JH Music
Review By Wretched Spawn


Review By Mick Mercer

From Mick Mercer's Live Journal:

A word of advice for people who like their Ethereal Goth with a rock mindset, bearing in mind that Dyonisis are currently doing this better than virtually anyone else, act wisely as I did and nab this for £4 off their website as it’s limited to only two hundred copies, and mine was number 93 so they won’t last much longer.

‘Abyss’ is as delectable as you’d expect if you got their album, drifting demurely then rolling up its sleeve for a softly embedded chorus, and after the blunt opening their cover of ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ has a bright, ringing poignancy. Better still, the ‘Pretty At A Distance (Blue Shift Remix)’ hasn’t damaged such a gloriously touching number which is a real treat. ‘Let Go’ learns about darker twinges from the outer edges of triphop, with sublime tinkling and shading, with the words suspended in this wavering gelatine. Less definite but similarly atmospheric ‘Shamania’ is a wispy, sighing cloud, then the initially downcast ‘Rainy Day (Psychedelic Kitchen Sink Mix)’ becomes interminable, and as the guitar unwinds further and further towards a shaggy-haired, fringe-jacketed finale you expect them to end on the stroke a mighty gong behind the kit. That aside, the EP is adorable.

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Review By Femme Metal

From Femme Metal Webzine:

I was a big fan of the self-titled debut from the U.K.'s Dyonisis, so I was very excited when I recieved a copy of the their new EP Blue Shift (especially because I had no idea about its release). As mentioned, this is an EP and it is designed as a bridge to their next full-length, but at 38 minutes long it is obviously longer than your average EP. Before getting into the music, I'll re-introduce the band members to you. Lou Welsby (vocals), Nel Cave (vocals), Marcus Cave (bass) and Tom Chaffer (guitars & programming).

So, with that out of the way, on to the music. Is this release any good? Is it worthwhile? Absolutely, I can say 'yes it is' on both counts.

The CD begins with the first new track called 'Abyss' and immediately I am reminded why I loved the first CD so much. It starts of with some cool keyboard effects and then goes into a beautifully melancholic, ethereal number. Next is another new one - at least for Dyonisis. 'Son Of A Preacher Man' is a cover song (I believe it was originally recorded by British pop singer Dusty Springfield). I had never heard the original version so I can only say that Dyonisis' version fits right in there with the rest of their catalog. The new song 'Let Go' is next and it is a somber track that has an acoustic base to it and it really takes you on a sublime journey. Of the new songs, this is probably my favorite - even though it's a slower number, it is still plenty powerful and emotional. Next up is the first of two re-mixes. 'Pretty At A Distance' was perhaps my favorite song on the debut and the 'Blue Shift re-mix' does nothing to sway my overall enjoyment of the song. It's a bit different than the original, but it is still very good. The next new song is 'Shamania' a mostly instrumental track that adds to the overall atmosphere and ambiance of the CD. The final track is another re-mix. This time of the 10 minute long 'Rainy Day'. The new version now clocks in at, oh only a mere 16 minutes and it is a perfect way to conclude things. As with the other re-mix, this one (dubbed the 'Psychedelic Kitchen Sink Mix') is a strong alternate take on another fantastic song. Even though this lasts 6 minutes longer than the original version, it never gets dull and really holds your attention.

The Blue Shift e.p.is a very satisfying release that should hold us over until Dyonisis releases their next CD. It has indeed raised my level of excitement for their next full-length. Hopefully, we won't have too long to wait. This is only limited to 200 copies so I would suggest that fans of the band scoop theirs up before they are all gone. In conclusion, Dyonisis are a band that are consistent, dynamic, interesting and just flat out good. They are everything I could want in a band.

Rating: 8.5/10
Reviewer: Tony Cannella

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Review By JH Music

From JH Music:

If you're new to the sound of Dyonisis, this EP shows you everything you need to know. If you're a fan already having heard their début album or seen one of their live shows, then this EP won't disappoint.

Dyonisis cover every aspect possible throwing in a mix of original material, covers and remixes in an attempt to show the many talents of the band, and they certainly do so in style. The original material sounds fresh and unlike many bands out their at the moment. The cover song "Son Of a Preacher Man" is made their own, giving it a new and mellow feel. The Remixes take material from their self-titled début album and present the songs in a whole new way.

If the songs featured stay exclusive to this limited edition EP, then you've instantly got yourself the bargain of the century. If they don't, then at only £4 you've still gained a truly excellent EP that should be in everyone's collection.

For such a new band to release something of such a high quality is rare. For a band to not let record labels overpower them, and to keep the ability to release what they want, when they want, at the price they want, is rarer. For a band to do so and have it sell as quickly as "Blue Shift" has, is something the band should keep hold of and use to grow from strength to strength, as it is a true gem.

Dyonisis are unique. They are unlike anything out there, and as long as they keep control, the band have the ability to go on to much greater things.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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Review By Wretched Spawn

From Wretched Spawn:

Sheffield-based quartet Dyonisis deliver this glorious EP, with soothing female vocals its music to chill out too and is great to relieve stress. Gothic Metal/Rock is the style of music they play and they do so well, in fact they bring the UK gothic metal scene back to life. You are instantly dragged into a new world with their music, full of darkness, gothic atmosphere and sensational vocals.

Dyonisis are one band that the media should focus on, this is one promising act.

Reviewer: Rhys Stevenson


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