Sheffield rock band Dyonisis came as something of a surprise to us here at CackBlabbath. Once in a while you hear something that defies your expectations in a very good way and this release fits firmly into that category. Dyonisis “fuse elements of rock, trip-hop and folk into deceptively gentle, hypnotic landscapes”, but that description doesn’t entirely do them justice. This is atmospheric, etherial music of the highest order, made all the more special by the amazing interwoven vocals from Nel and Lou. Given the music we usually listen to we don’t get to use the word ‘beautiful’ very often, but that is the only word to describe the voices on this album. Well beautiful and haunting, OK that’s two words… well three if you include etherial which we used earlier.
The two vocalist approach here works better than just about anywhere else I have ever heard, there is a rich quality to Lou’s voice which complements perfectly Nel’s wistful vulnerability. It is difficult to imagine one of these voices having quite this impact without the other.
That’s not to say that the voices are all that is on offer here, the songs themselves are beautifully (used that word again) crafted and the ladies are more than capably backed up by Marcus on Bass and Tom on guitars. The band have a distinctive sound and a distinctive image. You could call them goth I guess, were it not for the trippy other-worldly music they make.
Dyonisis have a sound that is difficult to describe in a way that does them justice, a touch of Enya in some of the vocals perhaps? Shades of The Mission or the Nephilim on the music ? Gothic Folkey Rock ? However you want to label this, it’s certainly something that is difficult to fault. Whereas some music is intended to get the adrenaline flowing and make you want to break stuff, Dyonisis makes you want to sit down in a darkened room and get carried along by the gentle waves of emotion in the music.
Although this band may indeed not be the usual CackBlabbath thing, they do have something vital in common with most of the bands that we feature. In a music scene increasingly obsessed with quick fame and disposable icons Dyonisis do exactly what they want to do, regardless of fashion or trend, and do it brilliantly.