Brazilian band Dynahead deliver some strong, tight Heavy Metal with their debut CD Antigen. After several spins of this album now, I’d have to ultimately place it in the Progressive Metal category. But, don’t get visions of some Dream Theater or Threshold clone in your noggin. The Metal on Antigen is much more aggressive and not quite as long-winded (no 25-minute long songs here). But what you will find is a good dose of well-placed technical chops drizzled amongst some abrasive, staccato riffing and head-slamming double kick patterns.

“Do You Feel Cleansed?” is an example of all 3 of these influences coming together in a flurry of speedy riffs, guitar-scale tornados and clean/shout/growl vocal hysteria. “Layers Of Days” kicks off with a Nevermore-ish, down-tuned headbanging riff before diving headlong into another 4+ minutes of hairpin turns, groove-to-speed transitions and impressive vocals. Nevermore, in some of the tones and riffs, is a good reference for this album…as is Pain Of Salvation (technical virtuosity) and even some of Sevendust‘s heavier moments (the grooves). “Virtual Twin” kicks off with a very agressive riff before falling into a quick, subdued verse. The lead break here is super-tasty.

The one criticism I could bring would be that a lot of the songs kind of have the same vibe. While showcasing the bands ability to stop on a dime and their masterful knowledge of their instruments, they could stand to shake it up a bit on future albums. But, aside from that, Antigen is a fine debut. Those into any of the bands I mentioned should definitely check it out.

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Written by Shawn Pelata
March 1st, 2010


  1. Commented by: faust666

    Nevermore ,POS and Sevendust ??? WTF ??

  2. Commented by: gabaghoul

    Drudkh, Saxon and ICP WTF???

  3. Commented by: Apollyon

    > Drudkh, Saxon and ICP WTF???

    That’d be quite the combination.

  4. Commented by: gabaghoul

    They’d be Insane in the Ukraine

  5. Commented by: Apollyon

    Someone ought to make that song reality.

  6. Commented by: Shawn Pelata

    >> Nevermore ,POS and Sevendust ??? WTF ?? <<

    I know, right? It was kinda weird, but that's what kept popping into my head as I was listening. The "heavy" of Nevermore, the "tech/prog" of POS and the occasional groove and "rrraahhh" vocals of Sevendust…

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