Dimicandum are a band from Ukraine that plays atmospheric metal which combines doom, gothic, and death metal with metalcore and traditional metal and this is a review of their 2012 album “The Legacy Of Gaia” which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats, while the keyboards bring a very dark and atmospheric sound to t he music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine the atmospheric elements of death, doom, gothic and traditional metal with metalcore along with a great amount of dark sounding melodies being thrown into the riffing as well as a brief use of soft and clean playing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding heavy metal guitar solos and leads.
Vocals range from high pitched screams to deep death metal growls that have somewhat of a metalcore edge to them at times as well as some high pitched screams that bring a slight black metal influence to the music, while the lyrics cover a variety of occult topics such as Gaia, Sumerian, and Atlantis along with other d ark and metaphysical themes, as for the production it h as a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it
In my opinion Dimicandum are a very great sounding atmospheric metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE “At The Gates Of Ishtar” “Sumerian’s Warning” and “Bring Me Down To MY Atlantis”. RECOMMENDED BUY.
Ukranian atmospheric/gothic metal band Dimicandum has only been around for about three years now, but off the success of a demo and EP managed to sign to Metal Scrap Records for the release of their full length debut. Entitled The Legacy of Gaia, the disc melds atmospheric guitar and keyboard work together with a chugging base and a mix of hard rock and death metal vocals. It may be a little too clean for some listeners but if you’re into this style of metal Dimicandum’s debut has some moments that will stand out.
The best way to describe the instrumentals on The Legacy of Gaia would be as a cross between the chugging guitar work that is common in gothic metal and atmospheric passages that have some melodic death metal tinges. Dimicandum is at their best when they are able to combine these two into songs that have the intensity metal fans expect with soaring melodic leads, and there are a number of tracks that listeners will return to because of this. However, while the instrumentals certainly are performed with a decent amount of skill once the group establishes a formula the songs only slightly deviate from one another and it isn’t easy to tell some of them apart. This may not be an issue for some listeners who are big fans of this style, but with some further growth as songwriters Dimicandum could create more individual moments that truly hook people.
As mentioned earlier, the vocals on this album skew towards clean singing. The group’s singer Roman Semenchuk has a pitch that reminds me more of American and European hard rock than metal, as he has a similar style. Whenever this type of singing is used on a metal album it’s always a bit of an acquired taste, as there are listeners who aren’t as crazy about the mellower vocal styles. But if you do happen to enjoy it, Semenchuk actually has a great voice that is able to stay in tune for the majority of the album and brings a lot of energy to the table (there are some quirks here and there, but they don’t occur that often). Sometimes the clean vocals are swapped out for a death metal growl, which gives a little more intensity to particular moments and add to the melodic death metal influence. There’s a decent balance between the two, but even if Dimicandum had stuck with just the clean singing I still would have enjoyed it.
The Legacy of Gaia has some memorable riffs and solos but falls into a formula a little too quickly, and as a result the entire album doesn’t have enough of these standout sections. But Dimicandum is still off to a good start and should manage to build a fan base off of this release. It won’t necessarily be one that I will personally return to on a regular basis, but with some further growth and development there could be a good deal to look forward to from this band.
It’s true that I do not like the term ‘Gothic’ the way it has been embedded in Metal the last decade or so. I mean, it has drifted away from the solid darkness and the primal fear that used to define this strange but in most of the times beautiful aesthetics. Nowadays, it’s all about female fronted bands with cheesy songs that most of the times talk about lost loves or worse… about vampires (yeah, I am talking about Twilight-like vampires). Anyway, this haunted genre showed up in front of me and almost cut my way to the debut LP by the Ukrainian band with the strange name of DIMICANDUM. Fortunately, I walked over this cliff and I will tell right from the start that I am glad I did.
As I said DIMICANDUM come from Ukraine and despite their young band-age (formed in 2009) have already released the debut LP entitled “The Legacy Of Gaia”. The album starts with an atmospheric but short intro and gets right into business with an almost melodic Death Metal attitude. And that means groovy rhythm section, catchy guitar harmonies and a mix of clean and growling vocals. No, there is no ‘beauty and the beast’ singing but just a single male throat and it does a hell of a job. Sometimes Roman Semenchuk’s singing brings to mind Nick Holmes style (of course of PARADISE LOST’s mellow era) bearing a distinct and expressional timbre that really makes a difference here. The harsh vocals step in to the Black Metal territory but without overdoing it, hence the listener can understand the lyrics as he did during the clean singing. The music is guitar based following the Gothenburg scene’s tradition and it wouldn’t be misleading to mention SCAR SYMMETRY as a similar listening but with more melodies.
The album comes with an impressive production and especially the rhythm section with the bass and the drum work being one of the most addictive elements in DIMICANDUM’s music. Take for example the melodic and definitely groovy “The Walls Of Jericho” where the keyboards take one step forward and I have to admit it that the term ‘Gothic’ can find a spot here. Still, the growling vocals and the guitars push the music towards melodic Death Metal and I think some KATATONIA finishing touches can be tracked down after some careful auditions.
The clean guitar arpeggios of “At The Gates Of Ishtar” give space for the vocals to shine as they lay down some beautiful melodies leading to the climax that comes with distortion and some nice double bass drum action. One of the album’s highlights is the six minutes long “Sumerian’s Warning”; the atmospheric background blends smoothly with the heavy rhythm guitars even if the mix sounds a little bit uneven, giving more volume than needed to the drums especially during the solo. The transition from the riff driven climax to the keyboard melodies proves that this band is not searching for a music identity having already solidified its sound.
“The Legacy Of Gaia” was a surprise and the only question that is already searching for an answer is whether DIMICANDUM will be able to meet the expectations their debut has just raised. I like this album so much that I did not have a problem with the almost Metalcore second role singing in “Bring Me Down To My Atlantis”. This is absolutely recommended no matter your Metal affiliation.
I can’t remember why but I do know that I’m kinda looking forward to hearing this album. I must have read about the band somewhere because otherwise I wouldn’t be so stoked to hear this as I am. I have kinda high hopes for this to be a metal album of humungous proportion. And I’m right in assuming so. This is modern metal in that it mixes different styles of metal into something of their own. So you get clean melodic metal mixed with death metal mixed with a touch of goth metal mixed with traditional heavy metal. I’ll take this any day of the week over another tiresome metalcore act. For some reason I can’t let go of how Swedish this sounds. But I guess that In Flames is to blame for that too. If there is any justice in the metal world this should be a massive album all over the world.
Dimicandum are a self proclaimed atmospheric metal band from Ukraine, formed in 2009, and in this relatively short time they seem to have grown in to a slick unit that delivers a solid album in ‘Legacy of Gaia’. To my ear they are one part melo-death, the instrumental delivery consisting of tight riff based compositions, mixed with one part power-metal, being the vocals, the anthemic song structures and symphonic keyboard arrangements. My personal preference is to keep as far away from power metal as possible. You see, power-metal has this reputation for being really cheesy, and yes ‘Army of Darkness’ is cheesy, but yet we all ‘shop smart’, and we don’t buy leather pant which are two ‘sizes to much small’. (I doubt most power metal bands paid attention to that memo).
The verses rock, and the choruses soar, with the vocals taking the proverbial wing, while the guitars chug away, to an extent I would call them borderline bombastic. What I miss is more variation. Initially I suffered from melodic fatigue, as most of the songs follow a similar formula. The guy can sing, and he hits that sweet spot time and time again, with harmonies, multi tracked. But having listened to “Legacy of Gaia” repeatedly I’m glad I gave it a chance and if you enjoy either melo-death or power metal, this would most probably appeal to you.
Bang, say da, da da da.
Lords Of Metal
Okay, once and for all, gothicy tinged vocals do not make something immediately atmospheric gothic metal. Vocalwise Dimicandum sounds a lot like the last couple of Sentenced albums. Musically, however, it is very standard very melodic death metal. So, Dimicandum just plays very melodic death metal, nothing more, nothing less. The Ukrainian combo really knows how to play their instruments. A shame that they dont write varied and catchy songs. All songs from The Legacy Of Gaia up to When the Sun Bursts Out are interchangeable. For this sort of melodic death metal to stick variation, or dynamics, are a prerequisite. And, alas, thats where the band falls short. Technically well played and sung, but just on technique you dont win any matches.
The Metal Observer
I’m glad I took a chance on DIMICANDUM and signed up for their promo, even though I’ve neither heard of them nor one note they’ve played. The Ukrainian Metal scene rarely reaches these Southerly shores and it’s good to wander into a musical wilderness from time to time.
The release sheet describes them as an Atmospheric Metal band, which is partly true, but predominantly it’s a mix between Heavy Metal and Melodic Death Metal with some Gothic fringe. It’s very catchy and the vocals alternate between clean singing in a pleasant deep tone and some croaky screams and growls. Overall the album has a very dark atmosphere, as the album cover implies, but it’s not oppressing in any way.
The opener and title track, “The Legacy of Gaia” kicks off the album with a heavy, almost thrashy, riff and mixed vocals and lays the foundation of what’s to come. The melodies are what stay with you after you’ve listened to the album though, “Give Me a Name” does a good job of showcasing the vocal talents of Roman Semenchuk and even though the growls and screams aren’t perfect yet, the clean parts are powerful and, like on the opening lines of “The Gates of Ishtar,” very soulful. “Indigo Child” displays some Metalcore influences, which I don’t really care for, but the song’s saved by a nice injection of melody between verses and once again, by a catchy chorus. The production is clear* and well balanced and in the intro of “Sumerian’s Warning,” the keyboards are lifted out slightly to give it an epic gleam. This is the most Progressive of the songs, most ambitious and in my opinion, the best on the album though ironically, not the most catchy. But that’s fine by me, the others more than make up for it.
This is a relatively short and very accessible album and I’d recommend this to anyone with a liking for melodic metal, but who’s also looking for something with an edge and lyrics that tell an interesting tale. This album might not make it onto my playlist too regularly in the future as it lacks the depth to really stick to memory and I feel I’ve found all there was to explore. Nonetheless, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the album and hopefully will hear more from them over the next few years.
Jean-Pierre du Toit
Apocalyptic Rites ‘zine #6
Ukrainski Dimicandum jest mi kapela kompletnie nieznana poza opisywanym krazkiem. Zespol para sie wedlug mnie – Heavy Metalem z duza doza melodii i gitarowego grania. Podczas odsluchu tego materialu na mysl przychodzily mi takie zespoly jak: Nevermore, Helloween, Amorphis czy Iced Earth. Wspomniane skojarzenia nie sa moze tak oczywiste, a raczej wskazuja pewne podobienstwa w wykorzystywanych narzedziach. I tak na przyklad z Amorphis powiazalbym melodyjnosc materialu w polaczeniu z mocnym growlem oraz screamem wspomagajacym wiodace czyste wokale.
Z Nevermore i Iced Earth mocne i ciezkie gitarowe granie ocierajace sie niemal o Thrash, ale jednak pozostajace w ramach Heavy. A Helloween?! To czyste wokale i taka gitarowa melodyjnosc. Gdzies w tle mniej lub bardziej slyszalne plumkaja klawisze. Jest troche podniosle, troche rzewnie. Obowiazkowo mamy ballade i – tyle. Nie jest to plyta rzucajaca na kolana, nawet maniakow gatunku. Mimo tego po nastepne odsluchania na potrzeby tej recenzji siegalem po nia bez uczucia obrzydzenia.
Legacy Magazine #82
Ziemlich genau zwischen kraftvollem Power Metal à la Brainstorm und leicht symphonischem Dark Metal im Sinne von Moonspell pendeln die Ukrainer DIMICANDUM auf ihrem Debütalbum „The Legacy Of Gaia“ und machen ihre Sache recht ordentlich. Die acht Songs sind druckvoll und zeitgemäß produziert, wenngleich der Sound etwas steril ist. Das Verhältnis zwischen Keyboards und Gitarren geht erfreulicherweise zugunsten der sechs Saiten aus, die Riffs und Leads sind durchweg auf gehobenem Niveau. Sänger Oleg Aditon wirkt manchmal noch etwas angestrengt, da wäre mit ein bisschen Unterricht sicher noch mehr rauszuholen, denn manchmal leiert er ein bisschen oder geht etwas übertrieben pathetisch zu Werke. Die gelegentlich eingeworfenen Growls passen in den langsameren, düstereren Songs ganz gut, in den fl otteren Power Metal-Nummern nur bedingt. Auch beim Songwriting machen DIMICANDUM keine schlechte Figur, hier und da könnten Songs noch ein bisschen mehr Feinschliff in den Arrangements vertragen, so ist die Melodieführung in den Strophen von ‘Indigo Child’ noch etwas holprig. Insgesamt machen die zackigen, fl otten Songs den etwas besseren Eindruck, über weite Strecken ist die Mischung auf „The Legacy Of Gaia“ aber stimmig.
MetalBulletin’ Zine #38
Your not-so-good day is about to get better. With Dimicandum in your music library, things are about to get joyous and happy. Listeners into modern melodic heavy/power metal and big choruses should look into Dimicandum today. The longer you wait, the more you will regret it. Tons of fun. Tonzzzz. What’s fun about this album? the guitar melodies? the singing? the catchy songs? Yes. There are eight songs on here. No filler, just hit after hit. And by “hit,” I mean, it is a hit song in the basement of my grandma’s house, where I live. Starting with the first song, “The Legacy of Gaia,” things just get better and sooner than you realize, the album is over with “When the Sun Burns Out.” What is a person to do? Have to play it again. It’s that good, yes. Avoid this album if you hate melody and fun songs.
Pamięta który wysyp na początku lat 90tych kapel pokroju PYOGENESIS, SIRRAH, THE GATHERING (z samcem na wokalu), itd.? Mocno klimatyczne granie, na które Metalowcy wyrywali laski- że niby taki chlor koncertowy może być wrażliwy i uczuciowy. W taką właśnie stylistykę wpisał się swoim debiutanckim albumem Ukraiński DIMICANDUM. Proste, melodyjne kawałki, growl pomieszany z czystymi zawodzeniami bardzo łatwo wpadają w ucho. Jest trochę skocznie, trochę melancholijnie, delikatny klawisz tu i tam przemknie i dobra jest. Z jednej strony to dobrze, że ktoś jeszcze tak gra, ale z drugiej można się zastanowić czy taka muzyka nie jest aby spóźniona o te dwie dekady. Odkrywczego wszak nic w tym nie ma, ale… całkiem nieźle się tego słucha. Trochę to i wzniosłe, dumne, patetyczne. Brak agresji, ale gdyby ta tutaj znalazła dla siebie miejsce zupełnie zepsuła by efekt końcowy. No cóż, rewelacji nie ma, ale na pewno DIMICANDUM znajdzie klientów (i klientki!) na swoją muzykę. Piszta do Metal Scrap!
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