Dignity

Project Destiny

Written by: PP on 11/09/2008 03:28:02

Dignity is the brainchild of the former Edenbridge drummer Roland Navratil, who left the band to pursue a slightly different style of music in 2006. Fast forward two years and we're at "Project Destiny", an epic power metal album with progressive metal overtones, which is essentially another way of saying "don't expect any surprises whatsoever on the album".

Singer Jake E possesses admirable clean singing capabilities, occasionally reminding me of the Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie. And you know what else? He and the rest of the band have discovered an element I didn't think other power metal bands than Dragonforce knew about: catchy choruses. Almost every song has a harmonious chorus that's instantly recognizable, even if that doesn't necessarily help them become memorable at all. What's important to understand here, however, is that almost every other power metal band fails at this very basic aspect of songwriting, and ultimately, aren't very interesting acts.

It is this symbiosis between the catchy and the usual guitar wizardry reserved to slightly progressive acts that makes Dignity slightly more listenable than others in the genre. I say slightly, because although the occasional soundscape leans on symphonic metal and a few songs have brilliant choruses (see title track and "Arrogance And Rapture", on a broader scale it takes too much effort to like the songs, consequently rendering "Project Destiny" as a release that you won't mind listening to, but one that you wouldn't really think about to pop on during your music-only sessions. In other words, Dignity have an entirely enjoyable take on prog/power metal here, but nothing that should get you overly excited.

Download: Project Destiny, Arrogance And Rapture
For the fans of: Edenbridge, Symphorce
Listen: Myspace

Release date 01.09.2008
Napalm Records

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