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Destination Dimension is a brand-spankin’-new metallic outfit from Coventry, Connecticut. They are so new that the only thing their Bandcamp website consists of is one track, titled “Future Cougar,” and it is four minutes of groovy bliss. Production wise, it’s unlike most unsigned/local band recordings you hear: the sound is crisp, and the level and tonal relationship between the instruments is near perfect. Don’t be alarmed, though, as this isn’t overproduced deathcore studio magic. The drums sound like drums, the guitars sound like guitars, and the vocals sound beautifully human.
The guitar work reminds me a lot of Dance Gavin Dance or Save Us From The Archon in the sense that they have that same fluid, fast, and technically aggressive melodies. In general, the riffs are tasty and make you want to dance…directly into someone’s face. There are also moments in the track where the guitars break into simple chord sections that are beautiful and emulate what we expect to hear from an emo song. I also would like to note that the bass tone is deliciously gainy without sacrificing tonality.
The drumming is perfect relative to everything else going on in the track. Not too flashy or overdone, very appropriate for what the band is trying to get at musically, and while remaining in line with the rest of the instruments, the drums add incredible color. Just like the guitars, the accents and groove-specific hits feel very natural--but at the same time, the drumming is extremely busy between the shells and feet. As a bonus, that snare tone is AWESOME.
The vocals are the most interesting part of the track, or at least the most original aspect of DD’s sound. The first singer on the track has an impressive and unique delivery, bouncing between screams and monotonal singing. Shortly after, a second voice appears, and it’s straight out of a modern day screamo record, which really sets the band apart from your conventional “metal sound” and establishes the music as their own.
Overall, this track gives the listener sonic blue balls, because you and I now just cannot WAIT for whatever release this track will be on (hopefully a full-length). As a group of local CT musicians, Destination Dimension really is something new, and something I didn’t know we needed. Godspeed.