Posted September 24, 2008
Dizmas are lead singer Zack Zegan, Zack’s younger brother and back up vocals and guitarist, Josh Zegan; guitarist Jon Howard; bassist Nick Aranda and Clayton Hunt on the drums.
As a newcomer to the Dizmas world, I’ve been reading reviews about their past efforts as an indie group to find out who they are. After having only heard their new self-titled album, it’s hard for me to believe they ever indulged in anything close to heavy or screamo. The Dizmas have been getting some seriously mixed reviews with this CD because of their new sound. Personally, I don’t see the problem. Band members grow and mature as people and when a group can bring that new level of maturity into their music and tell the world who they are becoming, that shows awesome talent.
Who would want to listen to a band that never changes? If every album sounded like the last, why buy it? I give them mad props for taking the risk of changing.
And yes, I believe that even old-school Dizmas fans will enjoy this album, and not despite the changes, but because of them. Hopefully this new gig with Forefront records will boost sales and popularity for this adventuresome troupe. Their tone has way mellowed out, leaning more in a melodic pop-rock direction, showing an entirely new side to these guys. With all that said, let’s jump in.
The song “Yours” kicks things off, and could have been taken right out of a church service. It offers imagery of blue skies and oceans, and total surrender to the Lord, despite fears and failures. It expresses a desire to tell God everything you’ve been holding back, finally able to trust this friend with your heart. This CD takes important spiritual issues and makes the listener think about their own lives. Track two, “Play It Safe,” takes a serious look at faith and the difference between real faith and just kind of believing something. “Faith moves mountains / You will see when you don’t see / Faith prevails where belief fails…”
“Jealousy Hurts” and “This Is A Warning” bring some rock into this so-far-soft album, making the second half distinctly more rock than the first. It gets a little edgy with themes of love, guilt, lies, and tension. “This is a warning for all of us that are falling / For the lie that we could be bigger than God? / … We don't get it and don't care if we do / We're crying like we're innocent.”
“Worth Fighting For” is a hard song about questioning what we know and what we’re told. You get stronger when you question. “Is easy going the best for us / Is faith becoming so comfortable / We’re looking for answers / We’re not asking questions /…Reach out and He will lead us on / the end is worth fighting for /…there is hope in the aftermath” The last song, appropriately titled “Dance” certainly has the energy to make you want to rock.
This album is awesome, and is truly focused on bringing glory to God. It encourages deep faith and spiritual growth and questioning what we think we know. It sounds to me like perfect summertime cruising tunes. Harmonizing back up vocals lend a depth to the album’s sound. The music is a great blend of calm and catchy, pop and praise, with an air of adventure, as if being swept up into something bigger than yourself. I definitely recommend picking up this album. I myself would appreciate a little screamo thrown into the mix for diversity, and perhaps a throwback to the past. But all in all, the Dizmas guys are talented and on the rise. Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid of a new sound.
Rating: 8.3 out of 10 (83%, B-)
Review written by: Liz Zelinski
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