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DYNAHEAD

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DYNAHEAD are a Brazilian (Brasília, Distrito Federal) progressive metal act formed in 2004. The band fuse melodic elements from progressive metal with harder edged modern thrash metal riffing. The vocals are both clean and aggressive.

DYNAHEAD released a demo in 2005 called "Unknown" and also in 2005 they released the "Live At Porão Do Rock" DVD. DYNAHEAD was signed to Digmetalworld and released their debut full-length studio album "Antigen" in 2008.

DYNAHEAD is a five-piece act consisting of Caio Duarte on lead Vocals, Diogo Mafra on Guitars, Pablo Vilela on Guitars, Diego Teixeira on Bass and Rafael Dantas on Drums.

DYNAHEAD´s inclusion in the Prog Archives database was approved by the Progressive Metal Team. DYNAHEAD should appeal to those who seek a bridge between SEPULTURA and DREAM THEATER.

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AntigenAntigen
CD BABY.COM/INDYS 2010
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YouniverseYouniverse
DIGMETALWORLD 2012
Audio CD$3.45
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Chordata IChordata I
DIGMETALWORLD 2013
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4.60 | 11 ratings
Antigen
2008
3.11 | 7 ratings
Youniverse
2011
3.75 | 4 ratings
Chordata I
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Chordata II
2014

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Unknown
2005

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 Youniverse by DYNAHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.11 | 7 ratings

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Youniverse
Dynahead Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Youniverse' - Dynahead (6/10)

Along with their fellow countrymen in MINDFLOW, DYNAHEAD give me the impression that Brazil's progressive metal scene is one marked by the eclectic approach of its bands. This is not to say that this group contrasts polka-funk-ambient with metal and traditional gamelan instrumentation, but rather that they find influence from a number of different sounds within the progressive metal genre itself. Although one might like to think of 'prog' as something inherently forward-thinking, metal is one place where the sound is really showing its age, and it's almost canon nowadays for a new band to sound either like Dream Theater, Opeth, or- to a lesser frequency- Pain of Salvation. If it's any slight innovation, DYNAHEAD incorporate all three of those bands into their blend, and while this does make for a more interesting listen than another Dream Theater clone, nothing about DYNAHEAD's second album particularly excels.

Technically proficient musicianship is virtually a pre-requisite to be labelled a 'prog metal' band at this point, and that is something that DYNAHEAD do not fail to deliver. Thankfully, their music never devolves into an indulgent exploration of scales as at least one of their influences are infamous for, but DYNAHEAD demonstrate their talent within the confines of fairly concise songwriting. Although the band touches upon virtually every popular style of progressive metal, their compositions are built around a thick rhythm guitar. Reviews I have read of 'Youniverse' describe it as a thrashy guitar sound, but it's given a fair bit more restraint than that genre-tag might imply. Keeping in line with the band's metal sub-genre surfing, Caio Duarte's vocals tread the border as well, simultaneously melodic and gruff. During the closer 'Onset'- DYNAHEAD's grab at Opethian death metal- he even growls, and it actually tends to fit the band's dark style more than his conventional heavy metal vocals do.

Although DYNAHEAD emulate the OPETH sound best of all, that approach is fairly fleeting on 'Youniverse'. Djent, or 'the MESHUGGAH sound' is also dabbled with on songs like the particularly heavy 'My Replicator', and demonstrates a real promise for DYNAHEAD. However, in constantly comparing this band to others, it may also be implied that they are lacking an identity of their own, and this is where 'Youniverse' is truly held back. Although the band is graced with a tight performance and fair production standards, it's difficult to get an impression on what this band is about, even after several listens. The ground is fertile for something cool, but unless DYNAHEAD plants something firm, their potential will remain untapped.

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 Youniverse by DYNAHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.11 | 7 ratings

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Youniverse
Dynahead Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Brazilian act DYNAHEAD was formed in the fall of 2004, and has since then issued one EP, one DVD and two full-length albums. "YOUniverse" is the most recent of these and was released in the first half of 2011, some three years after their debut effort "Antigen".

Progressive metal with a foot placed well inside the thrash metal universe is the name of the game here. The compositions are diverse and fairly challenging and tend to cover multiple themes, motifs and expressions in each and every instance. Well-made and well-produced, and a suggested act to sample for progressive metal fans that tend to like diversity and a variety of stylistic expressions, including ones not commonly found inside the progressive metal universe.

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 Antigen by DYNAHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.60 | 11 ratings

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Antigen
Dynahead Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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5 stars Impressive debut album by this Brazilian act. At least if adventurous and inventive progressive metal of the dark and at times brutal variety suits your tastes.

Chugging, grinding, hammering, swirling and circulating riff patterns can all be found aplenty on this disc, be it more or less subtly dissonant in character or intense and aggressive with hardcore inspired passion similar to vintage bands like Nuclear Assault. But amidst the riff cascades and frenzied thrash-inspired landscapes you'll also encounter gentle passages featuring clean wandering guitars, melodic jazz-inspired motifs and even a few nods in the direction of prog metal masters Dream Theater. And soaring above it all is the lead vocals of Caio Duarte, providing gentle melodic delivery with the same ease as intense aggressive growling.

It's an album filled with contrasts, with technically and compositionally challenging material and stylistic blends not that often encountered. Very well made and performed, but perhaps just a tad too complex and challenging for your average metal fan. Fans of bands like Celtic Frost and Cynic would probably top my list of potential followers of this act, and personally I really like what these guys are doing.

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