Dinner Music for the Gods [USA]
Beautiful and Treacherous
Coming out of the Sin City itself, Dinner Music for the Gods, with its kickass name promises to deliver music that is fit for the gods. But as with bands that have such proclamations, the main question remains: can the band deliver on their promise that is on their moniker? Beautiful and Treacherous is this Las Vegas outfit’s debut full length album, and to be honest, I had no idea what to expect from the band.
The band really managed to surprise though, with opening track Beautiful and Treacherous being such a melodic track that it could easily fit into lounge music, with an almost flamenco vibe going on which will rear its head a couple of times as the album progresses. But things heat up quickly enough as the band goes into full on progressive metal mode with little warning, and one is quickly reminded of progressive metal giants such as Dream Theater and their instrumental side project, Liquid Tension Experiment. Yet the mindfuck and the progressiveness of the band does not simply end in the songwriting or the playing of the band, as the band also includes numerous jazzy moments throughout the record, not unlike bands such as Gordian Knot and the recent Exivious release that thoroughly charmed me. At the same time, guitarists Darrin Pappa and Andy Heilman manage to retain the melodic tendencies of some of my favourite soloists such as Kiko Loureiro.
The beauty of Beautiful and Treacherous is also in how the band manages to write music that really fits the mood and theme of the track, with the title track alternating between more soothing and melodic moments to more progressive and aggressive moments, fitting to the treacherous side of the track. Perhaps the most impressive track is in closing track Ghost Troopers in the Sky, where the band manages to fuse a number of popular tracks into one long instrumental medley, including Iron Maiden‘s The Trooper (which explains the track title), further displaying the songwriting genius of the band.
Each of the band members on Dinner Music for the Gods are obviously masters of their instrument, and at any point in time at all, there is so much going on, yet the band’s songwriting skills ensures that everything comes together so coherently and beautifully. There is so much talent going on that it is really hard to just pick on aspect to focus on, as Darrin Pappa and Andy Heilman alternate between shred-happy and more melodic, retrospective playing, and bassist Jimmy Pappa often showing off his chops with the numerous solo segments on the album. The Dinner Music for the Gods experience is finally topped off by the versatility displayed by drummer Matt Muntean.
Dinner Music for the Gods has certainly lived up to expectations indeed, and the whole host of influences on Beautiful and Treacherous would ensure an enjoyable listen for fans of a wide variety of genres. There’s just too much stuff going on on Beautiful and Treacherous to be put into mere words; in other words, just get the damn record.