"Lieder sind Brüder der Revolution"

(Exile on Mainstream 2009)Dÿse - Lieder sind Brüder der Revolution

When we reviewed Dÿse's previous full-length, our main complaints seemed to be the overwhelming repetitiveness within songs and guitar tones that made playing with an outboard motor seem preferable. The biggest dig was the Groundhog Day repetition hell that plagued the album, with milquetoast riffs drilled away at until the listener faced the choice of taking a bath with a toaster or, umm, pressing stop. The second option seems slightly more sensible. But this, "Lieder sind Brüder der Revolution," is a brand new set of songs, and Dÿse have begun to exterminate the bugs that plagued their self-titled album. For the most part.

Dÿse runs with the same basic template as they did on their prior work, though bubbling with a bit more creativity this time. The band gleefully angles a bright, oddball take on mid-90s post-hardcore. Acts like Fugazi and Refused come to mind, although it's doubtful those groups ever would have considered weird high-pitched vocal boop-dee-boops ("Dysenfischdyse"), or using a bird chirping ("Baubaubau") as a prominent feature in a song.

Gone is the monotonous simplicity of "Dÿse," where one or two riffs would be good enough for an entire song. Guitarist Andre Dietrich instead employs a far wider range of churning, plinking, and ramming with a much improved guitar tone that actually compliments the music, rather than distracts from it. The band can't quite entirely shake off the "is my CD player skipping" mindset, though, as the mind-numbing single chord outro in "Treppe" and "Supermachineeyeon"'s eye-rolling vocal belaboring of the song's title can attest to.

In our last review, we felt the need to compare Dÿse's sound to vehicles in various states of disrepair. Must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Actually, the analogy is more apt in describing the band itself. Like a weekend warrior nursing a junker to glory, Dÿse obviously put a lot of time, effort and thought into their music. They've done some tinkering and, with "Lieder sind Brüder der Revolution," their sound runs a little more smoothly than the last time out. Some more tuning up and they'll be driving a supercharged machine.


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