Sounds like … a shift from the band's more emo-core origins toward more radio-friendly modern rock of the same ilk as Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin, Kids in the Way, and Fall Out Boy
At a glance … mostly a repackaging of songs from the first two Dizmas albums, this short disc is a good sampling of their new melodic pop/rock direction, but the newer tracks don't measure up to the band's past highpoints
There are several words beginning with the "re" prefix concerning the latest from Dizmas. To be clear, this self-titled project is not a reinvention for the Southern Cal rockers—that already happened between the louder emo-core of 2005's On a Search in America and the more accessible modern rock sound heard on 2007's Tension. But Dizmas has since rethought their objectives and switched labels from Credential to Forefront. Though both are owned and distributed by EMI, Forefront better reflects the band's focus to reach youth through the Christian marketplace, rather than the secular indie scene.
So consider this disc a repositioning in the Christian rock world, as well as a repackaging. Six of the ten tracks come from the previous two albums, and have been newly remastered—not noticeably so, but only to maintain some sonic consistency with the four new tracks. However, the song selection reveals Dizmas' new direction—the only representative from their heavier rocking debut is also the softest on the album (the ballad "Redemption, Passion, Glory"). The band still sounds enjoyably rowdy on "Dance," while "This Is a Warning" remains their most ambitious track to date, shifting the feel between verse, chorus, and bridge, with lyrics challenging listeners to look for something deeper than the lies of the ...1
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