Dizygote – Fathoms


We take a look at Dizygote and their latest offering Fathoms, released yesterday with our good friends over at Desert Records.

For anyone who doesn’t know this already Dizygote are a two-person project made up of father and son team Ned and Ethan. Ned handles guitar, bass and vocals and Ethan is responsible for drums, guitar, bass and backing vocals.

It’s hard to believe that two people can make such heavy and full sounding music. Some of that may come down to the chemistry between the two artists. There’s a real connection present where one simply understands the other and knows how to play off of what they’re putting down. For this reason, their music feels very natural and has almost a jamming sort of feel to it. I don’t mean that in the sense that they’re just playing around with no clear vision in sight. I just mean that nothing feels forced at any point, the whole release has a smoothness and ease to it that carries across into the music itself. I guess it’s easy to have a strong connection between band members when the one has known the other their entire life. The other reason for this feeling of effortlessness is the sheer level of talent that both musicians possess, which we will now talk more about.

Dizygote are a band that have very little respect for genre boundaries, and they show this with every release that they put out. Any given EP or album will range from sounding like Mastodon to Black Sabbath, through to Dead Kennedies or Black Flag. There’s no way of really knowing what the next track you listen to will sound like. Despite this fact each new sound or style they incorporate is performed equally as well as the last. The band seem to have a general mastery of alternative music as a whole ranging from thrash, doom and traditional heavy metal to stoner rock to punk and everything in between including some metalcore elements here and there. The duo has the vocal range and instrumental know how to pull each and every one of these styles off which you’ll realise very quickly when listening to this album.

While the EP is very much on the shorter side that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t pack a punch. The shortest tracks on the album actually have the biggest wallop of all with the two highest energy tracks on the EP coming in at 1:46 and 0:27 respectively. Just know that the shortness of this EP will have one major effect on you, leaving you wanting more from the band. For that you’ll have to look back their debut album Freedom Incorporated, their EP In Circles or their live release Live in the Dark.

Personally, I was a big fan of this EP, however I wish there had been a few more tracks in there because I’ve been left craving more. I guess I’ll have to wait until the duo’s next release to see what other styles and sounds they can throw into the mix.

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