Dilemma is a promising traditional progressive rock band I discovered two months ago through Submithub submissions with this amazing album, Random Acts of Liberation, released in 2018. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Dilemma is officially making releases since 1995. The band has started their careers with a long-play album called; Imbroccata (1995). After taking a long pause, they released one more long-play album, Random Acts of Liberation (2018), and four singles; The Space Between the Waves (2018), Amsterdam (This City) (2018), Pseudocomaphobia (2018), and Play with Sand (2020). Now, please give the album a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Dilemma is a talented band who reminded me of some of my prog-rock heroes, who are also the pioneers of progressive rock music, such as Porcupine Tree (Steven Wilson), Pink Floyd, and Dream Theater. Undoubtedly, all these names I mentioned above influenced every single progressive rock and metal band and artist out there, just like in our example. Dilemma, in this way, have a delicious blend, a less technical version of Dream Theater, more atmospheric elements such as in Porcupine Tree, and nostalgic vibes from Pink Floyd. First of all, the band caught my attention with the 80s vibes in some of their songs. I was quite impressed by the idea of combining that with today’s understanding of progressive rock. Although the album was released in 2018, it would be a mistake to call Dilemma a modern prog-rock band in general; they usually sound much more like from the 90s.
The band shows potential with their composing skills, instrumentation, advanced musicianships, and understanding of music. In my book, they are experienced gentlemen, making beautiful music in a traditional way. From time to time, you feel like you are listening to a lighter version of Dream Theater’s Metropolis Part 2 Scenes From a Memory and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence albums. The instrumentation is super easy going, focusing more on the general vibe and the feeling of every song. I loved the way they build the emotional flow in all of their songs. This makes the listener never feel like they are listening to complex music. Dilemma is making the difference with their overall focus, easy listening forms, and nostalgic vibes in their music.