Dilemma - Random Acts of Liberation - Album Review - Progressive Rock from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dilemma - Random Acts of Liberation - Album Review - Progressive Rock from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dilemma - Random Acts of Liberation - Album Review - Progressive Rock from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Today, we have the pleasure of featuring Dilemma, a promising traditional progressive rock band hailing from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In this review, we will delve into their amazing album, "Random Acts of Liberation," exploring its character, style, story, potential, and more.

I recently discovered Dilemma through Submithub submissions and was immediately captivated by their incredible album, "Random Acts of Liberation," released in 2018. For those who are unfamiliar with the band, Dilemma has been making releases since 1995, with their debut album, "Imbroccata," marking the beginning of their musical journey. After a hiatus, they returned with "Random Acts of Liberation" in 2018, followed by four singles, including "The Space Between the Waves" (2018), "Amsterdam (This City)" (2018), "Pseudocomaphobia" (2018), and "Play with Sand" (2020). As you continue reading, I encourage you to immerse yourself in the album, allowing its mesmerizing melodies and thought-provoking compositions to transport you.

Dilemma is a talented band that evokes memories of prog-rock pioneers such as Porcupine Tree (Steven Wilson), Pink Floyd, and Dream Theater. Undoubtedly, these legendary names have influenced countless progressive rock and metal bands and artists, including Dilemma. However, Dilemma presents their own unique blend, offering a less technical version of Dream Theater, incorporating atmospheric elements reminiscent of Porcupine Tree, and infusing nostalgic vibes from Pink Floyd. What caught my attention initially were the '80s influences present in some of their songs, masterfully combined with the contemporary understanding of progressive rock. Although "Random Acts of Liberation" was released in 2018, it would be inaccurate to label Dilemma as a strictly modern prog-rock band; they often capture the essence of the '90s sound.

The band showcases their potential through their composition skills, intricate instrumentation, impressive musicianship, and deep understanding of music. They are experienced musicians crafting beautiful music in a traditional manner. At times, one might feel reminiscent of Dream Theater's "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory" and "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" albums, albeit in a lighter form. Dilemma's instrumentation flows effortlessly, emphasizing the overall vibe and emotional journey of each song. The ease with which they build emotional momentum throughout their music ensures that listeners are never overwhelmed by complexity. Dilemma distinguishes themselves through their unwavering focus, easy-listening structures, and nostalgic undertones.

From a technical standpoint, "Random Acts of Liberation" upholds highly satisfying standards. The album immediately envelops the listener with its immersive atmosphere and predominantly positive vibes. The deliberate choice to embrace a sound reminiscent of the '90s is commendable, resulting in a clean, clear, relaxing, positive, and harmonious sonic experience. Notably, the producer skillfully highlights instrumental solos without compromising the album's overall musical character.

In conclusion, I hold a positive view of Dilemma and their work. They possess a respected discography, demonstrating artistic value and exceptional musicianship. Their reputation is reinforced by their interactions with prog-rock legends like Mike Portnoy, signaling widespread recognition of their talent.

Please take a moment to follow the links below if you would like to learn more about Dilemma, engage with them on social media, subscribe to their channels, and show your support, ensuring you do not miss any of their upcoming releases.

In conclusion, the Metalhead Community Team extends its warm congratulations to Dilemma for their outstanding work on "Random Acts of Liberation" and wishes them continued success in their future endeavors. Thank you for reading.


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