Dinosaur Eyelids “Bypass To Nowhere”

I feel lucky, lately it seems every LP and EP I’ve reviewed is quite different from the last one. I haven’t been reviewing strings of alternative metal or simply hard rock as has happened in the past. Today’s review kind of continues that trend. Dinosaur Eyelids are quite unlike many bands I’ve reviewed. Bypass To Nowhere kind of takes listeners on a journey – both a good one and a bad one – and like most to all of my reviews it can’t be described in simply one paragraph.

Bypass to Nowhere gets straight to rocking in the rather short (just under two minutes) introductory song Talkin’ To Me. The song shows signs of Soundgarden-esque grunge mixed with a little Foo Fighters but then instantly after this (unfortunately) short song Dinosaur Eyelids turn things down quite significantly with Nowhere Fast. Like Talkin’ To Me, Nowhere fast has a grunge, or at least a 90s sound to it, and I can’t help but love just about everything about it. The take-it-easy attitude behind the music and the vocal melodies is unlike much of what I’ve heard modern bands do.

There are plenty of more hard rocking songs similar and thankfully longer than Talkin’ To Me on the album that have the right attitude to them too. Byzantine Conduit has catchy rhythm and Halo Judgement, heard later on Bypass to Nowhere, has a good driving force to it that gets your head moving. I wouldn’t yet call Bypass to Nowhere a hard rock album, but these songs plead the case pretty well.

A song that impresses me is Green Eyed Soul. It is a blues rock song, further shifting my perception of the band and keeping me from getting bored of Bypass To Nowhere. One major thing Dinosaur Eyelids does on Bypass To Nowhere that annoys me comes at about the halfway through the album. It actually starts at the very end of Green Eyed Soul, and it’s the weird sound of, I don’t know what it is, a synthesizer maybe, and it sounds like a swarm of electronic bees. Actually the sound keeps coming back and it sounds different each time. It comes at the intro of the wah-wah infused Vernal Equinox and then appears again at the end of the song, this time sounding like a weird race car. This similar sound also ruins what could have been my favourite song from the album, Lambertville. It’s another slow mellow tempo song with a little bit more intensity to it that I love all the way through, but then that sound comes back at the end. I wish it didn’t bother me so much, but it really does.

Continuing away from that negativity come other good rock songs by Dinosaur Eyelids that sound relatively different from one another. 16 Years is played kind of sloppily but the rhythm is reminiscent of Nowhere Fast, only slightly harder. Hate and Love is one of the slowest song on the album. It’s not a ballad, but it’s very acoustic friendly, though a bit over a minute in the guitars are turned up and we’re treated to a full band playing a hard alternative song. Its lyrics are my favourite on the album. This is usually the song I think of when thinking of the album. It’s Forgiven Too Soon that is the slowest song on the album. Being completely acoustic, it takes a good written song to stand out on an album filled with electric guitars, and Dinosaur Eyelids succeed in making a catchy acoustic rock song.

Dinosaur Eyelids write songs in a unique way. What I mean is that I don’t know how to classify Endless Cycle. It sounds like an alternative song mostly, but it has some poppy hooks to it, and the harmonica heard on the track reminds me of a crossover between Neil Young and the harmonica played on Gin Blossoms‘ classic Follow You Down, and then the song ends with a completely balls out bash, with the pace being completely picked up, the drums going wild and the guitars going a little too wild.

Now for the closing track to Bypass to Nowhere. A good album ends on epic proportions, and I’d say when a song clocks in at just under eight minutes the way World On Fire does, it’s safe to say that Dinosaur Eyelids agrees with me on how an album should end. The song goes from acoustic guitars to electric, so a jazzed out big band playing in the middle of the song, making for one heck of an interesting song. The only problem is it has that weird sound that I so dislike, and it’s played in the background through the entire song. Sometimes it’s more apparent than at other times, but it’s there. I guess it gives the song a bit of a psychedelic feel, but it just adds discomfort to what is otherwise a pretty solidly written song.

There is a lot of good presented by Dinosaur Eyelids on Bypass To Nowhere. The album truly is a journey of twelve songs, almost each of which having very different styles to them. There are alternative songs, there are hard rock songs, and hell, there are even bluesy songs. The songs have a loose feeling to them, as apparent by some of the improvised guitar solos heard on many of the songs. Some of the solos are good and some are bad, but in the end it’s obvious that we need more bands like Dinosaur Eyelids making albums like Bypass to Nowhere.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHT

Byzantine Conduit” –­ I want to pick one of the harder rocking songs on Bypass To Nowhere. This is the finest of the hard rocking songs that lasts over two minutes in length, mostly thanks to its catchy rhythm. It even has the hand claps to add to the credibility of how catchy it is. There’s a solid badass groove to the song as well that shows Dinosaur Eyelids are not to be messed with.

FINAL RATING

8 (Out of 10)

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  1. Pingback: “Bypass to Nowhere” praised by critics! | Dinosaur Eyelids

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