Album Review: Sonorous Dynamo – Scraps of Ages

Scraps of Ages

The very notion of a double album should be enough to make most people giggle a little bit. There are implications of ‘concept album’ and insinuations of ‘prog-rock’ involved in that notion. Neither of these things are not cool, but they encompass exactly what “Scraps of Ages” is, and exactly what Sonorous Dynamo do.

The origins of the Swiss progressive metal act date back to the year of 1989 when the act was formed under the name of Disciples. In 2014 the band takes it current name and works on what is to be their full-length release. Amusingly titled “Scraps of Ages,” the album is comprised of 22 tracks totaling almost 80 minutes of playtime.

You get epic arrangements brought to perfection which are refined through a pleasant and warm production. “Scraps of Ages” intersperses jangled guitars with angular complexities that might fly over some heads – repeat listens are deserved. The songs are organised so intricately that all the nuances and difficulties that might have gone into recording such an extraordinary album are totally lost in its beauty.

At the other end of the spectrum, however, sit songs which will shower the listener with jagged shards of heavy pounding; jagged shards that will bypass your vital organs and instead embed themselves within the deeper, darker echelons of your mind. Some of this album is simply unforgettable.

Although “Scraps of Ages” isn’t precisely one long track, something that most fans expect when it comes to concept albums, it does feel like a cohesive work. This is mostly a good thing. Maybe after absorbing the album’s core for a little while the songs will start to come into their own. The album as a whole, though, is very strong.

For all their prog-rock and heavy leanings, Sonorous Dynamo know that it all really comes down to the songwriting. And they are very, very good songwriters, what keeps the band afloat even when they aren’t really pushing the envelope.

Sonorous Dynamo really do lead by example: with “Scraps of Ages” acting as a fantastic example of how to take inspiration from all the sub-standard facets of day-to-day goings on to create a stunning collection of songs, they’ve proved that not everything in modern life is rubbish.

For more information about the band and album visit their official website.

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