"Torn" (Self-produced; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

With "Torn," Brazilian rockers Dipnoi have re-tooled their sound so that it steps away from the punk influences of their earlier "FKDD" and moves closer toward the heavy metal genre. Interestingly, Dipnoi sounds something like modern Danzig here. And Danzig himself, too, of course, went from the punk rock legends the Misfits to his own brand of heavy metal.

"Torn" is three songs of rock fury, with heavy, chugging guitar riffs and monstrous vocals that show a band determined to change and evolve and yet stay true to their original goal - which is to rock your ass off. If there is any complaint about the music found on "Torn," it's that the three songs here are very similar and, unless you're paying close attention, it's difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.

Dipnoi: Ricardo Matsumoto (vocals); Mario Izzo (guitars); Bernardo Andrea (bass); Gustavo Silva (drums). Also performing on "Torn" are Marcos Mello - guitar; Gustavo Silva - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.dipnoi.com where all of the songs from "Torn" and others are available for free download.

"FKDDD" (Self-produced; 1999)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Out of Brazil comes Dipnoi, a combination of old style metal sped up and given more attitude by tagging on some punk influences. "FKDDD" features six songs of varying styles. I was a little disappointed in the CD's first track, "Benzine," because it seemed flat and uninspired. That was quickly erased, however, by the second track, "Iron" which uses that metal/punk combo to best advantage. "Iron" rocked! "Lemon Juice" was next and was a fine morphing of Black Sabbath guitar droning and Megadeth thrash. The final, title track is another brilliant mixture of punk and metal that owes more to the Dead Boys than it does to Metallica. All in all, a very successful blending of popular styles that combine to create a style all Dipnoi's own.

Dipnoi: Ricardo Matsumoto (vocals); Mario Izzo and Marcos Mello (guitars); Bernardo Andrea (bass); Augusto Moreira (drums).

Contact the band at:
P.O. Box 2313
Sao Paulo, SP

via e-mail at dipnoi@uol.com.br 

For more information, check out http://www.dipnoi.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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