The new release from Dimension X entitled 'Implications of a Genetic Defense’ is a sci-fi type story about the potential moral issues with genetic research and modifications on human beings. It’s a real dilemma that has riddled man for ages. We’re a naturally curious species and tend to love to explore the unknown regardless of consequences. Anyways, I’ll let you come up with your own conclusions on this subject. On to the music!
Basically what you get is a mixture of bands like Tool (mostly in the vocals), Ayreon, Queensryche and Dream Theater (instrumentation). This is only the foundation of Dimension X’s sound. They are truly one of the more metallic progressive rock bands out today. Wow!
Dimension X consists of Dave Hoover II (vocals), Jeff Konkol (keyboards), D.R. Burkowitz (bass) along with the two new additions, Troy Stetina (guitars) and Edward Shapanske (drums, electronics). This time around the band gets more aggressive not only with the guitar sound but vocal delivery. At first I wasn’t keen on the direction of the album but after a few more listens, uninterrupted, it finally hit me. Since this is a concept album, I find it difficult to list favorite songs because the flow of the album is (in my opinion) perfect and keeps you compelled to hear what happens next in both song and the spoken word interludes.
If you enjoy thought provoking lyrics with your progressive rock, then I’d recommend ‘Implications of a Genetic Defense’ to you without any doubt. Also if you like DX’s first album as well as the aforementioned band, this is a no brainer on your ‘to get’ list!
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on November 27th, 2007