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Band's Name:  Dali's Dilemma
Contributor(s):  Dante (dvazquez@cmic.org)
Last Time Updated:  06-Mar-2000
Band's Country:  USA (San Jose California)

Manifesto For Futurism

State(Active or Disbanded):  Active
Biography:  Seldom does a progressive metal band leap to the fore with such a confident debut album as the conundrum known as Dali's Dilemma. Especially one from the languished climes of northern California (San Jose to be exact) where the band has been quietly honing to perfection their debut record boldly monikered "Manifesto For Futurism"! No. Records of this razor-sharp bite and rapid brilliance are usually crafted in the Germany or Sweden, Dali's Dilemma managing to capture the essence of Yngwie Malmsteen, Rainbow and even Deep Purple, while swirling with progressive metal flourishes. The band is built around a solid songwriting ethic. Two brothers, Patrick and Steve Reyes, working together from a young age, eventually meeting Matt Guillory in '94, the three finally adding vocalist Matt Bradley and drummer Jeremy Colson to create the synergy that is this astonishingly capable prog metal maelstrom. Keyboardist Matt Guillory is the band's resident rock veteran having appeared on approximately ten records for various artists, as well as Magna Carta's Rush tribute, the Pink Floyd tribute and the recent Magna Carta collaborative piece "The Age Of Impact" from The Explorers Club. The band's strange name came about rather rapidly (as does everything with this band). Matt's uncle suggested 'Dali's Dilemma' just as the boys had to abandon, for legal reasons, their former moniker. "We needed a name really fast because Magna Carta wanted to start doing promotion," Matt recalls with a laugh. "To us, Salvador Dali was an excellent painter, a surrealist, always very experimental, unconstrained by boundaries, which ties into the type of music we're playing. We try to create without limits and come across as really expressive. The 'Dilemma' part refers more to the challenge of doing something this experimental and becoming commercially accepted. I'm sure Dali was quite appreciated but it seems he had more of a cult following, just like progressive rock and its offshoots within metal." But for all the band's amazing musicianship, convoluted quick changes and blinding speed, there is a discernible and distinguished hard rock current flowing beneath the mayhem. This is entirely intentional, and when pressed for influences, Matt cites the classics: old Metallica, old Rush and Pantera. On the lighter side, U2 is cited for their spiritualism and trademark sound, which can be heard on stirring ballad 'Hills Of Memory', a track underscored by a particularly Bono-esque vocal from Matt Bradley, who elsewhere evokes the passion and magnificence of a Jeff Scott Soto or a Glenn Hughes. But make no mistake, this one's jammed full of riffs and Yngwie-inspired axe acrobatics, as evidenced by the large and looming first and last tracks on the album, entitled 'Within A Stare' and 'Living In Fear' respectively. Matt agrees: "I guess if you had to describe our music it would be very technical, very ambient; it runs the gamut. There's a wide range of styles which we all enjoy, but these two songs really hit home what we're all about: the heaviness, the progressive influence and the emotion." Lyrically, Dali's Dilemma is also strong and versatile. In fact, Steve, Matt and Jeremy contributed solo-credited lyrics, and Patrick turned in a collaboration with Jeremy. Songs are derived from very personal sources and are not only rendered oblique enough that they can often relate directly to experiences we all have in common, but also to intense, otherworldly or fantasy realms. A rare occasion where that platitudinous "they're open to whatever interpretation someone wants to put on it" actually applies. "It's all very personal but we try to make it poetic," Matt offers with a dismissive wave of the hand. The final touch to this well-appointed package is the Zappa-esque, and more accurately, Dali-esque artwork of graphics legend Dave McKean. Matt explains: "Dave's really well- known, and we all really like his work, so we asked him if he'd be interested in doing ours and he said 'yes'. The cover image is a statue of a head with a kind of Salvador Dali mustache on it, with these weird arms coming out the eye sockets; very surreal and something that Dali might do. It just completes the whole concept." All told, "Manifesto For Futurism" just might be the liveliest, hookiest, most rhythmically daunting pageant of prog metal since Queensryche's "Operation: mindcrime", Dream Theater's "Images And Words", or more recently, Shadow Gallery's "Tyranny". All deserve a place in the pantheon of higher musical learning of a most metallic nature. And as we mentioned, this is a first record by the newly minted first name in California-bred progressive metal. Scary. (source info at magna carta records)
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one of the strong points to comment about Dali's Dilemma and his debut release "manifesto for futurism?" is the highest tecnique level of each one of the band members, the references with bands like dream theater or marillion is undeniable, but dali's dilemma is able to create a trademark on their sound,musical compositions with a high grade of difficult and complex ejecution, interesting lyrics and among all that progressive manifestation of talent they never loose the melody... definitely a great debut that promise a great future!

Present and Past Members:  

Matt Guillory-keyboards
Matthew Bradley-vocals
Patrick Reyes-guitar
Steve Reyes-bass
Jeremy Colson-drums

Reference Bands:  matt guillory is one of the basic elements on a lot of the magna carta releases (tributes and compilations), and recently he plays the keboards for james labrie's mullmuzzler's "keep it to yourself"
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