How does one describe DIONYSUS without pigeonholing them? Well it is very difficult not to with Vocals reminiscent of Timo Koltipelto from STRATOVARIUS, songs echoing the composition of NIGHTWISH and sharing more in common with Finnish bands than Swedish ones does lend itself to not classing Sweden’s DIONYSUS along with all the rest as generic run-of-the-mill Power Metal.
DIONYSUS offers hope for those who were big fans of bands like STRATOVARIUS and others like them since the recent drama involving Timo Tolkki has put the future of that band in question. Some tracks such as “Heart is Crying” have aspects that are heavier than most Power Metal and spacey keyboards that really make me think of SYMPHONY X at times. The choruses of every song are traditional Power Metal in the sense that you can sing along and feel like a warrior against the world raising your fist in the air to Metal. Structurally pretty standard but elements like different keyboard tones and some very heavy-handed riffs spice “Anima Mundi” up just enough to warrant some repeat listens and spins. The intro riff to the track “What” is very catchy and I would strongly recommend at least checking DIONYSUS out even if swords and mythology are not exactly your bag typically.
DIONYSUS’ musicianship coupled with good song writing does make “Anima Mundi” of the few Power Metal albums of recent times that don’t get boring or repetitive overall with the same formula. Although DIONYSUS employ some of the same techniques to keep that Power Metal sound, there is enough originality to give them credit for putting out a solid effort that I would recommend to anyone who has even just one Power Metal album in their collection. (Online May 1, 2004)