Sjak : Despite of the fact that the French symphonic metal band Whyzdom has already released three full-length albums, they’re not really well-known yet by the big audience. Their, from 2015 dating, third album ‘Symphony For A Hopeless God’ already showed that the band had potential, which is now confirmed once more by this new record ‘As Time Turns To Dust’. However, Whyzdom doesn’t really make it easy for the listener, because their orchestral and bombastic material requires quite a few listens before the true beauty of the songs shines through, but when you’re willing to make this investment all pieces of the puzzle will fall into place and you’ll be sucked into the wonderful world of Whyzdom.
Biggest asset within the band is female singer Marie “MacLeod” Rouyer, who proves to have a wide range and whose voice displays an enormous versatility. Next to that she has a good pronunciation of the English language, something that sometimes proves to be a problem with many other French female singers. She can show the already mentioned versatility very well in the varied material which is to be found on ‘As Time Turns To Dust’. Supported by great riffs of the guitar duo Vynce Leff and Régis Morin Marie really shows what she’s capable of on tunes like ‘Armour Of Dust’, ‘Free As A Bird’ and ‘Dust We are’ and that’s quite a lot.
Another important element in the music of Whyzdom are the orchestral elements and these are dosed exactly in the right way. They are capable to make this an integral part of the song material on offer, so that this doesn’t dominate the music and as such would become disturbing. The somewhat complex character of the nine tracks on ‘As Time Turns To Dust’ accounts for the fact that you aren’t able to comprehend this after just one listen and that the album needs to grow on you, but then it becomes a very enjoyable listening experience. The crystal-clear production of Vynce Leff also significantly accounts to that, because despite of the extensive instrumentation everything sounds very open and transparent.
Compared to their previous album ‘Symphony for A Hopeless God’, Whyzdom has made a big progress again on this ‘As Time Turns To Dust’ and everybody that digs orchestral, symphonic (power) metal can purchase this album without any hesitation. Hopefully they are able to extend their fanbase significantly on the basis of this album, because ‘As Time Turns To Dust’ proves that they’re ready for the next step in their career.