Originally posted in Valkyrian Music.
I’d seen DIMENSION back in August, at Casainhos Fest, but this was the first time they were playing in Porto, promoting their debut album “Life Is A Mystery”. The latter has been getting a very positive feedback and their shows are a match, but it took a little while for the crowd to engage completely in their groovy hardcore. Singer Poli himself said he wasn’t“recognizing the people of Porto” (he has played there several times before with his other band DEVIL IN ME). He was also a little disappointed when no one seemed to know about Luaty Beirão, the Portuguese Angolan musician and activist who had been on a hunger strike after being arrested for speaking his mind (the Angolan authorities saw that as an overthrow attempt…). But after Poli enlightened them and dedicated a song to Beirão (“Times Of Grace”, if I’m not mistaken), everybody applauded. Meanwhile the mosh circles had gained strength and the overall response to DIMENSION had grown intense, so when they finished their set with the title-track of “Life Is A Mystery”, Poli had a big smile on his face.