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Primarily known for his fearlessly executed guitar work in New York’s technical/dissonant death destroyers Pyrrhon, DYLAN DILELLA has realized a singular voice as a solo guitarist and improviser. While his previous solo guitar works were distinctive and provocative, Human Shield sees his style taken to a new level of exuberance. Sitting midway between harsh noise, free jazz, drone, shoegaze, and metal, DILELLA's boundless appreciation for the grotesque, whimsical, and bizarre is thoroughly apparent throughout the album.
With three intense songs spanning more than forty-two minutes, Human Shield features only DYLAN DILELLA performing on guitar, with no further instrumentation or contributions. Recorded by the artist in the sweltering NYC August 2020 pandemic lockdown, Human Shield was mastered by Richard Chowenhill and completed with artwork by DILELLA and layout by Greg Meisenberg.
"In addition to unusual chording, DILELLA employs speed picking, effects, and varying pitches that merge into massive sonic assaults. But he is more than just a metal guitarist making a lot of noise. DILELLA’s playing is loosely patterned, yet unpredictable, incorporating aspects of free improv. The closest comparison is probably Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music, or perhaps the recent solo works of Alvaro Domene. In any event, your ears will be ringing after this one." - Avant Music News
"Heavily influenced by jazz and noise, DILELLA uses his guitar as a weapon, teasing the listener with moments of brilliant technicality before burying it beneath waves of loops and distortion. […] Human Shield is at once anxiety-ridden and anxiety-inducing. Claustrophobic and yet endlessly expansive." - Distorted Sound