Italian youngsters charge onto symphonic metal scene with a promising battle cry.
Two years of groundwork might not be a long time to make a convincing bid for originality, yet this quintet’s recording debut is rather spectacular – and ironical, too, in the iron way. While “Alter Ego” is a little more than an introduction to the quartet sound which finds Sara Toffano’s multi-tracked vocals harmonizing with Andrea Bazzon and Mauro Marchelle’s guitars, the oratorio sway of “Do It Ourselves” effectively overturns the DIY ethic of it all.
More so, the prog promise of “Ground Zero” glides over a rock ‘n’ rolling riff, so there’s a firm rooting at play underneath the operatic garb, and “Living A Nightmare” demonstrates all the foursome’s sonic power. Live, they must be even more impressive, but a full-length album, when there’s one, should be a guilty pleasure if it’s to keep such a high standard.