ARTIST:

DGM

(ITALY)
TITLE:

THE PASSAGE

(2016)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

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""The Passage" is the perfect marriage of melodic and progressive metal with musicians at the top of their art."
OCERIAN (26.09.2016)  
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DGM has been settled in the European progressive metal landscape for a few years now and is, if not a benchmark, a band that never disappoints. This status obviously brings a certain pressure that the Italians overcome album after album. "The Passage" must therefore take up the challenge once again and live up to its predecessor "Momentum".

After a few measures of keyboards, 'The Secret Part 1' gets off to a flying start and what strikes at first, for those who know the discography of DGM, is that the spirit of the first albums is clearly present, with this impression of evidence that allows to enter immediately in the opus. The efficiency is in the melodies, the riffs and the guitar passages. Simone Mularoni's band is not here to revolutionize the genre but once again to make us enjoy their very melodic and direct progressive metal.

The two parts of 'The Secret' are totally convincing, both varied and balanced. They are especially enthusiastic like the long instrumental developments and the catchy sung parts remarkably performed by a Mark Basile extremely at ease and master of his art. He is nicely seconded by Tom Englund (Evergrey) in 'Ghost Of Insanity'. This dynamic title is endowed with a syncopated rhythmic which illustrates marvelously this prog and hard rock melo marriage of the best effect. Besides, the singer assumes this pleasant melodic metal style ('Animal', 'Daydreamer') and powerful which gives a very particular identity to this music, although it is globally progressive, as the typical riffs of the genre show it.

Some moments, as in 'Portrait' or 'The Passage', evoke Symphony X in its convoluted riffs. The filiation is confirmed with the presence of Michael Romeo on a devastating 'Dogma' which distances DGM a little from its beginnings. This album is a perfect illustration of what technique can do in the service of a very accessible musicality. DGM is sure of its facts and offers a very neat and convincing record which does not suffer from any major flaw.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. The Secret (Part 1)
02. The Secret (Part 2)
03. Animal
04. Ghosts Of Insanity
05. Fallen
06. The Passage
07. Disguise
08. Portrait
09. Daydreamer
10. Dogma
11. In Sorrow

LINEUP:
Andrea Arcangeli: Basse
Emanuele Casali: Claviers
Fabio Costantino: Batterie
Mark Basile: Chant
Simone Mularoni: Guitares
Michael Romeo: Guitares / Invité
Tom Englund: Chant / Invité
   
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