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Red Rose – On The Cusp Of Change

red rose coverOn The Cusp Of Change is the second full length offering from Red Rose, following 2011’s Live The Life You’ve Imagined. Recorded before they recruited Daniel Berger permanently on drums, the band were able to call on the services of Matan Shmuely (Orphaned Land) to pound the beats. Recorded at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark, On The Cusp Of Change was released in February 2013.

When Roses Faded is the first track and starts off with an eerie middle eastern vibe, with a pounding rhythmic drum pattern that gives way to a keyboard/guitar led opening riff. The chorus is huge, the melody in there instantly catches your attention. Bass and drums open up Chasing Freedom and the song explodes into an excellent hard melodic rock song. There are plenty of guitars, keyboards and vocal hooks to satisfy all rock needs, there is even the big guitar solo. Great rose1

King Of The Local Crowd is a good rock n roll song. Indeed it has the vibe of a seventies Meatloaf song about it. Original Sin explores the bands progressive side a lot more with a lot of musical changes, however those huge vocal melodies still come at you full force. Alone In The Night is an acoustic led ballad that builds throughout the song with an excellent bluesy solo to finish off with.

This Bitter World opens quietly with piano and understated guitar before bursting to life in a blur of keyboards, once again showing that Red Rose know how to write a good rock song. Don’t believe These Tales takes you on a great little musical journey, you can hear a bit of Iron Maiden in some of the bass lines to some full blown Dream Theater. Seize The Day is the final track on the album and is possibly my favourite track of the eight on offer. The track flows along on the keyboards with a touch of acoustic guitars and an emotional vocal.

red rose2All in all, On The Cusp Of Change is a very good album, with some great ideas and excellent musicianship on there. The band have certainly developed as writers and musicians and it will be very enjoyable to hear this album played live.

A positive 7/10

Leve Laiter – vocals
Elnur Aliev – guitars
Deion Kristen – keyboards
Eli Reeve – bass
Daniel Berger – drums

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DGM – Momentum

DGM2Momentum is album number eight for progressive metal monsters DGM.  Recorded, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studios in San Marino, Italy, the band have produced possibly the best work they have recorded. Their previous albums have all been very strong, Frame and Different Shapes being my favourites (go check them out), however, Momentum in my opinion, is a better overall album. Momentum is an instant album, by that I mean that there are things that you will instantly like about this album. When you have listened to the album for a while you then hear a lot of different things, subtle keyboards that sit in the background giving songs extra depth, little bass runs that you never heard before etc. DGM get the progressive metal balance spot on on Momentum, this is a heavy album, a metal album. The progressive side  is always there adding extra colour to the canvas, it is however never overbearing and the band resist the temptation to play for playings sake, which a lot of bands who are given the progressive tag have a tendency of doing.

The album kicks off in great style with Reason which features a guest appearance from Symphony X frontman Russell Allen. The song drives straight at you from the off, there is the sound of a Hammond organ underpinning the whole song, drifting in and out throughout the track. The video for the song is available on the bands website, have yourself a watch of it. Trust is next and starts of at a furious pace, the song contains almost everything, there is heaviness, melody and no little technical expertise. The song contains a huge chorus, with a hook that is going to stay with you for a long time.

Universe flies past you with a burst of double bass drumming brilliance, listen out for the solos in this one, they are played that quickly that Dragonforce are jealous. The drums again add extra heaviness to Numb, however, DGM don’t lose any of their melodic side because of it. So far they have got the balance absolutely right. Some of the keyboard playing in Pages reminds me of Jordan Rudess, no bad thing at all.DGM1

If you know DGM at all then you will know they are masters of the slow burning song that builds into something quite magnificent. Repay is no exception to this as a simple piano/vocal are slowly but surely joined by the rest of the band before the soloing kicks in. The song constantly builds, the understated backing vocals adding extra weight and emotion. Chaos comes at you from the start although still has the singalong chorus that sticks in your head and keeps you humming for a long time.

Remembrance starts with a great headbanging groove, which it returns to often, but not that often that it bleeds the well dry. Overload hits you with a blur of keyboards before evolving into an excellent driven song. There is nothing to dislike at all so far on the album. The heavy opening of Void opens into a slower verse, which takes you on a journey of it’s own musically wise, before the rapid double bass drumming chorus takes over. The song also has a very uplifting set of  solo’s that instantly grab your attention. Album closer Blame once again showcases the vocal range of Mark Basile as well as the energy that his bandmates are more than capable of producing and do produce constantly on this tremendous album.DGM

There is so much more to this album than I can describe in this review, it has been out for a couple of months now and if you don’t have it in your library I would urge you to add it. There is so much going on but without ever sounding confused, or out of sync with the rest of the song. The musicianship is first rate, it’s heavy, melodic, proggy, it has something for all metal lovers and alienates none. A massive well done.

An excellent 9/10

Mark Basile – Vocals
Simone Mularoni – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
Fabio Costantino – Drums
Emanuele Casali – Keyboards

Watch the video for Reason

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