Monday, December 1, 2014

Starbynary "Dark Passenger"

Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelBakerteam Records
Release dateDecember 1, 2014 (EU), January 20, 2015 (USA)
01. Before The Dawn 02:48
02. ... Dawn Of Evil 05:48
03. Dark Passenger 06:24
04. Blood 04:53
05. Reflections 01:23
06. Codex 06:03
07. The Ritual - Modus Operandi 05:41
08. My Enemies 06:11
09. Look Around, Turn Away! 07:04
10. The End Begins 16:49

Joe Caggianelli - Vocals (Derdian)
Leo Giraldi - Guitars
Luigi Accardo - Keyboards
Bea Sinigaglia - Soprano (2)
Mike LePond - Bass (Symphony X)
Diego Ralli - Drums

...the story of our not-so-conflicted serial killer is played out in the context of progressive power metal. Being from Italy, you can expect it to epic and bombastic, thanks to a wall of riffage and an ocean of synths, and it is. Pretty basic stuff. Vocals are handled by ex-Derdian vocalist Joe Caggianelli, who remains in fine form. However, on several songs he does seem to get swept away the grandiose power metal. His longtime friend and co-founder Leo Giraldi performs on guitar, offering the usual abundance of extravagent solos. For the album, Starbynary found a hired gun for bass player in Symphony X's Mike LePond. Much like Caggianelli's vocals, his bass lines are easily missed, being subdued even more than the vocals. Keyboards are played by Luigi Accardo, a relative newcomer, but with obvious depth to his talents. His synths embellish the soundscapes and his solos compliment Giraldi's guitar. Put all this together with the ambitious arrangements and you have Italian power prog in it's most extravagent form.
 Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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