Friday, June 24, 2016

Deus Ex Machina "Devoto"

Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Cuneiform Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 24, 2016
1. Devoto (5:54)
2. Sotterfugio (1:24)
3. Multiverso (5:46)
4. Distratto Da Me (7:28)
5. Eterno Ritorno (3:24)
6. Piu Uguale (10:09)
7. Transizione (7:05)
8. Autore Del Futuro (7:01)
9. Figli (6:59)
10. Quattro Piccole Mani (4:37)

Total Time 59:47

Mauro Collina: guitars
Alessandro Bonetti: violin
Alessandro Porreca: bass
Luigi Ricciardiello: organ, piano, synth
Claudio Trotta: Maurus drums
Alberto Piras: vocals
Luigi Savino: synth, contrabass
Alessandro Meroli: baritone saxophone
Marco Matteuzzi: alto saxophone
Massimo Greko: trumpet

Following an eight-year absence, the Italian rock/progressive group Deus Ex Machina bursts back onto the international scene with Devoto.Devoto retains Deus Ex Machina’s distinctive blend of fiery, complexly designed music, passionate bel canto vocals, virtuosic instrumental performances and analogue-heavy textures. Here as before, DEM’s music combines both the energy and beauty of early Mahavishnu Orchestra and Larks' Tongues in Aspic-era King Crimson; classic 70s hard rock influences from AC/DC, Deep Purple and, most unmistakably, Led Zeppelin; hints of RIO-tinged avant-progressive; and the unmistakable Mediterranean vibe of fellow 'Rock Progressivo Italiano' combos like PFM. But just as each successive album has represented something different yet still unmistakably, unequivocally DEM, Devoto takes a more direct, immediate approach: a more hard-hitting, gut-punching, visceral Deus Ex Machina.
Devoto may have been a long time coming, but it's been more than worth the wait. Deus Ex Machina continues to prepare even more new material while rehearsing for upcoming live dates. Prepare yourself to revel in the gripping punch and the more direct - yet still compositionally dense and intense - music of Devoto; like every album in its remarkable career, both a consolidation of what has come before...and a clear signpost of things to come.


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