Persistence pays off on Italian proggers’ moody seventh.
You may have caught this Roman sextet supporting Pain Of Salvation on their recent UK dates or on previous POS tours, and this new album deserves to give them another profile boost. When you’re confronted with the initial staccato riff volley of opening track Drenched, you feel like you’re in familiar, if slightly generic, prog metal territory. But after that it’s the wider framework of the song that starts to captivate you, as a sumptuous orchestral sweep and Diego Marchesi’s soaring melodramatic vocal draw a more majestic cloak over proceedings. Elsewhere, Diego Cafolla’s stuttering power chords are knotty stepping stones for broader anthemic strokes, with keyboard washes, major to minor piano chords and ghostly vocal harmonies evoking some of symphonic rock’s favourite tricks. Their love of trip-hop’s widescreen noir atmospherics can be heard in the fuzzy vocals of the title track and the trickles of despondent keyboards that lend dramatic light and shade throughout the album. At heart, though, these boys are rockers, as Every Broken Piece Of Me proves as it works itself up from melancholy moodiness into an angry, thumping metallic frenzy.