KINGCROW

Per­sis­tence pays off on Ital­ian prog­gers’ moody sev­enth.

Prog - - Intro -

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.

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