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DGM - 2016 The Passage

ALBUM: The Passage
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Simone Mularoni - guitar, keyboards * Marco Basile - vocals * Andrea Arcangeli - bass * Fabio Costantino - drums * Emanuele Casali - keyboards * Tom Englund - guest vocals 'Ghosts Of Insanity'

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Secret (Part 1) * 02 The Secret (Part 2) * 03 Animal * 04 Ghosts Of Insanity * 05 Fallen * 06 The Passage * 07 Disguise * 08 Portrait * 09 Daydreamer * 10 Dogma * 11 In Sorrow



It's Italian progressive metal with a sweetened dose of melodic rock factored in. That is DGM in a nutshell, after nearly twenty plus years in the biz. This Italian band began life as a progressive metal band around 1994, in and around other Italian mainstays such as Labyrinth, Secret Sphere, Eldritch and Rhapsody. The Italian scene was quite strong in this regard back then, even if the quality control was a bit haphazard. Not anymore as we wind the clock forward two decades. DGM now have the same sort of reputation as peers such as Pagans Mind, Circus Maximus and Symphony X; three of the biggest names in contemporary prog metal as at 2016. Such high praise indeed, and one listen to the powerhouse offering of 'The Passage' justifies all the plaudits.

The Songs
The musicianship on this album is astounding. The DGM team delivering right across the board. Thankfully, the band don't over-indulge in the progressive stakes, and though some of the pieces are lengthy, the razor sharp guitars, intricate keyboard work plus a booming rhythm section keeps things in perspective. Singer Marco Basile brings the attention span much closer to the action, not allowing any moments to drift away from the listener. To me, he resembles the late great Steve Lee from Gotthard on his heavier moments. The opening sequence of 'The Secret' is cut over two parts, and covers the first 15 minutes of the album. DGM really amp it up on 'Animal', fast and furious stuff. Tom Englund from Evergrey joins Basile for a vocal duet-workout on 'Ghosts Of Insanity', this sounds really impressive, kinda like the lovechild of Symphony X and Pagans Mind. By now, 'Fallen' really delves into Symphony X's world, the rapid fire drum work and frantic riffs drive this into speed metal territory. The title track 'The Passage' features cutting guitar lines from Simone Mularoni and is quite technical in parts. Moving beyond the shortened ballad piece 'Disguise', DGM move into modern prog metal with 'Portrait'. The keyboard work here borders on virtuoso. Check it out! There's no let-up as 'Daydreamer' and 'Dogma' chase you down with relenting pressure, your ears can't keep up. DGM finally put the brakes on with the closing ballad 'In Sorrow', an acoustic finale which allows DGM to ease out on their own terms.

In Summary
Though this is their first album in three years, 'The Passage' is just a huge sounding album in every respect, and should put DGM right up there among the better bands in this category, if they aren't there already. It should come as no surprise that Frontiers has two of the biggest bands in this sub-genre on their roster (include also Circus Maximus), and if GDM readers wish to exorcise their sugary habits for something more muscular and lean, then DGM should be on your menu. Power it up!

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#1 | DEMONAOR on September 09 2016 19:33:36
Great album
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