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Adimiron – Et Liber Eris Award winner

Et Liber Eris
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 07 November 2017, 2:15 AM

Hailing from Rome, Italy, Progressive/Experimental Metal quartet ADIMIRON present their latest release titled “Et Liber Eris,” which contains eight tracks, as is their fifth full-length album. Encyclopaedia Metallum (The Metal Archives) notes a transition in sound from their earlier days of Melodic Black Metal to the modern days of more Progressive Metal. Genre labels be gone, let’s dive into the new album.

“The Sentinel” leads off the album. Eerie and dissonant clean guitar notes ring out in warning, as the protector takes steps to defend his secrets. The clean vocal passages and dreamy and celestial, while the harsh vocal passages are angry, deep and disturbing. The rhythm is an oscillating and pulsing cadence, showing technical mastery in songwriting. “Zero-Sum Game” hears that darkness continue to slowly seep into your skin continue, with a platter of almost scientific like precision attacking your senses, like an army of cyborgs assembled with programmed orders that have already won with game planned results for every scenario. It’s cold and barren in its delivery, threatening to reach those emotionally dark recesses in your mind that you through you shut away tightly. “Joshua Tree 37” is even more aggressive and weighted, with a thick and cacophonous sound that only brakes for a more attenuated feeling here and there.  Take note on the guitar riffs here as they are just commanding.

Not content to explore, “The Coldwalker” has a calmer Progressive sound with mournful elements that could speak of burden or regret. Even for the scaled back delivery, the message still hits you hard, feeling as though you walk the earth alone, forever chained. “As Long as it Takes” sports an almost Industrial sound, considering the desolate vocal delivery, and the nature in which the machine that constitutes guitar, bass and drum work together so tightly. The musicianship is impressive. “The Unsaid” has unconventional connections that somehow work. You have this chugging main riff which repeats itself in a quick pattern, with some lead guitar notes sprinkled over top that are in alternating keys. The main of the vocals in the verses follows the riff in a hypnotic fashion, until reaching the chorus where the crooked and knotted sound straightens out. The heavier accents remind me of TESSERACT, combined with the clean vocals it is oddly pleasing.

“Stainless” has a despondent and depressing sound, like someone is slowly stealing light from the world. The clean vocal harmonies are heavy with emotions, while the harsh vocals bite hard. Proggy rhythms abound as well, punching you over and over. “Zona Del Silencio” is the closing track. Coiled a bit at first, like a cornered snake that is seemingly docile, it has a mellow entrance with drawn out clean vocals. But when the harsh vocals come into play, it strikes out at you with fury and anger. The fade out at the end is apocalyptic in the sense that everything dies out. This is really an outstanding album from start to finish. It is intensely dark and bitter, and moving in a way that digs deep into your fears and insecurities. It’s like they have radar pointed to the things that you try to keep at bay. But let them out, because the listen can be very cathartic.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. The Sentinel
2. Zero-Sum Game
3. Joshua Tree 37
4. The Coldwalker
5. As Long as it Takes
6. The Unsaid
7. Stainless
8. Zona Del Silencio
Alessandro Castelli – Guitar
Sami El Kadi – Vocals
Cecilia Nappo – Bass
Federico Maragoni – Drums
Record Label: Indie Recordings


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