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Deus X Machina – X

Deus X Machina
by YngwieViking at 04 February 2015, 1:52 PM

The Argentinian band DEUS X MACHINA is all about True Heavy Metal with many tendencies to reach the Power Metal style of the late 90's (HAMMERFALL/DREAM EVIL) and a real constancy in writing strong cuts with melodic leanings.

DEUS X MACHINA's debut simply titled “X” is the perfect summary of proofs, in how the band is coming from the new world are extremely talented but also very respectful of the traditional method of steel, dedicated at the highest level, to the Classic Metal sound in its full orthodoxy, I have the deepest consideration for such an homage to the glorious power of this timeless genre.

The South American personality is always characterized by a high pitch singer with a lyrical tendency and once again, this fact is true with DEUS X MACHINA…The European influence is also displayed in majority mixed with a subtle Prog Metal flavors and of course some early ANGRA's (“Reborn In The Fire”) similarities.

All along the running time singer Sebastian Ferraro demonstrates a real temper and a great mastery (except maybe for a single track, “The Curse Of Capistrano” and its refrain which is the only low point of the whole CD) sounding like a cross between Fabio Lione (VISION DIVINE/RHAPSODY OF FIRE) and HIBRIA’s Iuri Sanson in the perfect celebration of M.Kiske’s legacy.

Their most Progressive moment is at slot number eight, a long and epic track that shows a slightly different style with some intriguing vocals and a pretty complicated Neo-Classical structure without losing their typical energy… Very interesting and quite promising.

The production sound design is very efficient, it reveals their smart use of the keyboards and their dynamic is clearly updated by this scheme of arrangements.

Their cover of SURVIVOR's “Eye Of The Tiger” at the end is funny but, I think it's a double edge sword, as their version is a real departure from the original pace and I believe that the old purists will hate this rendition… However it’s certainly well executed and courageous so: thumb up!!!

After the amazing release of KATTAH “Lapis Lazuli” or the latest AGE OF ARTEMIS from Brazil, here is another great surprise coming from Latin America, that need to be classified between SCELERATA/HELKER/NOTURNALL/DARK AVENGER/TRIBUZY or ELECTRONOMICON.

4 Star Rating

1. Dawn Of Ashes
2. The Devourer
3. Reborn In The Fire
4. Absolute Reality
5. The Curse Of Capistrano
6. Farewell
7. Under The Clouds
8. Deus X Machina
9. Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor cover)
Sebastian Ferraro – Lead Vocals
Matias Laino - Guitars
Victorio Cassanova - Bass
Berta Rodriguez - Drums
Donny Travieso - Keyboards
Record Label: Independent


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