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From the Depth - Moments Award winner

From the Depth
Moments
by Quinten Serna at 07 September 2020, 8:38 AM

Having now just released their sophomore album following a 5 year lapse, FROM THE DEPTH, does an apt job living up to their name as their return is nothing short of immaculate and ever enthralling—where now the music is a bit more defined in reference to a heavier approach and does well to endorse and epitomize such in the soul of every track.

The album commences with the track, “Immortal,” which is a combination of heavily overdriven guitars, varying synths, and spacious drums; the song manages in introducing the listener to the tonality and force of the band additionally focusing attention to the dynamic that each track possesses. “Spread Your Fire,” starts with a jaded break from the silence of the preceding song, completely flipping expectation head-over-heels as one would come to learn and discern the song’s focus is speed oriented with the arpeggio leads guiding the listener through shifting modulations which are all but forgotten for a moment’s pass found within a small respite before the chorus.

Streets Of Memory” whose message is cryptic and mesmerizing blends quieted tension with overdriven progressions in a manner by which I’ve scarce heard before, whose effect is something grand and moving a small triumph which coaxes an instance of reflection in the tacet silence between spacious chords. This track is one of my favorites on the album for its amazing ability to play between tension and resolve in such a grand capacity. “Forget and Survive” is the first full track on the second half of the album and follows suit in the footsteps of its predecessors in regards to shifting dynamics and modulations, though feels a bit more focused and compact. The final song on the LP, “Somewhere” begins with harmonized acoustics and piano, of which the former fades before the voice joins in to accompany the piano; the addition of synth and percussion gives the song a more attentive drive which is brought unto full fruition by the company of guitars and percussion near the halfway portion of the track; the song fades out on bittersweet harmonies, like the ending of a grand opus.

The menagerie of musical instruments is one of the greatest impressions received from both the band and the album, whose composition is as well something of a magnificent effect—the combination of rendered and articulated instruments meld together exceptionally well, which is of a skill-set often never mastered. The guitars are brilliant, overdriven, and are mixed to the degree of being in-your-face but never over saturating; the bass is a bit more subtle but itself plenty powerful enough to draw attention when needed and, of course, drive the song forward and center the instruments; the drums are a powerful relentless beast of force; and the synth, in addition to the keyboards, are striking and stunning accents which excel in adding emphasis to the song, but are never made to be the focus of a progression or modulation which is a brilliant design; and lastly, the vocals delivers great performances in varying ranges and harmonies never once lost in the mix.

The amount of skill required to compose such songs is a matter otherworldly and yet still devoted on top of that—the mixtures of analog, synth, and voiced accompaniments works wonders to the finest of details such that FROM THE DEPTH’sMOMENTS” is a grand moment contained all to itself in the trickling of time.

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Immortal
2. Spread Your Fire
3. Ten Years
4. Streets Of Memory
5. Hypnos
6. Forget And Survive
7. Just Ice
8. Missed
9. A Matter Of Time
10. Somewhere
Lineup:
Santo Clemenzi – Bass
Cristiano Battini – Drums
Gianpiero Milione – Guitars
Simone Martinelli – Guitars
Raffaele “Raffo” Albanese – Vocals and Guitars
Record Label: Rockshots Records
     


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