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Nova Luna – Nova Vita

Nova Luna
Nova Vita
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 19 April 2022, 8:19 AM

“The songs on the “Nova Vita” album is a collection of stories that tell feelings and poetry, each song represents a narrated emotion, including depression, anger and love, then leaving space for technique and musical composition. It is inspired by Prog Metal music, passing through more pop and modern music, finally taking a cue from Hard Rock. In addition to these, Japanese culture and music also took part in certain songs, inspiring them through some of the greatest anime and videogame series.” The album contains ten tracks.

“Addicted To Myself” opens the album. The riff is fairly simple and the pig squeals are annoying. But it gets better with the chorus. Mattia also has a fantastic voice, and the harmonies in the chorus are on point. The title track is a shorter, calm offering, high with emotions. Again, the best part of the song are the harmonies in the chorus, but the bands needs work on structuring the verses so that they can keep up. “Over Machines” begins with a slow and steady pace. The chorus takes on a slight Power Metal element. The melodies are accessible enough but the simple riffing really holds back a talented band.

“World of Truth” opens with clean guitars and some more subdued sounds. It’s charming with the piano notes and the smooth vocals of Mattia. It’s so close to really becoming a memorable melody…a few more well placed notes and they are there. “Lost in the Sky” is another track that nearly climbs the mountain but still falls just a bit short. The band does build some nice melodies here however, and the keyboards following the guitar solo are pleasing. “Save You (This Time)” might be the song I was waiting for…it begins with heavy rhythms and some meter shifts. This darker song features a rich and full chorus, but the verses still need some thickening up.

“Morning Stars” is another shorter song with a smooth and bouncy rhythm. This time, the verses are thickened with pensive elements and the chorus is much more memorable. This song fires on all cylinders. “Black Stained Sun” begins with clean guitars and a solemn yet pleasing melody. This song has some unusual chord progressions but they work well with the central melody. The album is improving as it moves along. “Without Sorrow” gets going with a tight little rhythm and positive sounds…conditional to the song title of course. This breezy song will make you forget all about any worries that you have. Kick back and enjoy it.

“Cause of My Poetry” closes the album. Beginning with soft piano notes and pensive vocals, it perhaps sums up the story and reason for the album. The “cause of my poetry” is the creation of music and feeling in its simplest form. I have to admit, from the start, I was a bit cautious of the album’s potential. But as it moved on, it seemed like the band found their groove and niche in the musical world. They have a great singer and are not short on talent. If they can improve just some little things here and there, they could be a real force to be reckoned with.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Addicted to Myself
2. Nova Vita
3. Over Machines
4. World of Truth
5. Lost in The Sky
6. Save You (This Time)
7. Morning Stars
8. Black Stained Sun
9. Without Sorrow
10. Cause of My Poetry
Lineup:
Mattia Martin – Vocals
Davide Martina – Guitars
Alessandro Piputto – Drums
Nicola Lardo – Bass
Valerio Simonini – Keyboards
Record Label: Pride & Joy Music
     


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