DGM - The Passage (Review)

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Progressive Melodic Metal
Friday, August 26, 2016
You need a bit of variety in your music and this month it is DGM from Italy, presenting their 8th studio album! Yes, 8. This is however the first I’ve heard from them, but it’s enough to get my attention right from the start.
Performing a mix of progressive metal and European symphonic hard rock, Evergrey singer Tom Englund and Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo both appear as special guests and the band thanks both bands plus Secret Sphere, Pagan’s Mind and Circus Maximus in their liner notes.
That should give you some indication of where the band sits musically.
That established, it is all about the songs and much like others of this ilk, this record is not a one-listen and appreciate kind of deal. Its only over repeated listens that the true melodies and the intricacies of the songs show themselves.
There’s a lot of Dream Theater in these guys too. The hooks and chorus structures aren’t obvious, but they are there.
Songs range from 2 to 8 minutes in length, with melodies often revealing themselves in the vocals within verses, much like that of Circus Maximus.

I can’t quite rank this album up with the artists that influence the sound of DGM, but the impressive and likeable lead vocals, plus the intelligent arrangements and powerful performances do make this album one to remember and check out if you’re a fan of the progressive way of life.

DGM Line Up 8th Album 'The Passage' On Frontiers

Friday, August 26, 2016

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the brand new album from Italian prog metal masters DGM, entitled 'The Passage', on August 26.
'The Passage' is DGM's eighth studio album and is the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 with the release of their self-produced mini-album, 'Random Access Zone'. The band went through several incarnations and lineup changes during the years, but since singer Mark Basile joined the group in 2007, DGM evolved and developed their sound into what they have now become.
It was probably the release of 'Frame' (2007) that pushed the band into the top of the league of international prog metal. It was also on the strength of this material that DGM managed to tour for almost four years around the world, taking part in some of the biggest metal festivals, supporting Symphony X on their European tour, and sharing the stage with Pagan's Mind too. In 2013, DGM came back with "Momentum", an album which showed the full stylistic maturity of a band which felt fully confident with their abilities, both on the songwriting and the musicianship side. The last album was promoted with more shows and after several gigs in Europe, they performed for the second time at ProgPower USA and started their first Asian tour in November 2014 playing Beijing, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka as headliners.
The new album, 'The Passage' is another substantial step forward for DGM. Sounding like a hungry, urbanized version of Symphony X, with substantial hard rock influences, the new record is remarkable in several aspects. The compositions are phenomenal, with sweeping choruses, technical passages, lightning fast fretwork, big vocals and bombastic transitions. The playing is simply faultless and the melodies are perfectly woven into the killer guitars, epic keyboards, and pounding drums!
'This album can easily be seen as our most ambitious work to date,' says guitarist and producer Simone Mularoni. 'This time we tried to evolve to an even more personal sound. We took all the elements we developed through all these years and we tried to take them to the limit. Throughout the whole record you will hear a recurrent musical theme. Instead of doing a usual concept album with the lyrics, we decided to do a sort of musical concept with this melody that repeats in every song but every time with different time signatures and keys,' tells drummer Fabio Costantino. 'This album will offer to the listener a key for a positive dimension. A path made of sound vibrations: The Passage to our dreams and hopes,' concludes bassist Andrea Arcangeli.
Evergrey singer Tom Englund and Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo also appear as special guests tributing the value of this outstanding album. And let's not forget the great job that producer Simone Mularoni did in the studio! The future looks bright for these guys! Check them out live when they come to a town near you!
'The Passage' tracklisting includes: The Secret (Part 1); The Secret (Part 2); Animal; Ghosts Of Insanity; Fallen; The Passage; Disguise; Portrait; Daydreamer; Dogma; In Sorrow.
Enjoy the album's EPK following this link: https://youtu.be/ip-E0qsXCac
Simone Mularoni - guitars, keyboards
Marco Basile - vocals
Andrea Arcangeli - bass
Fabio Costantino - drums
Emanuele Casali - keyboards
Special guests:
Tom Englund - vocals on 'Ghosts of Insanity'
Michael Romeo ' lead guitar on 'Dogma'
Produced by Simone Mularoni
June 18 - Rover' Veronese, Festival (Italy)
July 21 - Napoli, New Sea Legend (Italy)
September 16 - Titans Club, Lens (Belgium)
September 17 - Moonlight Club, Diest (Belgium)
September 18 - De Meister, Geleen (Holland)
September 24 - Kofmehlweg Soletta, ElevenRock Fest (Switzerland)
November 3 - Osaka, LiveHouse (Japan)
November 4 - Nagoya, Sakae (Japan)
November 5 - Tokyo, Shinijuku (Japan)
November 6 - Tokyo, Shinijuku (Japan)
More shows TBA
Weblinks: www.dgmsite.com // www.facebook.com/dgmprog
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