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Deus Ex Machina - Equilibrismo da Insofferenza CD (album) cover


Deus Ex Machina


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.09 | 59 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I can't say enough about this amazing Italian band. I started with their "Cinque" record and was promptly blown away by the intensity, complexity and sheer power both instrumentally and vocally. Well i'm here to tell you that this album which came out before "Cinque" is just as good in every way. Without question the two albums I mentioned are my favourites from this excllent band. For me it really is a toss up as to which one is better. There is so much to digest here, and like "Cinque" this one is over 70 minutes in length.

After a six second intro we start with "Distrazione Infinita". Keys come and go while violin and drums lead the way. Horns join in. Guitar comes in ripping it up briefly. The bass is relentless. It calms down before the vocals arrive 2 1/2 minutes in. It kicks back into gear before 4 1/2 minutes as guitar lights it up. This contrast continues as we get another calm with vocals before the guitar takes the lead in another uptempo section. "Cosmopolitismo Centimethropolitano" opens with drums before an uptempo section led by organ takes over. Violin joins in and then vocals. The bass lines and vocals are so impressive ! Guitar lets loose 2 1/2 minutes in. The vocals are truly outstanding in this track, they absolutely kill. Pulsating organ comes and goes. It settles after 5 minutes as chunky bass comes in with organ and drums. Nice. Guitar starts to set fire to the soundscape as deep bass lines continue. More excellent guitar and organ. Vocals are back 10 minutes in with passion to end it.

"Amori Difficilli" is over 5 minutes of acoustic guitar and bass. Unless you hear this you won't believe how incredible this is as the tempo and mood shifts throughout. "Incomunicabilita" is led by horns and drums early. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in as it settles down. Some guitar feedback before 3 minutes. Sax follows in a catchy melody. Vocals are back before 5 1/2 minutes as guitar comes in grinding away. The vocals and horns are outstanding after 7 minutes. So many changes in this tune. "Equilibrisimo Da Insofferenza" opens with a 2 1/2 minute drum clinic. The song then starts over as horns play tastefully with light drums. Vocals after 3 1/2 minutes are reserved but it's all building. Scorching guitar after 5 minutes. Amazing section after 6 1/2 minutes as guitar, organ and drums impress.

"Dove Non Puo Esserci Contraddizione" opens with a full, uptempo melody. Vocals join in quickly. Blinding guitar 1 1/2 minutes in. It settles before 3 minutes as organ, guitar and drums do their thing. This goes on until a fuller sound arrives 5 minutes in. Love the guitar that goes on until after 6 1/2 minutes, then it calms right down again. "Trot-Tronic" again features some killer drumming as bass and synths support. "La Fine Del Mondo" is the closing 16 1/2 minute track. This one has a beautiful jazz flavour to it. Violin is back on this one and horns. Lots of tempo and mood changes. Vocals after 2 1/2 minutes. It's darker 5 1/2 minutes in with bass. Guitar 7 minutes in. A jazzy calm takes over 8 minutes in. Nice. Vocals are back before 12 minutes with violin and horns coming in later.

This is such a joy to listen to. Varied and amazingly played. A must. An adventure that is closer to 4.5 stars really.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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