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Angel Vivaldi


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.21 | 5 ratings

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4 stars In the artist description above Angel Vivaldi (I am not still not sure this is a real name, because it sounds so cheesy! :)) is said to have a djenty tone. Well, if you consider Swedish band Meshuggah as forefathers of djent, this has some complicated riffs, but is not Meshuggah. It's technical, but not extreme (I am referencing the style as classified here on PA). Think more of a neoclassical guitar shredder (let's take Joe Satriani as a fellow Italian-American from the New York-New Jersey area), but more metallic, dense and generally overdriven. I could personally do without the constant double kick drumming, which is here for pure technicality's sake and is mixed too prominently. The artist's progginess, I guess, is derived here from high level of technicality and free-form structures.

This is a 4-song instrumental EP, but so dense that it feels like a complete album. Cool album concept, by the way. I would personally prefer a little more diversity in sound, for example, clean guitar breaks, continuing the same theme, but without the overdrive, which worked so well on an earlier song, Acid Reign (Angel Vivaldi has more records than it is listed here, by the way). But the guy's skill is undoubtably very high.

Progrussia | 4/5 |


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