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3.63 | 39 ratings | 4 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 - album:
1. La DiversitÓ di Avere un'Anima (7:53)
2. Giallo Oro (12:04)
3. Il Testamente dell'Uomo Saggio (6:54)
4. Cor Mio (5:13)
5. La Fine del Mondo (14:48)
6. Cosmopolitismo Centimetropolitano (live) (11:56)

Total time: 58:48

Disc 2 - DVD:
1-7 - live in Paris 2006
1. Rhinoceros (9:39)
2. La DiversitÓ di Avere un'Anima (8:21)
3. Giallo Oro (11:13)
4. Dove non pu˛ esserci contradizzione (10:04)
5. Il Pensiero che porta alle Cose importanti (7:46)
6. Cosmopolitismo Centimetropolitano (drum solo) (5:09)
7. Cosmopolitismo Centimetropolitano (11:56)
8. Interviews:
A. DeM speak (22:30)
B. Fabrizio plays (Giallo Oro) (5:44)
9. Extras:
A. Paris backstage (6:00)
B. Excerpts from Maresa, Spain 2002 (16:55)
C. Excerpts from Chapel Hill, USA 1996 (9:27)
D. Excerpts from Italian TV, 1996 (4:20)
E. Ad Montem, 1993 Videoclip (4:56)

Total time: 134:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Buonez Bonetti / violin
- Maurino Collina / guitar
- Alberto Piras / vocals
- Porre Porreca / bass
- Fabrizio Puglisi / keyboards
- Claudio Trotta / drums

Releases information

Cuneiform Records, Rune 259/260
This released consists of a cd with new material and a DVD of a live show in Paris as well as performances from older shows and an interview with the band.

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DEUS EX MACHINA Imparis ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
Good, but non-essential (13%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars "Imparis" might be my favourite DEUS EX MACHINA record, and that's saying something ! I sure didn't feel that way after the first few listens, mainly because this one isn't as dynamic or Avant-gard as the others. Have they just matured or settled down ? I don't know, but everything that makes these guys a great band is still all here. Hard to believe it's been 6 years since their last album.

"La Diversita Di Avere Un'Anima" opens with some atmosphere before kicking into gear quickly with some great sounding organ. The guitar sounds fantatstic a minute in. Vocals before 2 minutes. The man can sing ! Violin 4 minutes in as piano plays on. It's building. Some ripping guitar 6 minutes in as bass throbs. "Giallo Oro" again opens with atmosphere as violin plays lazily with light drums. Reserved vocals 2 1/2 minutes in. It's building a minute later. Sounds pulsate after 4 1/2 minutes. Nice. The piano / drum melody 9 minutes in sounds really good. Vocals return a minute later. "Il Testamento Dell'Uomo Saggio" hits the ground running. Some nice chunky bass when it does settle. Vocals join in. I love the guitar work after 2 minutes. The vocals and organ are both powerful and amazing. It's building 5 1/2 minutes in to the end as the violin rips it up.

"Cor Mio" is a beautiful violin led track. Vocals join in this feel good song. It does get intense later though. "La Fine Del Mondo" is the longest track at almost 15 minutes. I like the sound it builds to 2 minutes in with deep bass,violin,piano and drums. Vocals 4 minutes in. A fuller sound 6 minutes in as guitar kicks in. The keyboard / drum section is outstanding. Jazzy. Violin joins in around 11 minutes as the song changes and vocals return. The tempo picks back up after 13 minutes. "Cosmopolitismo Centimetropolitano" is the final track, and a live song at that. Nice drum intro as violin and organ join in. The vocals are impressive. A calm after 3 minutes until guitar and bass start to dominate turning it into a powerful soundscape 6 minutes in. Some great organ runs follow. The guitar and bass shine 8 1/2 minutes in. Drums too. A sudden calm 10 minutes in. Vocals are back to end it.

This is simply outstanding music played at the highest possible level. I just love listening to the arrangements, and the way these guys play. Highly recommended.

Review by Sean Trane
4 stars This album comes with different artworks whether it the Cd alone or it includes the DVD. To most progheads, this should be a no-brainer and the double disc affair will sell loads. Actually no matter the artwork, none of them are interesting in the least, but the title miht just be a 2for1, since the studio album Imparis is coupled with Live In Paris DVD. Both were recorded while they were attending the festival Les Tritonales of that year.

The studio album is their sixth (if Cinque was their fifth) and although I've only three of them (now 4), Imparis is clearly their best, being a giant step forward after the clumsy, sombre Cinque. Alberto's troupes are in full fighting form and recorded the album over three days in a Paris studio in late spring 08, even if the sixth and final is a live rendition of a previous track (also included in the live DVD disc) from Cinque. I've always found it hard to write about DEM's music, mainly because of its eclectivity, as each tracks goes through so meny changes that it's almost useless trying to describe it, unless citing them all. Sooo what permeates from a DEM album is the great amount of energy, a desire to stay away from straight-forward rock, and avoid predictability by heading in a systematically different direction than what you'd have expected them to head in. There s one major exception in this album: the jazz- rock of Fin Del Mondo (end of the world), when they do get predictable except when you'd have wished for the track to be instrumental, Alberto's intervention midway through being catastrophic, but outside that bit, the track is certainly the album's second highlight, after the delightful slow-evolving but crescendoing intro of Galio Oro. Once the track is in full force an Emersionian Gentle Giant-esque soundscape slowly evolving into another crescendo (ala Starless) evoking Soft Crimson. The shorter tracks also have more spunk and jazzier ambiance than anything they'd done on Cinque.

As for the Live DVD, three of the six tracks present on the Imparis studio Cd are also played in the concert as well as two from Cinque and two (three including a drum solo) more are from Equilibrismo, so you won't get the band to foray in their early catalogue. This Les Tritons performance is a typical one from DEM, with the group performing the tracks very close to their studio version. With bits of other concerts tagged on at the end of Les Tritons' appearance, it might have been interesting to see early footage as well, but once again, aside from Italian TV clips, there isn't much to sink your teeth into. But the concert was the main object and the rest is pure bonus.

What's not apparent on Cd , but evident to anyone who's seen the group live is their singer's Alberto Piras' strong stage presence, dividing the crowds into two camps. The first accepting him and gesticulations between his sometimes distant interventions, the others being actually slightly irritated over his attempts to find something to do during the many instrumental passages, this taking easily 2/3 of a concert. Alberto's antics are actually fresh over the first two songs of the first concert you've seen from DEM, but over a full concert, he's mildly irritating. Other prog singers have solved this by learning an instruments, and I could easily see Alberto playing percussions. In the same idea, it might also be a good idea that the violinist during his lengthy absence might learn a wind instrument, in order to vary the group's sound a bit more. But now, I m nitpicking

DEM is the modern extant of great Italian groups like Area and are one of the very few new generation groups to be really worth it, along with their protÚgÚs DFA in the very same genre others like Periferia Del Mondo or Torre Del Alchemista being left wayayayay behind in terms of relevance.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Fantastic playing, but Jazz-Rock/Fusion it isn't . Closer to Eclectic with a touch of Canterbury. Really, no need to salivate over a long lost masterpiece of that genre. There are some jazzy elements, but a violin played (at times) along with a few dissonant cords doesn't make it sound like ... (read more)

Report this review (#1158975) | Posted by Anon-E-Mouse | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I simply can't agree with the other reviewers. I'm really disappointed with this record. Not that I don't favour evolution of bands, but for me "De Republica" is still DEM's best effort. The creative fire which pervaded their first album seems to be estinguished here, expecially in the voice, w ... (read more)

Report this review (#225358) | Posted by Warholizer | Thursday, July 9, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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