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3.85 | 38 ratings | 3 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Devoto (5:54)
2. Sotterfugio (1:24)
3. Multiverso (5:46)
4. Distratto Da Me (7:28)
5. Eterno Ritorno (3:24)
6. Piu Uguale (10:09)
7. Transizione (7:05)
8. Autore Del Futuro (7:01)
9. Figli (6:59)
10. Quattro Piccole Mani (4:37)

Total Time 59:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Mauro Collina / guitars
- Alessandro Bonetti / violin
- Alessandro Porreca / bass
- Luigi Ricciardiello / organ, piano, synth
- Claudio Trotta / Maurus drums
- Alberto Piras / vocals
- Luigi Savino / synth, contrabass
- Alessandro Meroli / baritone saxophone
- Marco Matteuzzi / alto saxophone
- Massimo Greko / trumpet

Releases information

Label: Cuneiform Records
Format: CD, Digital
June 24, 2016

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DEUS EX MACHINA Devoto ratings distribution

(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(58%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Alberto Piras(vocalist) related how the band had run out of steam after the release of "Imparis" some 8 years ago. So they took a long break and decided to make music that was less ambitious shall we say. And they succeeded in making a more straight forward record but that fire and emotion is still front and center. Piras says "We tried to compose easier songs, still full of emotion and intensity. We want our fans to feel our blood flowing on this record..." and you will. I find the music here to be so mysterious and I'm really drawn to the emotion and adventure that is on display here. There's quite a strong LED ZEPPELIN vibe that pops up at times, especially from the "Houses Of The Holy" period. Four guests help out mainly with horns.

"Devoted" has this cool little keyboard melody that's joined by a powerful and complex soundscape. Vocals follow. So good! Some strong organ runs come and go. This is actually catchy after 2 minutes. Violin before 3 1/2 minutes as the vocals step aside. How good is this! "Subterfuge" is only 1 1/2 minutes long but man I like the melancholy as the strings drone. Some crazy keyboard stuff here as well then back to the strings. "Multiverse" is uptempo and full of depth. The violin comes in over top and it will come and go. Love the calm before a minute, very LED ZEPPELIN-like as the vocals join in. How about that instrumental break from before 2 minutes to after 3 minutes. Man this is good. Check out the guitar before 5 minutes.

"Distracted By Me" sounds incredible at first, love that opening mood then the violin comes in followed by horns. Vocals and guitar take over as it settles before it builds with blasting horns, organ and more. It settles again as themes are repeated. A change before 4 minutes as a driving rhythm kicks in with some nasty organ. The vocals are back after 5 1/2 minutes followed by a guitar solo then blasting horns, bass, drums and synths. "Eternal Return" is uptempo with intricate guitar and violin mainly before vocals, violin and picked guitar take over quickly. Eventually we get more sounds, mandolin too. The guitar and violin take the spotlight after 2 1/2 minutes.

"More Equal" has a nice heavy guitar led start as the organ joins in then the tempo picks up and the vocals arrive. The vocals and organ stand out here. Powerful stuff. An instrumental break starts before 3 minutes and it includes some excellent guitar. Violin joins in around 4 minutes then the guitar led theme returns. It turns all instrumental, almost funky then organ comes to the fore before 7 minutes. A spacey section takes over including some electronics before the drums kick in along with some nasty synths before 9 minutes. "Transition" hits the ground running, lots of organ here. A LED ZEPPELIN vibe comes in before a minute then back to the organ but contrasts will continue. It settles some with vocals 2 minutes in then the violin starts to come and go. Another LED ZEPPELIN moment then the vocals turn passionate before 5 minutes before they step aside and the guitar solos. Ripping guitar from around 6 minutes to the end.

"Author Of The Future" features guitar expressions that echo as they come and go. The vocals arrive before a minute and they are relaxed, piano too. The vocals and sound become more powerful as the violin joins in. Themes are repeated. A real LED ZEPPELIN inspired section arrives just before 4 1/2 minutes then the vocals return as they rock hard until 5 minutes in when it calms right down. Some female vocals late. "Sons" has a really good drum intro then the horns, vocals and more join in. Some fast paced vocals will come and go. A violin solo starts before 3 minutes and check out the guitar/ drum section before 4 minutes. The violin follows lighting it up then the vocals return before 5 minutes. Some interesting guitar ends it. "Four Small Hands" is pretty much guitar throughout and it is impressive. The man can play!

This is such an adventerous band. They can let it rip with the best of them yet they always have great ideas. And it doesn't hurt having a vocalist like Alberto. Welcome back boys! I've read many opinions on this one and a lot of people feel this might be the best album they have ever done.

Review by maani
4 stars Deus ex Machina is my kryptonite: were it not for the wide universe of prog, I would give every one of their albums 5 stars. Musically and compositionally, they are in the top pantheon. In my sometimes not-humble-enough opinion, they simply can do no wrong.

As part of my regimen for maintaining my sanity while sheltering in place here in NYC, I have been going through all my progressive rock albums alphabetically by group, and chronologically within each group. When I completed listening to the entire DeM oeuvre, I had forgotten how much of a prog "jam" band they were at the beginning. They then...progressed (matured) through their next two albums and ramped up the progressive dial to 11 to arrive at what is almost certainly their peak - Equilibrismo da Insofferenza, one of the greatest albums in any subgenre of progressive rock. With their next effort, Cinque - on which they got rid of some of their most bombastic (radically progressive, which is not a bad thing) tendencies - they produced a more mature, thoughtful album. On Imparis they fine-tuned even a little more. (As an side, I believe Cinque is much better than it has been reviewed. In fact, if Equilibrismo is their Sgt. Pepper, then De Republica is their Revolver, and Cinque is their Magical Mystery Tour. I do tend to think of things relative to the Beatles.)

With Devoto, they have almost come full circle. Actually, Devoto is basically a compilation of all of their various "styles" over the years, though the overall sound is somewhat more "rock and roll" than almost anything since their first album. (In this regard, I agree with Sean Trane's comment that "There's quite a strong Led Zeppelin vibe that pops up at times, especially from the 'Houses Of The Holy' period," except that I don't hear it quite as strongly as he does. There IS definitely a "rawer" rock sound to some of the material here, but I would say they are also wearing other early influences on their sleeve, including Zappa and Gentle Giant.) There is something for everyone here, from the "rawer," "jammier" sound of their first two albums, to the slightly more progressive sound of De Republica, to the radical sound of Equilibrismo, to the maturer sound of Cinque and Imparis. And although many of the compositions are "simpler" than some of their more overtly progressive ones, they are no less thoughtful and deliberative, and the album also contains some of leader/singer Alberto Piras' best, most interesting and complex melodies and rhythms.

I will not go through the album song by song, except the say that the three stand-outs here are Distratto Da Me (the most overtly progressive of the songs), Piu Uguale (progressive with a strong rock and roll heart), and Multiverso, though everything here is worthwhile.

I had great fun listening to their oeuvre, which I have not done in years. My only regret after re-listening to Devoto was that there were no more albums to listen to. I hope they are hard at work on their next one, whatever it may bring.

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4 stars Devoto is a different album to what we are accustomed from Deus Ex Machina. Apparently easier. A quiet CD, less cumbersome and more affordable that others before. Your listening leaves a residue of "savoir-faire". Latin language has been abandoned, the structures are more linear and the Piras' voice ... (read more)

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