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Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 07, 2018    
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If you're a fan of Dream Theater, Vanden Plas or maybe even Circus Maximus, you'll find a lot to enjoy on 'Inner Dislocation'.

Italy has long had a proud tradition of providing new Progressive talents, the seventies and eighties finding that country's Prog scene filled with bands taking cues from Genesis, Jethro Tull and many more, before adding a warmth and welcoming side to their sound that reflected the vibrant culture of their homeland. The nineties saw new inspirations come to the fore, Italian Progressives seduced by the complexities of Dream Theater, Vanden Plas and Symphony X which resulted in a gaggle of outfits incorporating ever more technical aspects into their armoury. The latest act added to that ever-growing list of Italian Technical Progressive Metal bands are New Horizons, a sextet who've spent half a decade honing their debut offering entitled 'Inner Dislocation'.

With talk of "working hard to perfect instrumental sheets and defining lyrics and vocal lines", initial worries that this outfit would value technical ability over engaging song-writing are calmed as the scene-setting opener 'Introspective' provides an atmospheric introduction. However, with the album's title cut a more Symphonic Metal instrumental of equal brevity, things only begin for real with the third track 'Where Is The End'; flurries of notes from the guitar of Giacomo Froli coming worryingly close to domination, although they are matched every step of the way by the drum barrage from Federico Viviani as the desperate rush to prove capability and complexity is only resisted by the tasteful keyboard incursions of Luca Guidi.

He's a calming presence throughout, as are the vocals of Oscar Nini, although the latter is often left twiddling his thumbs. The singer's smooth and engaging tones aren't properly revealed until track four, 'Born In The Future', his clear, confident approach an underused weapon, especially when things run dangerously close to scene chasing as occasional growls are introduced in a backing capacity.

Arguably it is the two part 'Borderlands' which stretch New Horizons furthest, the balance between ability and accessibility being struck with near perfection and in doing so illustrating where the true possibilities for this band lie. If you're a fan of Dream Theater, Vanden Plas or maybe even Circus Maximus, you'll find a lot to enjoy on 'Inner Dislocation'. Personally, I'd have been much happier if New Horizons had lived more closely to their name or at least to the outlook their Italian forefathers adopted when they introduced a host of new ideas to their Progressive approaches.

Steven Reid

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