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New album by the cutting edge progressive metal quintet from Munich.

Now here's a rather interesting little morsel that may have passed most (if not all) of you by in the flurry of new releases that traditionally emerges in the early months of the year. A cutting edge progressive metal quintet operating out of Munich, Dante was actually pieced together as long ago as 2006 by longstanding friends Markus Maichal (keyboards) and Markus Berger (guitars/bass). To date they've released two full length albums – an acclaimed self-financed debut 'The Inner Circle' in 2008, and follow up 'Saturnine' for US based ProgRock Records some two years later. Now signed to Massacre Records, their third album 'November Red' hit the streets at the end of January.

Picking up from where they left off with 'Saturnine', 'November Red' is a darkly complex beast; oft uncompromising and intense, yet imbued with an at times quite hauntingly melancholic sense of melody. Vocalist Alexander Göhs has one of those lower register, atmospheric kind of voices more usually associated with Gothic metal bands, which whilst a little odd at first actually gives the band a dimension not many of the more traditional progressive metal bands have explored to date.

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Constructing a complex web of flowing, tightly woven musical motifs around the main vocal melody lines, the band prove themselves to be rather deft songsmiths. Take ten minute opener 'Birds Of Passage (Caught In A Dream)' for example. A self-contained modern day progressive metal symphony in its own right; its constant ebb and flow, juxtaposable moods and intricate instrumental interchanges are both challenging and enthralling at the same time. Compare and contrast that to the stark, simple beauty of 'Beautifully Broken' – a piano led ballad that floats on high on a sea of whimsical clouds. Then there's the riff strewn intensity of tracks like 'The Day That Bled' and 'Shores Of Time' or the semi acoustic clarity of 'Allan' to slake the thirst of the curious, before they unleash their real piece de resistance 'November Red (In Praise Of Dreams)' to round out the album in suitably spectacular fashion.

If the idea of fellow Munich based act Dreamscape with a svelte Goth makeover appeals, Dante certainly fit the bill nicely!

Dave Cockett

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