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Definitely a contender for Progressive Metal Album Of 2016.

Italy's DGM are, to the "cognoscenti", up there with the likes of Dream Theater, Seventh Wonder and Symphony X when it comes to bands who play gloriously melodic Progressive Metal. The band, made up of bassist Andrea Arcangeli, drummer Fabio Costantino, keyboard maestro Emanuele Casali, singer Marco Basile and guitarist extraordinaire Simone Mularoni have, with 'The Passage', made an album that is easily up there with the best ever recorded in this somewhat overcrowded genre. The music is passionate and full of depth, something which is sadly lacking in a lot of albums released under the Prog Metal banner. However, it seems DGM have decided to grasp the nettle with both hands and record, what is so far, their best work to date. Personally, the way the band have melded melody with aggression, harmony with power, is what I found so engaging whilst listening to this superb release.

'The Secret Parts 1&2' start things off with Mularoni's wonderfully melodic guitar riffs complementing the superb vocals of Basile, the song itself is an audacious and epic way to begin an album. Yet, as with all the other songs found on '...Passage', you never feel that what the band are doing is too much, or that they are trying to overdo things. In fact, as you continue to enjoy this album, tracks like 'Animal', with its aggressive musicality, or the hard hitting 'Disguise' prove to you just what dynamic and mesmerizing musicians DGM really are.

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Two cuts are highly worthy of highlighting; firstly, the tremendous 'Ghosts Of Insanity' which sees Tom S. Englund (Evergrey) dueting with Basile – I could have this song on repeat for twenty-four hours and never get bored of its magnificence – and secondly 'Dogma', where we get to hear two of the best guitarists in the world, namely Mularoni and Michael Romeo (SyX), challenging each other to see who is top dog. This track is guitar riff heaven, full of destructive textures, tempered by some amazingly subtle melodies that help to smooth out the songs more violent tendencies.

DGM are a band who can write, play and produce music that is head and shoulders above the dross that the rest of the world keeps telling us we should be listening to. 'The Passage' is definitely a contender for Progressive Metal Album Of 2016.

Ian Johnson

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