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   DGM
Hidden Place
2003
Scarlet Records
http://www.dgmsite.com


rating: 4/5

1. A Day Without The Sun
2. Save Me
3. Hidden Places
4. Invisible Rain
5. Storm # 351
6. Heaven
7. Alone
8. Blind!!
9. The Age Of The Flame
10. Winter Breeze
From the land of pasta comes yet again a band playing a mix of power and progressive metal. "Hidden Place" is the fourth full length album by the Italian DGM. Having heard only their debut album "Change Direction" I don't know what went on with the two albums in between, but compared to the debut, quite a bit of improvement has naturally taken place. So, DGM plays progressive metal in the vein of, the closest comparison I could think of, Symphony X.

The band surely gets to show their talent and abilities with their instruments, but luckily the playing (or show off) never goes over the top even if there's some obligatory shredding present. They manage to stay within the boundaries of common sense, albeit we're talking about prog metal here. At least I don't want pointless wankery with my prog metal. The music itself varies from furious double bass bombardment to mellow melodic prog rock with traditional heavy metal influences to jazz (very few parts, but still) to groovy guitar driven rock. So, monotonous is definitely a word we don't need to describe this album. There are some nicely crisp guitar riffs, slower moody piano/synth breaks, catchy melodies and some unexpected turns and tempo changes that make the album sound fresh even after several spins.

Titta Tani's vocals are a perfect match with the music. His voice is powerful and carries some similarities to Roy Khan, albeit not quite as dramatic, and Robin McAuley. Diego Reali's guitar work and Fabio Sanges' keyboard wizardry do also stand out. With all the elements and influences on this album it takes a few listens to fully appreciate DGM's achievement as the album is indeed a complex whole. Listen to songs like "Save Me", "Hidden Places" and "Storm#351" and you'll get an idea what DGM are like at their best.

submitted by Aleksi 28.07.2003

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