Title: Odd MemoriesLabel: Mausoleum Records
Memories' is the long awaited 3rd album from
Progressive Metallers Max Pie, and the first to feature new
bassist Lucas Boudina on bass, and follows the band
successful second opus 'Eight Pieces One World'.
again led by Italian powerhouse vocalist Tony Carlino, the
six string wizardry of Damien Di Fresco and the massive
drums of Sylvain Godenne, this new album takes Max Pie to
the next level, as they have honed a more progressive and
heavily melodic edge to their sound for this release.
is felt from the off after the film score styled intro
‘Odd Memories', with the full opener ‘Age Of
Slavery’. The massive keyboards, soaring guitars and
power rhythm section open this one up, with an angsty vocal
from Carlino showing that heavier edge, but fear not, this
isn’t a growler album, as Carlino soon unleashes those
powerful pipes we felt on 'Eight Pieces One World'.
It’s the guitars of Di Fresco that really stand out on
this one. Those towering melodic riffs building their
very best forming the backbone of this one.
Prog Metal really gets underway with the epic ‘Odd
Future’, as the big rhythm section of Godenne and Boudina
lay down a really solid foundation for Di Fresco’s
blistering guitar work, then Carlino adds the icing the cake
with a towering soulful vocal.
of my favourite tracks off the album has to be the fantastic
‘Promised Land’. A flurry of soaring keyboards and
bass lines and thunderous drumming again lay down the ground
work for the big licks and towering vocals. This is
Prog Metal at its very best.
its time for the nine minute plus epic ‘Love Hurts’,
which is where the band showcase perfectly their progressive
pedigree, with Di Fresco’s soaring guitar work once again
shining through, with Boudina’s equally huge bass lines
making a solid contribution to this one. If you're
into Circus Maximus, then you’ll get where the band are
coming from with this one. Quite simply magnificent!
band bring that heavier vibe back into the mix with the
massive 'Don’t Call My Name’. A track much in the
vein of Symphony X, before bringing things down a touch with
the balladesque tone of ‘Hold
On’, a song that starts off with an Carlino accompanied
with a semi acoustic guitar, but this soon builds as the
rest of the band join the party. This one has the same
vibe as ‘Like A September Day’ from the bands debt album
'Initial Process' and is another of my favourite tracks off
Progressive edge is brought back in bucketfuls with the
superb ‘Unchain Me’, only this time the guys add a
little Symphonic edge to the mix, before really bringing the
big guns with massive ‘Cyber Junkie’, featuring another
blistering back-beat from the rhythm section, whilst Carlino
brings that angsty vibe back to the vocals as on ‘Age of
album closes off with the riff laden ‘The Fountain Of
Youth’, which opens at a blistering pace, but soon the
lighting riffs fall away and the towering vocals and more
prog metal tones come back in a wave melodic elevated
guitars, all cemented on that solid bass and drums, before
Di Fresco really lets rip as he and the keyboards duel it
out to the end.
This wraps up what is without a doubt the bands finest album to date which I’m sure will put the name of Max Pie on the international Prog Metal map for all the right reasons. I for one can't wait to see these songs performed in the live enviroment.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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