With his band Labyrinth essentially in dry dock for the last six years, guitarist Andrea Cantarelli has made A Perfect Day his primary band and focus. He has said, "Labyrinth is my band, but now it is not enough. APD is what I need today. I need another band, a real band in order to express my creative juices." APD returns with their second album, The Deafening Silence with new vocalist Marco Baruffetti and new bass player Gigi Andreone (Odd Dimension).
Mostly, the album picks up where the first left off, with APD's hybrid of melodic hard rock and metal. The A Perfect Day sound has several signatures. One is an abundance of melody. Melodies your ears can focus on and connect to. They're mostly found in the guitar harmony and vocals. Which is the second signature piece. APD has always had a vocalist who sings clean with a melodic style, but also with some passion. Baruffetti has these things, yet often has to compete for your attention with the music. A third signature is simply Andrea Cantarelli deft and fiery guitar work. His harmonious riffage is stoked to flames with his thrilling lead solos.
All these things are wrapped up in solid song composition. Anything created by a guitarist could lead to an album being nothing more than a vehicle for his presence. In some sense, this is true of The Deafening Silence; Cantarelli is quite present throughout. Alternatively, these are well-crafted songs with a beginning, middle, and end, and emphasizing all those aforementioned elements. A good example is The Fooling Glass, from the sweet acoustic guitar start to the infectious melody, from the fine vocal harmonies to masterful solos, and several of them. Another is the anthem-like The Age Of Innocence where the guitar nearly takes a back seat to the smooth flow of the song, it's bass line, and Baruffetti's vocals. Yet the solo, when it comes, is stirring. An example of something of that hard rock/heavy metal hybrid mix can be found within Mission Annihilation. Led at the start by a drum intro, it turns on a combination of heavy riffage and those drums juxtaposed with more moderate segues where the vocals rise. That's just a small taste of what is essentially another fine and entertaining album from A Perfect Day, perhaps even better than the first. Creative, great sounding songs delivered by first-class talented musicians. Recommended.
The Deafening Silence is essentially another fine and entertaining album of hybrid melodic hard rock and metal from A Perfect Day, perhaps even better than the first. Creative, great sounding songs delivered by first-class talented musicians. Recommended.
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