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DGM: Life
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DGM: Life

Progressive Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Now into their third decade, DGM is a fixture in the Italian and international progressive metal scene. Though the original members are long gone, DGM has had a stable core of players for 16 years with guitarist and principal songwriter Simone Mularoni at the helm. The band returns with their eleventh studio album, Life.

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Concerning the album, the band has said, Life is exactly the sum of all the elements that build the DGM's sound so far ... we're focusing more ... on the quality of the songs rather than the usual prog-metal technical aspects, putting all our efforts in the arrangements and caring (for) every little detail of each song. We strongly believe that this album is the peak of our songwriting!"


With that revelation in mind, you can still expect DGM's signature progressive power metal which largely revolves around brisk riffage, rock rhythm and groove, power metal gallop, and tag team guitar and keyboard solos. Above the fray, vocalist Marco Basile adds his clean, melodic, and often soaring vocals. However, you may find some recurring, more accessible and less technical, nuances.

By example songs like The Calling and Unravel The Sorrow have power metal fury, yet the rock groove, song melody, and vocal harmony are more prominent. Additionally, Find Your Way and Dominate are fast and heavy like power metal but that accessible groove is undeniable.

Alternatively, Neuromancer dials back the tempo for a more heavy steady anthem-like sound which finishes with a soothing piano outro. For Mularoni's ambitious guitar work, listen for his fiery fret work which leads To The Core, continues in the riffs, and rises in dual solos with the keyboards. That tag team guitar/synth approach appears often with notable duets within Unravel The Sorrow, The Calling, and Eve.

Most things considered, DGM's Life is another solid album of their, generally fast and heavy, progressive power metal. Yet, perhaps less technical and more focused upon rock rhythm and groove, song melody, and vocal harmony for a more accessible sound. If you're a DGM fan, I think you'll dig it. Easily recommended.



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The Take Away

DGM's Life is another solid album of their, generally fast and heavy, progressive power metal. Yet, perhaps less technical and more focused upon rock rhythm and groove, song melody, and vocal harmony for a more accessible sound. If you're a DGM fan, I think you'll dig it. Easily recommended.

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