Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Amaze Knight - The Key (CD Review)

01.Imprisoned (Shadows Past)
02.Restless Soul
04.Liberation (The Reflection)
05.Liberation (A New Day)

Fabrizio Aseglio (Vocals)
Christian Dimasi (Guitar/Vocals)
Davide Gemello (Keyboards)
Nicolò Vese (Bass)
Michele Scotti (Drums)

Special Session Member: Max Tempia (Keyboard)

Amaze Knight formed in November 2010 in Turin, when Christian and Michele met, they both had a big passion for music and the strong will to create and experiment with it, without any preconception.

Once the rest of the band were found they began composing their first songs, with the main aim of touching the listener and taking him to a world where melody and aggression find a balance and a meeting point.

In collaboration with Sound Engineer and Producer Roberto Maccagno they set out to record a concept album describing emotions, experiences and considerations through a common story which bounds one song to the other, with a varied and unpredictable sound caused by the many different musical influence each member of the band brings.

'Imprisoned (Shadows Past)' takes a couple of minutes to get going, but when it kicks in it comes to life, full of swirling keyboards, anthemic riffs and a strong vocal performance.This first track is 10 minutes long so there are plenty of timing changes at one point bringing back memories of bands like Atomic Rooster.

Nice Acoustic opening to 'Restless Soul' leads to a mellow song, almost bordering on 'AOR' style american rock, again this one has a change half way through with some excellent guitarwork backed by a solid drumbeat.

Unfortunatly 'Heartless' is a slow melodic ballad, its "Nice" but doesn't seem to go anywhere, if it was a straight ambient piece that would have worked better but the attempts and guitar solos dont fit right.

The opening keyboard work on 'Liberation (The Reflection)' almost sounds like a flute creates a nice mood then some amazing synth playing heralds the rest of the band in.
This one builds and builds, throwing in twiddling little solos here and there, and some fast drumming towards the end giving it that Neo-Prog edge.

'Liberation (A New Day)' starts with a traditional piano piece to make Beethoven proud, when the vocals come in it just adds to the atmosphere and the guitar solo would make Steve Hillage proud.

This is a great album, very much old school Prog, think ELP, Atomic Rooster, Yes in essence yet with a good Neo-Prog standing as well, again think IQ, Marillion.

Rating 9/10
For fans of: Purson, Asia, Dream Theater, Claudio Simonetti


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