Album review: DGM – Tragic Separation

DGM – Tragic Separation

Frontiers [Release date 09.10.20]

Tenth album from Italian Prog Metallers, DGM. In which they examine the notion that the journey (of life) is more important than the destination.

With all of the tracks, there’s a direct correlation between the events the song represents and the controlled musical cacophany. The song titles offer a clue… ‘Stranded’, ‘Silence’, ‘Curtain’ (big clue there) and so on.

The breathless opener, ‘Flesh And Blood’, slows up only for a superbly uplifting chorus. The relentlessly pounding rhythms,and the screaming guitar, which move from speed freak to searing, melodic soloing, represents the pain of birth and arrival in the world.

Lyrically, ‘Surrender’ progresses to the child/parent relationship, and makes a subtle, but definitive move into hard rock, as does the excellent ‘Fate’, one of the album’s outstandingly good tracks, trading the aggressive vocals and guitars for some beautifully melodic moments. In fact, stylistically, much of the album switches fluidly between genres.

‘Hope’ is perhaps the prime example, starting life as exhausting, mouth open, piledriving power metal. Then jumping ship, sailing a course through the hard rock territory of class bands like Gotthard and Mad Max, occasionally negotiating eruptions of sonic turbulence. It’s an exhilarating journey, and never pushes too far into “epic” territory, thanks goodness, that approach would have undermined the album’s theme.

As has been widely reported, the title track’s singing, soughing violin and crashing chords are ready made for a Kansas comparison. Which is understandable but unfair. This song stands on its own. Marco Basile’s vocals connect directly with the song’s lyrics of love, loss and regret, transcending all possible genre limitations. He raises an already powerful piece, musically, into album standout position, by a distance.

Considering this is not the band who started life as DGM ten albums ago, this is where any decent band would have wanted to end up. ****

Review by Brian McGowan

The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk Sunday 21 February, 16:00 EST, 21:00 GMT

More about Josh:

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 7 February 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at for that week.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 26 January 2021.

Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.

Featured Albums w/c 22 February 2021 (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 RADAR Lost In The Atlantic (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 DURBIN The Beast Awakens (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – The Darkest Days Are The Brightest (InsideOut Music)

Power Plays w/c 22 February 2021 (Mon-Fri)


ALLY VENABLE Road To Nowhere

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), All Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply