In 2013 there has been a selection of excellent progressive EP's from the groups Parallel Dimensions, Pivot, Aeon Zen and Anubis Gate. As this year draws to a close there is another we have received, this one is from the Italian progressive metal band Schysma. Though on closer inspection I found that this particular release titled Imperfect Dichotomy was in fact recorded last year and Schysma now have a full length album in the works.
A range of groups from hard rock to progressive metal bands influenced Schysma being fans of Rush, Dream Theater, Whitesnake and more, and while there is familiarities Schysma do bring enough of their own musical individuality. Formed by keyboardist Martina Bellini and bass player Giorgio Di Paola several years ago Schysma went through some changes before the line-up that appears on this release was brought together.
Schysma debut is a concept release with "a thematic concept, recounts on each track a different aspect of the spiritual life of an individual, a person, who gradually becomes aware of the world in which he lives in." Imperfect Dichotomy begins with spoken words followed by the catchy melodic music of "Lost In The Maze" and you soon find that Schysma is a talented group. I like how the bass is heard clearly on songs like "Noise Of Silence", the entrancing keyboards and heavy riffs of "Midgal", the intriguing music of "Supreme Solution" from slow to express metal. "Sinners" is a clever magnetic song the intertwined darker vocals are so well suited to the spellbinding music helping to make this one of Imperfect Dichotomy's standouts.
Starting with an EP Schysma have recorded a very favourable appetiser for progressive metal fans. Looking forward to their next and longer format release and its increased duration will allow for more possibilities, so it will be interesting to hear where Schysma takes us.
1. Lost In The Maze
2. Noise Of Silence
4. Supreme Solution