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Deus Ex Machina: Devoto

Has it really been 8 years since Imparis? Apparently so, as that's the last time we've seen the veteran Italian prog outfit Deus Ex Machina release an album after a few years of steady output. Devoto will surely please those fans who have been waiting, their strong new CD for Cuneiform Records that once again showcases their ability to blend vintage '70s styled progressive rock, sizzling jazz fusion, and classic hard rock.

If you are familiar with Deus Ex Machina, you are surely aware of the powerful vocals of Alberto Piras, who sings in his native tongue and really is a commanding presence both on studio recordings and live on stage. Toss in blistering guitars, soaring violin, vintage keyboards, tight rhythms, and occasional horns, and you have a very exciting sound delivered by these Italians. "Multiverso" rocks hard, with darting synths, violin, and guitar battling while Piras belts out the melodies, and pastoral prog & jazz mingle on the endearing "Distratto Da Me". Some might be reminded of the quirky music of Gentle Giant on "Eterno Ritorno" with its weaving acoustic guitar & violin lines, and the more raucous, symphonic, and hard rocking side of the band rears its head on songs like "Piu Uguale", "Transizione", and the awesome title track. If you love the jazz-fusion of Mahavishnu Orchestra mixed with some prog ala UK, then make sure not to miss "Figli" and "Autore del Futuro".

Yes, eight years is a long time between releases, but the wait was well worth it as Devoto is a splendid album, and proves that Deus Ex Machina still have plenty of dazzling music up their creative sleeve.

Track Listing
1. Devoto (5:54)
2. Sotterfugio (1:24)
3. Multiverso (5:46)
4. Distratto Da Me (7:28)
5. Eterno Ritorno (3:24)
6. Piu Uguale (10:09)
7. Transizione (7:05)
8. Autore Del Futuro (7:01)
9. Figli (6:59)
10. Quattro Piccole Mani (4:37)

Added: July 13th 2016
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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