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Pentesilea Road: Pentesilea Road

When Post-Progressive Rock meets the finer elements of Progressive Metal and it polished with a seasoning of Rush's Geddy Lee alongside influences that are reminiscent to former Queensryche front man Geoff Tate, then you have a product of musical mastery pushing itself forward with an aspiring vision and a determined nature.

Whilst incorporating all these prospects, the origins of this newly bred establishment were born out of the Italian multi-talented guitarist Vito Mainolfi and was named Pentesilea Road after a city in Italo Calvino’s book ‘Invisible Cities’ to release a collection of songs featuring some very impressive guest appearances from Ray Alder (Redemption/Fates Warning) on the mic and the accomplished Mark Zonder on drums (Warlord/ex- Fates Warning), alongside additional vocals from Michele Guaitoli of Temperance and Visions of Atlantis.

As for a debut record, this is an ambitious effort to say the least and this has a pristine touch of a rhythmically disjointed brand of quality Heavy Metal amalgamated with tight musicianship; that is overshadowed by a glimpse of past endeavours distributing a melodious wave of Prog Rock, especially when producing fine tracks like the gloriously alluring 'Genius Loci' and the dynamically gifted first single 'Shades of Night' that has a slightly surprising Power Metal feel to it.

Lying inside the tiles of this contemporary opus, there are a few hidden instrumental gems loaded in the monumental bulk of things; honestly providing a masterful framework for all these compositions that are combined. Elegantly presented in the perfectly constructed form, the coolly penned output 'The Psychopathology of the Everyday Things' and the superbly fabricated colours of the strikingly fulfilling opener 'Memory Corners' both have a colossal impact on the structure of this record and they successfully act as interludes for the other chapters of this instalment without losing any momentum in the process.

Hitting things straight down the middle, we have the commanding arrival of the astoundingly manufactured title track 'Pentesilea Road, notably hitting all the right marks with a freshly situated accompanying acoustic introduction with the neighbouring diversely inserted phrases distributed from the roots of its core; expressively contributing to an in-your-face spectacle that peaks to the heights of this Illustrious album and smashes through the barricades without holding back.

Moreover, Ray Alder satisfyingly delivers a solid performance with the Melodic spurs and dynamic cusps shining through on the artistically expressive laid-back number 'Noble Art' and that convincingly adds sweetly to the wide ranges of diversity layered inside the fine art that is Pentesilea Road.

Additionally, these channels run down with ease to create a solidified effort and a warm welcoming start for the band's primary benefaction; sincerely leaving us warmed up and readily patient for the hopeful drop of a sophomore album from this prodigious elite in the future.

Track List:

  1. Memory Corners
  2. Stranded
  3. Genius Loci
  4. Spectral Regrowth
  5. Stains
  6. Give them Space
  7. Shades of the Night
  8. The Psychopathology of Everyday Things
  9. Noble Art (Featuring Ray Alder)
  10. Pentesilea Road
  11. A Tale of Dissidence
  12. Shades of the Night (Featuring Ray Alder)

Added: April 7th 2021
Reviewer: James Mannion
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Language: english

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