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Daedalus: The Never Ending Illusion

The Never Ending Illusion is the new CD from Progressive Metal band Daedalus. 'Never Ending' sounds like the list of quality bands and releases in the genre... there are so many it just keeps going on and on, and wish I had 'never ending' funds to purchase them all.

Daedalus is an Italian band with inspiration coming from acts including the likes of Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Queen and Rush. Daedalus's first release Leading Far From A Mistake was in 2003, and the time between releases has been spent getting the ten tracks on their follow up The Never Ending Illusion just right. The band had the added benefit of input from the very experienced Roland Grapow (Masterplan, Ex Helloween) who mixed the tracks.

I haven't heard their debut but from what I've read most opinions suggests this album is the better release of the two. Launching with keyboard dominated instrumental "Waiting For The Dawn", the next offering "Perfect Smile" shows the guitar of Andrea Torretta takes over. Title track "The Never Ending Illusion", one of the CD's standouts, is full of heaviness, complexity and diversity, as is "The Dancers", another good song. I can certainly hear Dream Theater's influence on The Never Ending Illusion, for myself this tended to work against the album a bit and turned me off at times. While Daedalus aren't in that same league as those legendary proggers, who knows, maybe one day they will be, especially if they keep stepping up with each release as they seem to have done here.

Track Listing
1.Waiting for the dawn
2.Perfect smile
5.Cold embrace
6.The never ending illusion
7. The dancers
8.Horizons in a box
9.A journey to myself
10.Mare di stele

Added: May 27th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band's MySpace Page
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Language: english

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Daedalus: The Never Ending Illusion
Posted by Terry Connolly, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-05-27 21:57:18
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Daedalus: The Never Ending Illusion

My first thought on hearing Daedalus was how much this band sounds like Dream Theater. Lots of "sick" musicianship on display, plenty of diverse time signatures and heavy guitar mixed with tasteful keyboards. At first, I thought Daedalus might be too close to DT for comfort, but on subsequent listens, I found I could hear contrasts in their sound as opposed to Dream Theater, most noticeably in the vocals. I've never been a big James LaBrie fan, nothing against the man personally, he is certainly talented, but his voice just does nothing all that special for me.

Davide Merletto, in contrast to Mr. LaBrie, has a vocal style that is much more to my liking, he's got plenty of range, and not just in the higher registers, Mr. Merletto seems comfortable in any register. The rest of the band also seems comfortable playing a variety of styles, their influences are quite evident, besides Dream Theater, I detected some Rush, perhaps a little Maiden among some of the other bands of the NWOBHM. But perhaps that does make them a bit formulaic, though I am enjoying Daedalus more and more each listen, they really are not blazing many new trails here. It is good solid Progressive Metal, with lyrics rather typical for the genre, and a little too much of the standard "chugga-chugga" guitar-riffing. Unfortunately on Illusion I found nothing inspiring enough to establish Daedalus as a band that brings a new fresh approach to progressive metal that no other current band on the scene can match.

I am sure that Daedalus is striving to bring that unique new take on progressive metal, they sure do display plenty of promise and tons of chops on The Never Ending Illusion. To me it seems as if they are still a band looking for that unique sound on a CD which will launch them into the leading position enjoyed by their influences like Dream Theater. Perhaps they will find that on their next effort, but to say Daedalus achieved that on this album would only be an illusion.

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