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Hidden Lapse - Butterflies

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Artist
Hidden Lapse
Released
2019
Origin
Format
CD
Total time
42:35

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Prog Metal Fabriano Style
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Music 
 
3.5
Cover 
 
4.0

Reviewer

Written
July 05, 2019
Review
Artists and painters, all over the world, are sure to be familiar with the excellent quality ‘Fabriano’ paper products from the town of the same name, situated in the Province of Ancona Italy. However, Fabriano is also the home to a potentially exciting young progressive metal band by the name of ‘Hidden Lapse’. Starting life in 2011 as a duo Marco Ricco (guitars) and Romina Pantanetti (bass) they spent a number of years together experimenting with musical ideas before consolidating their presence as a band by drafting in Alessia Marchigiani (Vocals) and Alessio Monacelli (Drums) replacing Luca. Initially, they operated as a self-managed / self-financed band both from the music production and the studio recording aspects producing a full-length album entitled "Redemption which received much critical acclaim. Fortunately, their collective talents were at last realised when ‘Rockshots Records’ nestled them under their wing.

So under the spotlight here is the new 2019 album from ‘Hidden Lapse’ entitled Butterflies which is their first to be released on the on the ‘Rockshot’ label. Certainly, there is enough really good material here, spread over the nine tracks, to suggest that there is far more to this band than them just being an aggressive and abrasive metal riffing outfit. The arrangements are well organised and are neatly layered together with some nice effects especially a kind of duel riffing tone that is not immediately obvious but is certainly apparent at certain points within the various tracks. Generally, there is an awful lot going on, almost at times too much to absorb without many subsequent plays needed to breakdown and assimilate the compositional makeup of the various scores. The music itself is packed with glorious bursts of melodic lead guitar that soar upwards from between the flurries of highly charged intense metal riffing and powerful and exhilarating drumming. Not so obvious, but there is a kind of instrumental ‘call and recall’ element that comes into action between the guitars and bass that adds much interest to the compositional layout. The use of the harmonious piano too especially on the outro track ‘Dust’ is simply delightful and throws a cloak of definite progressive assertiveness to close the show. Mixing in such delightful keyboard passages might well be a direction for the future as it demonstrates the full range of the band's true abilities, as I said earlier there is more to this band than meets the eye.

I truly sensed a feeling that there was a time lag between the recording periods for some of the tracks. Specifically, there seems a massive difference in overall quality when listening to and comparing the following tracks: - ‘Dead Jester’ which to my ears is poor and quite muffled with poor quality vocals, whereas ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is bright and lively with excellent vocals. This as a situation first highlighted and created for me slightly mixed feelings in respect to the female lead vocals from Alessia Marchigiani, but I quickly came to the conclusion that her projection and range are far too sophisticated for this band as it currently stands. To get the full benefit from her considerable vocal talents the band will need to accommodate her rather than the other way around. I would also challenge the balance of the mix inasmuch that ‘Marco Ricco’s’ quite excellent backing and sometimes lead vocals are way off center and lack volume. This is a shame because his vocals do in fact complement those of ‘Alessia’ but proper advantage of this fact has not been fully realised in the recording studio.

Summary: A progressive metal band with true potential to do well.

Artwork; Good

Band Members
Alessia Marchigiani - Vocals
Marco Ricco - Guitars
Romina Pantanetti - Bass
Alessio Monacelli - Drum

Tracks:
01 - DEAD JESTER.
02-THIRD
03 - THE LETTER 0
04-STONE MASK
05 - GLITCHERS
06-GRIM POET
07 - SLEEPING BEAUTY SYNDROME
08- CRUEL ENIGMA
09 - DUST (outro)
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