Infinita Symphonia - Infinita Symphonia (Scarlet Records)

Classy stuff indeed!
Release Date: 
18 Jun 2013 (All day)

Wow, yet more symphonic/power/prog metal seeping out of Italy – somebody turn that tap off, it’s flooding the place!

Seemingly every week I get a new email from MaF duce Scott Adams bidding me to pay attention to another band from the land of popes and Grana Padana, and they seemingly fit neatly into two camps, viz

(a) Completely and unutterably, laughably bad, or

(b) Super classy, potential world beater given a little time and polish.

Luckily Infinita Symphonia sit squarely in Camp (b), and with this, their second full length outing, they mark themselves out truly as a band worthy of your metal attention. Everything is built around the commanding vocal performance of the excellent Luca Micioni, whose impassioned, soulful crooning lights up every song with the power and spark of his massive voice. He’s a new name on me, but one listen to the soaring dynamics of his work on songs like Drowsiness and Waiting for a Day of Happiness has me convinced he’ll be holding his own with the genre’s big-hitters on Avantasia-style metal opera albums before very long.  Add to this a powerhouse instrumental performance from the rest of the band – in particular guitarist Gianmarco Ricasoli – and what you have here is clearly a band to be marked down as contenders.

The afore-mentioned Drowsiness is the standout track for me – in fact it’s one of the best songs in any style of metal I’ve heard all year, but this isn’t, in all truth, an album of standouts. It’s a concept album of sorts, all about the nature of death as time marches on – in a a kind of infinite symphony I guess – and so, to help the storytelling process the band have managed to hang the music together supremely well, allowing it all to flow along seamlessly through the many highs and lows of the story. Hence the crunchy metallic opener The Last Breath sits together completely naturally with the tear-jerking ballad In Your Eyes leaving the listener swept up in the majesty of it all… Not many albums can absorb a listener so fully at first listen, and, whilst I wasn’t particularly blown away by the story, time passed incredibly quickly while I was listening to Infinita Symphonia… Seemingly in the blink of an eye it was over, and I hadn’t even really realised individual tracks were coming and going (even the Iberian-sounding instrumental Interlude, which sounds like the them tune to TV Show Doc Martin!) – surely a sign of concept album class!

And that’s about all I can say about this gorgeous album – if yoy love thoughtful, ambitious, melodic heavy metal then I strongly advise you to seek out Infinita Symphonia!

 

Infinita Symphonia - Not laughable.