Deus Ex Machina Cinque

Deus Ex Machina is a renowned progressive rock band from Italy that doesn't fall under the regular trappings of an endless amount of noodling bands drowning in "sameness." Vocally, their Italian and Latin combination of lyrics comes off like a slightly possessed priest, and musically they do not rape the complexities of jazz. Instead, they create a rhythm that is constantly in a state of evolution, allowing the space between notes to breathe and swell, almost making this a double album. While there might be the odd tinge of earlier Genesis and Yes, they are far more realistically theatrical, with a dash of Dante and a touch of Bosch. (Cuneiform)