Nero Di Marte Nero Di Marte

Nero Di Marte Nero Di Marte
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Climbing the Two Towers of Bologna in Italy is quite the trek. If you've ever done it, you'll know that its medieval structure requires a progressive ascent, one staggered by a steep, narrow, staircase that winds its way to the very top for a wicked view of the city's rustic, clay-coloured buildings. Such is the music of Bolognese prog metal vanguards Nero Di Marte, with their intertwining style reflective of that climb. Freshly signed to Prosthetic, the band's self-titled release is a great follow-up to their atmospheric Molochian EP. "Convergence" begins the record at a slow and steady pulse, conducting vocalist/guitarist Sean Worrell's guttural lyricism in a chorus that supports a gripping solo. "Time Dissolves" is a technical journey, with blast beats that leave ears ringing, while the dramatic tone of "Drawn Black" has bass-heavy notes and dark verses whispered in the mother tongue. The band's self-titled track is the anchor, however; it's a 12-minute epic of droning feedback, distorted riffage, sporadic time signatures, few lyrics and an enigmatic vibe that's sedate rather than scary. But closer "Resilient" is indeed strong, concluding the album with immense technicality, acting as an end theme as you reach the light at the top of the towers. In The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri called one "Garisenda." He describes how light and cloud coverage shape its leaning appearance, his "fixed gaze" watching it bend. Nero Di Marte mirror this landmark, as their music triggers focus on wherever its melody sways. (Prosthetic)