DGM: Hidden Place CD exactly how progressive metal should be like. Check audio. One of the TOP 5 Most Underrated Guitar Virtuosos ever

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One of the TOP 5 Most Underrated Guitar Virtuosos ever:

5.0 out of 5 stars The New Prog Band From Italy!!!
Wow what an album! DGM has shown such amazing improvement with their 4th release. The band has evolved and created their own sound, escaping the shackles of being a Symphony X rip-off. Although at times the singer Titta Tani sounds a lot like Russell Allen, he has a much broader vocal range. He’s can be (but isn’t always) more ferocious than Russell, especially on the last track Winter Breeze, in which he shows he can scream with the power of any black metal vocalist. Not only have DGMâs vocals improved, but also their production. At last, every instrument is crystal clear and the sound is exactly how progressive metal should be like. Technically, DGM is almost perfect. Every member has his or her own song to be particularly proud of, particularly Titta Tani

Playing time: 59:55
Tracklist:
1. A Day Without The Sun
2. Save Me
3. Hidden Places
4. Invisible Rain
5. Storm #351
6. Heaven
7. Alone
8. Blind!!
9. Age Of The Flame
10. Winter Breeze

DGM thankfully buck Italy’s ever-worsening trend of churning out overzealous progressive metal acts, most of whose technical skills simply can’t do their ambitious songwriting justice. Even better, their impressive command of their instruments doesn’t make for unbearably complicated clinical workouts, ensuring that commercially savvy examples from their fourth album like “”Save Me,”” “”Heaven,”” and “”Age of the Flame”” can achieve a delicate balance between excess and restraint. Said album, 2003’s Hidden Place, offers remarkably mature, if not exactly groundbreaking, progressive metal in the Symphony X and Dream Theater mold, and to the band’s credit, so tightly and expertly woven is their performance that no one player can be said to dominate proceedings in a negative fashion. No, this is truly a team effort, featuring a sturdy rhythm section, thrilling guitar/keyboard soloing duels, and topping it all off, the very powerful and expressive voice of the oddly named Titta Tani. Particularly reminiscent of Mark Boals — the concert-challenged but nevertheless formidable studio singer heard on Yngwie Malmsteen’s hit Trilogy album — his multi-tracked vocals command special attention on quasi-power ballads like “”Invisible Rain”” and “”Alone.”” His contributions even include some death metal-style screaming toward the end of monstrous closer, “”Winter Breeze,”” which, at eight minutes, would be the only candidate for bloated excess here were it not for some unbelievably intense soloing runs. Simply put, there’s hardly a stinker in sight here, qualifying Hidden Place is Italy’s best progressive metal album of 2003.

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