I’d like to introduce you to Schysma, an Italian progressive metal band who released an EP in Septmeber 2012. I think these are tracks that will also go on the full album that is scheduled to be released later in the year.
01. Lost In The Maze
02. Noise Of Silence
04. Supreme Solution
First off Schysma is not your usual Italian metal that oozes epic heroism in symphonic brightness. Influences here may range from hard rock to industrial, and the most noteable sound at first are the vocals. Riccardo Minicucci’s voice has an extremely characteristic sound; maybe not everybody will like it, but I love it. And man, can this guy sing. Just you wait for the higher notes … He’s got an ear for catchy melodies too and interesting vocal lines, never gaudy or cheesy, throwing in some perfect growls here and there.
The guitar parts are classic metal style, the solos just let you guess at the virtuosity of the player Vladimiro Sala, who never loses himself in pointless fast shred-overkills but serves the songs perfectly with Pink Floyd style solos. Here too we find catchy riffs that will stick although they are never simplistic or easy.
The keyboards add colour by use of sounds, I feel sure these will become a charcteristic hallmark for Schysma.
The whole EP comes across as a very powerful, dark and gloomy work of art that becomes more and more interesteing the more often I listen to it. The songs have drive and a lot of drama, that will not leave you unaffected. The lyrics are gloomy too. The intro to ‘Lost In The Maze’ is spoken by what I take to be a preacher ending with the repeated question, ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ and this seems to be the theme around which the songs are centered. Culminating in the song “Supreme Solution” with the words: ’… Genocide, ethnic cleansing, it’s all the fuck you need ..’
I definitely recommend checking this band out!
And that they are creative not only musically is proved by the pics on their facebook page, take a look at how they have a knack of creating athmospere visually.
A little background: It all started in 2009 as Purpleknights, but they soon disbanded again leaving Martina Bellini and Giorgio Di Paola working on the songs and who become the nucleus of Schysma. The band as it is now was formed in 2011 and 2012 and recordings for the EP must have started straight away. All band members have been active in different formations before that, but none of these bands are known to me at all (Ananke, SineVolume, Sehnsucht, Onderock, Yanus, Babylon) but I read that Ananke put out a formidable power metal album in 2009 that you may be interested in checking out.
Martina Bellini – Keyboard and Programming
Giorgio Di Paola – Bass Guitar
Riccardo Minicucci – Lead and Backing Vocals
Vladimiro Sala – Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
Luca Solina – Drums and Percussions
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