Momentum is my very first contact with the Italian progressive metallers DGM, shame on me…
For those who have never met them before like me, DGM is a band of long standing, founded in 1994, released eight studio albums, one double live CD and one self produced demo EP. Listening to their latest I think they take a lot of their musical inspiration from Symphony X (yeah 🙂 ), indeed, there is one track featuring Russel Allen on vocals. On their webpage they state that the album ‘represents the full stylistic maturity of a band’ and I’d totally agree, though listening through earlier releases quickly I’d say their style is very consistent throughout.
The instrumentals, especially the guitars are very reminiscent of Symphony X, whereas the vocals could fit equally well in 80ies Van Halen or even Toto, they are very hard rock, very melodic with catchy lines.
A bit back histroy of the band that should be more widely known imo
Their second release Wings of Time was a favourite of many Italian metal magazines and earned them lots of fame in Japan too, getting them an exclusive interview on the Japanese BURN! mag.
Different Shapes, which was released in 2007 was awarded top album by both Rock Hard and Metal Hammer.
DGM played twice at the Gods of MetalFestival together with Heaven&Hell, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Dark Tranquility among others, Lagoa Burning Festival (2007), Prog-Power Europe (2007 and 2013) and supported Symphony X on their European tour, sharing the stage with Pagan’s Mind to.
Time to dive into the back catalougue!
1994 – Random Access Zone (mini CD)
1997 – Change Direction
1999 – Wings of Time
2001 – Dreamland
2003 – Hidden Place
2004 – Misplaced
2007 – Different Shapes
2009 – Frame
2010 – Synthesis (DVD + CD)
2013 – Momentum
1. Reason (feat. Russell Allen)
7. Chaos (feat. Viggo Lofstad)
Mark Basile – Vocals
Simone Mularoni – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
Emanuele Casali – Keyboards
Fabio Costantino – Drums