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Exawatt
Promo 2001
May 2002
Released: 2001, Independent
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Ice Maiden

I had never heard of this unsigned Italian progressive/power metal band. In fact, I don’t know if I would really even call them “metal” so much as “rock” or “other,” though there are some heavy and pretty solid guitar solos on the band’s new promotional album that contains three songs.



“Power of Fate” is a nine-minute song based on Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.” My favorite on the cd, it starts with a fairly “typical” Italian power metal intro, then incorporates some keyboard melodies. If you don’t like keyboards in your metal, don’t bother with this band. They use keyboards to create classical elements, pseudo-18th century drawing room harpsichord, and, in the first song, one segment that actually sounds like Persian music.



At first listen, I found myself thinking that the vocalist was so off-key as to be distracting. By a few more spins, I found his voice so discordant as to be almost appealing.



The band sites as their influences everything from Sting, to punk , to electronica, to Maiden, to Rhapsody, to Malmsteen, to Bach. The funny thing is that you really do hear all of those influences, at least to a minor extent. Is that a good thing? I’m not sure. It might be eventually.



Bottom line: these guys aren’t quite there yet, but they are obviously working on it.
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