Released: 2013, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
From the beautiful isle of Sardinia comes some of the most jaw dropping, eye popping, and generally all around impressive prog metal that you didn’t realize that you were missing. Memento Waltz is an insanely talented four piece that has more collective musical skill than most of your local metal scenes. My immediate reaction to hearing their debut full length DIVISION BY ZERO was that it sounded like a more jazzified/fusion version of Control Denied. Said otherwise, it’s got a solid metal foundation that’s tasteful, aggressive, and packed to the hilt with menacing riffs, but executed with a profound degree of technical proficiency.
Thematically, the seven tracks across DIVISION BY ZERO are built upon a traditional metal frame (with vocalist Marco Piu even sounding a bit like a Halford/Dickinson hybrid), but are fleshed out with more arrangements than an Ikea showroom. In all fairness, it can get a bit convoluted and confusing at times as the band tends to indulge their intricacies, but tracks like “Mechdreamer” and “Achilles’ Paradox” carry enough momentum to keep listeners engaged. Of particular note are the more relaxed tunes, a la “Europa (Jupiter II)” and the VERY Maiden-esque “A New Beginning”. Rather than run through a marathon of scales and modes, Memento Waltz allow themselves an opportunity to sink their teeth into a few really solid hooks that resonate longer. And while no one in the band can be considered a slouch when it comes to understanding their instruments, bassist Giuseppe Deiana is absolutely relentless and is the backbone of this disc. Whether it’s riding a Steve Harris gallop or a totally funked out slap technique, his performance provides much of the contours and nuance behind the arpeggio runs and drum fills.
While Memento Waltz has been releasing demos and EPs independently since the mid-2000’s, DIVISION BY ZERO is the first official full length from the band. Call it pacing themselves, call it taking their time in honing their craft, call it a well-rounded, heavy, challenging and totally enjoyable album. Take a trip to the Memento Waltz website for purchase info.