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Released: 2007, Independent
For some reason, Argentina has never really made a significant impact on heavy metal’s world stage. Before I get any angry emails – I’m not saying there aren’t any good bands, but offhand I can’t think of any famous ones. Anyway, progressive rockers VirtuosiX are looking to change that.
The band was kind enough to send me both of their releases, 2007’s MAKING COVERS, and 2011’s RITUAL OF LIFE. This review is for MAKING COVERS; see the next one for RITUAL OF LIFE.
Released in 2007, MAKING COVERS serves as a good introduction to VirtuosiX’s style, via covers of other progressive rock/metal bands. Featuring two covers each of Dream Theater, Queensryche, and Pink Floyd (with one from Rainbow), the album certainly announces the band’s influences in one fell swoop. The track list features songs that are uniformly mellow, if not outright ballads, which makes the album a bit dull, if I’m honest.
However, the covers are all done quite well and feature Pablo Giuliani’s smooth vocals. He’s a great fit for these songs and carries them off with aplomb without openly aping any of the vocalists –a smart move, given the calibre of singers he’s covering here. Similarly, the musical aspect of the songs is equally good, if not quite as bombastic in some cases (“Through Her Eyes”). All told, the pair have done a very solid job covering some classic prog music.
Still, as a listening experience, I found the album a bit dull, simply for the fact that all of the songs are ballads. A couple of more aggressive songs would have helped to liven things up a bit, especially in place of some of the more dull tracks (“Vacant”, “Someone Else?”).
While I will always prefer a band to minimize the use of covers, these types of albums are hardly unheard of. If you’re a fan of these particular bands, VirtuosiX’s take on their songs is worth checking out.
1. Vacant (Dream Theater)
2. Through Her Eyes (Dream Theater)
3. Silent Lucidity (Queensryche)
4. Someone Else? (Queensryche)
5. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
6. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
7. Rainbow Eyes (Rainbow)
Pablo Giuliani: Vocals
Matias Sorrentino: Guitar
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