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Ritual Of Life
Released: 2012, 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.
While I’m not a huge proponent of covers albums, it turns out that these Argentinians’ covers album, MAKING COVERS is a good indicator to what their own music will sound like. RITUAL OF LIFE is indeed a progressive album, but definitely more in the rock spectrum than heavy metal. In fact, much of the music is quite mellow, creating a dream-like quality that permeates the album. Whether by choice or budget, the production of the album is also quite subdued, with the guitars often taking a backseat role to airy keyboards and vocals.
That said, “The Call” opens the album with some crunch, while on the opposite end, “So Far From You” is a beautiful instrumental with flowing guitar solos. Throughout, Pablo Giuliani’s smooth & soothing vocals carry the music along – although I would have liked to hear a bit more of Matias Sorrentino’s guitar prowess. That’s actually my biggest complaint of the album – too much of the quiet stuff and not enough of the harder edge. Given that was my same criticism of MAKING COVERS, I’m not surprised to hear the same apply to RITUAL OF LIFE.
Fans of progressive rock will find much to enjoy in VirtuosiX’s music, and metal fans who like the occasional quiet moment should check them out as well.
1. The Call
2. Ritual of Life
4. Ethnic Soul
5. Inside Me
6. Come Home
7. Close to Origins
8. Eternal Tears of Sorrow
9. So Far From You
Pablo Giuliani: Vocals
Matias Sorrentino: Guitar
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