Released: 2013, Noise Head Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Everybody Needs an Angel is the first solo album of the very gifted and talented Italian musician that is Lucio Manca. While still working with such bands like Solid Vision (Italian progressive rock band) and Dominici (American progressive metal band), Lucia Manca has managed to find time off and record an instrumental concept album that follows the best progressive rock and metal standards.
The concept behind Everybody Needs an Angel is a story of a mother who suffers for the loss of her son. It is quite a challenge to record a concept album that is throughout instrumental, therefore is not able to tell the story through lyrics. However, the listener’s focus is 100% on the music and on Everybody Needs an Angel each song musically describes and illustrates a different state of mind and a certain feeling.
Everybody Needs an Angel is an album that will take you on a 50 minute long journey of instrumental music full of mind-blowing contrasts. First of all, Lucio Manca has teamed up with rather talented musicians, like Matteo Mereu (drums & percussions), Americo Rigoldi (keyboards) and Mauro Manca (guitar). Together they create a technical, yet virtuoso sound that will appeal to any prog-rock or prog-metal fans.
Rock music fans who are always looking for big choruses and catchy sing-along tunes will most likely find Everybody Needs an Angel rather boring as they will struggle to keep their attention focused on the music. As Everybody Needs an Angel is an instrumental album and all the songs are composed in the same progressive rock manner, it might sound repetitive from time to time.
The intro “Voices From Beyond” is a short piece made out of sounds of switching between the radio stations. It goes straight into “The Shadow”, which is a powerful song starting acoustic, but developing into a dark and atmospheric song based on some rather heavy riffs.
Everybody Needs an Angel production focuses on and brings out the bass guitar sound, which is the main character of Lucio Manca’s music.
“Phenomena” is yet another short song of ‘switching between the radio stations’ noises, as it leads into “’Phenomena”, which is a melodic and virtuoso song with an accent put on to keyboards sound. It is followed by “For What Little it Might be Wroth”, which is a melodic and more calm down track to contrast the heavy beginning of the album and emphasize the story of the concept behind Everybody Needs an Angel. The title track “Everybody Needs an Angel” is also very emotional and slow-paced song that kicks off with a beautiful keyboard prelude.
Songs like “The Human capacity to Reflect and Decide” and “Scorched Earth” takes the album back to sounding a bit more raw and heavy, which makes Everybody Needs an Angel a lot more entraining to listen to, as high energy and drive is mixed with slow and more ‘mellow’ atmospherics.
Everybody Needs an Angel is suggested to all of those who share a passion for progressive rock and metal and enjoy listening to bands like Dream Theater, Tool, Katatonia, A Perfect Circle and so on.
Lucio Mance has also been added to D.O Messiah line-up, so keep an eye out for their future plans for more good music.
Review by Anna Dumpe