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Deva - Murther

Deva - CD Review





CD Info
15 tracks
English lyrics


Like many contemporary Metal bands, Deva is one that defies description. Blending a potpourri of styles such as Symphonic, Progressive and Goth Metal elements along with some classical, acoustic and orchestral arrangements makes Murther a rather ambitious undertaking. The LP also consists of 15 tracks which for the most part are well balanced, and display a high level of technical proficiency, emotional depth, and some segments that are quite visual as well.

Deva hails from Italy and was formed in 2006. Their first release was “Between Life and Dreams” was recorded in 2010. Originally a 5 piece ensemble, the band now consists solely of Guitarist/Composer Federico Salerno, and Vocalist Beatrice Palumbo. However, solid support throughout Murther was delivered by session artists Thomas D’Alba (Drums) and Paride Barbieri (Keyboards, Backing Vocals).

While the song structure throughout most of the LP is solid, Deva at times falls into the “Math Metal” entrapment quite common in the Symphonic/Progressive Metal genres particularly on tracks such as “Delirium” and “Dust and Shadows.” Both of which seem to lose focus and make holding the listener’s attention somewhat of a challenge. Yet there are several tracks where old fashioned songwriting sensibilities remain intact with the dynamic “Can I be Saved,” ‘Come to Me” and “Lady of Time.” All three tracks showcase strong, ambient and atmospheric choruses that make a profound impact.

The LP displays some solid musicianship throughout. Vocalist Palumbo delivers a solid performance, displaying dynamic tonal control, exceptional range and an aesthetic that’s pleasing to the ear. The only exception perhaps would be “Delirium” and “Lullaby” where at times her voice comes off a bit shrill. Guitarist Federico Salerno in addition to his stellar songwriting displays some high skill level on the guitar. “Come to me” displays some high energy staccato picking, enhanced by some cool pinch harmonics and flashy breaks. “Delirium” is punctuated by a high octane solo from Salerno as does “Lady of Time.”

The supporting cast delivers a strong performance e as well with choirs, horns and even a track consisting of a two minute piano solo, in addition to “Dust and Shadows,” which opens with a choir intro before transitioning into a high energy guitar driven verse. This isn’t the standard faire one would expect from a Symphonic/Progressive band. Yet Deva deserves credit for extending themselves and being willing to take chances.

In the final analysis, Murther is a solid LP. The songwriting and vocals are quite dynamic and while tonal shifts and melodic augmentations are plentiful, they’re done with taste and solid transitions while for the most part, avoiding the overindulgence which many hybrid Metal bands have difficulty refraining from. Hopefully the band will be able to stabilize their line-up and find a label which will give them greater exposure. While Murther is exceptionally good, I feel there’s potential for something extraordinary from Deva and I’m looking forward to their next creation.

Rating: 8 / 10