EGOSYSTEMA has a new album Distance. The Italian collective presents us their third album, a powerful crazy industrial heavy metal, and maybe a metalcore blast. Now, this is a first for me. I heard them live before and was absolutely amazed when they came to Estonia in doing the support for the legendary Katatonia. Usually, when I review albums, I see if I want to see them live or not. This time I already did. I know that I want to see them again.
“Distance” sounds like classic heavy metal. I have to say that I generally don’t like synthesizers, however, they work pretty cool in the first track that shares the name with the album. The metalcore vibe is clearly there, plus the major pump that makes you want to jump up and down.
“Don’t judge me” is interesting, due to a back voice. Now, here I have to say that there are a couple of hurdles when you self produce your own album. Clearly I feel the intensity, the connection, and harmony on the instrumental side. But the connection of the vocals leaves bits uncovered. I thought that they had female vocals and I was absolutely wrong. I will recommend more attention to these issues for the next time.
The track “OCD” is a clear example of how the beginning kicks you to turn the volume louder and then leaves you with the sensation that the voice doesn’t really merge. I love the evil speech in “Get along”. It just drives me right back to the times where Dream Theater used to do concept albums. The tracks with person names like “Joseph” and “Elizabeth” plus the last track called “Room of Mirrors” seem like an obvious homage to the progressive metal monsters. Maybe this comes from the intensive use of keyboards.
To conclude, this band is cool, has incredible potential and this album is fairly enjoyable. They could have done a bit better job producing the vocals but their instrumental work is very solid and enjoyable. I want to see them again and hopefully, they will come around soon. I might also blast this album in my family Christmas dinner for the fun of it.
- Luca Birocco – Guitar
- Riccardo Lorenzini – Vocal
- Rodolfo Coda Bertetto – Synth/ Keys
- Davide Porcelli – Bass
03 Don’t judge me
04 Open your eyes
07 Get Along
10 Room of Mirrors