We welcome back German progressive metal band Dante, now signed to Massacre Records, with their third album, November Red. The album flows easily with their previous album, if not possibly being an little heavier and darker.
It also may be less appealing or accessible to some, but not because of it's technicality. For example, the ten minute opener, Birds of Passage, is a daunting piece simply because of it's plodding heaviness. What follows, The Lone and Level Sands, sounds more like a heavier metal song and less like prog. Beautifully Broken is mostly melancholy, voice over piano.
Eventually, things get more interesting with The Day That Bled which is definitely progressive metal. Actually, it's an example of what Dante does best: merging traditional prog rock with heavier contemporary prog metal. After this, Shores of Time comes across as mere progressive power metal; Allan is something more subtle or softer, definitely melancholic; and, the finishing title track, a return to what you got with The Day That Bled: Dante's signature dark and complex progressive metal. If it seems like I'm saying there are only two essential songs here, I probably wouldn't deny it. Nevertheless, November Red should be taken as a whole, and progressive metal fans, especially Dante fans, should be satisfied.
With November Red, Dante returns with some heavier, possibly even darker, progressive metal, though some of the material here may not come across as prog to some listeners.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]