Possibly best known as one of the founding members of DGM, guitarist Diego Reali left Italian progressive power metal band in 2005 to pursue other musical interests. He dabbled with blues, country, and did a stint with his brother's indie band Happy Never After. But the heavy metal bug came back to bite him, and Reali formed Evidence in 2010 with his brother Stef, releasing There's Only Ten Left in 2011. Now with some personnel changes, Corrado Quoiani on vocals and Emiliano Bonini on drums, and a slightly modified name, they return with their second effort, Nobody's Fault.
Perhaps I should start with my conclusion. Excepting one facet, I liked everything about this album. The musicianship is fantastic, the songs creative, varied, and sometimes totally surprising. Reali is an exceptional guitar player who can navigate from neo-classical shredding to classic hard rock licks to blues. Essentially, he's a pleasure to listen to.
As for songs, the foundation is melodic heavy metal with a solid hard rock groove, but you may here some power and prog metal influences. Songs like Dig In The Night, Overdrive, or the speedy romp Miracle flood all these genres into one song with fluid ease. All the while, Diego Reali delivers massive riffage and blazing solos. Alternatively, there's some quite clever and surprising songs. One is All I Ever Needed which turns more on Bonini's drumming and Stef Reali's razzle dazzle bass line, giving the song something of a heavy speed metal country mash up. Another gem is Ave Maria, a neo-classical power metal tune with a great choral introduction. Then there's So Unkind, easily my favorite song here. Within Hevidence fuses rhythm, rock groove, shuffle, neo-classical shredding, and horns to make something like "heavy metal big band" music. Seriously. You need to listen to this song, very cool.
As for that exception to which I alluded earlier, it concerns the vocals. Now don't get me wrong. Corrado Quoiani is a fine vocalist, singing clean and melodic, and easily extending the melody of every song. However, he's muted in the mix, barely rising above the music. It's self-evident at the start with Dig In The Night, but better in So Unkind, for example. Turning up the volume helped somewhat, but not much in the end.
Nevertheless, Hevidence's Nobody's Fault is a powerful and quite entertaining album of neo-classical melodic heavy metal, liberally spiced with rhythm, groove, melody, speed, and progressive metal nuances. Easily recommended.
Hevidence's Nobody's Fault is a powerful and quite entertaining album of neo-classical melodic heavy metal, liberally spiced with rhythm, groove, melody, speed, and progressive metal nuances. Easily recommended.
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