A newcomer to the metal scene, Italy's Fatal Destiny presents its first album, Palindromia. Now information is somewhat scant on the band. But mostly the band and music was developed by a love of progressive metal by like-minded musicians. They add to the description that this is modern progressive metal. Not sure what they mean by that.
I wouldn't call their music or arrangements excessively technical; this isn't math metal. But there are twists and turns in the compositions and generous contributions from every player. Essentially, what leads every song is Fatal Destiny's simple sense of melody and harmony, whether by riffs, synths, or mostly the vocal arrangements. After these things, it's difficult to pin down what rises to the surface. The keyboards add a significant layer to every song, with some of the best parts coming from piano as within Leave Me Here. Naturally, they are also used for atmosphere, often symphonic which add density and depth to the songs. Of course, there's solos as well, rising in most every song and perhaps taking charge. Notable is Feel Alone for example. Alternatively, and somewhat curiously, I didn't feel that the guitar parts rose to the same heights. That's not to say that there isn't plenty of blistering riffage, but solos seemed few though a nice one appears in Dear Amy. They get trumped by the keyboards. Yet, when the acoustic guitar is applied, as within the aforementioned Dear Amy, it's melody and gentleness trumps most everything else. Finally, while the vocals are melodic and clean, they often sounded muted. I caught this at the start with Beyond Dreams, but eventually my ears adjusted. Yet it still didn't help with the clarity of the lyrics.
So, to sum up. Excepting Dear Amy, I can honestly say nothing else really jumped out and grabbed my attention. After listening twice, I really didn't have any interest in returning to this album again and probably never will. Nevertheless, Palindromia is a fine beginning, a creative first effort in progressive metal for Fatal Destiny.
Palindromia is a fine beginning, a creative first effort in progressive metal for Fatal Destiny, though I doubt that I will return again for another listen.
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