Okay, fire up your cauldron. Add a mighty dose of the early personification of Within Temptation with an equal measure of early Nightwish. Then add some age-old Styx flavored electronics to it without disintegrating into Amaranthe-esque antics. Boil and stir well. This will about get you the style you find on the début album The Reins of Life – signed to Underground Symphony – of the Italian band Degrees of Truth. But in truth (no pun intended), the above oversimplifies their offering greatly. The band describes their style as Progressive Symphonic Metal and I would agree.
At times suffering from a somewhat breathless lengthiness and a slightly overdone sense of drama, this album is nevertheless an impressive feat for a début. Their tune meanders from steely #metal, over epic bombastic to dreamy, folksy melodies. Starting with an intro that – for once – is aligned to the theme, they take off with an astonishing professionalism. All of this is expertly helped along with the contributions of an excellent vocalist and refreshing, sturdy riffing and soloing.
The Reins of Life comes complete with a theme addressing vast worldly issues, astonishingly with monologues. The excellent artwork was created by the gifted Gustavo Sazes, known for his work for Kamelot, Blynd or Arch Enemy. The band came to life in 2015 and issued a demo shortly thereafter. This 65 minute behemoth now comes a few short months after they started their operation.
Degrees of Truth are:
Claudia Nora Pezzotta – vocals
Gianluca Parnisari – keyboards
Graziano Franchetti – guitars
Luca Ravezzani – drums
Matteo Clark – bass
Whilst there definitely is room to improve, Degrees of Truth convince with a refreshing and technically outstanding style in an overcrowded genre that many claimed to be dying. If Symphonic Metal is your thing, then go ahead and give it a listen. You’re gonna like it.