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I enjoyed several numbers on the album but as a whole I did struggle with the vocals.

I have to admit I'd never heard of Maieutica before their sophomore effort landed on my doorstep. The band were formed in the North-East of Italy in 2007. Their target was not world domination, but "to create an original sound alongside profound lyrics". The band wanted their ideas and songs to be not only emotional but reflective too. So have they succeeded? I have no darn idea as they sing in their native tongue and I have no lyrics for their songs!

Maieutica's debut album 'Logos' was released four years ago and apparently, according to the promotional bumph, was "one of the best Progressive Rock/Metal albums to come out of Italy in 2012". So how does follow-up 'R.E.S.' compare? The album is a ten-track affair and is an ambitious concept about the quest for immortality by man and creating something which will stand the test of time and posterity.

Confusingly, the album's opener is called 'Sahara (Part 3)' and comes across as a hybrid of Vanden Plas and Fates Warning, crunching guitar riffs courtesy of Matteo Brigo and Riccardo Zago and, after a brief acoustic interlude, they provide us with a John Petrucci style solo. Vocalist Thomas Sturaro has a powerful voice, which is a little harsh at times and takes a little getting used to, not being helped by the song being sung in Italian. 'Sidawa' is dedicated to the leader of Burkina Faso who was murdered in a coup almost thirty years ago (amazing what you can find out with the help of the internet). It is very aggressive and has a Rap section and ends up sounding like Rage Against The Machine at one point!

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'Sesamo' is a slower number which features keyboards – not sure who is playing them as the band does not have a keyboardist – and a softer vocal from Sturaro. 'Sahara (part 2)' is an Iron Maiden/Dream Theater style instrumental which you've heard plenty of times before, however, it still gets the air guitar going. 'Spezie' has Thomas Sturaro speaking/narrating for a while over a solid beat from drummer Mirco Zilio before the band join in and a heavy riff emanates.

Overall, I enjoyed several numbers on the album but as a whole I did struggle with the vocals and as a result I doubt if I will play 'R.E.S.' on a regular basis.

Az Chaudhry

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