Virtual Mind
Shattered Silence
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 1 June, 2011
Playing time: 58:03

Only by looking at the length of the songs you can predict which style this album will be. Indeed progressive metal stuff! This is the debut album of this technical skilled Italian band with ex-DGM vocalist Titta Tani and guitarist Francesco Fareri in it. In the first seconds the Dream Theater guitar sound of the band is the first thing that strikes me. I am not a musician, but why doesn't the band choose a little bit different sound?

Another thing that I don't really like is the vocal performance of Titta. He isn't a very good vocalist, he tries to sing aggressive and he does that by combining his higher vocals with a James Hetfield/Dave Mustaine - more aggressive a bit nasal style of singing. It also sometimes sounds as if they have decided to make an instrumental album only to add vocals anyway. The singing lines the band uses sound too forced, not natural implemented in the music. So far the more negative points. Musically they mix of Dream Theater, Pagan's Mind with Symphony X, but then more metalized and with a thrash bite, doesn't sound that bad. Sometimes the songs are a bit too long and would have better off had they stopped after 6 minutes.

For a debut album this isn't bad, but they have to throw away the DT guitar sound and with a better singer that sticks more to the music next album can be a lot better. And a long song isn't always a good song; it's not the length, but the quality! In the Tour du France they would say: nice try, but Paris is still far away...


01. Life (8:40)
02. The Black Box (7:06)
03. Fears (6:42)
04. The End of the Illusion (8:11)
05. The Door (9:18)
06. After the Soul (6:43)
07. A Perfect Union (11:23)

Label: Lion Music
Distribution: Border Music Distribution
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 5 July, 2011