Power of Metal.dk Review

Deus X Machina
Style: Progressive Power Metal
Release date: 4 March, 2015
Playing time: 01:05:37

Deus X Machina, a band from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was formed in 2012. They started as support of bands like Turisas and Sonata Arctica and now, three years later, they are finally going to release their debut album "X".

There are not many bands whose very first album is good. But Deus X Machina is definitely one of them. But "X" isn't good. It's amazing. To me, this album is the perfect mix between Progressive and Power Metal. Well, Deus X Machina is a Progressive Power Metal band, but most of these bands have either too much Prog and not enough Power or the other way around.

What I really like is that the songs are complex regarding melody and instrumentalization
, but also easy-going and catchy. "Deus X Machina" for example is a 12-minute-monster and usually I'm not the kind of person who likes long and complex songs, since they are mostly not well-structured and simply too much of everything and I tend to skip the songs after a few minutes. But with this song I didn't have this problem, since it's also a very epic and great song (there even are some guttural vocals, which gives the song that certain something).

One of the highlights of the album is the cover of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger". It's like the same song, just in a Power Metal style and all in all very simple, but the cover itself is awesome.

Also, I have to say that Sebastian Ferraro is a great singer. In some way, he is a typical Power Metal singer with this high-pitched voice, but compared to most of the other singers from that genre, his voice isn't annoying at all, very powerful and emotional.

What I miss somehow is originality. I hear too much of Sonata Arctica in Deus X Machina. But it's only the debut album, I think they can develop and create their own style. But to put it straight, "X" is an awesome debut album by an awesome band and I definitely recommend this album to every Progressive Power Metal fan.

Sebastian Ferraro (vocals)
Matias Laino (guitars)
Victorio Cassanova (bass)
Berta Rodriguez (drums)
Damian Travieso (keys)

01. Dawn Of Ashes
The Devourer
Reborn In The Fire
Absolute Reality
The Curse Of Capistrano
Under The Clouds
The Rise Of The Archangel
Deus X Machina
Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor Cover)
Label: Power Prog
Distribution: Power Prog
Reviewed by: Sophie Ruhnke
Date: 25 February, 2015
Website: Deus X Machina @ Facebook