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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • ASIN: B000065UO3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nowhere else but this offering from Italy's Deus Ex Machina!
P. McKenna
The sound quality is fantastic and each individual instrument can be heard with crystal clarity.
Jeffrey J.Park
This guy is one of the most stunning singers I've heard in rock or metal or anything.
Lord Chimp

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on October 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
What a nice surprise. My recent foray into the world of 70s Italian progressive rock led me to a newer band, Deus Ex Machina. Their latest album, _Cinque_, is one of my favorite purchases of late.
In many reviews you'll read concerning Deus Ex Machina, the singer Alberto Piras is always a big focus. And rightly so. This guy is one of the most stunning singers I've heard in rock or metal or anything. His approach to melody is a little bit similar to Area's legendary Demetrio Stratos, although his classical precision and histrionics set him apart. Honestly, when I heard that Alberto Piras' voice had five octaves, I figured it was just a publicist's fantasy. Hearing him proves he's the real deal.
This is my first exposure to the band, so I can't comment on how this album (the band's first stateside release) compares stylistically to the band's other work. I believe they have four studio discs and a live album. _Cinque_ is heavily jazz inspired, and the compositions feel loose, with a spontaneous energy recalling improvisation. At the same time, there is an ineffable tightness because the music is so brilliantly put together. The individual instruments often play with their own fully linear, independent phrases, but the consonant integrity of the composition is never sacrificed. THAT is harmonic complexity, and it honestly blows the mind. And if someone can transcribe these songs with all the right time signatures, they deserve a medal.
I found the album difficult to get into -- not for any of the normal reasons though. Instead, it was because I found it difficult to concentrate on the totality of the band's efforts rather than just listening to an individual musician. Often, it was because I kept getting lost in the drumming.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jose Artiles-Gil on June 21, 2002
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Deus Ex Machina honors the Italian progressive rock tradition with this compact: excellent and complex songs with lots of time signatures and very well interpreted lyrics by its singer, Alberto Piras, who sings songs in Latin and Italian! If you look for comparisons in the American progressive rock scene, I would say that this band's sound is between the extreme experimentation of Thinking Plague and the energy of Boud Deun. If you really like high quality progressive rock, with a sense of innovation and fun, buy this disc. You won't regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. McKenna on February 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Musicians

Alberto Piras: Lead Vocals, Words

Alessandro Bonetti: Violin

Fabrizzio Puglisi: Keyboards

Mauro Collina: Guitars

Claudio Trotta: Drums

Allessandro Porecca: Bass

Special Guest String Quartet on "Olim Sol Rogavit Terram II"

Where else would you find on one CD:

1) A manic fusion of early 70's Mahavishnu Orchestra/Return to Forever, modern classical and a touch of blues with a manic operatically trained lead singer vocalizing in Latin?

2) Songs whose subject matter runs from Rhinoceros to the sun asking the earth how it's enjoying life ever since the humans went away (I'm not making this up) and theories of order?

Nowhere else but this offering from Italy's Deus Ex Machina!

From the moment Alberto Piras opens his mouth, you know this is not going to be breezy happy-slappy pop material. His over-the-top operatically influenced style may not be to everyone's liking, but one thing is certain, he is unique and original! To sing over the top of music this dense and complex is no easy task, but Alberto really handles it with great style and flair. Having witnessed DEM live, it also appeared he was having a lot of fun with it too.

But a lead singer does not define a whole band, and it's certainly obvious that DEM have plenty of top-notch musicianship to go around. Especially notable are Alessandro Bonetti's alternately plaintive and spooky violin melodies, Fabrizzio Puglisi's thick warm analog keyboards (mainly Hammond B-3 and Rhodes with some synths) and Mauro Collina's searing guitar (a nice blend of RTF period Bill Connors, blues and some tasty acoustic classical stylings) and a manic rhythm section that just doesn't quit!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2002
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This albums is a masterpiece! The singer ALBERTO PIRAS and the virtuoso analog keyboard player FABRIZIO PUGLISI are from another world! This guy PUGLISI, is something else, combining the spirit of Keith emerson, Jan hammer, Joe Zawinul, Bobo Stenson, Herbie hancock and Chick Corea, and being himself a professional jazz pianist, he can beat them all! MONSTRUOS! If you are into Mahavishu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, Area, then you will love this band and this record. Watch those Italiaans, and keep eye on another Italian progressive fusion band, DFA, discovered by Deus Ex machina's singer Alberto Piras.
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