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ALEPH
In Tenebra

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6.90

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ALEPH takes its primeval shape in Bergamo, Italy, with summer 98 sickly passing away. Only two of the three “founding fathers” survive the following winter: Dave Battaglia (guitars and vocals) and Manuel Togni (drums) lead the band to the first self-produced demotape “Falx Lunae”, released in January 2000. The record scores several “Top demos” and favourable reviews on the Italian press and features the first version of “El Aleph”. After two years and a consistent line-up turnover (which allows the band to get in touch with the magic of keyboard player Giulio Gasperini, in September 2000), the band releases its second demo, “Promo 2002”, in March 2002. Between 2002 and 2004 ALEPH gets encouraging reviews by Italian and foreign press as well (9/10 on Terrorizer UK), appears on two compilations “Atlantida” (featuring “Hallowed Hatred”) and “Climbers”(featuring “Acid Tears”), but has to face further changes in the line-up: the blazing fingers of guitarist Lorenzo Fugazza plunge deep into the band’s bloody tissue in Autumn 2003. With this renewed stage-machine ready to hit the road again, ALEPH plays a bunch of wild live shows through 2004. From now on, history makes a turn. The band releases “In Tenebra”, its best demo until then, in November 2005, finally completes the line-up with earthly bassman Antonio Ceresoli and signs a record deal with the Italian record label FUEL RECORDS. ALEPH plays as support act for bands like Necrodeath and White Skull. “In Tenebra” is officially released one year later, in November 2006 and is celebrated with a support gig with Italian power metallers Vision Divine. In June 2007 the band tours through Italy as supporting act for the Swedish death metal Gods Dismember in a successful couple of shows and appears on several magazines with enthusiastic reviews and plenty of interviews. The Metal Hammer readers’ poll crowns ALEPH as best Italian newcomer of 2007. But the band is already working on a new full length album: through June 2008 eight brand new songs are recorded and mixed between the band’s hometown and Vasteras, Sweden, at Underground Studios.

Descrizione

Deat/Prog/Doom from Italy

Tracklist:

1 The Fallen
Backing Vocals – Paolo Di Stefano 4:06
2 Unfaithful Bass – Nik Mazzucconi Vocals [Deep] – Scream (11) 9:00
3 Depths 9:33
4 Mother Of All Nightmares 10:55
5 In Tenebra 5:11
Bonus Tracks
6 The Fallen (Native Lyrics)
Backing Vocals – Paolo Di Stefano 3:16
7 Acid Tears 6:15

Etichetta: Fuel Records

Formato: CD Jewel box

Sito web della band: sconosciuto

Band Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AlephMetal/

2 recensioni per ALEPH
In Tenebra

  1. From Metalized: Dopo numerosi cambi di line up, 2 demo d’ottima fattura e tanto heavy sparpagliato per la penisola, gli Aleph hanno finalmente deciso di fare sul serio. E sia lodato il giorno in cui è nato l’embrione di In Tenebra, album dallo straordinario carisma e dalla tecnica sopraffina.
    Cominciamo dall’inizio: gli Aleph fanno sul serio, giocano con le partiture rese note al grande pubblico da gente come Atheist, Pestilence e soprattutto Sadist (quelli di Above The Light e Tribe). Un gioco dicevo, un gioco che preleva linfa dalle tastiera eteree dei pluriosannati Dream Theather e ci trasporta in un territorio, si malsano e rabbioso, ma anche prog e sognante. Technical death/thrash, con armonizzazioni lasciate a tastiere che tanto ricordano il tocco di Tommy Salamanca. A differenza dei Sadist (ricordiamo che la band nel febbraio 2005 ha supportato i leggendari thrashers genovesi Necrodeath) gli Aleph si concentrano più sulla violenza stilistica, sul nichilismo sonoro e sull’impatto estremo che i nostri “spandono” sulle sette tracks di In Tenebra.

    Eccoci quindi a raccontare un disco che nulla ha da invidiare a molte band che vivono di estrema tecnica. L’anima corrosa di Patrick Mameli è ben presente nelle composizioni, fin dalla prima The Fallen, pezzo dalla forte matrice malinconica, gestita da un dolce piano che cerca di controllare i più puri sentimenti. Ma The Fallen è corrosa, è agonizzante e minimale nella sua essenza. Alterazioni scomposte, laceranti tastiere e un growls a metà fra Mameli e il Schuldiner del periodo Leprosy. Unfaithful apre la porta al prog piu’ disarmante, impressiona per precisione e potenza il drummer Manuel, autentico tuttofare e polipo(dis)umano della band. Ancora l’animaccia dei Death si scaglia sulla composizione, un pezzo tiratissimo che al suo interno cerca soluzioni mid-tempo armonizzate ora da riff melodici ora dalle “solite” tastiere. Depths è un’altra perla che racconta le geste del “teatro dei sogni”: una lenta sonnolenza sonora si apre sull’ugula clean del buon Dave, davvero un ottimo e coinvolgente interprete metal. Mother Of All Nightmares riprende le sonorità di estremo technical death/thrash, un insolita suite strumentale di circa 2 minuti, manifesta tutta l’inquietudine sonora della band, resa tale da una recita stile Meat Loaf che preannuncia il massacro death. E sembra davvero di correre sui binari dei Pestilence che furono, un passaggio tremendo e teso, spaventoso e sempre sulla corda.

    In poche parole, se potete, fatelo vostro, sia mai che fra 2-3 anni non lo troviate sugli scaffali dei negozi a prezzi piu’ alti…

  2. From Metalstorm: Damn this “In Tenebra” is a really good surprise! When a lot of bands nowadays choose to play a really general and basic Metal (Power, Symphonic or other Gothenburg stuff) Aleph, an Italian combo, like a real UFO comes in the Metal place to prove that it is still possible to produce something original and surprising. Mixing Death, Doom, Thrash and above all Progressive music, “In Tenebra” is a really cool album, something that all the fans of Prog and bands like Opeth will have to check.

    It’s so good to listen to this album because it’s so varied… You’ll be able to find clean and Death vocals, fast, mid and slow tempos but also really dark melodies that I can compare with Doom like violent Death passages. Mix all those ingredients with some touches of Progressive music, add Piano, super solos (some of them even sound Jazzy) and you can understand how it sounds. Really I can’t avoid the comparison with Opeth but Aleph is not a clone, there is just the same spirit in the music but it’s not a copy.

    So we only have five songs and two bonuses but the duration of the album isn’t short because the songs are long and in any case they’re boring at the end. Why? Well actually the musicians of Aleph knew how to write tracks that aren’t linear, there is a lot of variations, breaks and their great musical abilities give something more to the music. Like with Meshuggah (and Opeth) for example it’s flagrant that the guys of Aleph are influenced by Jazz. It’s really classy…

    Maybe that all is not perfuct on this album but believe me it’s hard to find negative points with this release, all the guys are great (the singer has a really beautiful clean voice, like a great Death one) so I won’t try to find be naughty I just can’t…

    “In Tenebra”, this is just the perfect mix of all the Metal influences, and when I see how this album sounds I cannot believe that they won’t be signed soon on a great label, at least they deserve it. If you like dark Prog a la Evergrey, if you like Prog Death a la Opeth, if you like Thrash a la Meshuggah and if you’re just a bit open minded, please have a look on this fantastic release, you’ll see that I’m not lying, Aleph is a super promising band and I’m ready to put some buck on them. Just classy…

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