Album Review: DiAmorte – The Red Opera

A band truly redefining the genre of symphonic metal is DiAmorte from Chicago, Illinois. I was recently gifted their new album, The Red Opera, an incredible, theatrical effort that took the band four years to create. Clearly, it was four years well spent, because this album is mind-blowing!

This is so much more than a ten song full length album. The Red Opera is an odyssey, filled with many layers, directions and surprises. DiAmorte utilizes both male and female operatic vocals, male harsh vocals, epic orchestral arrangements, amazingly dark heavy metal riffing and incredibly versatile metal drumming. The last time I heard an album come even close to this exact sound was in the early 2000s when I heard Tristania’s Beyond the Veil for the first time, but even that is a stretch. This music is also far more visually stunning than any other symphonic metal record I’ve heard in some time. I say “visually” stunning, because listening to this music will fill your mind with grotesque imagery, majestic imagery, and everything in between, without fail.

DiAmorte doesn’t even have 2k likes on Facebook, and they’ve been putting out music of this quality for over ten years. This is a band that deserves more recognition, especially since they’re doing something truly exceptional and unique alongside some impressive names in metal. Michael Romeo (guitars) and Mike Lepond (bass) from Symphony X both appear on this album, along with Markus Johannson (guitars) from THEM.

I think the most impressive thing about The Red Opera overall is how well balanced everything is, both in and out of the studio. Considering everything DiAmorte have going on in their songs, it’s remarkable that there are rarely any dominating elements worming their way into the writing processes. Drake Mefestta fronts the band with his classic death metal approach on vocals. His growls are haunting and they perfectly compliment the predominantly classical and orchestral vibes of the band. But even that being said, the metal elements on the album perfectly intertwine with the symphonic ones. Together, the two worlds form a symbiotic relationship, existing in perfect harmony to tell a common story:

The Red Opera tells the tale of two fallen kingdoms in a dying land locked in an eternal conflict known as “The Great Divide.” On the horizon looms a dark, insidious force that influences and corrupts the powerful, accursed lord and through him, seeks to destroy all humanity and life, including his beloved human shield maiden, that new life may begin again.” – DiAmorte

Sadly, we slept on this album for a little too long. It was released just a little under a month ago, on December 21, 2018. However, once again, by the looks of social media, this band isn’t getting nearly the amount of attention they deserve. DiAmorte are a band that writes beautiful songs, meant for fans of  “classical theater, opera, symphonic arrangements, decadent stories, score-work, Lovecraft, heavy metal and a flair for the dramatic…”

Granted, the band doesn’t play out often. Their album release party back in November of last year, was also their sole live performance on recent record. That being said, if you get an opportunity to see this band pull this off live, especially with the members of Symphony X in the fold, you’ll want to take that opportunity.

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DiAmorte are:

Drake Mefestta – Lead vocals
Giampaul Andrianopoulos – Male Opera Vocals
Armenia Sarkissian (Soloist) – Female Opera Vocals
Alina Gavrilenko (Snowmaiden) – Female Opera Vocals
Markus Johansson (THEM) – Lead / Rhythm Guitars
Michael Lepond (Symphony X) – Bass
Michael Romeo (Symphony X) – Guest Guitars

The Red Opera was co-produced by Spencer Creaghan, Toronto, Canada. Additional production by Alexandru Oprea. Mastering by Joao Carvalho Mastering.

Follow this link to Spotify to take this incredible musical journey…

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