Review: Nero Di Marte – Nero Di Marte

Rated:

4/5

Like a gifted and talented love child of Leviathan-era Mastodon and latter-day Death, the Bologna, Italy, group paint a dark, dynamic, and ultimately melodic prog-metal canvas on this follow-up to 2011’s Malochian EP (recorded when they were Murder Therapy). “Convergence” comes together with fierce infectiousness as Sean Worrell’s feral-gatto vocals and jarring yet lyrical guitars blend with Marco Bolognini’s amazing drum splatter. Things get more ominous and atmospheric on “Time Dissolves,” and more pulverizing and abrasive on “Resilient” and throughout the sprawling, devilishly arranged title track—imagine ’70s-era King Crimson doing extreme metal. JEFF PERLAH

Check out an album teaser of Nero Di Marte below: