Franco Caruso - Guitars and Backing Vocals
ARACHNES: "In Praise of Science" arachnes
release date 20.02.2006
Produced and arranged by Arachnes
Recorded at Phantom Studio in 2005, mixed and edited at Phantom Studio by Franco Caruso and Enzo Caruso
preview -review by Marco "Norman Knight" Signore____
are at their 5th studio album and are one of the best Prog Metal
Italian bands. They are strongly influenced by the good old Progressive
Rock a là Emerson, Lake and
Palmer and by the Prog Metal of the last decades, and always manage to
shine in the Italian Metal landscape. This new
album, “In Praise of Science”, seems to fulfill again some of the
promises this technical band always implies.
album opens with an “Ouverture”
with strong classical reminiscences in which the very good keyboards
show what the man can do. An aggressive piano composition, in which the
influences of Keith Emerson can easily be discerned, this song is a good
prelude to the album, and introduces the theme that we will listen in
the second song, “Gothic Description”.
The voice Enzo
Caruso is present with authority although not resorting to high pitched
screams, but basing its strength mainly on interpretation – a good Prog
feature. Drums and bass march together with almost a power tempo, with
great weavings of synths and good rhythm and solo guitars. This song is
extremely cadenced, and all in all it flows away easily to the
guitar scale ends with a keyboard sweep that melts into the following
song “Just try and hit me”. Cadenced rhythm section herald a
strange “Helloween-like” song which I did not expected from Arachnes.
Interesting, although “slow”, this track is melodic and well
conceived, and remembers me of the “Keeper of the seven keys”
Side of my Mind” is a strange song with ominous riffs
coupled with clean arpeggios of guitars and a melodic lyric line.
Interesting although in my opinion not the best song in this album.
arpeggios with a chorus/phased guitar open the following track, “I’m
closing my Eyes”. Decidedly heavy, acid, aggressive and
powerful, with harmonic riffs of guitar, bass and keys, and a nice vocal
line, this song features also quick synth and lead guitar soloes that
closely remember bands such as Symphony X or Dream Theater.
we come to the suite of the album “Mediterranean Suite”.
Beautiful, evocative riffs of effect-rich guitar and powerful keyboard
pads give an eerie feeling to this precious song. Soon the suite
opens up with electric piano arpeggios supported by strings and
orchestra percussions, giving way to an even more ominous section with
ghostly vocals and a very good heavy rhythmic section, that ends with a
solo series returning to the main theme for the closing section.
the title notwithstanding is a sweet ballad, wth
moving piano arpeggio with a carpet of strings, with a sad mood and the
voice of Caruso getting to a very high pitch, good vibrato and
interpretation crowing a great song that culminates with a heart-slicing
guitar solo. Beautiful, moving, intense.
a complete different shore is the following “Nightmare”, Symphonic
Prog metal song with evil and wicked riffs rolling over synth arpeggios
and a cruel vocal line. Quick guitar soloes,
thunderous bass and good drumming create what I find the best song of
the album. To this follows a splendid hammond organ arpeggio that
clearly recalls Keith Emerson again, and opens the song “Knowledge”,
that flows with a typical Prog metal style, slashing vocals and
hammering rhythm with a hypnotic bass. As often happens… the best
parts of an album are in the final section!
(what a surprise…) Arachnes decided to include an Emerson, Lake and
Palmer cover in their album. This time it is “Blues Variations”,
from the excellent ELP live album “Pictures at an Exhibition”. As
already happened with “Eruption”, the interpretation of this
cover is very good, intense, faithful and yet innovative.
judgement on this album is mixed… on one side the last songs are very
good and “intense” enough for my taste, on the other side the first
songs are a bit “weak”. The Suite is a sort of division line of this
new Arachnes work.
speaking… well, what can be said about one of the most technical
Italian metal bands? Excellent recording, excellent performance,
end with very little of the bitter coldness that characterises technical
and yet “empty” works such as Dream Theater or Vitali Kuprij.
a more emotional point of view, and on the light of the previous albums
I expected something more “metal” from Arachnes; instead some songs
are a bit on the slow side.
this is a good album from a good Italian band that I always listen with
great pleasure and… by the way, whoever can play ELP covers like that
must be at least listened a dozen of times. Good work, Arachnes!
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