Italy Progressive Rockers, Armonite, are set to release a standout album that consists of a broad array of instrumental and orchestral properties that showcase virtuosity in an ingenious manner that captivates listeners. We grabbed an early copy of ‘And the Stars Above’ to give you a deep dive into what’s to come.
Kicking off with the first track, “The March of the Stars”, Armonite begin by incorporating haunting female vocals that add to the mysterious essence that is translated through their orchestral instrumental style that morphs into a hefty dose of symphonic metal which blends seamlessly. The second track, “Next Ride”, swiftly begins by mimicking the likes of Brian Setzer Orchestra and rapidly transforms into a dynamic explosion of instrumentals that showcase the rich musical history that Jacopo and Paolo have blended together as Armonite. “District Red” is the third track that begins with a global vocal and instrumental influence that swiftly picks up into a layered atmospheric blast that subconsciously sends listeners into a state of contemplation. The fourth track, “Plaza de España”, slows it down and begins with a hypnotic piano opening that leads into a realm of Smooth Jazz that translates into pure bliss within the mind of a listener that appreciates romanticism laced with impenetrable and maddening darkness.
“Clouds collide” is the fifth track that initially ties in female vocals that mimic Lily Allen and shed light on a metaphorical lyrical journey speaking of how two human beings colliding can be as fluid and free as two clouds colliding in the sky. The sixth track, “Blue Curaçao”, begins with the influence of Trip-Hop and rapidly transforms into a showcase of blistering violin work which adds another dimension to an album that already carries a charismatic touch that is unique and unparalleled. “By heart” is the seventh track that is an album highlight that sends listeners into a tranquil state over an opening heartbeat that mimics the legendary song, “Angel” by Massive Attack, then takes a turn into a fusion of EDM and Trip-Hop that is truly a musical masterpiece. The eighth track, “Freaks”, is a haunting piece that leads listeners into a contemplative realm influencing otherworldly states of mind that slowly unburden an individual from the constraints of time. “By the Waters of Babylon” is the ninth track that serves as a soothing blend of instrumental zen and captures the attention of mindful individuals that are drawn toward the atypical. The tenth track, “The usual drink”, creates the impression of an individual walking down the empty streets of New York City after a long day while eager to slow down the mind after a long day of playing by the rules that no longer suit their core. “What’s the Rush?” is the eleventh track that picks up the pace and begins with a psychedelic instrumental trip into a land of vibrant colors and vivid scenery that collides with the true present-day reality of an individual’s life. Closing out with “Ghosts”, Armonite end with a dense and blackened touch on a modern-day lullaby that leaves listeners in a state of mind blooming thoughts that are far behind black and white thinking.
Having recently signed with Cleopatra Records, Armonite have a rich history of creating dynamic musical and visual works of art. If you’re a fan of a variety of fellow musicians such as Opeth, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Stratospheerius and Porcupine Tree, then set a reminder for the May 25th, 2018 release of ‘And the Stars Above’ on Soundcloud.
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