Bart D. : 'After The Sea' from Italian band Anèma is a debut I really enjoyed listening to. Not because it is a highly professional and consistent record. It isn't. But it is a record full of surprising stylistic influences and brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm. Singer Baco Dì Silenzio (would be great if that's his real name) has this Italian quality: a nice and warm voice, elastic and passionate at every turn of a syllable. The rest of the band knows what they can and can't do, and do it well: every song is a tight unit. The end result is a progressive rock record with references ranging from Dream Theater to U2, and everything in between.
Anèma is at its best with power ballads. The beautiful thing about being a reviewer is that you get to hear local bands from all over the world, and Anèma reminds me of the joy this can bring. This record is yet another proof that there will never be such a thing as a dead music scene.