Leon : South-America produces many metal bands and, unfortunately, not all of them are good. The band Daydream XI is also from that region, Porto Alegre in Brazil to be precise, and formed in 2005. In the meantime they have released a few things already, like the EP ‘Humanity’s Prologue’ and their debut album ‘The Grand Disguise’ in 2014. After their debut the group parted ways with bass player Tomás Gonzagaen and asked Benhur Lima (Keep Them Blind) to fill in for him. This year the Brazilians will perform at ProgPower USA, together with Benhur, and will release their new album, ‘The Circus Of The Tattered And Torn’.
According to the band they play a mix between rock, hard rock and progressive rock, with heavy metal and power metal influences. So, progressive metal. Musically the band sounds very similar to what DGM is doing, sometimes you can also clearly hear Symphony X influences. After the intro you immediately get hit in the face with pounding guitar riffs, a bit like the latest Symphony X Album ‘Underworld’. Vocalist/guitarist Tiago Masseti and guitarist Marcelo Pereira know their stuff and are skilled in playing their instruments, only during the most technical parts I feel that they are on the limit of their ability. Drummer Bruno Giordano makes it sound like it’s not a challenge for him to keep up with both guitarists, amazing work! The sound gets an extra boost thanks to the great mastering of, who else, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Haken). The album starts with strong songs like ‘Open The Curtains’ and ‘Trust-Forged Knife’, but from ‘Overhauling Wounds’ on they aren’t able to keep up with the strong start, mainly because of some calmer, less aggressive, parts.
The calmer passages are a bit too bland and lack depth, not in the least because of the clean vocals from Masseti that don’t have the character to carry these parts. In the more aggressive parts his voice sounds very similar to those of Mark Basile (DGM) and Jorn Lande, which, admittedly, he does quite well. I also feel that the shorter songs are much stronger than the longer ones, they seem to be missing a clear theme or direction, or that they have been put together with the ‘left-over riffs’. In the end these are small points of criticism, it’s actually a good album. I will be keeping a close eye on this group! Recommended for fans of Symphony X, DGM, Circus Maximus, etc.