Elegy Of Madness – “Live At Fusco Theater” CD / DVD (Pride & Joy Music)
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Since turning a few heads last year (including myself) following the release of their 4th album “Invisible World”, this Italian symphonic metal band have become acclaimed in their hometown of Taranto, leading to this special show featuring the Giovane Orchestra Jonica directed by Fabio Orlando, who are clearly not new to rock, having previously covered orchestrations of Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’! Led by Anja Irullo’s mesmerising soprano wailings and backed by founder guitarist Tony Tomasicchio’s growls, Elegy Of Madness also stylishly incorporates suave electronics into their deeply passionate music and dramatic orchestrations, and here in this one-of-a-kind show at the 100-year-old Teatro Fusco Performance Art Theatre, the performance was backed by Taranto’s fashion, artisan and audio engineering talent to match the sophistication of this truly elegant sextet. With 15 songs making up this impressive live release that was also filmed, there is no shortage whatsoever in taking in the brilliance of songs like ‘Believe’, that immediately hook you in through catchy riffs and dazzling melodies as Irullo’s sultry tones lure you in further while raising the temperature through her soprano highs. It’s all contrasted superbly by flowing strings, steamy sequences and Tomasicchio’s beastly rasps, while the rapturous crowd certainly don’t back their own enthusiasm! Indeed, as the flowing strings of the Giovane Orchestra Jonica penetrate the heart on ‘Nobody Cares’, it’s hard not to shed a tear to Irullo’s soft moving vocals and when she hits the highs, nothing but emotional overload, made even more dramatic by the red-blooded riffs of Tomasicchio and Marco Monno. Pulsating with electronica backed by the spoken word of Angelo Bommino, director of the first diction school in Taranto, ‘Invisible World’ continues the slick blend of ultra-cool symphony with Irullo’s soprano wailings and singing, taking utter possession backed by Tomasicchio’s roars and Larry Ozen Amati’s subtle, if no less classy basslines adding to the rich flavour of the material from this hard to forget band – indeed, the whole of Taranto would seem to think so too!