Every time we write about a new album, it seems that the most important thing is to underline the reference points of a band and, very often, this attitude, before being a legitimate help to orientate the potential listeners, turns out to be a not too veiled accusation of lack of originality. This debut work by The Blank Canvas has, first of all, the great merit to put in difficulty anyone who tries to approach with these modalities because, if references to bands or scenes of the past are certainly there, it must be said that everything happens in such a kaleidoscopic and glittering way to make it impossible to dwell on a single passage to observe it under a microscope in search of its DNA. The truth is that Dark Mirage is one of the freshest and most innovative works given to us lately among those who move within our mistreated national scene; the project starts quite far away, but this union between musicians who are part of the circle of realities such as Incoming Cerebral Overdrive and Karl Marx Was a Broker has taken the time necessary to put on record a work with personal traits and that, compared to the forecasts, is far from the sludge post metal that we could have expected. This is because in Dark Mirage the difference that emerges from the first notes is the relevance of the synth and its electronic component handled with wisdom by Michele Marchiani, while the vocal approach of Alessio Dufur is marked by clean tones, sometimes stentorian but always aimed at providing the whole a certain usability (not to mention the equally notable contribution of Maurizio Tuci – guitar, Marco Filli – bass and Nicola Benetti – drums). All this allows the album to flow magnificently thanks to a pressing rhythmic nature that leaves no space for interlocutory passages. A full, powerful and involving sound is the ideal sonic corollary to a cosmic horror imagery that leads the listener without hesitation until the closing track Atterra, where the tones seem to calm down, arriving immediately after the remarkable sound paroxysm of Attack Decay Sustain Release. There is really nothing wrong in this debut of The Blank Canvas: the only risk is that, not being addressed to a specific target of listeners, it ends up not being intercepted as it deserves.
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