May 06 – Review by Stefan – PLEONEXIA – VIRTUTE E CANOSCENZO (Pure Underground Records / Soulfood)

It has been a while since I had to provide an Italian band with a CD review, herewith I present you the second album from Pleonexia. Established in 2012 as a solo project by Michele Da Pila (vocals, guitars & keyboards), converted into a fully-fledged six-faced formation afterwards. According to what I’ve found out, their style is described as philosophic Metal which is a totally new subgenre for me, I’m curious. “Break All Chains” was the title of their debut album that saw the light of day in 2014. I remained in limbo about their musical approach and in order to discuss their new album “Virtute E Canoscenza” I had to give it a few listening sessions, read my evaluation as follows …

Before the album really starts we get a kind of introduction of about 90 seconds, I was surprised by the danceable way of doing things with choir singing as well. I’d rather avoid prejudices but I immediately had an uncomfortable feeling about the rest of the songs. The global character of this album is hard to describe, I have a double feeling about the musical skills, they are not able to really convince me. When you hear all the songs you enter the world of 80’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, at certain moments sprinkled with epic elements. Lyrically the band focuses on philosophical subjects and the way the songs are written is rather mediocre. READ MORE…