Tragic Separation

Label: Frontiers Music
Three similar bands:
Elritch/Symphony X/Dream Theater
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Flesh And Blood
2. Surrender
3. Fate
4. Hope
5. Tragic Separation
6. Stranded
7. Land Of Sorrow
8. Silence
9. Turn Back Time
10. Curtain

Marco Basile - Vocals
Simone Mularoni - Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli - Bass
Emanuele Casali - Keyboards
Fabio Costantino - Drums

Change Direction (1997)
Wings of Time (1999)
Dreamland (2001)
Hidden Place (2003)
Misplaced (2004)
Different Shapes (2007)
Frame (2009)
Monumentum (2013)
The Passage (2016)



Released 2020-10-09
Reviewed 2020-11-07


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DGM is band that is usually labelled as progressive metal, I didn’t think that was a fully accurate description of the music when I listened to their album Monumentum in 2013. I don’t think that they were particularly progressive, they do have elements of progressiveness but the overall style is quite straightforward power metal music. Sure, we have progressive bands as similar but that is from research, I never really just write the similar bands myself but research from reviews and other stuff – and they do have elements that reminds of those bands. It is the tenth album by the band DGM that once got its name from the first letters in the names of the members, none of those members are in the band anymore so maybe DGM just stands for Damned Good Metal. So, what about this one, is it a DGA?

Pretty straightforward and powerful power metal with energy and melody, it has some progressive elements and Mularoni’s virtuosity to spice it up and add depth. The singer is great and the variation good, there is depth and emotion throughout the album. I think the playing time is rather sensible and the sound fresh and modern, they aren’t exactly breaking new ground with their music, but it sounds pretty fresh anyway and more vital than many of the albums I hear from the same label and that is always good.

Tragic Separation is a really good album with great tracks, the title track is quite excellent, and it is followed by a parade of strong tracks. If I am to complain about anything it is that the album ends a little less exciting and interesting than it starts, but that is probably just looking for things that are less great. Overall this album is great and it is one that you can play many times over and not grow tired of it. I think that DGM once again delivers a great album that should appeal to most music fans.

So, the answer is yes, you should have a closer look at this album as it is great. It is probably even better than the previous album I reviewed, and anyone who enjoys the previous works by the band will enjoy this one even more. DGM still stands for Damned Good Metal and Tragic Separation is a Damned Good Album.