Of Poetry and Silent Mastery

Label: Art of Melody Music/Burning Minds Group
Three similar bands: Lionville/Hardline/Work of Art

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. Conspiracy
02. Wait For Me
03. Easily
04. The Path
05. End Of The World
06. Paralyzed
07. Winter
08. Open Arms
09. Give Or Let Go
10. Where The River Flows
11. Close But Far
12. Fragile (Bonus Track)

Dario Grillo - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards & Orchestra Scores
Alex Grillo - Drums & Percussion

Between Two Horizons (2004)
Out Of The World (2014)

Katya Miceli: Vocals on "Winter" & "Close But Far"
Gabriels: Synth Solos on "Conspiracy", "End Of The World" & "Inferno"
Mirko Turchetta: Guitar Solo on "Open Arms"
Dan Logoluso: Guitar Solo on "End Of The World"
Orazio Fontes: Guitar Solo on "Close But Far"
Davide Perruzza: Guitar Solo on "Paralyzed"

Produced, mixed and mastered by Dario Grillo
Artwork and graphics by Antonella "Aeglos Art Astori

Released 2021-07-23
Reviewed 2021-08-20

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Platens is a project of Dario Grillo, and Of Poetry and Silent Mastery is the third album by said project. It also happens to be the title of a book, in case you wondered. This project has been going on for a while now, the first album was released back in 2004, the second in 2014 and now the third, it seems as though Dario takes his time between the albums. This new one has a good-looking cover, and it sounds good as well.

Describing the music is taking to the AOR-description as that is where it mostly sits with catchy choruses, strong melodies, etcetera. The melodies are strong, the production is good, and I think the vocals are quite good as well. It should tick the right boxes for the AOR genre, and the variation is good for the genre as well. With twelve tracks it may be a little much, but not so much that I think it is detrimental to the album.

Of Poetry and Silent Mastery is a good album, it ticks the boxes and I enjoy listening to it. I think it should be appealing to those that enjoy the AOR style of music, it has good songs through and through, none of them are weaker. The opening Conspiracy along with the ending Fragile are my highlights of the twelve tracks we are getting. Then, like ever so often, you can make the valid point that we have heard all of this before, and we certainly have but Platens does it well and that is always a plus.

If you like the AOR kind of music this is a good choice for you, I think it should press the correct buttons for most that like the melodic style of the rock music. Platens gives us several good songs and with that comes a recommended album. Sure, the argument on the lack of originality can be made, but Platens gives us some great tracks and with those you can make do with less original ideas. Could be worth checking out!