"Division by Zero" (Jolly Roger Records; 2013/2015)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Memento Waltz are prog rock from Italy. They just signed with Jolly Roger Records. They also added a new lead singer to their band, Marco Piu, who used to sing for Negacy. To give you an idea of the sound that emits from Memento Waltz, try merging these bands together: Rush, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Yes and Queensryche. Now, let's add a dash of spice to that mix and there you have it: An incredible flavor that can't really be explained; it needs to be heard.

These guys started with a disc titled, "Moon's Valley" (1999) and they just took off from there, "Division By Zero" is their sixth blast. I'm starting with their most recent, so I don't have a back catalogue to go by, but that shouldn't be a problem since I dig prog rock and any new band I can add to my playlist is always welcomed. One thing I noticed about Memento Waltz is that things move around pretty fast. The song structures are complex and when they start to develop don't get too comfortable--just get ready to be taken in a different direction via the guitar.

Usually prog rock is driven by the guitar. The story and the voice, all of those elements are here and are ever-present but you might hear some sounds that cause you to question your auditory sensors. This is one of those discs that requires attentive listening. Trust me, you'll be wiser for the time spent.

Memento Waltz: Marco Piu Vocals; Livio Poier Guitars; Giuseppe Deiana Bass; Gabriele Maciocco Drums & Percussions

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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