Amongst the latest set of releases from Frontiers Music, there is a hidden gem under the name of Sweet Oblivion. This is a collaboration of DGM mastermind Simone Mularoni and legendary Geoff Tate with a selection of high-end musicians who have brought us an exceptional album. Working to create that classic sound that Tate made famous in the 90s with his former band Queensryche mixed with the guitar riffs and solos more commonly associated with prog rock, it is quite the genius album.
It’s been quite the year for Tate having come to the end of celebrating the release ofOperation Mindcrime 30 years ago with his band of the same name, it’s quite amazing he’s found the time to work on something new. This self-titled album seems to pick up right back in the 90s with a sound that is unmistakably Tate through and through. The first track on the album and also the first to be released “True Colours” is the perfect example of this as it is reminiscent of those days when Operation Mindcrime was at its height. While Tate’s voice is one of those which is easily recognisable as being unique, it’s the music behind it that has been expertly written to match the darkness in his voice. With its heavy riffs pacing behind the vocals and the chorus taking a more melodic feel, it takes a throwback.
Amongst the album Mularoni also showcases his own more natural state of those prog rock sounds with his solos in particular. Even on the first track, there is a dash of more electro sound to his solo. A better example of this is the title track though as this is where the prog rock sound really comes out to play. Throughout the album, there is this seamless blend of the two sounds that just pulls you in. Even with a more ballad styled track like “Disconnect”, there is a clear balance between the two artists personal styles which once again creates another outstanding track.
Sweet Oblivion’s debut album is something that can’t be missed. Whether you’re an old school Queensryche fan or a DGM fan, it caters for everyone. It has been expertly written and performed in a way that comes from the years of experience behind the band. With beautiful solos and fantastic vocal talent, there really isn’t anything not to love about this collaboration.
1. True Colors
2. Sweet Oblivion
3. Behind Your Eyes
4. Hide Away
5. My Last Story
6. A Recess From My Fate 7. Transition
9. The Deceiver
10. Seek The Light
Produced by: Simone Mularoni
Geoff Tate – Vocals
Simone Mularoni – Guitars and Bass Emanuele Casali – Keyboards Paolo Caridi – Drums