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Daydream XI – The Circus of the Tattered and Torn Review

Released by: Sensory

Release date: 22 September 2017

Genre: Metal, Progressive

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Tiago Masseti – Vocals and Guitars

Marcelo Pereira – Guitars

Bruno Giordano – Drums



01. Ticket 00011

02. Open the Curtains

03. Trust-Forged Knife

04. Painted Smile

05. Windblown

06. A Cup of Agony

07. Overhauling Wounds

08. Collector of Souls

09. Forgettable

10. The Love That Never Was

11. The Circus of the Tattered and Torn

Sometimes bad news can turn into good news. Last year at Prog-Power XVII when the bands were announced for the following year, one of them was the band Sunburst. I’d reviewed their album earlier in the year and was super impressed with it, so thinking I would get the chance to see them live I got pretty excited. Sadly, Sunburst was forced to drop from the line-up for this year’s Prog-Power due to Visa issues, thus requiring a replacement. Daydream XI was announced and I promptly went to Spotify to see if they were on there. They were and I was instantly impressed with them so a loss turned into a gain. It seemed that the band’s follow-up the impressive The Grand DesignThe Circus of the Tattered and Torn, was slated for release three weeks prior to this show. However, the label agreed to allow the band to sell it at this legendary festival early. I’d already planned on grabbing it, but after their performance, it was a must-have.

Circus is a stunning album for such a young band. The growth between the two albums is quite impressive. What Daydream XI has done is combined a darker Prog Metal sound of an Evergrey, including the accessibility factor, while at the same time adding a Prog genius that doesn’t require the listener to have a calculator to struggle through the changes while at the same time creating a sound all their own. This is not a fun time album: often the lyrics are dark and bleak and the music offers a wealth of emotions of loss, sadness and melancholy. No, the album isn’t going to make you want to kill yourself, but you will be so entranced by the amazing songs and musicianship that you’ll be hard-pressed not to dig this album. There’s also the voice of Tiago Masseti (who is also the mastermind behind the band and brilliant guitarist as well.) At times his vocals hearken to Claudio of Coheed and Cambria with his range and vibrato, but past that his voice is absolutely stunning and unique. He has managed to meld this very soulful, jazzy singing style and introduced it seamlessly into this Prog Metal world. With tracks like “Painted Smile,” “Collector of Souls,” “Windlblown,” and the album closing epic title track, Daydream XI create a tapestry of sound and emotion unlike any other band going today.

When someone says to me, “Prog bands are unemotional and can’t write songs,” I now have a new band I can use as an example of “yes, they can.” Daydream XI in just two albums, within the span of three years, have done what some bands spend a whole career attempting: writing immensely emotional and personal songs in the Prog metal genre while at the same time offering their fans accessible, yet heavy, music to enjoy for years to come. If The Circus of the Tattered and Torn is where they stand this early on, I can’t wait to hear what they have in store for the future. My ears are ready to find out though.

Written by: Chris Martin

Ratings: 10/10

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