NAKED ON THE BLACK FLOOR
CRUZ DEL SUR
The intro to NAKED ON THE BLACK FLOOR is a bit misleading, as you’d expect an album laden with electronic nuances judging by “Everything that Begins...”, but the band quickly exposes its progressive and power metal one-two punch on “Deconstructed”. The sonic manipulations don’t cease though (just check out “Bited”), and neither do the classic metal compositions and headbanging rhythms that lead into impassioned guitar runs found on songs like “The Road to Myself”. Blending a mix of Blind Guardian, Fates Warning, and a touch of Dream Theater’s gawdy flare, and you’ve got this solid yet unoriginal Italian metal troupe pegged.