DGM (band)

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This article is about an Italian band. For the music company founded by Robert Fripp, see Discipline Global Mobile.
DGM
Origin Italy
Genres Progressive metal
Power metal
Years active 1994−present
Labels Scarlet
Members Mark Basile
Simone Mularoni
Emanuele Casali
Andrea Arcangeli
Fabio Costantino
Past members Maurizio Pariotti
Gianfranco Tassella
Marco Marchiori
Luciano Regoli
Diego Reali
Fabio Sanges
Titta Tani

DGM ("Diego Gianfranco Maurizio", after the founding members) is an Italian metal band.

Career[edit]

They originally formed in 1994 as an instrumental band.[1] Luciano Regoli, formerly of Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno, soon joined as lead singer.[2] Their first official release was the self-produced mini CD Random Access Zone but the full album came out in November ‘97: Change Direction. The album was well received in Italy, Germany, Finland, and Denmark, which prompted them to start an Italian tour that gave the band a reputation as one of the most promising progressive Italian acts in those years.

With the new drummer Fabio Costantino (ex-Carnal Raptor), DGM entered the studio for their second album: Wings of Time (top album on the Italian magazines Metal Shock, Flash and Metal Hammer). In Japan the CD sold over 4,000 copies in the first 10 days. The band was also contacted by Burrn! for an exclusive interview that enlarged DGM reputation in the worldwide musical scene.

Before their third studio album release, Titta Tani joined the band, becoming the new DGM singer. Dreamland was subsequently released in December 2001. In springtime 2001, Andrea Arcangeli (Airlines Of Terror, Solisia, Concept, ex-River of Change) became the new DGM bass player just before the Italian dates for Dreamland promotion.

In 2002 the band was signed by Italian independent label Scarlet Records. Hidden Place was released in May 2003 with a new progressive sound from the new keyboard player Fabio Sanges (Abstracta). The fourth album received excellent reviews on many magazines and web magazines from all over the world and following the release DGM played at the Gods of Metal in 2003.

Misplaced was released in February 2004. The album was produced by Giuseppe Orlando's (Novembre, Airlines of Terror) Outer Sound studios. Like Hidden Place, Misplaced has been received well by both the magazines and the audience, and several live dates followed the release.

In 2005 Simone Mularoni (Empyrios) replaced Diego Reali. Simone had previous experience as a sound engineer and producer at the Fear Studios. After the addition of Simone, DGM also teamed up with keyboard player Emanuele Casali (Astra, ex-Empyrios) after the departure of Fabio Sanges.

Simone and Emanuele gave the new songs a renewed process of recording and the result of Simone's experience is included in Different Shapes, which was released in 2007. The media claimed that Different Shapes was the best work of DGM so far, a beautiful production managed by Simone himself who also made Rock Hard and Metal Hammer awarding it as TOP ALBUM.

On the live front, DGM played for the second time at the Gods of Metal (2007) together with Heaven&Hell, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Dark Tranquility among others, Lagoa Burning Festival (2007), Prog-Power Europe (2007) as a confirmation of the high quality of Different Shapes.

In February 2007 DGM announced that Mark Basile (B.R.A.K.E., ex Mind Key) was the new singer of the band. Mark was chosen among several auditions throughout Italy, Europe and America after Titta Tani left the band.[3]

In Autumn of 2008 DGM gave light to the seventh album of their career: Frame.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Mark Basile - vocals (2008–present)
  • Simone Mularoni - guitar (2006–present)
  • Emanuele Casali - keyboards (2006–present)
  • Andrea Arcangeli - bass guitar (2003–present)
  • Fabio Costantino - drums (2000–present)
Former members
  • Diego Reali - guitar (1994–2005)
  • Gianfranco Tassella - drums (1994–1999)
  • Maurizio Pariotti - keyboards (1994–2002)
  • Luciano Regoli - vocals (1995–2000)
  • Marco Marchiori - bass guitar (1998–2000)
  • Ingo Schwartz - bass guitar (1996–1997)
  • Titta Tani - vocals (2001–2007)
  • Fabio Sanges - keyboards (2003–2005)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "DGM Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  2. ^ Italian prog - The italian music of the 70's - La musica italiana degli anni '70
  3. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - DGM Announces New Singer