DGM (band)

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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 and Maurizio", after the founding members) is an Italian Progressive metal band. Over the course of the band's history they have had numerous line-up changes, with no original members in bands current line up and 8 previous members since 1994.

Career[edit]

Early career (1994–2000)[edit]

Originally formed in 1994 as an all-instrumental, power metal outfit, Italy's DGM featured guitarist Diego Reali, keyboardist Maurizio Pariotti and drummer Gianfranco Tassella.[1]

In 1995 Luciano Regoli, formerly of Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno, soon joined as lead singer.[2] Their first official release was in 1996, the self-produced mini CD Random Access Zone.

In 1997 the band produced their first full-length album 'Change Direction' the album was well received in Italy, Germany, Finland, and Denmark, which prompted them to start an Italian tour which resulted in a gain in popularity.

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.[1] The band was also contacted by Burrn! for an exclusive interview that enlarged DGM reputation in the worldwide musical scene.

Rise in Popularity (2000–2007)[edit]

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.[2][3] 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,[4][5] 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.[6]

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.

Basile era (2007–present)[edit]

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 early 2009 DGM released their first album with Mark Basile and the seventh album of their career: Frame. Although very well received, several reviews marked it as a slight step back compared to 'Different Shapes'.[4] [5] It would be another 4 years before DGM would release another Studio album, the longest gap in their career.

In April 2010 DGM performed a show in Rome to celebrate the Band's 15 year anniversary. This was recorded and released in September in the same year as the 2-disc CD/DVD 'Synthesis'. The DVD disc contained the complete live show including backstage access and a 'Making of' film of the album 'Frame'. The CD is a 'best of' collection, containing songs from throughout the band's career re-recorded and re-arranged with the current line-up. The CD also contained two new songs 'Just like Before' and 'The Only One'.

On 28 March 2013 DGM released their Eighth album 'Momentum'. Their second with singer Mark Basile and also the first album since 2004's Misplaced to feature an unchanged line-up from their previous studio release. The album Features guest vocals on the track 'Reason' from Russell Allen of Symphony X and guest guitars on the track 'Chaos' from Jørn Viggo Lofstad of Pagan's Mind.

On August 26, 2016 DGM released their ninth studio album 'The Passage'. Guitarist and producer Simone Mularoni said; "This album can easily be seen as our most ambitious work to date." [6] This Album also features special guest appearances, Evergrey singer Tom Englund on the track and single 'Ghosts of Insanity' and another guest appearance from a member of Symphony X, this time from guitarist Michael Romeo on the track Dogma.

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 (1999–present)
Former members

Timeline[edit]

Discography[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
  4. ^ "DGM Frame Review". progarchives. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  5. ^ "DGM Frame Review". Metal reviews. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  6. ^ http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=123731 - Details Of New Album "The Passage" Revealed By DGM