ILLacrimo drops EP
After a long way full of different experiences, two young brains meet again, in a moor between fog and melancholy near Milano. Davide-Kristof (son of Janos Acs, an important Conductor) and Federica Sara raise a project of European sounds, shuffle with the traditional Italian melody. The solution is the perfect combination of ILLacrimo with a rock solid self-titled debut EP. This is a short Italian/English progressive rock and metal collection of songs that border on alternative and classic rock as well. Being a female-fronted band they only have so much of modern influences to limit them to running with the pack, as they blend a lot of rock styles of the past three decades without losing any roots from which those come from either. “Burning Fields” establishes that early on and you can’t help but be drawn in by her beautiful voice, which proves to sing with the best of them, new and old, really. It opens up the show and makes room for the sublime “1000 Reasons To,’ with the vocals putting in their best effort and the guitars soaring above like eagles in flight. This is brilliantly delivered with pure finesse. Even though this is surrounded by much hard rocking songs, it still somehow takes the overall cake for me. The vocals on the next track “Chains In The Cold” are my least favorite, but it doesn’t hurt the quality any, just a low point for me if there are any. No worries, it picks back up on “No Longer” in a big way and saves the whole EP with an enormously satisfying track with more colossal guitar and vocal work. The disc is really boiling at this point and comes to a close with a big ballad “Non Credi,” but it’s another well written and recorded song which is actually sung in Italian without losing any appeal whatsoever, and it tops the EP off well. It comes recommended for being chock full of exceptional songwriting. This is a band to look for, as Italy’s music scene continues to pump out a lot of great stuff, from pop and punk to alternative and metal, they produce some of the best music out there in the indie world today, and ILLacrimo is one worth seeking, they’re a superb Italian act.