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After lending his powerful pipes to numerous name bands across the globe, including New York's Riot and Germany's Masterplan, singer Mike DiMeo came home to roost, as it were, when he became the frontman of a brand-new progressive metal band named Creation's End. Not only was the group's 2010 debut album, A New Beginning, tailor-made to suit DiMeo's talents (despite being composed primarily by guitarist/keyboardist Rudy Albert and drummer Dario Rodriguez), but the involvement of lead guitarist and longtime James LaBrie associate Marco Sfogli made Dream Theater comparisons unavoidable, yet welcomingly so. Power and subtlety, virtuosity and emotion, complexity and accessibility, brutal heaviness and high pomp: all of these contrasting qualities mesh impressively though not always seamlessly throughout the album's (naturally) epic-length compositions. What they lack in terms of cohesion only reflects the sheer challenge of the material, obviously, but Creation's End also distinguish themselves by exploring darker textures and heavier riffs than their most obvious inspirational godfathers (not unlike Symphony X and Evergrey), and they certainly come close to achieving perfection on album highlights "Of Shadow and Flame," "Dissociate," and "Forsaken." Plus, with Mike Portnoy's abrupt and shocking departure from Dream Theater, progressive metal enthusiasts will be needing all the distractions and emotional support they can get to weather such traumatic times, and this situation will certainly be aided by the suddenly aptly named A New Beginning.

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After Elements of Persuasion came out, I became a Marco fan. If he's playing, it's gonna be worth buying. No need to sample it, just support the dude and purchase it. Dude is awesome


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '10s

New York, NY's Creation's End are a progressive heavy metal band boasting the veteran talents of vocalist Mike DiMeo (Riot, Masterplan, Ilium, etc.), lead guitarist Marco Sfogli (MullMuzzler, James LaBrie, Magni Animi Viri, etc.), rhythm guitarist and keyboard player Rudy Albert (Zandelle), bassist Joe Black (Chris Caffery Band, Zandelle), and finally a newcomer in drummer Dario Rodriguez. The group's sound could best be described as a heavier, less keyboard-reliant spin on Dream...
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A New Beginning, Creation's End
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Nov 09, 2010

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