RESONANCE ROOM – Untouchable Failure
When a sonic blend occurs that provokes energetic outpouring and a change of outlook, you know you’ve got something special in the making. Italy’s Resonance Room on their second album "Untouchable Failure" possess this magical lightning in a bottle, as the quartet perform a dark progressive gothic doom metal style with these 10 songs. Imagine if you will guitar parts that one minute fill the room with this twisting, tumultuous Evergrey, Pain Of Salvation and Porcupine Tree progression, then turn on a dime with this increasing doom despair- all the while stirring the hearts and mind of those who love all things related to The Gathering or Katatonia.
Favorites are numerous and diverse depending on the time of day and mood I’m in. When I want something beautiful and ethereal, the aptly named "So Precious" works due to Alessandro Consoli’s careful crafted melodies and the contrast between slow doom riffing and the atmospheric clean verses against the slightly progressive percussion work from drummer Sandro Galati. For a cat and mouse chase arrangement, the shorter "Outside the Maze" brightens the eyes- guitarist Riccardo Failla almost exercising a gothic/doom version of Meshuggah off-time interplay with the drums in the early moments and then injecting exotic power harmonies during the instrumental breaks.
Dynamic diversity reigns on "Untouchable Failure"- the acoustic oriented "Prometheus", the culturally anthem oriented "Cages of Dust" (with a cool bass solo from Alfio Timoniere) on through to the closing 7:19 epic "Faded" with haunting keyboard strains intertwining against clean guitar lines in almost a gothic doom lullaby before kicking into standard progressive doom metal glory. A lot of times a 54 minute record can be exhausting- Resonance Room structure their sound in a such a way that you want to return immediately for another outing. Expansive exploration into the dark caverns of one’s past, one’s soul, one’s turmoil, and one’s ecstasy- "Untouchable Failure" is a pure winner to these ears.