PLEONEXIA - BREAK ALL CHAINS (Pure Underground Records)


                                    (Review by Stefan)

Started back in 2012 as a project created by multi-instrumentalist Michele Da Pila, as for now the current line-up contains 6 players (including three guitarists) and the band name sounds like Pleonexia. Decribing their style of music as ‘Philosophical Metal’ by themselves and as far as my knowledge reaches, we have to deal with a new sub-genre of Metal which strengthens my curiosity even more. FYI, Pleonexia means (as Wikipedia has told me) all about a 'physical concept in writings by Plato and Aristotle, employed also in the New Testament'… or to keep it more short simple, a Greek term for cupidity.


A band with three guitarists on board, I always expect a very strong performance in advance so to ascertain this, I had to give Pleonexia’s debut effort “Break All Chains” a few spins. Regardless of how the band would describe their own style, to me it’s a pleasant mishmash of different types of Metal. Mainly, this sextet is primary influenced by Epic minded Heavy Metal with a tiny nod to Hard Rock. At times they firmly press down the gas pedal, those hooked on NWOBHM are also well catered. The intentions are good but I had expected something more from a six-piece band, every now and than the song structures aren’t able to convince me.


Especially from a band featuring three guitar players I was expecting more power and mutual chemistry. With three guitarists on board, you can bring a lot more to his right than the efforts I heard across the entire running time of “Break All Chains”. I wonder if the band was musically proficient enough releasing an album already. Due to the credibility of some songs is lacking to me, I unfortunately can’t tell the album blew me away. Regarding the vocals of founder Michele Da Pila I can sincerely let you know that he’s got a unique voice colour. His reasonably sharp, quirky and bright type of singing managed to surprise me in a quite pleasant way. The production could have been better, especially the drums and guitars are not always as clear as it should… too crispy in fact.


So far my unvarnished opinion about Italian based Pleonexia’s debut album “Break All Chains”. For some, this might be a hard and inaccurate discussion but following my own heart my final conclusion sounds like: I'm fairly dissatisfied and had expected more firework within the core. Maybe you shouldn’t take my assessment into full consideration and like to check them out making up your own opinion afterwards…


My Points: 62 / 100




95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish