May 062020
 

Enzo Donnarumma truly knows how to set a mood. “Precariousness” has an uneasy feeling, and this sense of foreboding is ramped up to breaking point as the prelude transitions to “Nothingness (It’s Everyone’s Fate)”. The string arrangement and the percussion immediately propel me to the Middle East even as the ensemble cast sing of traveling from Africa, but the Glory Ensemble interrupt themselves by introducing a progressive rock run toward the middle of the song and suddenly I’m in a different world altogether. How mighty the guitar sounds when backed by a symphony orchestra! Against a choir singing “It’s everyone’s fate” there is a world
of clamouring voices and instruments and you realise very quickly that on the album, “In The Name of The World Spirit” there will be a lot to take in.

This album is the third in a trilogy by Enzo & The Glory Ensemble, and has certainly retained its fiery delivery. The band changes tack on “The Bronze Age”, where the sequenced elements suggest a hive of activity. A lilting acoustic guitar is introduced while the vocalisations of the choir stitch this peaceful interlude to the heavier part that follows. What keeps amazing me are the contrasts achieved in the music. “Try To Put In Pit The Fear” features Kobi Farhi of Orphaned Land. The earlier uneasiness has made way for a feeling of celebration. I have found myself listening to increasingly heavier music since we’ve been in precautionary lockdown and while it has matched my somber mood it has left me dejected. A song like “Try To Put In Pit The Fear” is the remedy that blows the cobwebs of negativity away. “To Every Chest” is a beautiful duet and a little slower in pace. The combination of the male and female vocals is very effective, and there is ample room for heavenly guitar solos. The Glory Ensemble are very good at combining instruments that invoke the ancient world with those that fit more squarely in the present, like in “Just In My Heart The Blame”. There is the thumb piano but also a stringed instrument towards the middle of the track that picks up the melody and truly stands out
amongst the modern orchestration. I love the inclusion of the harp on “I’ll Add More” and if ever there were a musical intro suited to the opening scene of a film, it would be this one. It feels like a very personal song, beautifully sung by female voices.

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Mar 232020
 

Enzo and The Glory Ensemble unleashed new video for ‘Try To Put In Pit The Fear’ featuring Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land). The video can be seen below.

New Album “In The Name Of The World Spirit” coming out this Friday March 27 via Rockshots Records.

Following up the previous albums “In the Name of the Father”and “In The Name of The Son” composer Enzo Donnarumma teamed up once again with Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) for the production of the new record entitled “In The Name Of The World Spirit”.

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Jan 252020
 

Following up the previous albums “In the Name of the Father” and “In The Name of The Son” composer Enzo Donnarumma teamed up once again with Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) for the production of the new record entitled “In The Name Of The World Spirit”.

Enzo and The Glory Ensemble’s stellar line-up includes Enzo Donnarumma, Marty Friedman, Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord), Gary Wehrkamp & Brian Ashland (Shadow Gallery), Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path), Derek Corzine & Amulyn Braught Corzine (Whisper from Heaven) , David Brown (Metatrone), Alessandro Battini (Dark Horizon), Maria Londino and Francesco Romeggini (S91), Mr Jack, Claudia Coticelli and Clara People.

In addition to this out-of-this-world line-up, bass player Philip Bynoe (from Steve Vai’s backing band) joined the Glory Ensemble for the new album.

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Mar 162018
 

Play the first few seconds of the opening track “Waiting for the Son” and you might come to the same conclusion I did – EPIC! I enjoy the symphonic stylings in the power metal genre, and if you’re a fan of Aldaria you may just like this release too. “In the name of the Son” is the second album in a series by Enzo & The Glory Ensemble, its precursor being “In the name of the Father” released in 2015. This album took Scripture and prayers and set it to metal music. “In the name of the Son” continues in a similar vein, and traces first Israel’s desire for a Messiah – the Suffering Servant whom we recognise as Jesus Christ prophesied in Isaiah 53, before continuing with Jesus’ invitation to take up His yoke in Matthew 11:25-30.

Listen out for the messages contained in the songs that reference specific passages of scripture in their titles, like “Luke 1:28”. These songs link Old Testament prophecies with their fulfilment in the New Testament. I love how the instrumentation in each track paints a picture of a distant time, yet remains current by wrapping everything in a heavy metal cloak. Enzo Donnarumma and his collaborators amalgamate past and present effortlessly, and this is a testament to the calibre of the musicians involved in the project. Here they are, pictured below. Continue reading »

Sep 092017
 

The Christian metal opera Enzo And The Glory Ensemble have released a new music video ‘Psalm 133’. The song features guest vocals of Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land). The song appears on the upcoming album “In the Name of the Son”. Check out the trailer below.

“In The Name Of The Son” is the sophomore album of Enzo Donnarumma‘s project and confirms the stellar line-up “The Glory Esemble” of the first record, including Marty Friedman (ex Megadeth), Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord, Graham Bonnet Band), Gary Wehrkamp & Brian Ashland (Shadow Gallery), David Brown (Metatrone) and many more.

Enzo Donnarumma‘s sound explores and unifies different genres: prog metal, classical music, symphonic soundtrack, musical, ethnic music, world music. The new concept “In the Name of the Son” delivers a gospel metal sound thanks to the “Weza Moza Gospel Choir” from Congo, and follows up the critically acclaimed “In The Name of The Father” by pursuing the “sign of the cross” chronology. Continue reading »