5 / 5
"Fans of Dream Theater and Seventh Wonder can rub their hands; 'X-Gate' fully confirms the enormous potential of this band, which has now jumped among my favorites of all time."
(All Around Metal)
19 / 20
"… a pearl …"
9 / 10
"… half hour of well-felt, well-written and undoubtedly well-sounding music."
9 / 10
"It’s astonishing that VIRTUAL SYMMETRY is not more well-known, but 'X-Gate' may mark a rising star in the arena of Progressive Metal and Rock."
9 / 10
"Fantastic EP, definitely one for any Dream Theater fan to check out."
9 / 10
"… it’s appeal is infectious and will have fans of Hard Rock, Classic Rock and Progressive Rock salivating at the mouth. If you have never heard of VIRTUAL SYMMETRY, you have now … their new E.P. is gonna bring the band to a whole new audience and a new level of popularity."
8,8 / 10
"Another beautiful band from Italy … listen without any restraint!"
8,5 / 10
"The excellent writing of guitarist Valerio "Æsir" Villa, bassist Alessandro Poppale ("Alchymera") and keyboardist Mark Bravi ("Elevate", together with Villa) allows the three songs to flow in natural perfection …"
8,5 / 10
"… dramatic, epic and melancholic, emphasized by the warm voice of the nineteen-year-old Diane Lee … 'X-Gate' is a must-have for lovers of Fates Warning, Royal Hunt or Queensrÿche … and for those who want to immerse themselves in an articulated and enveloping sound pattern."
(Through The Black Hole)
8,5 / 10
"… an EP where they give a real class of Prog Metal, presenting songs with great melodies, epic mood and lots of technique (and not sounding boring, that is to say). If you're a fan of that style, you need to meet these Italians."
(Musica Continua A Mesma)
8,5 / 10
"The sound combines the melodies of Dream Theater with the progressive audacity of Devin Townsend's project …"
(World Of Metal)
8,2 / 10
"… captures, kidnaps, hypnotizes as in the best progressive tradition … remarkable work …"
(In Your Eyes)
80 / 100
"… a little gem inside the Progressive Metal underground scene in Italy … Dream Theater is therefore the main inspirational muse … a journey through intricate melodic and instrumental passages …"
80 / 100
"An exceptional rhythm section supports the hard riffs (we've heard a lot of Symphony X apparently) … we've written so much for a 'simple' EP, but here's so much to hear and listen to."
(Loud And Proud)
8 / 10
"… a solid mixture of Progressive Metal, Steve Vai, and Power Metal …"
78 / 100
"… great goal of VIRTUAL SYMMETRY … certainly, the originality of groups like Dream Theater, Masterplan or Persephone gets underpinned."
(Insane Voices Labirynth)
70 / 100
"… variety … modernity … close to the style of Fates Warning and Haken, trying to find new and unexplored directions … showing good musical scores coincided with a good use of voice by Pastorino."
7 / 10
"X-Gate" is a really exciting and surprisingly varied EP, on which the Italian Quintett proves its technical skills and guitarist Valerio Æsir Villa shows his songwriting arts. Pleasantly multi-layered, powerful and atmospheric, and easy to carry the listener along. "
7 / 10
"The strength of the EP is definitely the musicianship and complexity … a good listen."
3,5 / 5
"… promises a lot for the future of VIRTUAL SYMMETRY, these musicians are extremely talented and good at that they do. The music is incredibly cinematic as well, I like that they tried to add so many influences and turned that into their own sound."
"… high-quality Progressive Metal that does not sound old-fashioned, trendy or cheesy. Complex, independent, sophisticated …"
"… it shows depth, merging the technical complexity of Fates Warning, the surreal atmosphere of Dream Theater, the emotion of Evanescence, the mystery of Queensrÿche and the theatrical cleverness of Rush."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)
"… features a perfect blend between aggression and kindness, heavyness and melody, so a everything Metal is all about. And there goes 'X-Gate', sometimes more prog than heavy, sometimes more heavy than prog, but always daring and satisfying."
"Leaning in technology, science-fiction, and philosophy for the words, the music takes the Dream Theater/Fates Warning template and adds in pop, electronic, and fusion aspects to make for an engaging journey overall."
"VIRTUAL SYMMETRY is a richly intriguing and tempting proposition from the outskirts of the Progressive Metal landscape but a prospect increasingly coming to the fore with each offering they make …"
(The Ringmaster Review)
"… it is impossible not to mention Dream Theater, with which the band has shared the stage, as well as being honored to host Jordan Rudess in the debut demo. But here we are not talking about a 'copy' because ours have cared for the teachings to propose a personal message."
(Metal In Italy)
"… you can think of Symphony X and Ayreon, and from both of the pioneers of their genre you can find stylistic elements on 'X-Gate' ... from Symphony X are the classic covers, from Ayreon in addition to different voice characters also the spacey radio play sequences ... many riffing elements are based at the lively style of John Petrucci ... all the more supportive, as they are all organized so far without a label like Inside Out or Mascot."
"Overall, an exquisite and elegant journey through an aural delight of the symphonic, operatic and cinematic styles of Rock music."
"… impressive creations … beautiful sounds … a great job …"
Milan • Italy
With exquisite influences from the areas of ambient, fusion, pop and contemporary music, these men of taste enrich their multi-faceted PROGRESSIVE METAL sound since their start in 2009.
Singer Marco Pastorino and his bandmates focus mainly on romantic melodies, surreal atmospheres and chasing rhythms. The futuristically accentuated mixture of the Milan quintet gets rounded off by suggestive backgrounds in the emphasized harmonious soundframe.
Guitarist and band founder Valerio Æsir Villa is not only a multi-instrumentalist, he also works out the ideas for the songwriting of VIRTUAL SYMMETRY. This way of proceeding was already proven for the 2016 debut album "Message From Eternity".
And to their previous release, VIRTUAL SYMMETRY now tie up with the rich EP "X-Gate". This new EP is also dominated by all the characteristic contrasting elements that make up the epic face of the completely thought-out songs, which partly take longer time.
With skillfully sharpened, but far-reaching, cinematic mood-sheets, the passionate Italian visionaries paint their tracks on the new 3-tracker.
These songs were composed with a special emphasis on a equal balance between melody and technique, in order to take the listeners on an exciting journey between varied dynamics and touching emotions.
With her wonderfully sensitive, seamlessly integrated vocals, 19-year-old Diane Lee, who sings mainly in the Swiss act Lost Journey, ensures highly moody, dreamy moments.
VIRTUAL SYMMETRY cite on "X-Gate" world-famous giants such as Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Evanescence with the same independent devotion and love, as the band also pay homage to the respected work of exceptional musicians like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
The fact that despite the extensive musical range and the complex arrangements everything ultimately sounds like a single cast is the merit of the huge joy of the five-piece in liquid structures, finest details and accessible homogeneity.
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