Prefiguring many Italian heavy metal bands' growing fixation with melody-charged progressive metal in years to come, Black Jester was formed at the dawn of the 1990s by flamboyant vocalist Alex "The Jester" D'Este. Clearly looking to Marillion's Fish for the inspiration behind his impenetrably dense wordplay, D'Este corralled guitarist Paolo Viani, keyboardist Nick Angel, bassist Gil Teso, and drummer Alberto Masiero to help flesh out Black Jester's Dream Theater-derived prog metal. The mixed results of this could be heard on albums like 1992's Diary of a Blind Angel, 1994's Welcome to the Moonlight Circus, and 1997's The Divine Comedy EP (featuring new keyboard player Rocco Prete). Following this release, D'Este split with the other members of the band, some of whom carried on under the guise of new project Moonlight Circus.
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