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5 stars It's basically impossible to track down this band's recordings in the US but I was finally able to get ahold of Songs from the Crackling Atanor which was therefore my first experience with this fine Italian band. Subsequently I've also been able to purchase Trails of Ambergris from Mellow Records so have a bit more perspective for this review. That said, this is one fantastic neo-prog CD and band! This is what neo-prog is all about, with soaring keyboard textures and fills, bombastic guitar simply everywhere, highly competent vocal delivery and lyrics (in quite good English), all in an extremely melodic package. As good as this CD is, I didn't expect Trails of Ambergris to be as good IS! In fact any neo-prog fan should consider both of these recordings as essential (sadly I can't get ahold of any their earlier stuff). The guitar work in particular is just gobsmacking. I would like Alessio Guerriero to play me guitar lullabies every night...his playing is prominent throughout the CD and never disappoints, in fact he outdoes himself on every song (there are no 'duds' to be found on either CD). The fifth star for me on this one is due to the mixing quality. Trails of Ambergris is decidedly lacking in low frequency punch, giving it a bit of a harsh sound overall but this one is mixed FAR better and sounds absolutely excellent, something quite essential for a neo-prog band with this much talent. If you're a fan of neo-prog you will rejoice over this one.
rickdeckard | 5/5 |


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