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La Maschera Di Cera


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.01 | 149 ratings

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3 stars This album is an ode to Classic Progressive Rock, particularly Italian Progressive Rock. The use of classic mellotron is the high stantard here, remainder of not only Italian past but also Yes classics, while the use of flute is invocative of Jethro Tull's best efforts. In fact, these influences are quite obvious at times, but the band still manages to preserve feeling at its finest, giving the album a sincere aproach. The use of modern organ a la neo- progressive, Dream Theater or Ayreon, is perhaps the only thing that assures we are not in the 70's.

Best tracks are obviously the longest epics, where "Nuova Luce" and "Encidica 1168" elevates specially. The band reveals all their ability to recreate classics without loosing any passion. Flutes, pianos, saxos, guitars are present in a very balanced and delicate approach, without any signs of pretension. Small tracks are not as strong, in "Orpheus" I had the feeling the band has listened to the latest Ayreon's albums.

A nice effort, even though not bringing anything of new - we may even call it regressive - but it is a good example of making a classic prog album, without taking away the character of it.

TRoTZ | 3/5 |


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