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Il Balletto di Bronzo


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.23 | 517 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars This is a complex and intense album with a story line that accounts for the darkness that can be felt throughout this work. The lyrics are in Italian and you should read Andrea Cortese's review to learn about the chilling concept of this album.The keyboard work is flat out amazing as he offers up piano, organ, mellotron and more.

"Introduzione" opens with haunting female vocal melodies as organ then male vocals come in.Then it picks up 3 minutes in with some great organ play accompanied by piano and drums.There is a long instrumental workout that is quite incredible and enjoyable, that is broken by the returning vocals as guitar, mellotron and organ create an intense soundscape. This continues into "Primo Incontro" as it blends right into this track with no break. Nice guitar after a minute as he starts to rip it up. It changes before 3 minutes as we get what sounds like spinet to end the song. The next tune is called "Secondo Incontro" and some fine drumming is heard right away as mellotron and vocals come in. The passionate vocals seem to echo here as powerful instrumental outbursts come and go. It settles with mellotron a minute in which is contrasted with the outbursts. Check out the organ and mellotron ! We are then treated to a guitar, drum and piano melody that is fantastic.

"Terzo Incontro" opens with some nice bass as other sounds join in. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Some nice guitar work after 2 minutes followed by organ and vocals. It's cool when Gianni sings a line and to hear it answered by the instrumental equivalent. This occurs several times. "Epilogo" is where things get very atmospheric and sinister sounding with lots of mellotron and bass. Great song ! Drums and keyboards stand out early. Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. It settles with mellotron, keys and light drums before 3 minutes. It starts to get powerful and intense before 5 minutes. Love the piano. It changes to an uptempo melody after 9 minutes. It's haunting 11 minutes in to end it with vocal melodies just like the opening of the album.

As with most complex albums this one will take some time to get into, but it's well worth the effort as there is some mind-blowing stuff here.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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