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Il Segno del Comando - Der Golem CD (album) cover

DER GOLEM

Il Segno del Comando

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.89 | 17 ratings

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kev rowland
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Crossover Prog Team
4 stars This is the second album by Il Segno Del Comando (Sign Of Rule), and is a project by Mercy and Diego Banchero of Malombra. They were inspired by a cult seventies film of the same name and in 1996 released an album based on the plot. Since then the line-up has changed, and now contains four members of Malombra, (new boys being drummer Francesco La Rosa and keyboard player Franz Ekurn) along with guitarists Gabriele Grixoni and Livio Carusio. The film that originally inspired them may be dark and obscure, but in many ways so is the music.

This is prog with foreboding, huge gothic overtones and at times a sinister manner. It is sung completely in Italian, but that in no way detracts as it just seems right somehow. The press release seems to be at something of a loss to describe the album, and I am in complete sympathy as I have the same problem. It is dark and powerful, yet also atmospheric and ethereal. There is a feeling of a presence, something that is waiting for its, presence to be felt, and in many ways would make powerful music for some dark film in its' own right.

Fields Of The Nephilim go to church and get mugged by something dark and strange. Who wants to listen to an album like this, sung in a language that many in England don't understand? Well you all should ? this is wonderful. Apparently Black Widow have also reprinted the debut album from 1996. Contact the label at www.blackwidow.it.

Originally appeared in Feedback #69 - August 2002

kev rowland | 4/5 |

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