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L' ENIGMA DELLA VITA

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Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.28 | 103 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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5 stars Unexpected Surprise

A few days ago I received a PM from the guys of LOGOS asking me to review a digital copy of the album, to be honest, I had never heard of the band and had no desire to listen it. But thanked the guys and downloaded the album they sent me (L'enigma della Vita ) and left it in the computer because I was too busy. A couple days ago read the reviews and all were really positive, so decided to give LOGOS a chance, a decision I don't regret, the album is simply BRILLIANT from start to end.

The album is opened by Antifona, which is some sort of short hypnotic overture that allows us to have a slight idea about the record, even when it's not remotely as good as the rest of the album.

Venivo da un lungo sonno (Returning from a Long Dream), is simply captivating sobng somehow reminiscent of GENESIS due to the massive use of Mellotron, but with a very delicate guitar work with hints of David Gilmour by Massimo Maoli and the guest guitarist Simone Bistaffa. But what impressed me more is the extremely precise rhythm section with Fabio Gaspari in the drums and bass. The vocals by Luca Zerman (who is also one of the two keyboardists along with Claudio Antolini) are very good and relaxing. The whole song is well elaborate with dramatic moments that are simply delightful.

In Fuga (In fugue) starts with a synthesized flute and violin intro that abruptly explodes in a burst of energy and power and leads to a very elaborate vocal passage, it's surprising to find that before the third minute I have counted at least 7 radical changes with lush keyboard sections that remind me a bit of Wakeman's Softsword but with that unique melodic flavor that only Italians can add and a Psychedelic edge provided by the organ and guitar. Again they hit the nail right in the head.

Alla Fine dell'ultimo Capitolo (At the End of the Last Chapter) caught me by surprise, being that seems as taken from another album, the style is fluid but vibrant, instead of dramatic changes they go for a solid melody with excellent performances including the one by the guest drummer Alessandro Perbellini, but specially the impressive guitar work of Massimo Maoli who really puts the instrument in flames. Excellent song.

When I expected that nothing more could surprise me, is the turn for N.a.s., and we are removed from melodic and Symphonic territory to some sort of spacey "Crimsonian" nightmare, and even when I'm not a fan of this style, loved the track from the first to the last note.

In L'enigma della Vita (The enigma of life), the band continues with the vibrant and aggressive atmosphere, psychedelic explosions and softer passages all mixed with unusual skills, a great song that is complemented perfectly by with the melodic and melancholic In principio (from the start), two tracks that must be heard together.

Completamente estranei (Completely Foreign) is a hard to unscramble puzzle, this guys are able to combine completely different and contradictory styles and make them sound as if they were created to be played together, here I can find hints of Hard Rock, WAKEMAN oriented keyboard and some early ALAN PARSON'S PROJECT (I Robot) with a touch of PINK FLOYD and GENESIS, all blended with care and good taste?Well, maybe it's not a combinations of different band styles but unique sound of LOGOS?.Well as I said before, it's a puzzle and the fun is in trying to decipher it.

In Quale Luogo si Fermò il mio Mempo (In which place did my Time stopped) works as a heartbreaking piano introduction for Pioggia in campagna (Rain in the countryside),the first song in which LOGOS really sound as an Italian band with BANCO and PFM influences, a perfect song that I won't even try to describe, because words can only ruin an almost perfect musical experience.

The album is closed by Il Rumore dell'Aria (Rumor of the Aria), a narrated epilog that closes the album as oneiric as it started with Antifona.

I hate to rate an album, because a number can't really define how good is a musical work, but rules are rules, so I would go with 5 solid stars for a flawless release.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 5/5 |

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