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E FU IL SESTO GIORNO

Metamorfosi

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.96 | 61 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
2 stars 2.5 stars really!!!

A rare Sicilian group, Metamorfosi is one of the most highly regarded prog act in Italy, but I could never see why this would be the case. This organ-lead quintet (more like a quartet if you ask me since the guitarist is non-existent) seems to be obsessed with religion (probably did not mesh too well with leftist activist groups like Area) and their first album is called And The Seventh Day Came, and the singing often close to gospel, singer Spitaleri's voice is slightly less aggressive than the average prog singer from his country, while his flute playing his often ethnic (Pan flutes) but not very present either, while the dominant alpha male is obviously Olivieri and his battery of keyboards, of which organs get the lion's share while the moog grabs the lioness' second choice. Released on the small Vedette label, and with a very basic artwork, the album also has a fairly mediocre production and muddy sound.

Opening on wind and Latino flute, the album is unable to shake a pop-feel and this open cheesy mass celebration of their deity, makes the album a very iffy affair for progheads not liking brainwashing. Of course such Religious ranting is not exactly to please an old pagan like me, but it doesn't always bother me (the Doobies Brothers' Jesus Is Just Alright With Me always gets to this writer's lower rocking instincts), but having to suffer Jesus chants all the way through the longer Crepusculo track is rather.. Irksome. Musically I didn't find them as resembling to ELP as everyone makes them out to be either. The organ is hardly Hammond-sounding and has more like a carnival sound, but it doesn't nearly have Emerson's eccentricities. No tracks actually stand out but Sogno is the least bland, IMHO.

While Metamorfosi's debut album (reissued on Vinyl Magic in Cd format) is not exactly what I'd call worth acquiring, there is absolutely no doubt that if you like their much superior Inferno album, you'll probably want this debut album as well, but it does not have that much going for itself.

Sean Trane | 2/5 |

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