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Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.23 | 58 ratings

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5 stars It's pretty few and far between when I hear a band that I find to be truly fascinating. Syndone, with their album La bella la bestia, proved to be one of those truly unique musical presentations, one that will stick in my head and my collection for a long time. Just to get this out of the way, don't let the album cover fool you into thinking this is a metal album. That was my first impression of the cover, and it couldn't be further from the truth. La bella la bestia presents a compelling and distinct retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, mixing jazz and avant-garde with symphonic prog in ways that make total sense yet sounded far from generic. La bella la bestia stands out for its purposeful composing; the various sections of songs are meaningful and memorable, as are the singers and the vocal lines. With a variety of voices giving very distinctive and 'in character' presentations of the various protagonists, the singing is simply stunning, ranging from soft and emotive at times to harsh and passionate, all the while delivering a variety of modalities from avant-garde to rock. What's more is the first class music that accompanies them. While this album is, to a certain degree, defined by the story and the singers' presentation of it, that hardly means that it is a voice driven album. There's plenty of instrumental brilliance to satisfy any progger's appetite. For me, what makes the music itself stand out is that it seems to be very narrative as well. Syndone delivers, through the music, a great soundtrack for this story, making use of unique tonalities and haunting choices in matching melody to instrumentation. All of these aspects, melded together create La bella la bestia, a near perfect oratorio of progressive rock. Once again, my Italians have done me proud.
Progulator | 5/5 |


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