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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.29 | 923 ratings

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3 stars First opus of this legendary Italian band.

"Requiescant In Pace" is a very catchy song : it combines Italian prog, with jazz and classical music. It is a "Banco" standard. Vocals are extremely emotive and the last portion of this song is just brilliant. It truely holds all the ingredients that a symph fan could be looking for. A highlight of course.

Middle ages mood for the short "Passagio". Just a passage, a transition track to get to "Metamorphosi". This is of course another story. Again, we will be touched by the grandeur of this song. Nice Emerson-like piano work to start ("Take A Pebble" oriented to give you the picture) it will evolve into some frenetic keyboards sounds and finally emerge to a vibrant guitar part which is turely emotional. Extraordinary vocals and crazy finale. Another highlight.

Now, "Il Giardino...". The epic track of this debut album. Its atmosphere is pretty strange. It takes quite a while to effectively start (five minutes). We'll be transported into ELP again, but more on the powerful side this time. Strong and bombastic keyboard part. A sort of distraction from their traditional sound which will come back pretty soon. Delicate acoustic guitar as a backup for beautiful vocals again.

There will several movements or parts in this song. Not really related which makes it complex to apprehend.

I like how the vocals sound in this album. This is an interesting entry point in Italian prog although I prefer more modern bands of this genre ("La Maschera" for instance). This is a good debut one. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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