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Le Maschere Di Clara



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3 stars Intense new EP

"Lynch" is the short but wild new EP from Verona's acclaimed Le Maschere di Clara, released in October of 2015.

LMdC aims to mold classical with rock in an attempt to "vent" feelings while maintaining the highest ideals of expression, improvisation, and artistry. Like many great RPI bands past and present they easily reach this threshold. And while "venting" may not have been the best translation or the word they would have chosen it seems to apply just fine to this recording.

This short work is a burst, a Molotov cocktail, intense as hell. Beginning with "Freak" the distorted bass is so massive and the drums so nuts it almost feels like some garage doom metal band's wall of sound, save for the theatrics of violin all over the top. "Istanbul" begins every bit as manic before a short breather, but it doesn't last. The pace quickly reverts back to intense through the middle section of the EP. The 10-minute long closer "Solar" becomes the show piece here. Beginning with a huge infectious groove and some Italian spoken word, the tension slowly builds with some looping effects that brings a sense of unease, disjointedness to the listener. Toward the end when the track is in full maelstrom there are these calming, uplifting notes but only at intervals. These bring the slightest bit of calming effect to the craziness, a bit of a post-rock hug after having your ass kicked.

I was disappointed though that the EP is already over following "Solar" and I guess that's why it doesn't do better than 3 star "good but not essential" for me. I wanted this one to be twice as long and see where it all led. I wanted much more. This is stimulating listening at its finest and will please all adventurous RPI fans, but it may leave you hanging and feeling somewhat unfulfilled. I would have held onto these cool songs a bit longer for an album.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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