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Triade - 1998 - La Storia Di Sabazio CD (album) cover




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3 stars To mention that this band has a deep "ELP" root is a euphemism. Very few Italian bands have gone that far in the genre.

The album opens on a four pieces suite made of short parts which are rather loose from each other. While the first three featured all of the "ELP" splendour with lots of powerful keyboards, the last one is fully classical.

"Il Circo" is again very derivative of the masters. Still, the music displayed is pleasant if not original. There is hardly an Italian feeling felt here so far. The music could as well be played by a Japanese band since "ELP" has also be used as a major source of inspiration in this country.

To prove me wrong, the delicate "Espressione" has this Italian flavour I like so much. Beautiful acoustic guitar with Spanish accents and for the first time on this album there will be some vocals. The best song out of this work since it is more personal.

This travel in a more original music will be short. The next "Caro Fratello" is plunging again into the "ELP" world, but not only. After a typical intro, sweet vocals again are supported by a gentle acoustic guitar. The song will be hesitant between these two type of input. Not bad at all, should I say.

And it is already time for the closing number! 1998. The longest track of this album. Again the influence of the Emerson style keyboards is less present (which is a good point IMO). It sounds as a medieval song at times but it is extremely melodic, even romantic (but I can't depict the lyrics, so maybe they are not as romantic as I think).

This band definitely shows some interesting abilities while they performed their own music. It's a pity that they didn't do it more on this album (one could have afforded some eight to ten additional minutes of music here) and that they will never prolonged the experience by another album since this is the one and only from Triade.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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