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New Trolls Atomic System


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.81 | 37 ratings

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3 stars The Trolls blast off for worlds unknown.

So, it's the live space-jazz experimental one. First off, this is the second release by the De Scalzi branch of the old Trolls, the ones that did Atomic Systems. Apparently they (or the public) were underwhelmed by A.S. because this album is a complete 100% departure, a live album of instrumental rock that is a combination of jazz and space-rock avenues. And it works. There are two side-long tracks that slowly and deliberately explore one idea after another with jamming electric guitar work by De Scalzi and back from Atomic Systems line up, Rosset on keys, D'Adamo on bass, Baiocco on sax and flute, and D'Episcopo on the kit. Side 1 focuses more on the saxophone. Side 2 is a bit more interesting with some really subtle guitar passages ever so delicately weaved into the keyboard work. Unlike earlier Trolls instrumental mouth-foaming, the chops here are nuanced and well conceived. This is not the greatest improvisational fusion you are going to hear, but since this album is hidden away under Italian Symph, I'll use this as a chance to recommend this to Jazz/Fusion genre lovers as a hidden gem. It's a rather unique live album and the re-issued Japanese mini features decent (though not outstanding) sound. So this, the least typical of the New Trolls albums I am reviewing turns out to be my favorite one, with 3 unqualified stars.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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