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New Trolls Atomic System


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.62 | 75 ratings

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4 stars While containing many of the standard ingredients of the classic Italian symphonic mix of its time - rough cut vocals, Hammond, synthesizers - this effort by New Trolls Atomic System tends much more to the melodic end of the spectrum than most, while not sacrificing any rock character. It is also more song oriented even if it includes some spirited instrumental passages. If you are a fan of Metamorfosi this might also work well for you. The group nods in the direction of the British masters like ELP, Tull and the Moody Blues, but also to some of the Italian contemporaries such as le Orme and Banco. Nonetheless this is far from a knock-off. Tracks like Una Notte Sul Monte Calvo are both embarrassingly dated and charming, really showcasing the flair and drama that bands of their ilk had in spades. It could almost be a theme to a 1960s spy drama. Flute in the opener and Ibernazione provides additional color. A jazzy vibe can be discerned here or there, which successfully enhances the mix rather than providing a mere diversion. All in all, fans of the time and place would not be trolling to pick up this quality recording by NTAS and have at 'em.
kenethlevine | 4/5 |


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