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DIAMANTI

Mad Crayon

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.17 | 24 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I quite enjoyed this modern Italian band. I was reminded of GENESIS several times, especially during the first two tracks.

"La Ballata Dell'Uomo Nudo" doesn't do a lot for me although the chorus has such a feel-good vibe to it with some nice guitar to follow each time.Synth solo after 2 minutes. "Deserti" really reminds me of GENESIS around the "...And Then There Were Three" album. This one is pastoral with acoustic guitar and soft vocals to begin with. Drums and a fuller sound a minute in. The contrast continues. Sax before 2 1/2 minutes with a more aggressive sound to follow. Back and forth it goes. "Glorioso Destino" is a guitar led, uptempo track with a fusion flavour. The tempo does shift throughout though with some sax 4 1/2 minutes in. "Pioggia Di Fiori" features acoustic guitar and dual reserved vocals including female guest vocalist Eleonora. Flute and light drums after 2 minutes. A guitar solo after 3 1/2 minutes and again later after 4 minutes. Piano 5 minutes in.

"Diamanti" is the title track and an instrumental.This one sounds great with acoustic and electric guitar and a mellow sound to start with. Violin 2 minutes in with piano is replaced by a full sound of guitar and drums. Lots of tempo changes to follow. "L'Allegra Brigata" is by far the longest track at 11 1/2 minutes. Gentle guitar to opens as fragile vocals enter. A full sound arrives suddenly after 2 minutes. A GENESIS feel to this one especially with the synths.The sound changes after 5 minutes. You can eventually hear the sea gulls and waves.Vocals return 7 1/2 minutes in. An almost spacey soundscape 10 minutes in to the end. "Principe Delle Maree" opens with riffs, then synths join in as a nice guitar melody replaces the riffs. Vocals a minute in. I'm not a fan of this section but it does get better after 4 minutes when it turns mellow before picking back up. Spacey synths to end it. "Alchimia Di Una Leggenda" is mellow with flute, light drums and spoken female vocals.

3 stars is fitting as this is good but not essential.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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