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Il Bacio Della Medusa


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.24 | 346 ratings

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5 stars This album stuns me so much that I decided to devote my first review to it!

The album is as fresh as Änglagård's Hybris and in many ways they can be compared. Both are written by a symphonic prog band with tight & skillful musicanship and very good compositional skills and sense of melody. Both have a flute added to a classic prog quartet. Both have a nearly-plagiated-track (Jordrök sounds like Schicke, Fuhrs & Frohling - Pictures at times, and 11-th track of reviewed album sounds too familiar to be original and seems to be used by New trolls somewhere in their 70's output). In spite of that both are masterpieces.

Musically, however, thay're very different. Here the flute is used pretty often. It's mostly played in a melodic way with longing sounds, but jethrotullish faltering way of playing is also used. The flute is used both as a solo instrument (with all others backing it) and in wonderful interplay sections with acoustic guitar, or electric guitar, or violin, or keyboards, or even sax. Flute addicts will run on ceilings, I can bet! Its use here is very diverse.

However, the flute is NOT omnipresent here - and this is what makes this album so exceptional! It doesn't bore you with omnipresent or monotonous use of any instrument - even keyboards (which handle soloing, backing and filling jobs in different ways), it doesn't selfrepeat in any expect, it's not pompous, it's not overly technical... doesn't have monotonous background for solos, as most jazz-rock albums have. Well, soloing here - and, with more generality, - sectioning, is done very professionally. The band doesn't just jump from section to section as some modern bands - they make smooth (though still unpredictable) melodic transitions. This helps a lot with integrity of compositions.

As a free bonus to exceptional music we also receive the vocals here. Passionate as usual for Italians, they seem to be of slightly other nature than ones in the classic albums. In Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra or in Metamorfosi - Inferno the vocal harmonies add a lot to the keyboards sound, but here IMO the vocals are of guitar nature. Less theatrical, more rocky - get it as you wish.

Well, I wish this album would gain historical value and influencial impact at least as much as Änglagård's Hybris. IMO best 2008 album (yes, I've heard 7 of such, prog giants' ones included).

XPEHOPE3KA | 5/5 |


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