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La Maschera Di Cera


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.99 | 157 ratings

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4 stars The band that made me appreciate the genre.

When it comes to italian progressive rock, you can pinpoint many clichés that defines the type: emotionnal, passionnate singing, melancholy..well, bigger than nature. For some who do not like our songs with the emotion-detector in the red all the time, italian prog could (and can) be painful to endure.

Well, you can tell by now I'm not a super fan, but la Maschera di Cera made me change my point of view and broaded my horizons. Okay, they play passionnate and intense music, but the thing that clicked for me is the brute energy injected in the playing. The band alternates soft and harder moments, like a harmonic blend of King Crimson power and Jethro Tull frenzyness but with space to breathe and to appreciate the mood. But in the end, the energy is taking the lead, so expect more wind gusts coming out of your PA than a gentle breeze.

Other seducing things are both the intense use of analog keyboards (no Casio plastic sounds in here!) and the fuzz bass giving a strong stepping stone to the songs. Fuzz bass is not always used as much as I'd like, but bands like Muse and this one are giving a great model of how to use it's potential. It's always a pleasure to hear the new mixed with the old and la Maschera di Cera is doing it almost perfectly...and I was reluctant at first.

This band has to be a priority for any Mellotron/ Flute/ Bass combo lover. Topped with a superb passionnate voice, this band concquered my cautious heart and made me hungry for more albums.

Great discovery.

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