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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.37 | 1138 ratings

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4 stars "Darwin" was historically my first RPI album at all. I found that kind of prog very late, so some things is unknown for me till now.

So, I expected to hear something very different. What did I heard?

First of all, very professional music, as often in RPI. Attractive mix of neo-classical music with some prog-rock sound. In "L'Evoluzione" you will find 16+ minutes of whatever you want ( inc. J.S. Bach organ sound) ( I listened to new, 1991 re-release, where songs timing are slightly different, for example the first song continues not 13+ but 16+ minutes).

Vocal is opera -based , reminds sometimes Povarotti, sometimes some Demis Roussoss moments. All theatrical scenario is based on classic opera-drama construction. Plenty of sympho-rock ( with strong sympho-elements) and some opera-style voice - is it it. Melodies are very classical, with perfection in arrangements.

How much I like it? Difficult to say. The idea of combination of real classical music with prog rock for sure isn't new or rare, but there you can hear the different technology.

It like in rock and jazz combination: jazz with rock elements is fusion, and rock with jazz elements is jazz-rock. So, rock with elements of symphonic music is sympho-prog, but symphonical music with elements of rock is ... Banco.

Will you like it or not hardly depends on you point of view to classical music and opera-based voice. But in all cases, it's a really beautifull and high quality music.

snobb | 4/5 |


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