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Nodo Gordiano

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.63 | 17 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This Italian band plays a dark, oppressive and heavy music.

They have been playing as a Crimson cover band and as such, they participated in a compilation of Italian bands who were paying tribute to the prog giant. Amongst the best known bands, one could find "Germinale", "Taproban" and "Malibran". "Nodo Giordino" played one song ("Lament").

There is little surprise of course that this work do sound like KC for most of it. In terms of album, it is more a succession of "organized" improvised tracks of which the long "Gate Zero" is my favourite: it is more varied than the other parts and the fine mellotron is a definite plus in terms of emotion.

The closest they'll get from the master is with no doubt during "Lincestra". Complex rhythmic, strong beat and very heavy sound. On top, there are some synth parts that even Keith Emerson wouldn't have disowned. Not too bad either. The same impression could also be noticed during the upbeat "Interpolation With Casual Drums": indeed an orgy of synths and percussions.

"A Junghian Rhapsody" is a slower track which could have perfectly as a soundtrack for a horror movie: the atmosphere is quite lugubrious, upsetting and scary. After a short break full of birds singing (which is quite a contrast), the remaining part goes into many direction and is quite difficult to approach. But this is the essence of improvisation, right?

The closing and short "Kome" is more melodic, with lots of keyboards. It gives some breeze of fresh air to this dark album.

The musicians are talented, and there are good hints of cohesion within the band. These will be more highlighted in their next album "Flektogon", but this is another story.

As such, I can't really rate this album higher than two stars (2,5 would be more accurate). If you would like to discover an organ-oriented KC: this is it. The album is fully instrumental.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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