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Symphonic Prog

3.91 | 93 ratings

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4 stars This is the project of multi-instrumentalist Roberto Vitelli with the help of Tomas Bodin, John Hackett, David Cross, and others. This is pure symphonic prog driven by sumptuous keyboard melodies in the line of the Italian scene and ELP. It's mostly instrumental with a bit of signing. Some songs start with some delicate piano and flute before the pace picks up with all instruments shining providing a lavish symphonic sound. The flute can be very busy at times as the drums playing of Mattias Olsson. The first 3 tracks are flowing together by the sound of the wind in the wintertime. Besides the rich instrumentation on this album from the traditional rock instruments of guitar, bass, keys, and the flute, sax, and violin, what standout and more important is the quality of the songwriting which offers a strong balance of atmosphere from the light to the dark and dramatic with enough dynamics and punch that despite his inspiration taken in the 70's sound like a modern album that will please a lot of prog fans of the symphonic British and Italian style.
rdtprog | 4/5 |


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