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4.11 | 139 ratings

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3 stars This band is a case apart in the Italian prog music. They embrace several genres which are highlighted in their third album, more than ever before.

They play a complex heavy prog combined with a most delicate symphonic influence: the flute play is an exquisite way to achieve this great mix ("Specchio"). Still, I have never been quite a fan of their lead singer, whose voice is quite disturbing to my taste.

As lots of Italian band from the golden era, there are some jazz elements which pepper some tracks from this album. It is not dominant though, and can be easily digested ("Come Vorrei?"). Song writing is complex and there are lots of different sections in this relatively short track. Drumming is wild and excellent during the second half of this very good song.

The short "Il Retorno?" offers some tranquillity and allows to breathe somewhat. My perception of the band is that they were improving after each album and that this one is their best achievement. It is a bit sad that no follow up work was released after this one.

I guess that the type of music played was rather difficult to access: a song as "Via Larga" groups again some nice Italian symphonic elements mixed with beautiful and Trespass- esque portions but the experimental start is quite challenging. The challenge is even more difficult to overcome during "Gil" which mixes scary passages, Oriental influences, loose and almost experimental middle section as well as tribal sounds (percussions). Quite a ride indeed!

The music performed is rather on the weird side for most of the time. Close to the eclectic genre by its complexity and diversity. Not easy to apprehend. "Vangelo" features all these characteristics: soft and melodic, wild and powerful. All this in less than six minutes.

There is some fine music played on "Vietato?" of which the psychedelic "40 Gradi" is my fave. The roughness of Alvaro Fella's voice is less on the front line and offers some delicate work. I have to admit that I far much prefer this style, but it won't be too much present in the course of this album. The chaotic end confirms my perception.

The whole sounds too much adventurous, avant-garde at times. Three stars (seven out of ten).

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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