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NOT A GOOD SIGN

Not A Good Sign

 

Eclectic Prog

4.01 | 230 ratings

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5 stars Review #5 - Italian Musical Art.

Clear the stage for an incredible talented Italian prog band that should definitely be better known. I remember clearly how I put the first album of the Italians in my player back then without any big ideas and was literally blown away by the musical content of the band. Already in the first track "Almost I" the musicians present us fat guitars, a howling Mellotron and an atmosphere completely after King Crimson standards. These first six minutes are so good that you are practically forced to keep listening. Musically, however, they don't move in King Crimson territory all the time, but rather in the realm of RetroProg and New Artrock. But what is offered here can confidently be described as high quality prog. "Almost II", the second song, is the introduction of vocalist Alessio Calandriello, whose timbre fits perfectly into the mood of the music. After that it becomes a bit more jazzy, but the album, despite its perceived range, seems a cohesive homogeneity, which also makes the time pass very quickly. The five Italians know how to skillfully combine atmosphere and skill. The keyboardist Paolo "Ske" Botta can absolutely convince me with his choice of sounds and also the other musicians act on a level that the band would not have to subordinate itself to other big names of the scene by any means. In addition, there are guest contributions from a singer (Sharron Fortnam), the pianist Maurizio Fasoli and the cellist Bianca Fervidi.

This album is really great and I still love it! And at the latest from the title track, the band has proven that they have it. Talent, good songwriting and a great own sound are the strengths of this debut album. For every prog fan this band is actually a must-have! Have fun getting to know them :)

Smurfreviews | 5/5 |

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