Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Proteo - Under A Polar Red Light CD (album) cover





3.24 | 10 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Special Collaborator
Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Upbeat crossover with just a hint of space

Proteo are another fine offering from Maracash Records. The band from Trieste have been together in the same line-up (which I think is cool) since 1996. Starting as a straight-up rock band they began incorporating progressive elements to their sound slowly, releasing three demos prior to this official full length debut. The new album won them the "best prog debut" award at the MEI awards in 2009.

While their web page lists some of the '70s giants as influences, to my ear Proteo sounds rooted in an 80s art-rock sound. In different moments I can hear something that reminds me of Mike and the Mechanics, U2, Police, or perhaps 80s Yes and Rush. This light and catchy vibe is mixed with a more modern progressive take on arrangements and song lengths. Rather than pop singles the songs are in the 5-8 minute range and feature a more elaborate approach. There are few up-front keyboards and frills of the prog world however, they go for an economical approach. While upbeat, the songs have a nice relaxing, meditative edge to them as well, as I found out one morning this week driving across town and drifting in cloudy thoughts-the music was reassuring and friendly. The band's sound is primarily led by the bass and guitars. Each track develops a catchy, usually upbeat melody that is propelled by the most bubbly and "large" bass sound, which I completely love! Over this is a very jangly modern guitar sound, similar to U2's The Edge at times, but often injecting some spacey vibe to it as well like a Djam Karet or Ozric might do. The spacey vibe and flight carries through to the artwork and some of the lyrical themes as well. The guitar leads are similarly lovely and melodic, focusing on atmosphere over aggression. Vocals are completely in English so this Italian band won't put off any of you English-only prog purists-you know who you are! The cd comes in a gatefold mini-lp sleeve with lyrics booklet. Recommended to fans of prog-pop, art-rock, crossover. A good debut and highly enjoyable piece of music.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this PROTEO review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives