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Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4 stars From what I can understand this is the third effort by this Italian outfit, and it is a remarkable production they've made this time around.

Not because of innovative or new features as such though. It is a low key, subdued effort we're presented with here. Slightly dramatic at times and with enough energetic moments to keep matters interesting, but first and foremost a relaxed, harmonic affair. The pastoral or dreamy sequences far outnumber the dramatic ones.

Clocking in at almost 80 minutes, this composition is divided into 26 different passages that takes us from classical and at least partially neo-classic territories to symphonic progressive rock segments, switching back and forth between rich layers of strings and keyboards to subdued wandering acoustic guitar efforts - with quite a few numbers spiced with space-tinged textures. Think Genesis, Pink Floyd and Phideaux for references, but mostly from the mellower parts of their respective discographies.

And while the end result is pretty remarkeable this isn't a stunning effort. It is an intriguing experience though, and especially those with a fondness for the really long, epic tracks with a great deal of variety should find this album interesting, especially if they don't crave major dramatics in such a production.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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