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Altare Thotemico


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.20 | 17 ratings

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When I heard of this new Italian band that supposedly had Biglietto Per L'Inferno influences I had to check them out on myspace and was impressed enough to part with my cash and buy it. Having had the opportunity to play the album quite a few times now the BPL influences are clearly evident but by coincidence after one of my listening sessions of Altare Thotemico's debut I happened to choose the album Arbeit Macht Frei as my next choice which really brought home my thoughts that here was a band also influenced Area.

Yes Altare Thotemico are a band tipping their hat to the classic seventies Italian prog bands, yet with enough of their own identity to make this not a totally retrogressive release. Their prog skilfully blends elements of rock, blues and jazz together with an inventive touch of zaniness moving into avant-gardism in places, particularly at the end of the album on Oltre.

The band all have the necessary musical chops to pull it all off effectively and in vocalist Gianni Venturi they have someone who's not afraid to go out on a limb and is more a sculptor of words than a singer. Venturi may however turn out to be a stumbling block that some listeners struggle to deal with as he twists his voice into all sorts of verbal acrobats. For the perfect example of this check out the psychedelic tinged Computer Organico.

I'm really enjoying Altare Thotemico's debut, which while probably not to every prog fans taste has to at least be admired for the fact that they're not afraid to go out on a limb. It's an adventurous ride which loses its way a little on closing track Oltre but in the main a strong cohesive effort. 3 stars.

Nightfly | 3/5 |


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