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GIRO TONDO (GIRO) FUORI SCENA

Cormorano

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.07 | 8 ratings

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Finnforest
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3 stars For fans of Demetrio Stratos

Cormorano formed in 1975 as the progressive scene was declining and they were not able to release their material at that time. They continued to play live over the years however and in 2000 were able to record an album on Mellow Records, consisting of compositions from the late 70s and early 80s. Despite that horrid album cover (which would revert to being awesome without the bird) this is a pretty cool album. Vocalist Raffaello Regoli was a prodigy and acquaintance of Demetrio Stratos and it is obvious when you listen. This band sounds like the light beer version of Area, Regoli is capable of mimicking all of the vocal theatrics of Stratos with great skill. The music is not as challenging or inventive as Area by any means, but is a pretty decent mix of lighter fusion flavored prog rock. The tracks are primarily vocal but do feature some extended instrumental sections, generally some tasty electric guitar or synth. I love the guitar leads of Giorgio Vitali and the drum work of Guiseppe Borghi is quite impressive as well. I have a problem with the frequently used e-piano, which has that really cheesy sound that the Grateful Dead employed at their late 80s/early 90s live shows. Still it doesn't ruin the disc. There are some female vocals on a couple tracks and occasionally I detect a bit of an Eastern feel as well. As with Area, I enjoy Cormorano despite not being a big fan of this vocal style (whether Stratos or Regoli). But if you do enjoy that vocal craziness you will want to check out this quirky and less intense Area-influenced band. I'll never look at a swan the same way again.

Finnforest | 3/5 |

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