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SCOLOPENDRA

Gli Alluminogeni

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.08 | 45 ratings

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Finnforest
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3 stars Would be more impressive coming from '66 than '72

Gli Alluminogeni is another RPI band which began life in the mid 1960s as a beat band, this one from Turin. After going through a few guitarists and releasing some early singles, the band recorded their lone album (aside from the reunion stuff two decades later.) Despite coming out in the classic period "Scolopendra" is an album that does not stand up that well today. In fact some reviewers claim it was outdated the day it came out, hearkening back to 60s blues-psych as opposed to grasping the wave of advancements other Italian bands were surfing by 1972. I tend to agree, this is not first tier RPI and not a huge priority.

That's not to say there is nothing enjoyable here. I think blues/psych rock fans who love early Purple and worship the Hammond will find plenty to enjoy. Chunky power chords, trippy sound effects, and muscular drumming all contribute to an album for the jam aficionado. The band is reasonably tight, the vocals just average. I enjoy organ with a dark and desolate tinge and that is the main selling point in my opinion. The guitar work is acceptable but nothing special. One notable track is "Thrilling" which mixes some gothic organ with Sabbath-like doomy power chords. Average songs, reasonable performances, a bit behind the times. That's about it. Oh, don't forget the hideous album cover art.

"thick layers of quasi-classical keyboards (mainly Hammond organ and piano), turgid falsetto vocals a la New Trolls, imaginative guitar textures (with a heavy use of fuzz and Leslie effects) and busy drum patterns (in a rather unusual style)....reminiscent of the first albums by The Trip (or even Vanilla Fudge), and were psychedelic classical rock concertos for organ, piano and guitar." -Scented Garden

With all that is out there from the RPI classic period to pillage your bank account, Gli Alluminogeni should be way down on your list of acquisitions. It's not all that representative of the best attributes of the genre in my opinion. More for hard-rock, psych/blues-rock fans. 2-3 stars, I'll round them up.

Finnforest | 3/5 |

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