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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.73 | 13 ratings

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4 stars Why is this album a hidden gem and not an album spoken about with reverence among the many Rock Progressivo Italiano (RPI) fans here ?

This Italian band knows how to play on the RPI's fans heart strings, that's for sure. The album was recorded only some years ago, but it feels like it was recorded back in the 1970s. Was it recorded back in the 1970s ? It certainly have both the sound and the naive approach to music you can find on many of the great RPI albums from that era.

The vocals feels raw and untrained. The Hammond organs is playful. The same goes for the rest of the sound. The songs are both naive and great. Some pieces of music here is excellent. This is even a concept album too with a lot of biblical references. That too sounds like the 1970s Rock Progressivo Italiano scene.

The music is a mix of poetic and more pastorial melody lines, some Italian pop rock and some hard rocking melody lines with plenty of Hammond organs and electric guitars. Biglietto Per Inferno and Le Orme is two good references. This in addition to King Crimson, Genesis and VDGG. Add some fusion too into the mix and you get this album.

The melodies are all great. My only gripe is the lack of a truly great song here which would set this album apart from the rest of the Rock Progressivo Italiano albums and give it an own identity. And yes, Assanzio's music is neither original or trailblazing. But this free download album is still a superb free Christmas present (and thank you to Andrea and Finnforest for giving me the download link) to every Rock Progressivo Italiano fans out there. Spread the word & enjoy.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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