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Distillerie di Malto


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars Distillerie Di Malto is a Italian five-piece band that includes two guitar players and a keyboardist, on the last track completed by a flute player. This debut-CD is dedicated to René Magritte, one of my favorite surrealistic/magic realistic painters. On the first track "Allegro Con Brio" (5.56) the climate is ominous and ambient, then a fluent rhythm featuring organ and guitar follows, this sounds very obvious as the lovely Seventies Italian Progrock Scene! Enjoy the dynamic music with fiery electric guitar and wonderful keyboardplay. The next song is "Phoebus" (9.24), first a bit experimental including xylophone, repetetive bass and electric guitar with ints from early King Crimson. Then the moods shifts from up-tempo with mellow organ, fiery electric guitar and flute to dreamy with classical guitar and flute and atmospheric with flute, hi-hats and piano, very alternating. In "Melodia Di Fine Autunno" (8.42) it starts with a compelling climate that gradually grows to more bombastic, interfered by more mellow pieces until a long and sumptuous finale, featuring lush keyboards, harder-edged guitar and a dynamic rhythm- section. The next composition is the longest one entitled "Aria E Vento" (13.24), again a very alternating track: compelling with twanging guitars and great keyboards like sparkling piano, moving with a wonderful guitar solo in the vein of Hackett/Latimer, bombastic with organ and even anl interlude with classical guitar and flute. The music often evokes early Genesis, wonderful! The final song "5/5/1555" (11.32) starts with xylophone (like the second track) and electric guitar, followed by some sensational, mid-Emerson inspired synthesizer soli and lots of varied climates featuring strong Italian vocals, howling electric guitar and dreamy flute. The 'grand finale' delivers a moving atmosphere with a splendid build-up guitar solo, supported by lush keyboards, prog heaven! This CD has hints from Genesis (twanging guitars and organ), Camel (guitarwork) and King Crimson (the more complex and experimental parts) and contains five elaborate and tasteful coloured compositions, AN IMPRESSIVE DEBUT!
erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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