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Il Balletto di Bronzo

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.21 | 394 ratings

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NJprogfan
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5 stars A mind blowing album. If you're not familiar with this album, let me go out on a limb and compare them to the modern day schizophrenic band The Mars Volta. The opening song, "Introduzione" and it's little brother, "Primo incontro" are what The Mars Volta would sound like if they came from the 70's. Frantic, eerie, nightmarish, non-stop, over-the-top with a female voice that kicks off the album as if she was calling out to sailors like a dangerous mermaid. You can't get any faster paced then the first track. How the drummer can keep up with the pace for the length of the song, close to 18 minutes, is amazing. Fantastic keyboard work with unrelenting guitar and that drumming make the first two tracks monumental. Only the singing by Gianni Leone slows down the pace, but just a tad. One of the greatest Italian prog songs of all time. Fantastic singing on track three/four (they blend together), and some freakout guitar, ELP-like keyboard and great drumming changes the tempo a tiny bit, but its a super song with a definate early King Crimson sound. Track five, "Epilogo" starts out frantically, sorta like the first track but turns into a sinister hellborne song, something the devil himself would enjoy with some of the creepiest percussion ever. It's devil music I tell ya! A bonus track rounds out the album, kinda poppy sounding but nevertheless a decent track. So, if you're looking for what could possibly be the only album that compares to the sound of The Mars Volta, (at least track 1/2), try this album out. It's arguably the greatest Italian prog album, which could easily stand tall next to the best of PFM, Banco, Le Orme, Area and all the wonderful one-shot Italian classics. a bonefide classic of the highest order, and one album you'll never tire of.
NJprogfan | 5/5 |

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