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LE PORTE DEL SILENZIO

Malibran

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.02 | 74 ratings

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geezer
5 stars ****1/2

The 2nd album by Italian Malibran shows improvement after the already great debut album "The Wood of Tales" and increases their status as one of the best 90's groups. This album has even more varied symphonic sound than their debut mostly due to the fantastic title suite. It also shows what it means if the non-english language groups are singing in their native language or not. I think that in most cases the groups should stick to their native language. In this album the singer & guitarist Giuseppe Scaravilli sings for the first time also in his native language and it shows a huge improvement in his vocal delivery. He sings very good as long as he sticks to Italian language. The flautist Giancarlo Cutuli delivers again some really mesmerizing flute solos. I really like that many Italian bands use flute a lot. In my opinion this band uses the flute even better than any of the 70's Italian masters who must have been an influence for them. It is really impressing that they recorded this album in one week only. They must have worked day and night!

Brief description of tracks:

Livin' Alone: Great over 10-minute song that shows the bands capabilities in every instrument. Nice addition is Cutuli's great sax playing in the first half in addiyion to his always-wonderful flute playing.

I know your Soul: A beautiful track. A significant note is that singer Scaravilli's English vocals have improved a lot since the debut album. He doesn't sound that bad at all in this album's English vocal tracks (the debut album's vocals are bad).

Libero: Similar in style to the two first tracks and as good. Great. Vocals are in Italian.

Nel Labirinto: A short instrumental by the bass player Angelo Messina. It's a nice addition to the album and kind of a prelude for the epic title track.

Le Porte del Silenzio: A 27-minute masterpiece. This track really has everything a symphonic prog lover can wish for. What really strikes me is that the track is so wonderful for the whole 27 minutes. In the middle of the suite there is a dreamy keyboard interlude that divides this suite nicely into two parts. I can't name any track from the nineties that would definitely be better than this suite.

Conclusion: A great improvement from the debut album. Malibran really delivers with this album. This is one of the best symphonic prog albums from the nineties.

geezer | 5/5 |

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