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Rock Progressivo Italiano

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3 stars A cinematic progressive rock experience

RanestRane is a project that to be experienced properly should be witnessed in the flesh. If however, like me, you are unable to hop a jet to Rome anytime soon, you will have to settle for their new double disc set and some videos on YouTube. Ranest Rane are a "live soundtrack" band who first came to our attention with Warner Herzog's "Nosferatu" and now have taken on Kubrick's classic "The Shining." The band typically will give an elaborate live performance on stage with a large video screen displaying the film of choice. Their music is not the usual background soundtrack stuff though, it is original and dynamic progressive rock of top quality.

In describing their sound I would say they mix together elements of classy symphonic, Hogarth-era Marillion, and a touch of the legendary Italian band Goblin in spirit. Their sound is clean and highly expressive and their playing impeccable. Filled with melody and foggy atmospherics, the moods and pace vary greatly from high energy rock with loud lead guitar to soft, trance like passages. Spoken word dialogue from the film seeps through. Basically the band is taking you for a long ride designed specifically to coincide with the film you are watching. Having been able to watch some of "The Shining" performances in YouTube clips, I can attest again they have nailed it. The scenes of Nicholson breaking into the bathroom, then chasing the kid outside through the spooky night time snow are matched fantastically with tension-inducing, soaring prog rock. Without the visuals the music still works although in this case I much prefer the quality vocals to the spoken dialogue.

RanestRane have delivered again. If you want to hear some solid modern symphonic Italian rock with a true cinematic sheen, look no further. However, what this band really needs (and I know they won't want to hear this because it is expensive) is a high-quality, pro-shot DVD of their live concert. Now putting that baby on the home theater would bring Rome right to your living room.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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