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I Treni All'Alba - 2011 A.D. CD (album) cover

2011 A.D.

I Treni All'Alba

 

Eclectic Prog

3.96 | 28 ratings

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Finnforest
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Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Folk spirit, fusion prowess, post-punk energy

I Treni All'Alba from Torino are one of Italy's finest bands regardless of how you choose to categorize their eclectic instrumental brew. Their second album is a continuation of their fine debut and if anything may be stronger. These guys are just incredible players! They take folk music appreciation and turn it right on its head. Melodic acoustic numbers are performed by guys who have the prowess of jazz-fusion dudes, then they throw it at you with the energy of a sweaty punk band. That's not to say they can't be gentle and nuanced, for they have that covered too. They have near-perfect instincts for balancing their lively concoction and keeping the listener somewhere between headbanging and eyes-closed bliss. Imagine something like the powerful finesse of Chris Poland's Ohm but in the context of a punk-kissed folk outfit. I don't know how better to put it. The backbone of the group consists of two amazingly talented acoustic guitars played with pure passion and zest, atop imaginative and adrenalin stoked drumming. This is balanced with more serene moments when lovely piano graces the song, in these moments the band seem in searching mode, trying to sort of "find their way" to something expressive and beautiful. They don't spend a whole of time drifting though, as Treni All'Alba is not a band which gathers moss. These boys move. The longest track "L'apocalisse" features quite an interesting and epic acoustic solo while the album's second half brings in more electric guitar and a little heavier sound.

This will be on "best of year" top 10 lists and it deserves to be. The cover art is as striking as the first disc as well. Great work guys!

Finnforest | 4/5 |

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