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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.25 | 8 ratings

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3 stars Modern RPI debut with a heavy, elegant sound

Ombraluce are a relatively new band who has just released their debut album, a self-produced and self-released project. They have an eclectic style that tries to blend, according to them, hard rock, blues, prog, jazz, funk, and psych into one without falling too in line with any. They want their sound to be the mix of the styles, not just a collection of different recognizable styles pasted together. For the most part I think it succeeds well because it was hard to classify. I found them to be somewhere between The Natural Mystic and Senza Nome, for those familiar with the contemporary Italian scene. The songs are mixed between mid-length, energetic prog tracks and lots of little, bizarre interludes which spice it up. A couple of these interludes finds an ethnic flavor and the vocalist playing it up in what I assume is Demetrio Stratos homage, outside of these moments he is a very good singer in his own right. The songs are melodic and ballad-like at times but quite interesting, and a live sound permeates from the drums (lots of toms!) and a very bold, high-mixed bass guitar. The guitars are probably a bit more prevalent than the keys and have a heavy, distinctly modern edge, with leads that are feisty. Ombraluce will please fans of RPI and melodic Eclectic prog as they straddle the line between the two genres.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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