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La Torre Dell'Alchimista


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.90 | 86 ratings

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3 stars While 2007's Neo was a more compelling piece of work to my ears this eponymous debut from La Torre Dell'Alchimsta released six years previous is nevertheless very good and a surprisingly mature piece of work from a band at such an early stage in their career.

There's no getting away from the fact that here is an album steeped in the traditions of 70's Italian symphonic prog, the warm organic production making it sound more so. However whilst bands like Banco and Le Orme must have influenced them they manage to retain their own identity by not sounding like a direct copy of these or any other bands from the genre. With the absence of electric guitar keyboards dominate with Hammond organ having a strong presence and they make considerable use of flute too. The competent rhythm section hold thing together well enough though sometimes lack the drive to really push things up a notch. The vocals of Giardino Michele whilst adequate are a little bland leaving the weight of the albums appeal leaning on keyboardist Mutti Michele's shoulders. Fortunately he takes up the challenge producing some exciting playing on the nine compositions, providing jazzy touches alongside the largely symphonic style.

Whilst this debut is a very worthwhile album it's far from essential. Nevertheless, still worth a listen but I'd suggest going for Neo first.

Nightfly | 3/5 |


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