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3.48 | 9 ratings

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3 stars An interesting way to make a mark

Starting off with a live album isn't really the norm, but Nichelodeon make it work! Ok, but this isn't a live album in the typical sense - no crowd noise, and the music is very well recorded (not quite as well as in their next release, Il Gioco Del Silenzio, but certainly up there).

This is an act that should appeal, I think, to any serious prog head. They feature enough symphonic and classical elements that there is a certain level of familiarity and comfort to their music, but at the same time the music is something completely brand new. It's like a blend of the more romantic/symphonic elements of Rock Progressivo Italiano with avant prog, and it really works well.

The star of the show is vocalist Claudio Milano, but the whole band (which includes two members from Yugen, another great Italian band) is on top of their game in this release. Claudio has one of the most technically proficient voices I have heard (and he does some stuff on a couple of other records that goes way beyond what he does here as well!), but he is not interested in showboating. He uses the full range of his voice and various techniques to work with the song. I don't speak Italian so I can only imagine how his voice and the words must pair together, but even without that he sounds amazing.

A lot of the instruments on this album comes in the form of piano and synths, with the piano being the foreground melody and the synths creating texture. A lot of the time, with Claudio's vocals, this is enough to create a full sounding song, but there is guitar on the album as well, coming in from time to time to give the music a more aggressive or dirty edge.

Although this is a wonderful recording, I would recommend starting with the bands next release. It features many of the same compositions, but the recording quality is better due to the studio setting and some of them have been fleshed out more. That being said, you will eventually want to own both, so you really can't go wrong either way.

TheGazzardian | 3/5 |


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