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RISVEGLIO

Egonon

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.22 | 115 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Risveglio' - Egonon (8/10)

Although prog rock may not receive the same recognition today that it did in its prime, Italy is one place where the progressive tradition still holds strong. In fact, bands like EGONON go to prove that the Italy prog scene is going through another 'great age'. Among acts like IL TEMPIO DE CLESSIDRE and HOSTSONATEN, EGONON are pursuing the 'prog' sound boldly, without falling into many of its cliches. 'Risveglio' is the first effort by this band, although the professional approach and sense of adventure seems indicative of a band much more experienced. Lively, diverse and full of surprises, 'Risveglio' is a near-masterpiece from a band that is worth keeping an eye on.

Regardless of quality, I cannot say I would have been surprised, had EGONON pursued a 'symphonic' brand of prog rock here, as many of their contemporaries have done. Mellotrons and the theatrical Italian-language vocals typical of Italian progressive music are both here in great amounts, but this band may have as much in common with TOOL or even SYSTEM OF A DOWN as they do with PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, or the 'classic' Italian bands. At first, hearing EGONON's grungy approach to the prog formula is puzzling, but they know how to make it work. Inching over the hour mark, 'Risveglio' boasts the performances of many talented musicians and instrumentation ranging from the typical guitars and keyboards, to trumpets, cellos, and sitar. EGONON seem determined to keep their sound from falling into any one style. Suffice to say, there are few albums out there where a listener is treated to grungy alt rock and Arabic folk music within the same disc.

'Voglio Essere Piccolo' may be my favourite cut from 'Risveglio', balancing out passionate anger and beauty in equal measure. Barring that, it is difficult to pinpoint 'highlights' within 'Risveglio'. The sheer variety and constant switching up of sound and style makes EGONON's music best approached idea-by-idea. Some of the more conservatively minded RPI proggers may find EGONON's modern approach to be a little too aggressive and promiscuous with style, but 'Risveglio' is one of the most interesting modern statements to come out of Italy's prog rock scene over the past year.

Conor Fynes | 4/5 |

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