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Il Castello Di Atlante


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.63 | 47 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars "...the blade didn't give me pain, only a bit of cold..."

I was very interested in listening to an album of such a title. A fantastic animal, one of the creatures that only live in dreams or in the legends of the past centuries. Ok, the cover painting is rather bad and the mark of the band is not so elegant. Anyway I was sure I would have find great music.

And I was quite pleased when I listened to the long opener track titled "La Vittoria di Er" (The Er's Victory - over 10 mns). Not particularly complex arrangements, but an exciting atmosphere made of warm piano and remarkable keyboards. The rythm is slow, a sort of neverending march toward a safer land.

A safer land. This is the feeling in listening the second song "Volta la Pagina" (Turn the Page): soft acoustic guitar, delicate arpeggio, warm flute' sounds. It seem really a great place to pass the time of your own. The sea of tranquility.

Beppe Crovella (Arti e Mestieri) made a good work as the producer of this record. "L'Ippogrifo" has a nice medieval feel, made by choruses and violin. Synth is well in evidence. But the song' structure is more simple. Lyrics are are a sort of self- proclamation. The structure is too repetitive and the 11 minutes risk to be boring. Fortunately violin appears from behind the tired instruments. The last part of the song is worth of listening to whole tune entirely.

"E Recito Anch'Io" (Me Too I Play) is not very prog. Does it's an album from Luca Carboni? I seriously doubt that...for another violin helps.

"Pioggia" (Rain) is the most short track of the album (only 2,50 mns). A slow piano based tune with sparse vocals. Not infame nor glory, even if they have tried to give a more theatrical appeal to the album.

"Crysalis"is not different from the previous songs. The album lacks in variety. It's somehow boring. Much better the closer instrumental track named "Corale II" (6,43 mns). Without vocalizing, the band seems to be more concentrated. Very good, well composed and arranged (even for the great electric guitar).

If you're searching the more interesting albums from this contemporary italian band you should check their last album Quintessenza.

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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