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QUINTESSENZA

Il Castello Di Atlante

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.73 | 30 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars "...deceived by ancient bard, punished by enchanted firtree, clutched by furious wind, now here you are in the chilly northern land..."

The more recent work from this north-western italy band. Behind their shoulders many albums (since 1992, I think). Their music, as I said previously in another review, is not very complex but emotionally well played. To be noticed the collaboration of Beppe Crovella (Arti e Mestieri) as the producer and the multi-skilled-man Nicola Randone (Randone) as the cover painter.

Quintessenza contains two long tracks: the opener "Non Puoi Fingere" (You Can't Pretend, 12,19 mns) and "Questo Destino" (This Destiny, 14,59). Both good, even if not memorable. The rythm is mainly slow with some accelerations. The second one is more symphonic oriented.

The whole album seems to me less symphonic than their previous works and more influenced by Jethro Tull. Just listen for example to the track titled "Il Marinen Forgia il Sampo" (I don't know what the title is on about). In the middle part you can hear a clear reference (or quote) to Tull's "Velvet Green" (from the 1977's album Songs From the Wood).

"Il Tempo a Venire" (Time To Come) is a short soft song with mellow keyboards, acoustic guitar and whispered vocals.

"Cavalcando Tra le Nuvole" (Riding Through the Clouds, 7,06 mns) is the second favourite of mine. An instrumental track with very nice arrangements and great role of the violin of Massimo di Lauro. It is not a violin a la Quella Vecchia Locanda, though. It is more conventionally played. The general mood of the track is rather happier than the other songs of the album. A sort of "farewell" track, even if it is not he closer.

In conclusion: the album is generally good. Sometimes very good. It is better than the other one I've listened from them (L'Ippogrifo). The correct evaluation should be around 3.5 stars. Not completely a four stars opus, but very close to it.

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |

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