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SEARCHING FOR A LAND

New Trolls

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.64 | 106 ratings

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RisingForce
4 stars Searching For a Land.

This is the title of the fourth album of the New Trolls, published in 1972.

A double album, with one part recorded in the studio and another part recorded live,probably in some Festival of new trends from numerous musical events of the genre in those years in Italy.

The first part (the first LP) is an impact of neoclassicism music between Venetian romanticism baroquisms with Italian Renaissance, blended with melancholy melodies, with some psychedelic atmospheres and acoustic parts and some jazz moment.

All this reflects the skill of the musicians; the poly instrumentalist 'Vittorio De Scalzi' just alternates with various instruments and with a particular and original way of singing.

The ability of the Maestro 'Maurizio Salvi' making extensive use of Hammond organ, Mellotron, Moog, Piano & Cembalo, makes the arrangement and the atmosphere in a classical way almost like a real orchestra.

Very good taste of guitar solos and guitar arrangements of 'Nico Di Palo' and his high tone voice, he gives a hard sound to the musical parties and fuzz moments.

Gianni Belleno full drums giving a solid sound and a full-bodied to the various passages with changes between different musical styles and the new entry in the band of 'Frank Laugelli' on bass instead of (Giorgio D'adamo) giving a good articulate present bass line.

The second part (the second LP) is the live album which is just completely different and the recipe is more hard & heavy, always with references to classical and Baroque music but the soul of hard rock is more visible on that formula.

Raspy powerful voices. hard & fuzz guitar with great solo parts, strong use of the flute, a powerful Hammond organ always present with solos and technical arrangements and good solid bass and the drums sounding hard with massive parts.

This brings the 'New Trolls' into the heavy progressive sounds, that they have never hidden and underestimated.

All this makes the second part of the album spectacular and unrepeatable to turn everything into a great album.

But does not convincing the criticism of those years and so the album wasn't understood in the right way.

The album sung entirely in English with the parentheses Hard Rock and these two points the Italian music critics of those years compare and classify 'Searching for a land' and the 'New Trolls' stylistically to the British groups and therefore this It was not considered an original album.

Although the style of 'the New Trolls' is that with extensive use of Venetian baroque classical music that are evident in the album, but all this does not convince the music critics put the album unnoticed to the large audience.

'Searching For a Land' is one album that in any case it had the right response and the high consideration over the years as a great album like many other masterpieces that gave the past to the future.

'Searching For a Land' is highly recommended to all lovers of Symphonic Progressive and Heavy Prog, an album to listen and a must-have.

Four and a half stars {****1/2}

Amazing the vinyl reissue from (Vinyl Magic Italy) that replicates with fidelity its beautiful gatefold cover with a folding flap top and the replica of the Italian records label company, everything just like the first edition of 1972.

RisingForce | 4/5 |

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