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La Maschera Di Cera


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.07 | 184 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 stars actually.

While I consider their next album, LuxAde, to be the best album I heard in 2006 (so far, anyway) this one was the first one I heard and has not done as much for me. This is a somewhat dark and strange type of Italian prog. Thanks to Andrea Cortese's review, I have a better understanding of where this music is coming from (same with LuxAde). Given the subject matter, the spooky ambiances and repetitveness of some sections makes more sense to me. Still, this is not nearly as enjoyable for me as the next album. But it does feature all the elements. The wonderful flute, the fantastic keyboards, and the solid, driving rhythm section. The vocals of Corvaglia are the only sticking point, being a bit rough and strained at times, but I have grown to like them and they do fit the music quite well. The best track for me, hands down, is Ai Confini Del Mondo, having a more upbeat and varied approach than the other songs. Still, there is much here to enjoy, with both parts of Il Viaggio Nell' Oceano Capovolto offering many interesting musical ideas. So for me, a bit less than the next album, but still worth hearing for the lover of classic Italian symphonic progressive. A sold 3.5 stars for this one.

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