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Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.11 | 313 ratings

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3 stars I originally came to this record hearing good things about it and some similarities to Museo Rosenbach. I wouldn't quite rate it up there with Zarathustra, but overall a job well done here.

The first track really doesn't pick up till the beginning of the instrumental section around 4:15 with nice bass/guitar groove picking up. A chaotic middles section not unlike King Crimson's 21'st Century Schizioid Man is perhaps the piece's best part.

The second track has a heavy riff which works very well, combined with some nice but theatrical vocals. I don't think that it carries enough intrigue, but overall a very nice feel to it. Croma is a short but excellent track, a combination of keys and heavy guitar work with no vocals, and having a very 'ending' like sound to it. I would have put this at the end of the album. La Mente Vola has many weird qualities to it. At the end it sounds almost like a ray gun zapping, which is quite intriguing when mixed with the organs. Theatric like vocals are present once more, and the Italian sounds beautiful, myself understanding none of it.

The last song has an almost funk like feel to it, with a grooving guitar line yet again. The mellotron towards the end of the song actually hurts it, as it's really out of place, and then the song climaxes very poorly, one of my least favorite endings.

The aspect I was displeased with mostly was the drumming, which seemed very standard and didn't appear to add much to the record. Some better phrasing could have been included to bring out more in the music.

A nice Italian prog effort, but there are a lot of holes and gaps in this record that keep it from being as good as I had hoped.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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