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New Trolls


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4 stars Searching For a Land.

This is the title of the fourth album of the Trolls, published in 1972, and this album is completely different from their predecessors especially by legendary Concerto Grosso.

A double album, with a part of was recorded in the studio and another live; surely, possibly in some Prog Rock Festival from many different numerous avant-garde musical events of those years in the Italian peninsula.

The first is an impact of neo- classicism between Venetian romanticism baroquisms with renaissance atmosphere, blended with sad and melancholy melodies, with some lysergic atmospheres and acoustic parts and some jazz moment.

All this puts reflected the skill of the musicians; the poly instrumentalist Vittorio De Scalzi just alternates with various instruments with skill and a distinctive and velvety voice; 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; good taste of guitar solos and guitar arrangements of the great Nico Di Palo and its high tone voice, he gave a hard sound to the musical parties and acid moments; the rhythm section of Gianni Belleno full drums and the new entry in the band of Frank Laugelli on bass instead of (Giorgio D'adamo) they made a rhythmic harmony between the various styles and shares giving a solid sound and a full-bodied to the various musical passages.

The second part is the live album which is just completely different and the recipe is more hard & heavy, do not missing the references to classical and Baroque music but the soul of hard rock is more visible on that formula; heavy fuzz guitar sound with great solo parts, bulky and strong use of the flute, a powerful Hammond organ always present with powerful solos and technical arrangements and bass and drums sounding hard and full-bodied with massive parts, powerful harsh vocals; this brings the new trolls into the heavy progressive, among other things are the 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, although that, is not very convincing criticism of those years and so it was understood in the right way, and the album sung entirely in English and the parentheses Hard & Heavy and these two points, although the melodies and the many references purely classical Italian music that can be heard throughout the album, the music critics specialized compares and classifies 'Searching For a Land' and the New Trolls stylistically models of British groups and therefore is not considered a very original album by the Italian music critics of the those years who came from a important predecessor album as a Concerto Grosso per i New Trolls that made the band famous; In those years in Europe, unlike today was very popular musical style and individuality of the music that made it unique and distinctive sound that distinguished the group from another, in any case, this was a decision on Searching for a Land which is then evaluated too hasty and inadequate.

In my opinion, the album is full of news and certainly a step forward musically and style, and the influence of classical and baroque typical New Trolls' and 'always visible in the whole album, what it lacks in "Searching For A Land is certainly the baroque orchestra, but this is what makes the album new, different and very interesting, difficult and highlights the most different styles of music of the band and focuses on the technical and compositional skill of the musicians.

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

Also especially the vinyl reissue replicates in fidelity his beautiful gatefold cover with a flap top and the replica of the records label company just like the first edition of 1972.

Searching For a Land is highly recommended to all lovers of classic Symphonic Progressive Music & Heavy Prog ; an album to listen and a must-have.

AndreArte | 4/5 |


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