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3 stars "Lesser known and unknown Italian Prog around 1993"

In 1993 the Italian prog rock label Kaliphonia released this interesting compilation album featuring many lesser known and unknown Italian prog bands and artists, along Collage from Poland.

Fancy Fluid delivers Neo-prog with fiery guitar, modern sounding keyboards and some nice musical ideas in the varied Nuove Effemeridi.

Consorzio Acqua Potabile (CAP) surprises with a wonderful intro on piano, warm vocals and sensitive guitar work with a lot of tension in Cavaliere Mascherato.

Combat by Marcello Capra contains beautiful interplay between acoustic and electric guitar. Recently I reviewed his album Preludio Ad Una Nuova Alba from 2010, simply wonderful.

Deux Ex Machina delivers complexity and bombastic atmospheres with Jean Luc Ponty inspired violin work in the jazz-rock orientated Luna.

In Jakazan by duo Clarion (including ex-Zauber member Paolo Clari) we hear warm flute play like John Hackett, but also a pretty irritating drum sound.

My highlight is Prologo by New Credo with Steve Hackett-like guitar, fluent keyboards and many shifting moods.

Michele Tale Di Bella plays in Across Zakla Makan howling electric guitar with twanging acoustic guitar.

We hear pleasant guitar play in Happiness by the five-piece formation H2O.

Myros (Zauber keyboardist Oscar Giordadino) features keyboard pyrotechnics in the vein of Japanese bands Gerard and Deja Vu.

Polish formation Collage with Midnight Flyer (also on the Collage compliation Changes from 1995) delivers a blend of pop and prog, very accessible with good vocals and pleasant keyboards.

Incentive from Ars Antiqua has a dreamy atmosphere with soaring keyboards and some fiery guitar runs.

The disappointing final track Glayer Lady Night by Max Oil has mediocre vocals and drums. Only the keyboards and the final part with howling electric guitar can please my ears.

My rating 3,5 star.

Those were the Italian Prog days, at about 25 years ago, but May 2019 I hope to review new Italian prog: Banco (Transsiberiana), La Coscienza Di Zeno (Una Vita Migliore) and FEM (Mutazione), ciao.

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Posted Saturday, April 27, 2019 | Review Permalink

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