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INFERNO THE DIVINE COMEDY - PART 1

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5 stars Hi..Again.

Its good to feel that artists of prog rock make their best effort to be represented in this kind of compilations with their best music.

An this is the case.

Remarkable are the apparitions of artists such as:Nexus,XII Alfonso,Nathan Mahl,Simon Says,Flamborough Head,Nuova Era and Sinkadus.

Those where my more likely passages.

Any of those artist if continue the development of songs as the ones in this album should be catalogued as a 4 or 5 stars album.

Maybe because of my symph. prog rock tendencies.

Of course not every presentation is for 5 stars but many of them for 4 or for 4.5 .

Is this one a masterpiece or and excellent addition. I think is nearer to be a masterpiece .

Maybe 4,5 stars

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Send comments to robbob (BETA) | Report this review (#228937)
Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Review Permalink
Marty McFly
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5 stars FACTS Rating this album is a problem. It's almost too vast to listen it at once and understand it as one big (4CD) album. Therefore, any try to rate/review it is quite difficult. So we'll enter into world of feelings and thoughts, instead of facts. Before we take this journey, let me state few things. This is great source of new RPI/RPI like/other interesting new bands. I also read Inferno (in Czech of course) and have to say that it was hard, but really great. MYTHS And this album really reminds me it. It's really truthful capture of these (in modern time, we would say almost LSD-like) imaginations, souls being tortured for sometimes bad things, sometimes just anti-religious (or simply not religious enough) deeds. Vices are here in great numbers, there's also devil (on drawing that was in book, he looked very ridicolous). These tracks are mostly psychedelic (well, let me explain. This isn't psychedelic = space rock, or genre from 60's, it's style of for example keyboards, where they sounds really crazy - even "folky symphonic" Yesterdays here managed to sounds like it. Most of bands/tracks here does sound like that and it's good, as it describes atmosphere of hell very well.). With few exceptions making beacons of hope in all this madness.

5(-), I suppose that this rating would be appropriate. There are few worse songs, but hell, it's more than 4 hours of themed progressive rock, I wasn't expecting everything to be polished and perfect. And feeling I have about it is good. Journey that is really worth.

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Send comments to Marty McFly (BETA) | Report this review (#236414)
Posted Wednesday, September 02, 2009 | Review Permalink
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5 stars My pc crashed during my first attempt to write a review of this box. Maybe a sign....

It's probably one of the most ambitious projects in the modern history of music. Of course Wagner alone wrote operas longer than this, but 34 tracks composed and played by 34 different groups/artists for more than 4 hours of music are a big effort, also for the listener. In addition the concept they are about is one of the biggest masterpieces of world's literature.

It makes impossible going track by track, so let's first say something about the poem:

In 13th Century Dante imagined the world after death divided into 3 divine realms: Inferno (we all know about it), Purgatorio halfway, where redeemable sins are cleared up, and Paradiso (Heaven). Each of them is composed of 33 chapters, plus one introductive at the beginning for a total of 100.

Without going in depth, he used the realms to put inside the main characters of History and of his current times to write an allegoric poem which speaks of politics other than theology.

From a progressive point of view the Inferno is made of 4 CDs for more than 4 hours of music.

Of course not all the 34 tracks are of the same level, but the complexity and the dramaticity of the concept gave the artists the possibility to interpret their respective chapters.

On the first CD I've been particularly impressed by the Romanian YESTERDAYS (great voice) and the Italian GREENWALL. They have kept the original text, and let me say that the result (for Italian speaking people) is excellent as their chapter is one of the most movig and famous of the whole poem.

On CD2 I can mention WILLOWGLASS, WICKED MINDS and IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE. CD3 features excellent contributions of SINKADUS, OZONE LAYER and ADVENT (I would have expected something more by NOTABENE.

CD4 is darker, but we are in the deepest parts of hell... The string arrangement of the Spanish RAIMUNDO RODULFO is fantastic. DE ROSSI e BORDINI are typical RPI and SIMON SAYS make a great closure to this first "cantica".

What to say...4 hours of progressive music about one of the biggest concepts that can be imagined. It can't have less than 5 stars.

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Send comments to octopus-4 (BETA) | Report this review (#286425)
Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars Another great Colossus-Musea Records production of multiple artists contributing songs to a common theme, this time Part One of Dante Aligheri's The Divine Comedy. While I do not like this album as well as either Kalevala: A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic, or my favorite (and one of my favorite albums of all-time), Odyssey: The Greatest Tale, there is a lot of great music here. My favorites include the contributions of FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE, and NEXUS. I also quite enjoy the songs by BRITGHTEYE BISON, GARAMOND, VIIMA, and WILLOWGLASS. The remaining 27 songs are, IMHO, just average?nothing to write home about.

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Send comments to BrufordFreak (BETA) | Report this review (#309017)
Posted Tuesday, November 09, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars This monster of an album has taken quite a while to absorb, and even now I'm not sure I could recall the sound of each track. Once again, however, Colossus has managed to put out a fine concept album, this time reverting to the Kalevala format (more or less) using 34 different bands who each composed and recorded a piece of roughly 7 minutes duration, spread across 4 CD's. The concept is a great one for prog rock, being Dante's Inferno, the first part of his Divine Comedy (and the other two parts will also be given this same treatment, with part 2 already released as I write this). As on previous albums, the actual song lengths vary, from around 5 minutes to around 10 minutes in length in the case of this one. This has the largest booklet yet, with lots of detail about the project concept and bands recording details with full lyrics (for the songs that have them).

Much like Kalevala, there are some great pieces on here, and there are some not so great pieces on here. The first CD has several good one, with Nuova Era returning to the prog scene with a fine ELP-like trio format piece that kicks off the album in style. Yesterdays impresses with fine symphonic playing, while Little Tragedies brings us back to ELP territory with an impressive instrumental display that features very heavy guitar as well. The quality continues on the first CD, with only the Nemo piece seeming a bit disappointing to me (though I generally love the band).

The second CD retains fairly high quality, with Bright Eye Brison and Il Castello di Allante having the best compositions on the disc. Though Matthijs Herder and Willowglass present some beautiful early Genesis style symphonic instrumentals as well.

The third CD sees the quality start to dip a bit, with looser performances from a couple bands. Notabene's piece, while fairly enjoyable, doesn't come close to their studio output and seems mostly improvised, while the final two pieces are sparse and not that interesting (the final being just solo piano). Though I do enjoy Sinkadus' contribution, even more so CAP and Entrance.

The forth CD is much like the third, leaving a bit to be desired in a few pieces, like Tempano's largely improvised piece and Armalite's uninteresting contribution. However, Raimondo Rodulfo contributes an exciting RPI number, Nathan Mahl a lovely instrumental piece, and Simon Says concludes the set with a fine symphonic number in their usual style, that concludes with a lovely vocal melody accompanied with simple acoustic guitar.

On the whole, a difficult album to listen to all in one go, something which I have not managed to do (I simply don't have the time!). All in all though, I would say this is far more consistent than Kalevala was, and the sound production is of a much higher standard overall than that album. If you can afford it, and like the other Colossus releases, this is well worth picking up. I give it a 3.5 star rating overall, because it's a good addition to any prog rock collection and a good way to hear a variety of bands for not a lot of money relatively speaking. I'll round up to 4 stars for the archives.

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Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Review Permalink

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