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2.96 | 28 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Io Sono Il Vampiro
2. Leandro
3. Di Nero Vestita (Lady In Black)
4. Vampire Blues
5. Amico Ti Penso (Never Let Go)
6. Ascolta I Sogni
7. Lontano
8. Infinito
9. Belfagor
10. Sex Vampire
11. Mary Clark
12. Sabba Vampire

Total Time: 63:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Toni d'Urso / vocals, guitars, bass
- Roberto Piccolo / bass
- Sandro Immacolato /drums
- Paolo Cercato / keyboards

Releases information

CD Black Widow Records (BWR) 088-2 (2005)

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ABIOGENESI Io Sono Il Vampiro ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(54%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

ABIOGENESI Io Sono Il Vampiro reviews

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Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars Five years between Io Sono Il Vampiro" and their previous release. Quite a long time.

This album sounds heavier, especially thanks to some great organ breaks. ELP comes to mind as Hensley and Lord (at least during the first two instrumental tracks which are excellent). It is not the case of the tribal chant "Di Nero Vestita". It is a cover from the Heep song "Lady In Black". It is best avoided (press next, you know).

The band reverts to some better mood, with the oppressive and dark "Vampire Blues". No wonder that this work is a soundtrack for a horror movie! They go on with another cover, much better this time. "Amico Ti Penso" is an excellent interpretation of "Never Let Go" from Camel. Much more atmospheric, with wonderful keyboards: it is a real nice version and I actually prefer it to the original. The fantastic guitar solo is so passionate. A highlight, really.

"Abiogenesi" is releasing another good album (which is the fourth consecutive one) which is maybe not strong enough to get four stars, but it is a fine record to listen to. Few outstanding numbers, but very few of them are weak or should be considered as fillers (except their Heep cover).

The aerial "Lontano", the Hackettian "Infinito", or the scary and Sabbath-oriented "Belfagor": each is worth and has its own merit.

The last cover is "Mary Black" from their mentors "Black Widow". I am not thrilled to be honest. The closing number "Sabba Vampire" holds some very good percussion work. It has some jamming flavour and sounds rather psychedelic and chaotic.

This Italian is probably not the most original one, but they always deliver a decent work. I rate this one again with three stars.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
3 stars `Io Sono Il Vampiro' is a gloomy atmospheric hard-prog work, frequently somber but also reflective. The soundtrack to a horror movie, much of the sound is dominated by Goblin influenced moody organs and epic David Gilmour/Pink Floyd inspired electric guitar work, played with great feeling and passion. Guitarist Toni d'Urso makes such a huge impression, his massive guitar tone sounds like it was recorded in a football stadium, far exceeding the almost 4 track/lo-fi recording/production quality of the album. Abiogenesi's best album to date, proving what a talented band they are, still pushing themselves on this imaginative and immersive work.

Side A's title track has a wintery air, mainly a slowly unwinding Camel/Andy Latimar styled majestic guitar solo with a memorable main theme winding it's way through the piece. It then diverts into a more fiery finale with tasteful hammond runs and plodding bass before a reprise of the guitar theme. There's a great foot-tapping beat on the uptempo ELP styled `Leandro', a heavy organ driven instrumental that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Goblin's `Roller'. Plenty of Gilmour like guitar fills all the way too.`Di Nero Vestita' is a medieval folk lullaby played on flute and acoustic guitar, with a lovely sighed chant in the chorus. Apparently it's a Uriah Heap cover, though I've never heard the original.`Vampire Blues' has a low-key intro followed by hearty full vocals typical of many other Italian progressive albums. There's a wailing ragged guitar solo in the middle with slight bluesy elements, maniacal laughter and gothic organ. `Mary Clark', a Black Widow cover has tasty Mellotron washes throughout, funky wah-wah shimmering guitar, and it all strangely reminds me of Hawkwind's `Warrior On The Edge Of Time'!

Side B begins with a brief crystalline synth piece `Sex Vampire' - sad and mournful, fragile and precious. We then get one of the album's high points, a very different and moving interpretation of Camel's `Never Let Go', it starts with just vocals and lonely organ, before a hugely powerful and arena sized guitar solo, backed with ghostly synth effects and a driving beat that carries it forward into a dramatic climax. `Belfagor' is a very sinister Goblin-like piece, with slow dirge-like guitar riffs, long drawn out sustained notes and murky bass. Strangled guitar solos and other wordly taunting vocals call from the dark. Easily the creepiest part of the album. The best original piece on the album is `Ascolta I Sogni', a slow burning and thoughtful break from all the gloom, with a melodic and warm vocal, gentle percussion, and definite Santana/Black Sabbath elements. The dark imperial sound of `Lontano' has a dramatic vocal introduction before swirling cold synths give way to a warm extended guitar solo to the end, wrapping up the album in a suitably grand manner.

Some listeners will be turned off by the limited production sound. It sounds like the album was a rough lo-fi 4-track recording. Sometimes it lets the grand music down, other times it simply adds and enhances the glum and foggy atmosphere. Admittedly the album is full of fairly simplistic arrangements, so listeners wanting more of a challenge may be left underwhelmed. Some will also look on the reliance of covers as showing a lack of inspiration, however the three cover versions here are all arranged in very different ways to the originals, therefore justified.

I purchased the vinyl copy of `Vampiro' many years ago from Black Widow, and it was only recently when I went to review it that I noticed that the CD version not only has additional tracks, but the running-order is different too. While it annoys me when LP copies have edits or incomplete tracks, I would usually recommend purchasing the CD over the LP, but look at that amazing cover! Painted by Anna Ferrari, who also contributed to the front of the most recent Delirium album `Il Nome Del Vento', the larger format really enhances the impact of the piece and is visually stunning and evocative.

So, not a classic album, but Abiogenesi have produced a consistently good album with a number of effective pieces, and one or two truly outstanding tracks. It's never too demanding but makes for ideal tasteful, if occasionally uneasy background listening. Well worth checking out this album, and I'd love to track the movie down as well!

Three stars, closer to three and a half.

Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
2 stars Abiogenesi is a band I listened all their albums (with exception of their latest one Impetus Insectorum) and after 4 albums I can't quite say why. It's just sometimes, especially in my early years, I liked to listen a band's discography album by album if possible (still do that). Some bands I don't like their music right away and I don't go further, some bands like Abiogenesi I don't quite like, but I have the hope they'll do better in future albums. Sometimes this is truth, sometimes, like in Abiogenesi's case, not really. Io Sono Il Vampiro (2005) is their third album and I don't think I'm going to listen their newest after all. Abiogenesi is one of this bands that were never able to get free from the 'they're OK' chains. You know what I mean right? Bands that record good albums but fail in achieve a greater sound or fail to go further and challenge some boundaries in their music. In Io Sono Il Vampiro (2005) that's what we have, a band that works well, with an ok production, ok musicianship and a songwriting that is above average, and that kills the album! Their music is quite gloomy and somber, as in all of their albums, and it's all about mood, but again, as a soundtrack (as sometimes it seems to be the goal) it would never work but doesn't work as a standard Prog album neither.

If you like some gloomy/somber Prog with 90's sound, go for it. But I would choose something else.

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