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4.45 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Plain Truth
2. M.B. 55
3. T.D. 56

Line-up / Musicians

- Maurizio Bianchi / instruments, electronics

Releases information

LP Broken Flag BFV 03 (1983)

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MAURIZIO BIANCHI The Plain Truth ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
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Review by philippe
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5 stars An other legendary record from Bianchi's early experiments in desolate, dark electronics. This "supreme" effort is much more refined than the previous recordings and sublimates the genre with passion, creation and precision. The album features three long disturbing pieces, incredibly haunted and full of "spectral", glacial and introspective atmospheres. "The plain truth" is at the intersection between weird-noisy-sublimated terrors of "Symphony for a genocide" and more recent works dedicated to shimmering cinematic ambiences. The main title is a "claustrophobic", creepy and mysterious composition led by elaborate electronic textures, floating above weird fuzz collages. Absolutely original and intense dark epic soundscape. "T.D. 56" is just one of my favourite compositions of all time: a transcendent ghostlike droning sequence with long, immersive synth lines, always burgeoning and including various noise making sounds. This is "visceral" emotive music at its highest degree! Constantly surprising, magical and doomy! More recommended that nearly any record ever reviewed in progarchives.
Review by Dobermensch
4 stars A terrific album of late night Victorian era haunted house scariness. This is somewhat reminiscent of David Lynch's 'Eraserhead' and the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' soundtracks.

It's business as usual with Maurizio Bianchi where he utilises a beatless, guitarless swathing mass of reverberated electronics that paved the way for many Industrial bands that would follow.

What sets this one apart from his other recordings is the fact that it sounds SO damn spooky from beginning to end. You can almost hear the wails of the dead reaching out to grab your face 'Zombie Flesh Eaters' style.

'The Plain Truth' uses the same technology and keyboards as preceding albums. This one, however stands out from the rest in that there's some semblance of tune throughout, particularly on the second part. It's still a grizzly, unrefined and ugly recording using only highly primitive analogue treated keyboards and other unidentifiable objects.

This could have been the perfect soundtrack to HP Lovecraft's 'At the Mountains of madness' novel. It's a cold, alien and evil sounding recording which will sound great being played late at night, particularly if there's banks of fog everywhere.

This is the best in his entire catalogue followed by 'Symphony for a Genocide'.

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