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3.13 | 26 ratings | 3 reviews | 8% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Il Giocoscuro (22:50)
2. Sul Margine Del Bosco La Morte Librava La Sua Falce (8:07)
3. Notte Da Urlare (3:24)
4. Lunipieno (1:15)
5. Golem (10:00)

Total Time: 45:36

Line-up / Musicians

- Sandro Immacolato / drums
- Roberto Piccolo / bass
- Patrick Menegaldo / keyboards, Hammond organ
- Toni d'Urso / vocals, guitar, tapes

Releases information

LP Black Widow Records (BWR) 018 (1998) (Italy)
CD Black Widow Records (BWR) 018 (1998) (Italy)

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ABIOGENESI Il Giocoscuro ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

ABIOGENESI Il Giocoscuro reviews

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Review by hdfisch
3 stars As well on their second output ABIOGENESI are keeping their preference for long tracks and a kind of dated sounding progressive hard rock with a touch of Psychedelic.

The epic title track with a timing of more than 22 minutes is a trip between acoustic mellow pieces dominated by accordion and long solos of Hammond and guitar. In between every now and then there are bits creating a sort of horror movie atmosphere. Despite its length it does not become boring at any moment. Quite well done! Second track with an enormous title starts in a creepy atmosphere with whispered vocals then moving into a quite long psychedelic Hammond solo followed by a repeat of the main theme on guitar. Notte Da Urlare is a fully acoustical piece and in some way reminiscent of Paolo Conte not only due to the accordion, but as well Toni D'Urso's style of singing. Last two tracks are both all instrumental ones. The very short Lunipieno is featuring only nice acoustic guitar and Golem is somehow in the vein of a "modern mass" presenting lots of Hammond sound.

Il Giocoscuro is in terms of quality basically quite similar to their debut. Again I'm hesitating to call it an essential album, but it's certainly of interest for fans of 70's Art Rock. I would give it one half star extra!

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars I am rather disappointed with this album.

"Notte Da Urlare" and its accordion-style is not my cup of tea at all, and a very short instrumental piece like the acoustic "Lunipieno" is just a filler which doesn't add anything to this work.

Hopefully Sul Margine Del Bosco La Morte Librava La Sua Falce is quite a varied song and is far much better; at least it corresponds more to the style of music one can expect from "Abiogenesi". Melodic organ, convincing guitar break (very good actually) for one of the best song from "Il Gioco Scuro".

The best moment by far is IMO, the closing track. "Golem". Heavy bass and strong keys provide a fine feeling. Nice bass / keys interplay, fine rhythm changes. It is a pleasant trip back to the sounds from the seventies but with an undeniable personal touch.

The bombastic and repetitive finale is particularly well crafted. "Golem" is a great song and I become reconciled with the band in this final moment.

Now, the epic. A twenty-two minutes long piece of music without much consistence. Pleasant fluting in the early part, but the accordion and more than anything the pure jazzy section that follows almost ruin it.

After a fine guitar solo, this song seems to stop for a while. But it comes back with a vocal part which comes from nowhere. I have the impression to listen to several songs instead of a true epic which should nicely flow.

Distorted vocals are also quite annoying and the lack in unity of this work is severe. The finale, still is very good (thanks again to the guitar of Toni D'Urso) but I would have expected more from this good band.

Still, it remains a decent album. Three stars.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
3 stars Occult tinged Abiogenesi have kept constantly refining their dark blend of hard and heavy gloomy rock with strong psychedelic and more traditional Italian 70's progressive touches for almost twenty years now. In that time they've produced a handful of very consistent albums that, while not totally essential, are more than worthy additions to any progressive rock collection. Their second album `Il Giocoscuro' (which I think translates to `The Dark Game') is full of one extended work and a few shorter pieces that showcase all the strengths of the band.

The side-long title track that opens the album is comprised of 6 different sections full of wonderful progressive playing and flowing arrangements. The typical gloomy occult mood is set right from the start with howling desolate winds, preparing the way for...classic 70's typical Italian prog?! Yes, instead of heavy guitars and a brooding atmosphere, we get lovely strummed acoustic guitar, snappy drumming and melodic flute with those trademark passionate Italian vocals - you'll quickly look back at the eerie album cover and wonder if you're listening to the correct album! Like a racing heartbeat, the pace quickens and soon diverts into a foot-tapping jazzy piano/bass/drum workout with floating Hammond organ and striking accordion. Still confused here! It then lurches into wailing wah-wah guitar runs racing around other-wordly treated vocals. There's an acoustic passage with pleading vocals before an abrasive and distorted noisy electric guitar solo backed with tribal-like drums and spacey harsh electronics swirling all around. Here we go - sinister maniacal laughter and dirge like organ stomp along with Black Sabbath-like repetitive riffs and soaring solos until the end. This piece encompasses all the different styles and sounds that Abiogenesi perform so well.

The translated title to the second track reads `On the edge of the forest, Death soared upon His sickle' - now THAT is a title! Despite creeping whispered vocals full of echo, `Sul Margine Del Bosco La Morte Librava La Sua Falce' is really an upbeat riff-heavy instrumental with repetitive melodic electric guitar lines, and a frantic up-tempo middle section with a rock-steady drumbeat, growling bass and powerful swooping endless organ soloing. Love the tense climbing wah-wah attack right before the lengthy soaring guitar solo. A very addictive and catchy piece!

`Notte Da Urlare (From Screaming Night) is a downbeat acoustic Italian prog ballad accompanied by accordion and pained dramatic vocals. A reflective break from the endless soloing and more involved tracks!

`Lunipeno' is simply a lovely but brief acoustic instrumental piece that barely runs a minute. The opening of ghostly yet still oddly uplifting `Golem' starts as an eerie instrumental with murky bass, drifting Le Orme-like organ and bluesy guitar work similar to early 70's Pink Floyd. After a surprising rhythm change, the piece turns very somber, with the arrival of creeping bass and haunting Mellotron choirs. This section is highly repetitive and plodding with marching drums and spectral organ playing until the fade out. It ends the album in quite an alarming and sinister manner - exactly what you want from Abiogenesi.

The production of the album is very rough and lo-fi, sounding not unlike their fourth album `Io Sono Il Vampiro'. This gives the music a bit of an edge and appropriate grit, even if it does occasionally lets it down slightly in a few moments. It certainly doesn't have the clean and lively sound that follow-up album `Le Notte Di Salem' does, but I can't help but feel these sort of brooding and darkness-themed bands work well under a cloud of fog and murk. Special mention must also go to the gloriously intense horror-erotic front cover, I especially love the woman's fingernails stretching out to form with the tree branches! Pity I've only got this one on CD, because the striking artwork would look amazing on vinyl. I'm not even sure if it's available on LP from Black Widow anymore, probably long since sold out.

In the end, `Il Giocoscuro' is another highly consistent and fine addition to the gloomy yet beautiful Abiogenesi discography from this reliable and appreciated Italian band.

Three and a half stars.

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