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Senza Nome

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Illusioni di un'anima lontana (I) - Tesi (4:38)
2. Illusioni di un'anima lontana (II) - Antitesi (4:59)
3. Illusioni di un'anima lontana (III) - Sintesi (2:32)
4. Passi (5:00)
5. Tumore (8:21)
6. Non sono mai esistito (3:59)
7. Ulisse (11:45)
8. Si la do (2:40)
9. Sopra a un pensiero (2:51)
10. Si la do (enhanced CD video)

Total time: 46:51

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Line-up / Musicians

- Emanuele De Marzi / vocals, guitar
- Stefano Onorati / keyboards
- Leonardo Bevilacqua / drums
- Mirko G. Mazza / guitar
- Pierfrancesco Portelli / bass

- Fabrizio Rinaldi / recitative vocals (4, 7)

Backing vocals: Azzurra Petrizzelli, Francesca Bartoletti, Marta Nicolace, Stefania Andreuzzi, Daniele Cerioni, Emanuele De Marzi, Francesco Portelli, Stefono Onorati

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Self-produced SN 001

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Review by andrea
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4 stars Senza Nome is a young and very promising Italian progressive band from Marino (a small town near Rome - the same small town from where comes BMS) that was formed in 2003 on the initiative of Emanuele De Marzi and Stefano Onorati. After an intense live activity featuring a peculiar theatrical approach, in 2008 they released this very interesting eponymous self-produced debut album. Their main influences are the Italian prog masters of the early seventies like BMS, PFM and Area that they blend with an original touch and poetical lyrics. The opener "Illusioni di un'anima lontana" (Dreams of a distant soul) is a kind of suite divided in three parts. On the fist part "Tesi" (Thesis) from the very first notes you can perceive BMS influences melting then in a dreamy acoustic ballad (but the quality of Francesco Di Giacomo's vocals here are clearly missing!)... "She's so far / Her eyes are immense / And there are no borders / She can be everywhere she wants / Through the mountains / Or along the desert / This world is too small / For her wish to dream...". The second part, the instrumental "Antitesi" (Antithesis), breaks suddenly the dream with an aggressive "keyboards attack" (here BMS influences are even stronger) while on the third part "Sintesi" (Synthesis) a Latin rhythm is combined with interesting piano patterns... "She's so far / Sometimes I feel pity for her / For her way to travel and to dream / For her way to fight and to hope / For the way she deceive herself / To change a world that cannot get better". Good musical ideas but in my opinion a little bit confused...

The next track "Passi" (Steps) is a beautiful simple and delicate acoustic ballad that begins with recitative vocals declaiming some passages from Antoine De Saint-Exupery's novel "The Little Prince", it's the episode where the fox asks to the Little Prince to be tamed and the song is about the need to "establish ties"... "By now I will be with you forever... I will feel forever your steps inside my steps... In me there's your immensity / That will give me advice / In every single thought / In every single moment / We'll never be alone...".

The long and complex Tumore (Tumour) is probably the best track on the album, in the vein of early BMS' epics like "R.I.P." or "Metamorfosi". The piece is almost completely instrumental with many changes of rhythm and a short dramatic vocal part... "To be / To have a look / To feel pain / Living a life that you'll never know / There's a part of me that can't stand it / Tumour of the Universe..."

"Non sono mai esistito" (I was never born) try to blend Latin rock rhythms " la Santana" with philosophical lyrics about the dichotomy between reality and unreality, but it's not on the same level of the other tracks...

The long complex "Ulisse" (Odysseus) is another great piece, featuring an epic atmosphere with lyrics inspired by the adventures of the Greek hero depicted by Homer and a recitative part freely taken from Dante Alighieri's "Divina commedia". There are many changes of rhythm and mood and very interesting instrumental breaks...

Good also "Si la do" (a short instrumental in the vein of BMS' Traccia with a touch of "Area") and the conclusive acoustic and delicate "Sopra a un pensiero" (Upon a thought).

There is also an enhanced "goliardic" video of "Si la do" but it's nothing special... The album features a beautiful art cover and a booklet with pictures and full lyrics: not a bad at all for a completely self- produced and self-distributed work (it can be purchased directly from the official website of the band)...

This album is not flawless, but on the whole it's a very good work for an emerging band that deserves credit...

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Posted Monday, June 02, 2008

Review by Finnforest
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4 stars One of the new leaders of the Ital-prog scene?

Senza Nome ("Nameless" in English) are from Marino, near Rome. They formed in 2003 with the difficult goal of mixing the grand Italian song tradition with a modern progressive rock. They also began aggressive live activity from the very start, determined to progress as players and composers through the experience of live performance. I believe it shows already. Other bands have attempted to merge the '70s Italian progressive with modern music characteristics with patchy success, Senza Nome is pretty convincing. This band might be a leader in shaping where Italian prog goes in the future I believe, not content to simply recreate the past (even though doing that can be enjoyable enough) but to wrap it in their own confident package. It's a very impressive piece of work and reminds me of bands like Tilion and Imagin'Aria just to give a reference point. Composition is handled by vocalist/guitarist Emanuele De Marzi and keyboardist Stefano Onorati, with Onorati writing the lyrics as well. Lead guitarist Mirko Mazza is very gifted and the rhythm section of bassist Piero Portelli and drummer Leonardo Bevilacqua capable of some pretty intense change-ups. The band has even worked with actors to incorporate certain theatrical performances into their work. They are proud members of "NoSlappers" which is a collective of Italian bands who seek to support each others attempts to find venues for the performance of *original* material, as opposed to the clubs who insist on filling their slots with cover bands and tribute bands. (The whole world could use a NoSlappers philosophy.) In May 2008 the band self-released their uncompromising debut, a surprisingly accomplished and broad work for a first attempt. The band joke in their Bio that choosing a name is the first important step for a new band and thus they chose "Nameless" and proudly state "We prefer playing" as opposed to thinking up clever names I assume. The band seems bound by confidence, hard work, and raw talent which as mentioned seems to have served them well. But what about the music?

The album cover seems like another appropriate choice for this debut's material. We have a strange hand (the band?) holding forth a small paper boat with ominous clouds in the background. This little boat (ideas, will?) is going to be placed into the water and from that point the water and wind (fate?) will decide the destination and success as much as the hand that guided, though both forces are important. (That's just my interpretation, no idea what the band intended.) But as I said, it seems appropriate to what I'm hearing here. To the songs, I believe the album can be dissected into two parts. First you have the three standout "anchor" tracks, ranging from 8-12 minutes each. The three-part suite "Illusioni di un Anima Lontana" (Illusions of a Distant Soul) is an impressive opener which right off the bat will attempt to frame the marriage of past and present. Part 1 strikes me as classic symphonic with characteristic heavenly melodies laid down by acoustic and electric guitars, Moog, and rich Italian vocals. Part 2 brings the "modern" crashing through your door with little warning and here we see that Senza Nome has the ability to play to the chops-obsessed fans of modern proficiency-rock. My skepticism of this creeps in when I feel the worship of the proficiency factor exceeds the emotional quality of the music. Senza Nome is not immune to this criticism but they rarely take their eye off the ball that is melody and emotion. They can blister ears with the best players out there but they understand the role of proficiency in their composition. Part 3 almost addresses the issue as the band seeks to respect both camps while having some fun by bringing a bit of Latin flavored flair to the conclusion. Quite a ride and just the first track! The second anchor track would be "Tumore" and here the band is at their most feisty: wild and playful solos trading between electric guitar and keyboards sometimes approaching a manic pace. The third anchor "Ulisse" is where Senza Nome really pulled me in and won me over. The band has a love for poetry and philosophy and here they really pull out the stops. It opens with the sounds of the sea (birds and waves) over harmonica and sentimental acoustic melody and slowly builds up the mood. After some delicious instrumental work comes a strange interlude in which an actor performs a passage from Canto twenty-six of the Inferno, in spoken verse. You can imagine how corny this *could* be by some bands if handled poorly but it works wonderfully here, again, because of the total conviction and respect of the band for what they are dealing with. Behind him they soon throw in some beautiful choir vocals. This track is simply in the best traditions of the romantic Italian prog.

The balance of the album consists of shorter tracks which while less epic in scope contain their share of pleasant moments. "Passi" (Steps) features gorgeous, romantic melodies in the guitar and keyboard parts along with poetic verse. "Non sono mai esistito" is the lowest point of the album, an inconsequential bluesy number that frankly does not fit well with the overall work in my opinion. "Si la do" is another somewhat questionable track with humorous intentions (also present on the bonus video) but is musically interesting enough to win me over (the song that is, the bonus video is not something I ever wish to see again.ouch!) Humor can be fine but the crude silliness of this video really has no place in an otherwise classy collection of music in my opinion. The closer "Sopra a un Pensiero" (Upon a thought) is a perfect one, a dreamy, window gazing little piece of beautiful piano, acoustic guitar and bass. Lovely. Senza Nome contains a few missteps but has enough quality and heart to earn that 4th star. I look forward to watching these guys in the future and believe they are filled with potential. Their self-released disc is very well done, actually more impressive than many label releases. Great sound and a gorgeous, thick lyrics booklet with pictures round out this impressive package available from the band's website for a very fair price. 7/10

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Posted Monday, January 05, 2009

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars Formed in 2003 in the small town of Marino near Rome, Senza Nome were led by guitarist/singer Emanuele De Marzi and keyboardist Stefano Onorati.The original line-up included female singer Giulia Quagliarini, Cristano Ambrogioni on guitars and Fabrizio D'Amore on drums.In 2004 they meet with their long-time bassist Pierfrancesco Portelli and the following year they were joined by guitarist Mirko G. Mazza.Among the line-up changes they released the live demo ''Pensando a non pensare'' in 2005.De Marzi and Onorati even collaborated with Banco del Mutuo Soccorso's keyboardist Vittorio Nocenzi in the ''MusicOrienta'' project.With the addition of drummer Leonardo Bevilacqua in the place of the departing Daniele Cerioni they recorded their self-titled debut, which was released in May 2008.

With full respect to the Classic Italian Prog of the 70's Senza Nome created an album balancing between romantic moments and more bombastic and complex arrangements, obviously influenced by the likes of PFM, BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO and other legendary Italian acts, transforming their vintage style into a contemporary Prog listening full of symphonic colors, Fusion exercises and emotional textures.They remind me of bands like LA MASCHERA DI CERA, PANDORA and CONQUEROR, trying to offer complicated, symphonic instrumentals with heavier overtones next to some more melodious and relaxed textures, drawing influences from Jazz, Classical and Pop Music.A few keyboard parts, especially during the jazzier lines, sound a bit dull, but in general this one sounds as a very well-composed album with enough quirky content to satisfy any fan of the style.Nice and nervous keyboard plays, grandiose, almost cinematic piano themes and lots of interesting guitar parts are displayed in the group's multi-parted arrangements.The shorter pieces have a more accesible approach with lots of sensitive vocals and a more melodic content, the longer ones are walking on the progressive path of the country, featuring acoustic interludes, powerful guitars and intense keyboard executions with plenty of variations in tempos and climates.

The band went on to celebrate the album's release with a party at the famous Roman club Stazione Birra with Rodolfo Maltese as a guest.More line-up shakes occured and in 2010, as Bevilacqua was replaced by female drummer Aurora Di Rocco.Later live performances of the band included lots of acoustic sessions, but a second album is yet to be desired.

Interesting Classic-styled Italian Prog with beautiful melodies, emotional vocals, pompous arrangements and rich instrumental themes.Recommended.

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