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3.01 | 15 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 . Unonessunocentomila (6:55)
2. Goccia (8:02)
3. Il Popolo Dei Coriandoli (6:51)
4. 7 Piccoli Indiani (11:01)
5. Kantele (7:26)
6. Cum Lux (20:36)
7. Luce (2:51)

Total Time 66:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Iano Nicolò / lead vocals, percussion
- Marina Gentile / guitars
- Rosalba Gentile / keyboards
- Carla Viarengo / sax, vocals
- Marco Trissini / drums
- Gianno Grasso / bass, sax
- Elio Sesia / guitars, bass

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Electromantic Music - ARTP 503

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CANTINA SOCIALE Cum Lux ratings distribution

(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (29%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars "Cum Lux" is the latest album from this modern seven piece Itailan band.This was released last year and it's their second album. They did participate as well on one of those Collosus Projects called "Kalevala : A Finnish Progressive Rock Epic". My biggest complaint here is with the deep vocals. I just find them hard to get into. I do like the fact that we get a fair amount of sax and mellotron on this recording though.

"Unonessunocentomila" has a good relaxed sound early as these deep vocals I was talking about join in. Some laid back sax follows then acoustic guitar before 3 minutes with more sax. It's quite passionate sounding later. "Goccia" opens with synths and dripping water.Vocals and guitar before a minute. Sax a minute later. Drums and vocals lead after 3 minutes. A calm with that dripping water a minute later. Some good bottom end follows then it's mellow again after 7 minutes. "Il Populo Dei Coriandolie" opens with atmosphere as reserved vocals join in. A fuller sound before 1 1/2 minutes,sax too. Guitar after 2 minutes. Great sound 3 1/2 minutes in with mellotron. It's building before 5 minutes. "7 Piccoli Indiani" has some prominant guitar and drums to start then it settles with some atmosphere.Vocals and sax follow then it kicks back in. Some organ after 4 1/2 minutes then it setttles with spoken words and piano. It's darker too.Guitar is back as it builds. It's much better before 10 minutes until the vocals return.

"Kantele" opens with vocals as it starts to build. Sax before 2 1/2 minutes. Guitar after 4 1/2 minutes then it settles right down before picking back up one more time. "Cum Lux" is the over 20 minute epic. Atmosphere as reserved vocals join in. It's jazzy before 2 1/2 minutes with bass and guitar. Mellotron 3 minutes in. Prominant guitar 6 minutes in that goes on and on. Nice. A calm 7 1/2 minutes in with vocals. Not a fan of this. It kicks back in at 9 1/2 minutes. A calm 2 minutes later with mellotron. It starts to pick back up before 15 minutes with piano, guitar then vocals. Sax too actually. A calm again follows as the tempo continues to shift. "Luce" has these experimental sounds and vocals expressions.

A pretty good album overall but 3 stars is all I can muster.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars This is the second album from this Italian who has been, waiting some ?seven years to release it after their average debut "Balene".

I have to say that the opening track is quite brilliant and offers much more than what was proposed on their first effort. All the power of the band is featured; and the fan of the ISP genre should be definitely submerged with the great vocals and superb instrumentation. It is a great opener indeed!

The good feel goes on with "Goccia": a weird track full of fantasy and originality. Complex and intricate, it should please any ISP lover in his quest of genuine Italian prog. "Il Popolo Dei Coriandoli" is somewhat cacophonic and quite hard to digest I'm afraid but more good things are awaiting the listener.

The pièce de résistance is the epic and title track "Cum Lux". Some twenty minutes of extravaganza, grotesque, pastiche and complex music. I wouldn't tell you that I'm thrilled by this piece of music; but it offers enough positive angles to be appreciated.

The final choir part might sound OK, but it is far too short to be fully appreciated. As a whole, "Cum Lux" is a fine prog song. With most of the ingredients you could imagine. Except being brilliant or innovative.

For sure, there is little consistency in this long piece: lots of theme changes, few items of unification. Still, it should be the cement for some deep ISP lovers. And I guess that there are many of those out there!

Although, very few reviews are available for both albums from this band. Quite a confidential one, actually.

Three stars.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars In 2003 Cantina Sociale partcipated in the ''Kalevala'' compilation of Musea Records with the track ''Kantele'' and two years later they launched their first self-produced DVD ''Catturati Live'', recorded and captured in their homecity of Asti.It was about the same time, when Iano Nicolo' joined Arti & Mestieri, showing the strong links of the group with Beppe Crovella.While Arti & Mestieri's upcoming tour certainly slowed down the progression of Cantina Sociale, these links became stronger, when the band signed with Crovella's Electromantic Music.As a result, after seven years, they returned with the second album ''Cum Lux'', featuring new drummer Marco Trissini.

Cantina Sociale's have developed their sound even further to the point it becomes chaotic at moments, even flirting with Avant Prog, while the band shows a tendency towards longer and very complex compositions, two of them are over or close to 10 minutes and the title-track clocks at over 20 minutes.AREA have been always a huge influence for the band and this source of inspiration becomes even more apparent in this release, which combines the jazzy side of Progressive Rock with Folk-tinged masturbations on acoustic guitars and saxes and a lighter approach of Italian-styled poetic Rock.Atmospheric guitars are mixed with impressive sax workouts and theatrical vocals, while the keyboard work remains balanced between edgy synthesizers and retro-styled analog deliveries on organ and Mellotron, even if the later are a bit reduced compared to the debut.The music of the band remains very personal and original, maybe too complicated for its own good, always performed with a sinister and dramatic atmosphere, full of breaks and changing climates.The whole thing sounds often messed up, but out of this chaotic music come moments of delicacy, pomposity and true inspiration.The overall result is dense and intricate with dominant influences from Folk, Jazz, Progressive Rock and Soundtrack Music.

No actual updates on the band's status make a break a certain possibility, but ''Cum Lux'' should be documented as another original album by Cantina Sociale.This is not an everyday listening and certainly not for everybody.An album which requires the listener's full attention and time and eventually rewarding him with challenging and theatrical musicianship.Recommended.

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