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3.34 | 14 ratings | 3 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Zoicekardi'a (prologo) (2:04)
2. Ipuno? (4:15)
3. Scena dopo Scena (7:25)
4. Verso la Foresta (7:24)
5. Desideri (7:13)
6. Cuore di Metallo (4:41)
7. Dolce Mistero (0:54)
8. Zoicekardi'a (Il volo) (11:26)

Total Time: 45:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Gigi De Giorgi / vocals
- Gianluca Milanese / flute
- Emanuele Licci / guitars
- Apollonio Tommasi / bass
- Egidio Marullo / drums

Releases information

Cd. Lizard 549 0022

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ARIA PALEA Zoicekardiá ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
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Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars Aria Palea is an italian contemporary prog band that focuses on acoustic and electric interplay, with an important role for flute. Instruments are reduced to the essence: flute, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums and percussions. The unespected element are the recitative and weird vocals that in some parts really reach the highest level of theatrical development I ever listened to. Just try, for example, the intro "Zoicekarděa (Prologo)" where recitative vocals alternates to strange laughings and noises until flute comes in and opens for an interesting duo/interplay with electric guitar, in a jazzy temper a la Jethro Tull's This Was. Very interesting, especially for Tull's lovers as I am.

The general sound of the album is clearly and freely inspired to early Jethro Tull, and also Stand Up features as the isnpiration here. The track "Scena Dopo Scena", in particular, has a similar structure of the Tull's big classic "A New Day Yesterday". Other tracks are more freely played with more improvisation and quasi-jazzy feel as "Verso la Foresta". Very good work on acoustic guitar, I admit it. The whole record is convincing and should be in any prog folk collection.

The magnum opus here is the closer "Zoicekarděa (Il Volo)" which is the longer song, over 11 minutes with high level of progressiveness and improvisation with the opportunity for all the band's members to show their own talents. Lyrics are not in italian but, I presume, in local dialect from where the band comes: the southern part of Puglia. This is a peculiarity of the italian prog folk experience, since the folk side of music depends on, mainly, to the local traditions that still are very strong here. The most relevant example is Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare and their lyrics in Neaples' dialect.

Aria Palea really deserves much more attention, even from fans of the italian prog experience. The fact that the prog folk sound was and is still almost always behind the scenes, explain well why this fine band remains one of the most obscure ones.

Review by apps79
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3 stars A really unique Italian group from Lecce, Aria Palea's story starts in the fall of 1992, when Apollonio Tommasi attended the Ghetonia's act cultural circle in the village of Calimera, where guitarist Emanuele Licci ran the bar.Licci was a friend of drummer Egidio Marullo, the three came in touch and decided to form their own group.The latest additions were singer Gigi De Giorgi and flutist Gianluca Milanese.A demo tape was sent to Pick Up Records, but mysteriously it was Loris Furlan from Lizard label who contacted the band for a contract.The debut of Aria Palea was recorded in Brindisi and was the second overall release of Lizard.The title ''Zoicekardi'a'' means ''life and heart'' in Greek, presenting the most unique aspect of the group: Small part of the lyrics were sung in Griko, a local dialect in South Italy, a mix of Greek and Italian spoken by the forgotten people of the Griko villages.

Having come in touch with the original music of the Griko Ghetonia act, Tommasi and his company had thrown strong Ethnic and Folk components in their rock approach, while the style of the band had also plenty of poetic and theatrical elements.The music is driven by the extended use of flutes and the delicate acoustic guitars, which are blended with harder, guitar-led grooves.The style ranges from Folk Rock with jazzy overtones to aggressive Hard Rock with furious and impressive guitar solos, while the singer Gigi De Giorgi has an unmet, theatrical vocal expression, sometimes with an over-the-top delivery.There are strong hints by bands such as DALTON, DELIRIUM and OSANNA to be found throughout the release, while the rhythm section has a superb rockin' attitude, being powerful and energetic all the way.Among the folkier moments and well-constructed textures Aria Palea use some sort of loose structures with psychedelic vibes to make their music more diverse and attractive.The result is very good, especially on the last jammin' track ''Zoicekardi'a (Il volo)'' and its semi-improvised atmosphere, split in harder and softer passages.

Not your typical Prog Folk release.''Zoicekardi'a'' by Aria Palea is an album that carries the story of a whole civilization, apart from the music, which remains energetic, tight and consistent all the way.Absolutely essential for Prog Folk followers and warmly recommended for all the rest.

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4 stars I didnt like this CD at first, but have now begun to appreciate its many layers. Some tunes I just cannot get out of my head. Great flute solos abound with a jazz influenced guitar style , more similar to the Swedish band Grovjobb than anything else. ... (read more)

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