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DOUBLE REIGN

Aries

Rock Progressivo Italiano


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3.64 | 26 ratings | 2 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Return (6:55)
2. Alone (5:40)
3. Deep Inside (3:33)
4. The House Is Burning (4:34)
5. Voices (4:42)
6. See Through Me (2:14)
7. A Dream Within A Dream (2:42)
8. Space (6:32)
9. I Will Sleep Among The Waves (4:08)
10. Falling Down (4:51)
11. The Moon Rises Again (4:22)
12. Flow (7:34)

Total Time: 57:47

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Line-up / Musicians

- Simona Angioloni / vocals
- Fabio Zuffanti / bass, guitars, keyboards, loops and samples

Guest musicians:
- Davide Guidoni / drums and percussion
- Vittorio De Scalzi (New Trolls) / flute
- Chiara Alberti / cello
- Alberto Bo / violin
- Ilaria Bruzzone / viola
- Luca Scherani / Wurlitzer piano
- Sylvia Trabucco / violin
- Boris Valle / Fender Rhodes electric piano
- Robbo Vigo / piano

Releases information

Release date: November 1, 2010
Label: AMS/VM2000 - BTF

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ARIES Double Reign ratings distribution


3.64
(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
23%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
42%
Good, but non-essential (31%)
31%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
3 stars The second Aries debut evolves lightly from the debut, with leader and multi-instrumentalist Fabio Zuffanti (of Finisterre, La Maschera di Cera and Hostsonaten fame )weaving a music platform for Simona Angioloni's spirited vocal gymnastics, a haunting voice that incorporates tinges of opera , jazz and folk to her usual crystalline pipes. The big progression here is the drum kit being now manned by Davide Guidoni of Tapobran repute, a masterful time keeper who can combine finesse with power whenever needed. "The Return" has a myriad of neo-classical flourishes (nice violin) as well as a swirling Moog solo from Roberto Vigo (Hostsonaten). On "Alone" Simona's voice rekindles memories of Beth Gibbons ( Portishead), a breathy yet anguished plea, skimpily dressed up with some dazzling Boris Valle electric piano (that oft venerated Fender Rhodes, such a gorgeous instrument) and minimalist rhythmic backdrops. "Deep Inside" is poppier , short, pleading and somehow fragile . "The House is Burning" features another classic and utterly distinctive keyboard instrument (the Wurlitzer piano), glowing within the realm of a melancholic string quartet and Simona's wailing vocalized pain. Here the aroma of Kate Bush hovers above like some flaming eagle, the strings emoting strongly. "Voices" gets oddly experimental, almost atonal with pitter-patter percussion, loops, and boatloads of shivering violin. Two short pieces follow, encouraging the odder ambiances; "See Through Me" is keyboards and vocals, while the majestic "A Dream Within A Dream" is the string quartet dueling with some keyboard-backing. "Space" is the hot track here, a heady cocktail of modern folk-prog, somewhat more symphonic is scope, with a superb mellotron/ violin barrage that is quite beguiling. New Trolls legendary Vittorio De Scalzi introduces his flute into the next piece, a haunting slice of musical stupor that conjures images of frozen numbness, as the fluttering flute attempts to warm the soul. Very successful piece that blends well into the punchier "Falling Down", a robotic beat that inspires a lack of balance, a metronomic descent into some abyss of doom, with a tinge of unveiled hysteria that has a Kafka-esque feel to it. "The Moon Rises Again" is definitely more upbeat, lush with undisguised hope and exhortations of "I have found myself, again" and providing a sense of easier listening than the previous tracks. The finale "Flow" is the lengthiest piece clocking in at over 7 minutes and is another highlight, a dirge-like electric mood garnished with that darn string quartet appearing again, while Simona wails unabashed and lets her "spirit flow". An amazing cut , that has much spirit and presence.

While a very decent follow up to the Aries debut, I miss that soaring Fabio Centarini lead guitar that is unavailable here and which made the self-titled album such a proggier universe (read longer tracks such as the masterful "When Night is Almost Done", a bewitching 16 minute masterpiece). Needs more spins but a delightful companion to the vibrant Italian scene. 3.5 stars

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Review by Second Life Syndrome
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
4 stars Fabio Zuffanti is a miracle-worker, in my opinion. This multi-instrumentalist has many projects, including the always amazing Hostsonaten. So, imagine my delight to discover this newer project from Fabio, Aries. This project includes female vocalist, Simona Angieloni; something that is a little out of character for Fabio's other efforts.

"Double Reign" is a very strong album overall. The sound of the album revolves very much around the strong female vocals and also around the use of violin and viola. These two aspects intertwine and play off each other quite a bit, and we are treated to amazing violin solos throughout the album. However, this album also features some stand-out RPI keys and flutes; something that really draws me into the experience. The ambient nature of the keys overlays the tracks with a beautiful surreal nature. Indeed, the entire album has a mystical quality to it.

The album has many facets and tools. From gorgeous piano to relaxing cello to a noteworthy performance on the drums, this album has a technically strong performance style, but it also has heart, atmosphere, and whimsy. Pure beauty with a hint of darkness and sadness is the name of the game here.

A couple good examples of this are "Voices" and "Space", probably my favorite tracks. They are surreal and psychedelic in nature, but the music itself is gorgeous and organic. This mix ends up providing an eclectic palate for the listener that I hope everyone else will give a try. With a great mix of instruments and a strong showing in both vocals and concept, Aries' "Double Reign" should definitely be more well-recognized, especially for fans of iamthemorning, Introitus, or Frequency Drift. Heck, even Kate Bush fans will be satisfied.

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