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Not A Good Sign

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3.88 | 166 ratings | 4 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Almost I (6:37)
2. Almost II (3:12)
3. Not A Good Sign (7:54)
4. Making Stills (6:43)
5. Witchcraft By A Picture (7:37)
6. Coming Back Home (5:52)
7. Flow On (6:07)
8. The Deafening Sound Of The Moon (4:33)
9. Afraid To Ask (3:08)

Total Time: 51:43

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Line-up / Musicians

- Paolo ''Ske'' Botta / keyboards, glockenspiel
- Alessio Calandriello / vocals
- Gabriele Guidi Colombi / electric bass
- Martino Malacrida / drums
- Francesco Zago / electric & acoustic guitars

Guest musicians:
- Maurizio Fasoli / piano (3, 5, 9)
- Bianca Fervidi / cello (5, 7, 9)
- Sharron Fortnam / vocals (5)

Releases information

CD Fading Records FAD009 (2013 Italy)
Also available as a digital download.

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3.88
(166 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
32%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
40%
Good, but non-essential (21%)
21%
Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
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2%

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Review by seventhsojourn
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RPI
4 stars There was quite a buzz around this album's release, probably because most of the band members are already veterans of the modern Italian prog scene through their work in Ske, Yugen and La Coscienza di Zeno. Their plan with this project was to produce an accessible style of music, different from their normal currency, and one that places a greater emphasis on songwriting as opposed to experimentation. Another distinction is that the vocals are all in English, but even before singer Alessio Calandriello's opening gambit it's clear that the net has been cast wider than Italy with this release. The guys behind Not A Good Sign have pinpointed the music of the seventies and King Crimson as major sources of inspiration, however on this evidence they also appear to have taken careful notice of happenings in Scandinavia during the nineties. The end product certainly marks a boundary with the more experimental work of Yugen but, still, they've managed to create a nicely balanced mix of prog and straightforward hard rock.

The first track 'Almost I' sets the high-impact scene with a hurly burly of sound that's dominated by mercurial keyboardist Paolo Botta jumping from manual to manual like a hyperactive flea. Guitarist Francesco Zago engages him in an early duel but he's out- gunned from the word go. In particular there's some powerful interaction between synth and string machines/Mellotron. The sound of the Mellotron is to be found everywhere on the album, shrouding just about all tracks in its shifting mist. On this opening piece it hangs menacingly in mid-air before swirling off on a mysterious tangent; the gloomy vapour of its strings then dissolve into icy stabs of brass which are themselves punctuated with aggressive guitar breakthroughs. The overall effect is not dissimilar to the symphonic psychedelia of fellow Italian band Oxhuitza

'Making Stills' hinges on Botta's electric piano although guitarist Zago also manages to put his mark on this keyboards-stained track with a sweetly weeping refrain that gets taken up firstly by synth and then Mellotron-flute. The electric piano plays its pivotal role by closing this section and introducing the next, jazzed up and backed up by clavinet, Hammond organ and synth. The closing section starts mysteriously before building to a majestic choral climax and it's about as close as Not A Good Sign get to capturing the sound of Genesis. Quite close, actually.

The title of 'Witchcraft by a Picture' may well conjure up vivid impressions, demonic images, a whiff of a Black Widow disposition perhaps. And sure enough, the intro is bogged down in a doomy riff with subterranean Hammond and guitar vibrations sending shivers up through the earth. But then the piece enters a different, dusky dimension through Sharron Fortnam's enchanting, wispy vocal. With sensitive accompaniment on acoustic guitar and glockenspiel, this is the band's setting for a sonnet by the 17th Century metaphysical poet John Donne and was written specifically with the North Sea Radio Orchestra singer in mind. In fact the band is supported on selected tracks by a small but discerning group of guest musicians, including Sharron, and they all feature on this one. There is significant input from cellist Bianca Fervidi and pianist Maurizio Fasoli on this song but the rhythm section is also an important part of the equation here, laying down a seemingly incongruous trip hoppin' rhythm under a gently rising cello line. Wonderful stuff, really! For me, the album turns on this and the preceding track and together they occupy the emotional heart of the album. They also demonstrate how the band is able to adjust a seventies-style accordingly for a modern audience.

'Not A Good Sign' is guaranteed to be in the front rank of new releases under the Italian prog banner this year, no mean feat considering the number and quality of fine releases to emerge from the country recently. Don't miss it.

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Posted Monday, July 29, 2013

Review by ProgShine
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4 stars Not A Good Sign is an 'All-Team' project of the Italian label AltrOck. Released by their umbrella label Fading Records Not A Good Sign (2013) is composed by musicians from other bands of the label. Paolo Botta (keyboards) comes from the bands Ske and Yugen, Francesco Zago (guitars) also comes from Yugen, Alessio Calandriello (vocals) and Gabriele Guidi Colombi (bass) from La Coscienza Di Zeno and Martino Malacrida (drums) from Antifone Libere and others.

'Almost I' is the track one on the debut self-titled album from this new project. A powerful instrumental with King Crimson colors. 'Almost II' gives continuation to the album with a more melodic and slower track. A great performance of the vocalist Alessio Calandriello (La Coscienza Di Zeno).

'Not A Good Sign' is the track that gives its name to the band and to the album and it is a monster one. Weird signature tempo, astonishing vocals and great dynamic. It includes a full change in the second half of the song, this time based on piano and acoustic guitars.

One thing to be mentioned about Not A Good Sign is their 'kitchen'. It's important for a band to have solid drums and basses, but not just that, it's also important that they are clever in what they're doing. And Not A Good Sign has it! Martino Malacrida and Gabriele Guidi Colombi are two monster musicians.

'Making Stills' is the next track and for a moment it reminded me of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells (1973). But soon after the intro we can see the 70's Italian Prog influence. This instrumental track has everything! But it's most a fast pace tempo song with absolute superb keyboards by Paolo 'Ske' Botta. 'Witchcraft By A Picture' is heavier and shows us a bit of Black Sabbath's influence for a moment, the only exception being the vintage keyboards. But this is in fact just the intro, the rest of the song turns out to have female vocals by Sharron Fortnam and in my opinion it is the weakest track on Not A Good Sign (2013) because it escapes completely from the band's proposition.

And while 'Coming Back Home' is yet another song with 70's style and great dynamics; 'Flow On' has a cello (by Bianca Fervidi) and a very weird drum beat. I would say that this track is a bit more modern than the others. In the end of Not A Good Sign (2013) we have two tracks: 'The Defeaning Sound Of The Moon' with its riffs and moods and the instrumental 'Afraid To Ask', that end up like an unusual lullaby with Francesco Zago's heavy guitars, Maurizio Fasoli's (as a guest) piano and once again Bianca's cello.

Every time I receive a new album from AltrOck/Fading I crack a smile, because I know that it's going to be a high quality product. And especially if they put together musicians of their other bands together to record. The high quality we have on the album was most certain, and in fact it is!

Not A Good Sign (2013) is a strong album that the test of time will show us how good is. Just hope that this project comes back to the studio anytime in the future to make more records! Guaranteed quality!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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Posted Monday, September 09, 2013

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5 stars This is definitely one of the most melodic, symphonic prog albums I've ever heard released from the AltrOck stable--especially considering the band's members have all previously contributed to some pretty unmelodic, dissonant, experimental Avant/RIO. As others have already pointed out, the key ... (read more)

Report this review (#1010598) | Posted by BrufordFreak | Saturday, August 03, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 4 1/2 stars, rounded down to 4 stars. Excellent album from these veteran Italian musicians. All members are highly proficient with their respective instruments and bring together very complex, yet melodic and accessible RPI. Alessio Calandriello sings big sonorous melodies and Paolo ''Ske'' Botta ... (read more)

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