Il Tempio delle Clessidre

Rock Progressivo Italiano

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3.94 | 133 ratings | 6 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Kaze (Ciò Che Il Vento Porta Con sé) (4:15)
2. Senza Colori (8:30)
3. Il Passo (9:25)
4. Fino alla Vetta (7:42)
5. Onirica Possessione (9:08)
6. Notturna (2:40)
7. Il Cacciatore (14:50)
- I La Vera Preda
- II Volo di Rapace
- III La Lince
- IV Il Lupo
- V Il Cacciatore

Total Time: 56:30


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Line-up / Musicians

- Elisa Montaldo / vocals, keyboards, piano, organ, concertina
- Giulio Canepa / guitars
- Francesco Ciapica / vocals
- Paolo "Paolo" Tixi / drums
- Fabio Gremo / bass

Releases information

LP Black Widow Records BWR 160 (Italy) (2013)
CD Black Widow Records BWRCD 160-2 (Italy) (2013)

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Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars Back in 2010 I was blown away by the debut album of Il Tempio Delle Clessidre. Not only did I consider it the best Italian prog album of the year but also my favourite album of the year overall. Three years later and they're back with Alienatura, another brilliant piece of work. Since their debut vocalist Stefano "Lupo" Galifi has jumped ship and returned to Museo Rosenbach to be replaced by Francesco Ciapica. His register is lower but after some initial reservations I've come round to the conclusion that he's an inspired chice. Thankfully the rest of this highly talented band remains from the debut.

Alienatura doesn't show any great leaps stylistically but if it ain't broke why fix it? It's a natural successor to their eponymous debut containing similarly beautifully crafted symphonic prog. The sound is rich, warm and full with some incredibly powerful moments alongside the more reflective elements. After a few plays the sometimes subtle and complex melodies really grab you. It's not always immediate but persevere and you'll be rewarded with a fantastic body of work. Like their debut it's a very cohesive album with excellent musicianship from all with the keyboard work of the beautiful and incredibly talented Elisa Montaldo particularly shining through. They save the best until last - the powerful and dynamic Il Cacciatore almost reaching fifteen minutes encapsulates everything that's great about this band in one song.

It seems impossible to review an Italian prog band without comparing them to the golden seventies period. Il Tempio Delle Clessidre proved on their debut that they could match the best of it. With their follow up they prove it was no flash in the pan. Alienatura might not blow me away as much as their debut did but it's not far short. They are easily my favourite of the new wave of RPI bands. 4 ½ stars.


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Posted Friday, October 18, 2013

Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team
5 stars Il Tempio Delle Clessidre is an Italian band formed in 2006 in the Genoa city. The band initially had Stefano 'Lupo' Galifi (original vocalist from Museo Rosenbach), but after the departure of Stefano that went band to reunite with his former band they convened Francesco Ciapica for his place. The rest of the band is still the same, Elisa Montaldo (keyboards and vocals), Fabio Gremo (bass), Giulio Canepa (guitars) and Paolo Tixi (drums). The band have released their second album AlieNatura (2013) by Black Widow Records earlier this year.

Black Widow is a specialized label which pretty much focuses on what I like to call 'dark Prog'. If you have no idea what I'm talking about I'll make it easier for you: Gothic influenced Prog. This is their specialty.

I started my listening with the nice booklet in hands and when the opening track 'Kaze' begins one can hear strong and well recorded music out of the speakers. This makes you sit down and pay attention immediately. The Japanese sounds that come out of the track are quite hypnotic. The moment of truth comes with the following song 'Senza Colori', the first track of AlieNatura (2013) with vocals. As I mentioned, the Gothic and somber moments are all around here, but at the same time the band has a strong root on the Symphonic Italian style too.

The continuation, 'Il Passo', is even more atmospheric and full of little details. Its Symphonic apex lies on the double guitars and a number of great keyboards. Amazing track! The acoustic 'Fino Alla Vetta' is the next piece of music. It's basically a ballad with acoustic guitars till around the 3rd minute of the song. After that it gets a bit heavier, especially because of the organs of Elisa Montaldo. That's when it gets really interesting.

'Onirica Possessione' is a damn strong track! Classic Genesis meets Italian 70's Prog at its best moments. Powerful vocals melodies by Francesco Ciapica and the Symphonic side of Prog Rock speaking really loud. One of the best tracks of the AlieNatura (2013). Weird last part though! 'Notturna' is a smaller interlude with a nature kind of feeling to it, basically commanded by keyboards and Elisa vocals. Beautiful piece of music!

The last track on the album is an almost 15 minutes suite with 5 parts called 'Il Cacciatore'. This last song is full of heavy guitars riffs and grim keyboards, that's how it starts really. It's great how they used the vocals between the verses. It helps create a really powerful mood in their music. 'Il Cacciatore' is all about changes and beautiful yet melancholic music. You have to listen with attention but still, you will bang your head with the riffs!

Il Tempio Delle Clessidre came as a big surprise to me as I didn't listen their debut album and knew nothing about them. Now I can honestly say that AlieNatura (2013) is one of the most powerful releases of the year! Perfect musicianship, great production and songwriting with a fresh sound. The album is powerful and melodic at the same time as the great Prog albums should be!

Progshine recommends it!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)


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Posted Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review by kev rowland
4 stars This is the second album by Il Tempio Delle Clessidre, following on from their debut in 2010. Since then they have gained a new singer, but I haven't heard the previous album so can't comment as to what impact he has had to the sound. What I do know, is that I am going to have to go back and search out the debut as yet again this is a superb release from Black Widow. At just under an hour long, this brings together orchestration and harmony in a way this definitely reminiscent of the early Seventies Italian Prog Scene, along with early Genesis, but somehow brought up to date with some driving guitar although the mellotron is never too far away. As well as the main lead male vocal, their keyboard player Eliza also has a fine voice which allows the band to totally change the scene when they wish to.

The album commences with the sound of wind and gentle acoustic guitar and percussion before moving into a much more Oriental feel, which is actually at musical odds with what follows but somehow sets the scene very nicely indeed. 'Alienatura' is in itself a word that the band have invented themselves to describe the intersection of the words alien and nature. This is very much a complete piece of work, again hearkening back to the early Seventies, where the album art is very much part of the complete picture. Here Nature is depicted ripping a curtain and invading the homes and villages while the lyrics tell how we often forget our bond with nature.

So, a complete piece of work, and even though it is hard for the non-Italian speaker to understand the full concept without notes, there is so much going on that this is a sheer delight from start to end. If you enjoy classic prog, whatever the form or language, then this is something that you ought to seek out. www.blackwidow.it


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4 stars AlieNatura is Italian progressive rock at its best. Reading the biography of Il Tempio delle Clessidre you asume their music will be something between Museo Rosenbach and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, and yes you are quite right but that is not all, there is a lot more to be excited about this band. ... (read more)

Report this review (#1139205) | Posted by Ensouled | Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Sometimes music really makes me happy, for exemple when I listen to Beatles, Genesis or Caravan and this morning when I discovered the Italian group Il tempio delle Clessidre. The band comes from Genova in Liguria and has been around since 2006. They made theri first record 2010 and now 2013 t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1053558) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Friday, October 04, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars THE TEMPLARS ARE BACK ! After about 3 years, and a lot of disappointing circumstances, our bold Templars are back with a great new release and a new singer. "alieNatura" is a word which includes in it the terms "alieno" (alien in english) and "natura" (nature in english). The meaning of th ... (read more)

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