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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Antifona
2. Venivo da un lungo sonno
3. In fuga
4. Alla fine dell'ultimo capitolo
5. N.a.s.
6. L'enigma della vita
7. In principio
8. Completamente estranei
9. In quale luogo si ferm˛ il mio tempo
10. Pioggia in campagna
11. Il rumore dell'aria

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Line-up / Musicians

- Fabio Gaspari / guitars, bass, vocals
- Luca Zerman / keyboards, Hammond, lead vocals
- Claudio Antolini / piano, keyboards
- Alessandro Perbelini / drums

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CD Andromeda Relix AND35 (2014)

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4.15
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Review by Todd
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano!
5 stars A wonderful welcome back!

LogoS has been around for nearly 20 years, having released two interesting self-produced albums around 2000. They have returned in full force now in 2014, releasing a new album, "L'Enigma della Vita." The only remaining founding member is Luca Zerman, and over the intervening years he has assembled a band that have been playing live and composing together for a while, honing and shaping their pieces. Finally the end result is in, and it's a phenomenal accomplishment! As good as the first two are, they suffered somewhat from musical production and mature composition. This new album is head and shoulders above their first two albums, and the production is superb.

"L'Enigma della Vita" is on the spacey side of Rock Progressivo Italiano, creating lush atmospheres with two keyboardists (Ó la Banco) and a driving rhythm section. (A reference point might be Wish You Were Here era Pink Floyd seen through an RPI lens.) Soaring delicate guitars predominate as well, although they are often used to propel the pieces forward instead of the keys. Keys are generally present in the form of strings, organ, piano, mellotron, and solo synth leads, always tasteful and rich sounding. Vocals are sparse on the album, and when they appear they fit well in the context of the music.

The album gets better with each listen, and my favorite tracks are constantly changing. Current favorites include "In Fuga," with its stuttering melody lines and pulsating rhythm section. The soaring keys and guitars alternate solos, both playing over rhythm guitar and keyboard background. I especially love the little RPI piano riff.

Another is "In Principio." The beginning acoustic guitar over some gentle cascading keys gently escort the voice, as they continue their interplay. Then come the flutes, which marks the beginning of an excellent departure--the Hackett-like interlacing guitar and keyboard lines entertain for a bit, then give way to a driving rhythm with a nice electric piano solo, but still continuing their subtle contribution to the whole. A marvelous passage!

Near the end of the album we are treated to "Pioggia in Campagna," which is remarkable for opening with a military type march, possibly a reference to the campagna in the title. About a third of the way into the piece, we get a slightly angular RPI piano riff, over which there is some killer dirty Hammond soloing. Just great stuff!

I am thrilled that LogoS have been able to finally complete this album, many years in the making. It's been a long journey for them, and we've been waiting for a long time. But it's finally here, and I encourage you to grab a copy. Visit the band's website, which has (or shortly will have) links to the multiple vendors around the globe that will stock this wonderful gem, which is distributed by Andromeda Relix.

Five stars! (Gnosis 14/15)

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Posted Friday, June 06, 2014

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
5 stars 2013 was a banner year for all things Italian prog related, an astounding mix of winning comeback works from established bands and dazzling works from newcomers filled with so much exciting potential and promise. It was already looking like 2014 would potentially measure up to the same quality, and then an album like this first disc in 14 years from RPI band Logos shows up to make you think that this year may be even better! Play the first few tracks of `L'Enigma della Vita', and lovers of all things Le Orme and the romantic, symphonic side of Italian prog will think they're in heaven. But large doses of Eloy/Sensation's Fix-like space-prog, sombre influences from the gloomy Swedish bands like Paatos and Anekdoten, classical grandiosity and subtle gothic flavours soon emerge to take you by surprise. There's so many beautiful contrasting moments of light and dark, bridging old vintage styles with modern influences effortlessly. A mix of lengthy instrumental passages with stirring vocal sections, with so much time and careful attention having gone into every detail of the album, there's over 77 minutes of some of the finest music modern progressive rock has to offer right here.

After a fragile flowing space-music opening over synths and delayed droning electric guitar, drums and pumping bass gradually fade in through the clouds, all rapidly turning triumphant over the faintest of Mellotron choirs. Band leader Luca Zerman 's charismatic voice, full of dignified warmth, croons alongside some very tasteful slow-burning electric guitar soloing in the manner of Pink Floyd (instantly `Wish You Were Here' and even the clarity of `The Division Bell'-era came to mind). Twinkling electronics, washes of synth oceans and snappy drum-fills open punchy rocker `In Fuga' that oddly reminds of German band Eloy, but with some added classical RPI piano sophistication, and some nice call and response back and forth interplay between the guitars and keyboards sharing an up- tempo waltzing melody. There's a surprising gothic flavour for the heavy `Alla Fine...', overloaded with thick organ. It brings a lovely regal fanfare build, plenty of lurking chiming guitar and dark synth mystery over gently grooving bass that sneaks along the background and some sinister Mellotron intensity that would make Anekdoten jealous! Then we reach `N.A.S', a deep space nightmare that sounds like an unholy cross between Italian spacerockers Sensation's Fix and U.S instrumental proggers Carpe Nota. Powerful drum fury drive an up-tempo beat, maddening repetitive slab-like bass and spitting Mellotron venom with delirious synth freakouts and strangled electric guitar nooses all weave around an impossible to resist melody. With a superb build to as exciting a climax as possible, this is without a doubt the instrumental track of the year so far, simply incredible stuff, and the album would be worth it for this track alone.

The title track jumps around in tempo with gentle grooves, shimmering electronic programming and pleading vocals, but it's almost a mere diversion to what is to come next. `In Principio' opens with beautiful melancholic classical acoustic guitar that reminds of both classic era Genesis and the more recent Opeth albums, with some dark jazzy hypnotic electric piano that leads to a malevolent drum n' bass breakdown in the finale. Moody yet achingly beautiful prog doesn't come any better than this, and anyone who highly rates the classic Paatos debut `Timeloss' and bands like Landberk will worship this track. `Completamante...' is a foot-tapping organ/Moog/Mellotron spacey rest to come down on with restrained group harmonies and grooving bass that actually wouldn't have sounded out of place on the debut Unreal City album from last year. `In Quale Luogo...' is an exquisite classical piano solo that will bring you to tears. `Pioggia...' is a keyboard tour-de- force, fusing regimented drumming and classical grandness with a passionate vocal over whirring Moogs, fairy-tale Mellotron, lavish ghostly piano serenades and scratchy Hammond runs. There's a spiky danger to the electric guitar sound through this one, although the piece always remains triumphant. The album then concludes on an eerie narrated passage over doomy ambience.

Each additional listens reveals more and more jaw-dropping moments that remind you over and over why you love the Italian works so much. Sole founding member Luca Zerman clearly had a strong vision for this album, and the additional musicians now brought into the band have delivered the best results possible. To have the musical skill and confidence to successfully pull of a perfect mix of both vintage influences and modern styles is utterly inspiring, and those who want to experience everything they cherish about Italian progressive music now know one of the best bands that carries on that proud tradition. Without a doubt, the powerful `L'Enigma della Vita' is very likely the candidate for Italian album of the year so far, and a standout release for progressive rock in 2014 in general.

Five stars.

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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
5 stars As so brilliantly expressed by my esteemed colleagues Todd and Aussie-Byrd-Brother, the Italian progressive scene has been spurting lately with fierce determination, Vesuvius and Etna exploding simultaneously with a lava flow of stunning 2013 releases and it is now clear that 2014 will be just as scorching. Recent arrivals Phoenix Again, Ego, Aurora Lunare, Nodo Gordiano and the delectable Fabio Zuffanti are simply eclipsed by this utter stunner! As both reviewers so clearly have stated, Logos' 'L'Enigma della Vita' is one for the ages, a scintillating example of modern RPI, caramelized with grandiose symphonic elements, a touch of space/psychedelia, massive hues of shadow and light, as well as all the characteristics that make RPI such a devout prog institution. Nearly 14 years in the making, the patience, the dedication and the savoir-faire are all there in vivid sound and art, with a picture perfect cover, sublime photography and general artwork. Needless to say, the crew led by maestro keyboardist Luca Zerman is tight as a screw, with second ivoryman Claudio Antolini adding that special Banco-like touch, guitarist Massimo Maoli spitting out a slew of rich riffs and glittering leads whilst the foundation of both bass and drums are held down solidly by Fabio Gaspari. The material is exemplary, highly layered and intensely emotional on a multitude of levels, a recording that will definitely stand the test of time.

The atmospheric intro 'Antifona 'briefly sets the tone, a velvet curtain of sound slowly setting the stage aglow with ambient splendor. The dream show is about to begin, please take your seats, sit back comfortably and turn off your cell phones. The segue into 'Venivo da un Lungo Sonno' kicks off sprightly, a steady propulsive beat, armed with sea-gull crying guitar flourishes, churning organ and synthesizer swells liberated by the two-man keyboard team. This 9 minute + piece has all the ingredients described above with shifting moods between pastoral and explosive, strong rhythmic interplay and a keen sense of weaving something extraordinary. Some bright Zerman vocals adorn the dazzling melody, spiced by a spirited yet simple guitar phrasing from guest Simone Bistaffa , organ and mellotron blazing in the background, all very lyrical and highly symphonic. Yes, the Floyd influence remains vivid by structure, yet the axe solo is more personal in its conclusion.

The reverberating electric piano joins in with the mighty mellotron on 'In Fuga', as the frolicking organ and sizzling synths join the fray, in a baroque/medieval twist that vaults into a space groove (a la Eloy) , brief vocal in full expansion. The playing is resourceful, elegant and refined, all four so very perceptibly in synch, a delightful piece of RPI magic, delicately coated with that distinctive finesse we all adore.

The mood veers towards the stark and mordacious with the sombre 'Alla Fine dell'ultimo Capitolo', led by a burping bass from Gaspari and classic interval thumping from guest drummer Alessandro Perbellini , choppy guitars give a weighty atmosphere to the arrangement but most of all, a series of turn-on-a-dime instrumental wizardry on all solo instruments, painted with colored dissonance and a nasty attitude. A tortured synth solo remindful of a mini-tornado kills the deal, half way through. The voice only adds to the bass- grooved menace, my kind of adventurous mind music, as the thriving mellotron adds her voice to the finale. Wow!

As if to confirm and stamp the impression even further, the frenzied 'N.A.S.' shoots straight for the 'ballistic missile in space' style, a chop-fest for sure, so studiously correlated by Aussie-Byrd-Brother as an intermingling of slashing Carpe Nota power jamming and Italian psych masters Sensation's Fix penchant for interstellar sonic overdrive. I am in lust with such instrumental discourse, a fond mix of bizarre and comfortable, an audacious expression of cosmic guitars and enlightened synths, all ICBM-ed by a rabid and binary bass/drum propulsion unit. I stand and applaud!

The title track shifts into a more modern electro-prog hip beat, a concrete groove is laid down on which shimmering slivers of keys and shrivelling guitars are evenly spread out like some prog shag carpeting, the drums' studding nails keeping things tight as a drum. The mid-section recalls the course again, giving Maoli the road adherence he requires to speed his Ferrari-guitar over the macadam. Bombastic synths supply a monumental and grandiose apotheosis to it all. Vroom-vroom!

A highlight track without a doubt, the pic 11 minute 'In Principio' begins with flourishing piano motifs, a mournful classical guitar foundation and an impassioned voice, pleading for some understanding. Simple drums (Simone Chiampan) keep it all graceful and nebulous, a fragile adventure with a transcendent main melody that flutters into infinity , when suddenly it gets kicked into maximum acceleration with some trendy rhythm guitar shavings, aided and abetted by jazzy electric piano rumblings and crowned with a wicked 'search and destroy' guitar solo. Madonna mia! Or OMG as the most current phone app claims! Gurgling synths returns the thrill into more Floydian expanses, gently charting the final voyage.

Crystalline synthesizer introduces 'Completamente Estranei' allied with a booming bass, colossal drums and a wall of howling mellotron washes, constructing a delightful main chorus that is enriched by a zooming guitar riff. The theme seems familiar only because it is based on classic prog tendencies that have stood the test of time, Zerman adding another brief vocal that fits well with the mood. Parping synthesizers wave the flag.

Being a total sentimental fool for any piece that showcases piano, 'In Quale Luogo si Fermo'il Mio Tempo' qualifies as a melancholic addition to any compilation, a short and lovely etude that would make even Liszt or Chopin proud, elegant and celestial. Achingly dazzling.

Another clear highlight track is the cinematographic 'Pioggia in Campagna', an archetypical symphonic blowout that will combine sorcery and technique, a microcosmic universe of all those elements that make us such devoted fans. Dual keyboard assaults by both Antolini and Zerman, fueled by dynamic rhythmic foundations and some exquisite playing by guitarist Maoli are all massaged into one brilliant piece of work. Tons of details are immersed into the canvas, in respect to the Monet-like art that adorns the track lyrics, a classic RPI epic.

'Il Rumore dell'aria' proudly lowers the velvet drape on another magnificent performance, a truly world class release of the very highest standing. Sonics, raindrops, echoed narration, buona sera e grazie.

This is a massive opus, a thrilling classic and destined to place itself on the RPI mantel, alongside the other great role models from the land of the Azzuri. Italy rules again, proggers!

5 Life puzzles

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Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
5 stars Unexpected Surprise

A few days ago I received a PM from the guys of LOGOS asking me to review a digital copy of the album, to be honest, I had never heard of the band and had no desire to listen it. But thanked the guys and downloaded the album they sent me (L'enigma della Vita ) and left it in the computer because I was too busy. A couple days ago read the reviews and all were really positive, so decided to give LOGOS a chance, a decision I don't regret, the album is simply BRILLIANT from start to end.

The album is opened by Antifona, which is some sort of short hypnotic overture that allows us to have a slight idea about the record, even when it's not remotely as good as the rest of the album.

Venivo da un lungo sonno (Returning from a Long Dream), is simply captivating sobng somehow reminiscent of GENESIS due to the massive use of Mellotron, but with a very delicate guitar work with hints of David Gilmour by Massimo Maoli and the guest guitarist Simone Bistaffa. But what impressed me more is the extremely precise rhythm section with Fabio Gaspari in the drums and bass. The vocals by Luca Zerman (who is also one of the two keyboardists along with Claudio Antolini) are very good and relaxing. The whole song is well elaborate with dramatic moments that are simply delightful.

In Fuga (In fugue) starts with a synthesized flute and violin intro that abruptly explodes in a burst of energy and power and leads to a very elaborate vocal passage, it's surprising to find that before the third minute I have counted at least 7 radical changes with lush keyboard sections that remind me a bit of Wakeman's Softsword but with that unique melodic flavor that only Italians can add and a Psychedelic edge provided by the organ and guitar. Again they hit the nail right in the head.

Alla Fine dell'ultimo Capitolo (At the End of the Last Chapter) caught me by surprise, being that seems as taken from another album, the style is fluid but vibrant, instead of dramatic changes they go for a solid melody with excellent performances including the one by the guest drummer Alessandro Perbellini, but specially the impressive guitar work of Massimo Maoli who really puts the instrument in flames. Excellent song.

When I expected that nothing more could surprise me, is the turn for N.a.s., and we are removed from melodic and Symphonic territory to some sort of spacey "Crimsonian" nightmare, and even when I'm not a fan of this style, loved the track from the first to the last note.

In L'enigma della Vita (The enigma of life), the band continues with the vibrant and aggressive atmosphere, psychedelic explosions and softer passages all mixed with unusual skills, a great song that is complemented perfectly by with the melodic and melancholic In principio (from the start), two tracks that must be heard together.

Completamente estranei (Completely Foreign) is a hard to unscramble puzzle, this guys are able to combine completely different and contradictory styles and make them sound as if they were created to be played together, here I can find hints of Hard Rock, WAKEMAN oriented keyboard and some early ALAN PARSON'S PROJECT (I Robot) with a touch of PINK FLOYD and GENESIS, all blended with care and good taste?Well, maybe it's not a combinations of different band styles but unique sound of LOGOS?.Well as I said before, it's a puzzle and the fun is in trying to decipher it.

In Quale Luogo si Ferm˛ il mio Mempo (In which place did my Time stopped) works as a heartbreaking piano introduction for Pioggia in campagna (Rain in the countryside),the first song in which LOGOS really sound as an Italian band with BANCO and PFM influences, a perfect song that I won't even try to describe, because words can only ruin an almost perfect musical experience.

The album is closed by Il Rumore dell'Aria (Rumor of the Aria), a narrated epilog that closes the album as oneiric as it started with Antifona.

I hate to rate an album, because a number can't really define how good is a musical work, but rules are rules, so I would go with 5 solid stars for a flawless release.

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Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review by Nightfly
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4 stars Despite having formed in 1996 and releasing their first album in 1999, L'Enigma Della Vita is only the third album from Italian's Logos (their second came out in 2001). This may explain why, in spite of my love of Italian prog, they passed me by and hadn't heard them until recently. Better late than never though and on the strength of this album I'm really glad to have discovered them at last.

L'Enigma Della Vita is a highly accomplished piece of work - great musicianship for starters. Clearly a band who have spent years learning and perfecting their craft. The loss of guitarist Massimo Maoli and replacing him with second keyboard player Claudio Antolini alongside band leader/keyboards/vocalist Luca Zerman gives the band a lush symphonic sound. It is too simple to define Logos as a symphonic prog band however. Despite their RPI credentials Logos are on the modern edge of the genre and atmospheric psych touches sit alongside neo (I was even reminded of IQ here and there) too and with an up to date production placing it firmly in the current century.

Before you think that Logos may be sitting on the lighter side of RPI though, at this point I want to mention the powerful and inventive guitar work of Fabio Gaspari. Previously he'd been responsible for bass (which he still doubles up on) and acoustic guitar. His electric work while always tasteful adds a powerful edge in contrast to the many haunting and melodic passages. Drummer Alessandro Perbelini's unfussy style is spot on, aiding Gaspari in laying the foundations with a solid rhythm section though not lacking subtlety when required.

The eleven compositions are inventive, taking surprising turns here and there as they expertly weave new and old prog elements but one thing that ties it all together and raises the bar is the bands ear for strong melodies, something that sets it well above some of the disappointing (mentioning no names) new prog I've come across recently.

L'Enigma Della Vita should go down well with anyone looking for a modern equivalent of Le Orme played with more balls and is the best RPI album I've heard in quite a while. Certainly the best this year and I'd rate it highly against any prog album in any sub-genre I've heard this year also. Highly recommended.

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Posted Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars First class symphonic prog rock from Italy. I was asked to provide a review for this CD and I was quite pleased with what I heard. I really didn┤t know about them and it seems that their first two albums they had at the beginning of the new millennium saw just limited release for I had not heard of any in all my years around here at the PA site. Anyway, L┤enigma Della Vita was a very strong work from a very good band. Clearly they are rooted in the tradition of those 70┤s giants from and out of Italy. And still they have enough modern influences in their music to not confound them with another retro band.

As one has to expect, their musicianship is superb and the the state of art production also helps their surprisingly strong songwriting skills. There is over 75 minutes of music, but none of the tracks is of lower quality than the other. In fact, my only gripe with this CD is the fact that they did not exactly mixed their several musical tendencies into a coherent whole. You know, a case of being too versatile for their own good maybe. You can hear just about everything here: from melodic neo prog traits complete with Gilmour-like solos of Venivo da un lungo sonno to a more avant guard instrumental loaded with frippertonic guitar (N.a.s.). From the classical piano solo of Pioggia in campagna to the acoustic pastoral intro of Il rumore dell'aria. And so it goes. After repeated spins I still get the feeling is that I┤m listening to several good bands playing on the same CD. However, this same feeling practically disappears on the vocal parts, where Luca Zerman┤s voice gives the group a more distinctive sound. Every time he opens his mouth we are given the impression of hearing something unique. Familiar, ok, but still unique..

Don┤t get me wrong: L┤enigma Della Vita is an excellent CD done by an excellent band. But it is also clear they can go much further when they will balance all their influences into a more personal style. With their brilliant technique, tasteful arrangements and songwriting capabilities I┤m sure it┤s be only a matter of time before they will have their very own, trademark signature. I┤m looking forward to hear their next release.

Rating: four strong stars. If you like Italian prog rock, this is a must have. If you love modern symphonic prog rock, you should at least give this CD a chance.

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Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. LOGOS were formed back in 1996 and subsequently released two studio albums in 1999 and 2001. Both have ratings that are average at best but something happened over the last 13 years as they have released an absolute stunner in 2014. All four guys from the previous album are back although the drummer is listed as a guest playing on the fourth track only. Fabio the bass player on the previous album still plays bass but is the main drummer now. The new guy is Claudio and he's the second keyboardist adding piano and synths to Luca's organ, mellotron and synths. Luca is also the vocalist and he really reminds me of Bryan Ferry at times. Anyway this is a keyboard driven album that has incredible depth to it. It's one of those albums that i've played a ton yet I feel i'm still getting to know it.

Things get started with "Antifona" a short instrumental full of atmosphere which is dark and spacey. "Venivo Da Un Lungo Sonno" continues with the same theme but drums and bass are added and the mood becomes more upbeat and brighter. A Symphonic beauty. It settles some before 4 minutes and the vocals join in. Simply gorgeous with those Ferry-like vocals. Relaxed guitar comes in around 5 1/2 minutes then it becomes more passionate. Excellent! "In Fuga" is an instrumental with lots of synths and keyboards. An uplifting Symphonic piece. "Alla Fine Dell'ultimo Capitolo" has a steady beat with intricate guitar as the vocals join in around 2 minutes. Some powerful guitar 3 minutes in then pulsating organ runs as the guitar plays over top. Synths to the fore 5 minutes in and vocals follow. It becomes repetitive late and I love it with those spacey synths. Mellotron follows then the vocals return once again. "N.A.S." has such a great sound to it around 1 1/2 minutes in as it becomes more powerful with synths playing over top. Then it's the guitar that becomes prominant until the synths return late.

"L'enigma Della Vita" has a nice beat to it with spacey keys. Vocals a minute in. I like when the tempo picks up before 4 minutes. A powerful tune. "In Principio" has a beautiful intro as reserved vocals join in before a minute. Awesome sound after 3 minutes, so much atmosphere. Vocals return later then check it out before 6 1/2 minutes as a more urgent rhythm kicks in. The guitar before 8 minutes is fantastic. "Completamente Estranei" has spacey synths and a beat to start. Vocals after 3 minutes then back to the instrumental work the rest of the way. "In Quale Luogo Si Fermo'il Mio Tempo" is a short piece with piano only. "Ploggia In Campagna" opens with the sounds of synths and drums as it builds. Vocals before 2 minutes as it calms right down. A nice instrumental section comes in at 3 minutes including mellotron and intricate guitar. It picks up before 4 minutes. Great sound! Love the organ here. Vocals 7 minutes in with a powerful soundscape. It settles back a minute later with organ then builds. "Il Rumore Dell'aria" is the haunting closer with the sounds of water dripping, an eerie atmosphere and spoken words.

A must for RPI fans, no doubt about that. This is adventerous Symphonic music with lots of depth.

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Posted Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review by Menswear
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4 stars Molto Bene!

I am always happy to discover new talents and again there is lots to chew when you dip into the Italian scene of progressive rock. The 70's gave us plenty (underline plenty) of acts that made an inprint of the concrete of art rock. Even now, the scene is alive and well with contenders that clearly ate their vegetables and did their push-ups: Logos.

Logos is a band with a certain experience as a Le Orme tribute group; and it shows. It's always good credentials when you gave attention to one of the best bands in the buisness, and Logos is clearly showing us that they're not small potatoes. They are not afraid to pack their opus with long songs that take their time to bring you where they want: the park on the cover. By the way, I immediately liked the art cover, leaving place to your imagination: what is the answer to life? Is it beyond those iron gates?

The songs will not leave you on your appetite, the keys solos are delicious (In Fuga and Completamente) and the guitar work is reminding me of a harder Hackett and sometimes Latimer. Long instrumental passages are always welcome, building up tension and showering vivid images in your mind. I love the modern approach of the title song that makes a change of pace and the simpler approach of In Principo that brought to me theatrical scenarios of foreign planets with strange fauna.

Overall, it's a well sang record with no vocal overboards. And frankly, I like it that way since the RPI genre suffered of over-the-top sentimentality. It's a good balance of old and new that will not be overshadowed by La Maschera di Cera or Il Tempio delle Clessidre.

A BIG round of applause to the band giving us listeners an obviously great album and painted us a dark and hauting canvas that is perfect for these autumn days!

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Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

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4 stars LogoS are new to me, having been approached by the band to write a review of their latest album "L'enigma della vita", released in the spring of 2014. They have been creating music since 1996, and this most recent album took them 13 years to write and record. Some of the group's favorite bands ar ... (read more)

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4 stars Italian prog rockers LogoS have come up with a polished, well-produced album of mature prog compositions. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Trick of The Tail-era GENESIS sounds and loud and clear engineering make this, to my ears, more akin to the Neo-Prog vein than RPI. The drums, keys, recordin ... (read more)

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4 stars Now I am back to write about an Italian modern prog rock band. They contacted me some weeks ago and I was very honoured when they wanted me to hear and review their record. The band's name is "Logos" and they seem to have been around for a while. They come from Verona and started their band 19 ... (read more)

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