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3.89 | 70 ratings | 6 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Le Regole del Gioco (The Rules of the Game) (1:50)
2. La Parola Magica (The Magic Word) (4:54)
3. Come Nelle Favole (Like in Fairy Tales) (5:10)
4. Dentro la Mia Mente (Inside My Mind) (7:21)
5. Spettro del Palco (Spectre of the Stage) (4:52)
6. Prospettive (Perspectives) (6:37)
7. Manitou (5:22)
8. Nuova Alchimia (New Alchemy) (4:35)
9. La Spirale del Vento (The Whirl of the Wind) (8:43)

Bonus track on 2017 CD release:
10. Gnaffè (In My Faith) (6:19)

Total Time 55:43

Line-up / Musicians

- Francesco Ciapica / vocals
- Giulio Canepa / electric & classical guitars, backing vocals
- Elisa Montaldo / keyboards, backing vocals
- Fabio Gremo / bass, classical guitar, backing vocals
- Mattias Olsson / drums & percussion, keyboards, processed sounds

- Anna Holmgren (Anglagard) / flute (7)
- Andrea Montaldo / percussion (10)

Releases information

The title of the album is a word pun made of the Latin verb "lūdĕre" (play) and the prefix "il", considered as the first part of the verb "illudere" (create an illusion).

LP Black Widow Records ‎- BWR201 (2017, Italy)

CD Black Widow Records ‎- BWRCD 201-2 (2017, Italy) With a bonus track

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Review by Matti
3 stars The tradition of Rock Progressivo Italiano has been very vital in recent years. Numerous classic bands of the 70's have re-activated and released new music, and several new bands carry on in the retro style. Il Tempio delle Clessidre was formed in 2007 but it had a link to the classic era: the original vocalist Stefano Galifi sung on the milestone album Zarathustra (1973) by Museo Rosenbach. He was replaced by Francesco Ciapica already on the second Tempio album AlieNatura (2013). I'm not familiar with the preceding albums, so I can't say anything about the way the group may have matured or maintained/updated their style. But perhaps I could say that the recent output of Black Widow Records is very interesting and diverse, and against that background this album, for me, is not among the ones to write home about.

My early impression is that while the slightly heavy sound is pretty much what one expects from RPI (well, maybe not quite as keyboard oriented as with many other bands), the compositions have a bit too much emphasis on the vocals. The brief opener is basically an instrumental (featuring some distorted voice-over) but frankly it functions only as a prologue. If it manages to raise some expectations of a dynamic and epic album entity, they are not fulfilled. There's not a single proper instrumental which certainly would have done good. 'Dentro la mia mente' is over 7 minutes long and I hoped to get some more symphonic instrumental passages, but instead there are again spoken words. I'm not fond of Ciapica's low-ish voice.

I'd lie if I said there aren't a lot of dynamic playing within the tracks, even fine solos, without forgetting some acoustic, delicate moments amidst the powerful band sound. But in the end the songs (mostly 4-6 minutes long) fail to make a deeper impression on me. Perhaps the best one is the longest, 'La Spirale del Vento' (8:43). Yes it is, thanks to the instrumental, symphonically inspired final part. This is not a bad album. It's well produced, and doubtlessly it will please many friends of Italian prog scene, especially those who like also the heavier, less pastoral side of it (Il Balletto di Bronzo, Museo Rosenbach, ...). It just isn't MY ideal RPI album.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars I was quite a fan of this Italian progressive rock band's previous album, 'alieNatura', which was released in 2013: this was their second release, but the first with singer Francesco Ciapic. Again, there has been a change in membership between albums, as drummer Paolo Tixi has been replaced by Mattias Olsson (Änglagård, White Willow, Necromonkey), while Anna Holmgren (also of Änglagård) adds her delicate flute to one number. This is a progressive rock album that is dominated by the vocals, and to my ears it works incredibly well. Musically this has a lot in common with the early Seventies progressive rock and hard rock scene, and the use of a strong singer in the hard rock style certainly provides this music with some additional edge. Which is sadly often missing from the progressive scene.

Too many bands seem to forget the "rock" section of "progressive rock", and they can concentrate too much on keyboards and delicacy, but here ITDC are using plenty of dynamics, with light and shade emphasising both areas. But, these guys are still first and foremost a progressive band, it's just that they are refusing to be bound by what many feel is the sort of music that should be coming out of the RPI scene. I really enjoy Francesco's singing style, as his vocals carry emotion and although he can sing higher when he wishes to, he generally stays in the lower registers and this allows emotion to really shine through.

My one regret is that I don't understand Italian, so have no idea at all what he is singing about, but feel that if this had been in English then it would have diminished it somewhat. Yet again this is an incredibly strong release from Black Widow, and well worth investigating.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars Italy's Il Tempio delle Clessidre instantly made a grand entrance with 2010's self-titled disc, a confident debut fronted by vocalist Stefano `Lupo' Galifi of legendary Seventies RPI band Museo `Zarathustra' Rosenbach. Come the Museo reunion in 2013, Lupo was gone, with the young band giving the unenviable talk of replacing him to singer Francesco Ciapica, with them all delivering the worldly follow-up `Alienatura' also in '13. After the superb double DVD performance `Live in Seoul' (worth it alone for the way to band reinterpret the above-mentioned vintage Italian classic album) a year later, we now arrive in 2017 with their third and latest studio work, the classy `Il-Lūdĕre', and it might be their most subtle, dignified and deceptively complex work to date, even if it's perhaps more obviously song-based (but not commercial) than their first two studio discs.

If you're a listener who prizes sumptuous arrangements that hold tightly written tunes, delivered by a dynamic vocalist backed by the precise playing of skilled musicians, then Il Tempio delle Clessidre once again deliver the goods here. After an amusing voice-over introduction, `La Parola Magica' arrives with all the theatrical bombast, heavier energy and ravishing vocal prowess expected of the Italian prog bands, yet still wrapped in a punchy tune. Italian prog's divine First Lady Elisa Montaldo's peppy keyboards and sparkling electric piano dart rapidly, Fabio Gremo's murmuring bass and Giulio Canepa's attacking guitars race with fire, Francesco Ciapica's charismatic voice purrs with raspy flare, and Swedish musician, ex-Anglagard and White Willow drummer Mattias Olsson's drums, filling in for the departed Paolo Tixi, rumble with expertly controlled power.

It might not be the greatest moment of the album, but `Come Nelle Favole' grows more hair on its chest for a tougher hard- rocking snarl, while the spiralling keyboard outro may remind some of young British prog-poppers Muse. `Dentro La Mia Mente' is a slinking poppier melodic rocker with a smoother vocal and smart catchy chorus, but darker edges hide within. There's a sprightly playful energy with dancing keyboard interplay around nicely drawn-out and urgent runaway guitar soloing from Giulio before the piece culminates in a dreamy spoken-word montage. Elisa then outdoes herself on `Spettro Del Palco', a purer RPI spectral pantomime that oozes sophistication and an eerie atmosphere. A ghostly army of keyboard goodness haunts the malevolently creeping vocal piece, be it veils of Mellotron sheen or pristine piano tiptoes, and classical guitar fancy rings throughout.

Despite being book-ended with warm acoustics, soaring guitar runs smoulder throughout `Prospettive' bringing plenty of raging symphonic bursts here and there. `Manitou' is an album highlight, a stark ballad with Francesco's voice full of wounded dignity bringing a real `hair standing on end' soulful honesty, and some gorgeous weeping guitar strains in the middle that call to mind Pink Floyd pierce straight to the heart.`Nuova Alchimia' holds fleeting moments of infernal heaviness and shadowy symphonic touches amongst its whirring keyboards and catchy huffing chorus, and album closer `La Spirale Del Vento' effortlessly darts back and forth in tempo with some nicely wilder and dangerous touches peppered throughout, as well as some tasty jazzy touches. The band twist through manic eclectic little soloing fills, and the final minutes sweep beautifully with the grandest of themes to ensure the album closes in as elegant and uplifting a manner as possible.

There are minor issues that might perhaps restrict the album for a large majority of listeners. This more song-based album would admittedly be even stronger if it offered a few additional extended instrumental breaks here and there or even one or two voice-free pieces, as it is quite vocal heavy the majority of the time, even if Francesco's range is stronger and more varied than ever. There's also a richness to the lyrics that will absolutely resonate more with Italian speaking listeners in this particular instance that can sometimes be overlooked on more instrumental-heavy Italian works for people who don't speak the language. There's also an uncompromising defiance to this work that might mean `Il-Lūdĕre' will more impress long-time fans of the group as opposed to being a suitable introduction to newcomers (who should probably explore the debut album to start off with).

But considering many of the Black Widow releases are very retro-flavoured or overtly heavy, `Il-Lūdĕre' proves to be one of the most dense yet subtle works to appear on the label. There's plenty of flashier, more obvious Italian prog groups around at the moment, and no doubt the band could deliver paint-by-numbers material that darts off into endless frantic keyboard soloing at every opportunity. But instead Il Tempio delle Clessidre have crafted a work of highly intelligent, weightier and more challenging material here that demands constant time and multiple re-listens to grasp the subtlety and intricate details, which is far more satisfying than instant thrills that don't maintain over time. It ultimately means that `Il-Lūdĕre' is another first-class effort from one of the shining stars of modern Italian progressive rock in Il Tempio delle Clessidre.

Four stars.

Review by andrea
5 stars "Il-ludere", the third album by Genoese band Il Tempio delle Clessidre, was released in 2017 on the independent label Black Widow Records with a renewed line up featuring Elisa Montaldo (keyboards, vocals), Fabio Gremo (bass, classical guitar, backing vocals), Giulio Canepa (electric and acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Mattias Olsson (drums, percussion, keyboards) and Francesco Ciapica (vocals). It confirms all the good qualities of the band's previous works delivering an excellent brew of vintage sounds, crisp melodies and freshness. The title is a kind of calambour, a pun mixing the words illusion and play that gives an idea of the musical content while the enigmatic art cover by Elisa Montaldo adds a touch of mystery and surprise...

The short opener "Le regole del gioco" (The rules of the game) sets the atmosphere by a sound of footsteps in the background, then you can hear a voice giving instructions in English to set up your stereo to get the maximum enjoyment from your listening experience... It leads to "La parola magica" (The magic word), a beautiful piece that evokes the memories of children fascinated with words in a time when "words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells, not frustrating, annoyingly elusive clusters of letters...". Well, this short quote from "Lightning", a novel by Dean Koontz, can give you an idea of the subject matter while the music and lyrics try to take you back in time, in a purer world where dreams can come true and you can believe in magic...

"Come nelle favole" (Like in the fairy tales) is another track full of positive energy that evokes the power of fantasy to overcome the frustrations of daily grind and find new harmony and new strength. Then it's the turn of the dreamy "Dentro la mia mente" (Inside my mind) that tells about words, lyrics and how the inspiration can come like a lightning out of the blue if you really look for it inside your mind...

"Spettro del palco" (Spectre of the stage) is darker and tells in a operatic, theatrical way a story of passion, jealousy, betrayal, murder and remorse. On a virtual stage inside his mind, the protagonist relives again and again the tragic moment when he stabbed to death his woman and failed to kill her lover... Then, the melancholic "Prospettive" (Perspectives) depicts in vivid colours a misty night spent walking under the city lights trying to escape from a raw, smothering reality.

The title of the following "Manitou" refers to the spiritual and fundamental life force in the Native American theology and here the music and lyrics evoke the breath of freedom, the call of the wind and a timeless quest for truth and astral balance... Next comes "Nuova alchimia" (New alchemy) that depicts apocalyptic sceneries and warns about the risks of a future where men feel like gods and are free to manipulate life. Here technology becomes a dangerous, transcendental art...

"La spirale del vento" (The spiral of the wind) starts by a dreamy piano solo pattern, then the music and lyrics unfold between illusion and reality alternating reflective passages and heavier sections, taking risky spiritual paths towards dark horizons... Then a bonus track closes the album. "Gnaffè" features the guest Andrea Montaldo on percussion and comes from the 2016 Colossus-Musea themed compilation album "Decameron - Ten Days In 100 Novellas (Part III)". It's a track with a very theatrical approach that tells in music words the story of a prank...

On the whole, an excellent album and a real must for every Italianprog lover.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Genovese band Il Tempio Delle Clessidre released their third studio album four years on from AlieNatura. Il Ludere is another excellent piece of music that fits nicely in the progressivo Italiano canon. I've followed them since 2014 but their journey began in 2006, when keyboard player Elisa Mon ... (read more)

Report this review (#2381329) | Posted by Agnenrecords | Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars ITDC is Back! After three years from "AlieNatura" the wise band from Genoa, now enriched with the (not only) drummer Mattias Olsson (ex-Anglagard, Necromonkey, White Willow), is out with its third studio album. As the preceding album, also in this case the title is a word game. The union of l ... (read more)

Report this review (#1724185) | Posted by progpromoter | Sunday, May 21, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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