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3.76 | 35 ratings | 4 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

- Broken Coriolanus :
1. Welcome to Rome (5:58)
2. A Brave Fellow (7:44)
3. Traitor (8:43)
4. Slippery Turns (6:27)
5. Rage and Sorrow (13:13)
6. The Worm (7:54)
7. The Moon is Down (4:27)

Total Time 54:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Andrea Massimo / guitar, vocals
- Elton Novara / guitar
- Lino Cicala / keyboards
- Andrea Zani / keyboards
- Demetra Fogazza / flute, vocals
- Tony Alemanno / bass, bass pedals
- Matteo Paparazzo / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Ernesto Fantozzi (photo)

CD Black Widow Records ‎- BWRCD 207-2 (2018, Italy)

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HOLLOWSCENE / EX BANAAU Hollowscene ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
4 stars The band has a new name and a new line-up but continue to make concept albums, this time about Shakespeare's tragedy "Coriolanus". The band added to their line-up Demetra Fogazza who plays an important role on this album with the flute, but was already working as a session musician in 2017. The music of Hollowscene is inspired by the 70's symphonic Progressive rock, mostly Genesis and Steve Hackett, but the influences of Versus-X, the singer and leader of this band Arne ShaŽfer is even more obvious. The songs have that dramatic beauty of the symphonic prog rock music that is based on extended passages, where every instrument shine through some sumptuous melodies. The atmosphere of the music covers different tempos and moods rarely boring. The playing of two members on the guitar, two others members on the keyboards and the addition of plenty of flutes gives to the music that rich sound. Some of the guitar and keyboards parts are breathtaking in some long instrumental break. The album ends with a cover of Gentle Giant, a little surprise here! Recommended to your Prog collection...
Review by Matti
4 stars This Italian band started in 1990 but didn't release anything until the EP The Burial in 2015. Since that they have changed the band name from Banaau to Hollowscene. They seem to be strongly inspired by classic literature: the early, unreleased compositions were based on the poems of T. S. Eliot. This new release contains 'The Worm', based on E. A. Poe's poem "The Conqueror Worm", which was composed in the early nineties as well. The main thing here is the five-part, roughly 42-minute epic 'Broken Coriolanus' based on the tragedy by William Shakespeare. Respect for that! To think of all childish, fantasy-oriented stories that the history of prog is so full of... Well, maybe I was carried away a little, as I'm a lover of literature, and anyway I'm not familiar with Coriolanus (the play).

Onto the music. It is very symphonically structured. 70's Genesis is mentioned in the artist bio as a reference, and indeed up to the point. The sound is somewhere between the golden era of prog (especially for the analog-sounding keyboards) and the Neo Prog of this Millennium. The vocals are rather clean and technically convincing, but perhaps slightly lacking of passion and personality. Although the line-up consists of seven musicians - guitars and keyboards are doubled - the sound never gets too thick. There's an airiness I'd compare to WILLOWGLASS. The most notable difference between Willowglass and Hollowscene is that the latter has vocals. Flautist Demetra Fogazza also adds her vocals in the final part of the epic; a pity she's not singing at least to the equal measure with the guys. The epic is very solid and dynamic. Some more instrumental approach would have been great, but the lyrics seem quite good and perhaps in time I'll get some hold of the story too (for me the music always comes first, in all music).

'The Worm' (7:54) starts in a peaceful tempo starring flute and guitar, before the whole band and the vocals arrive. Again the structure of the composition is very symphonic; it's such a rollercoaster ride within the limited length. The CD ends with a nice cover version of GENTLE GIANT's 'The Moon Is Down'. However I clearly prefer the original: this one's technically excellent, but it doesn't reach the magical, nocturnal atmosphere.

All in all, this album is excellent work of melodic, classic-style symphonic prog with modern flavours to the sound. In theory, this could be a five-star masterpiece, but somehow the emotional side of my reception never reaches to heavens. Maybe it's mainly the vocals, but there's a slight clinical feel to this marvelous music. A strong four stars, without a question!

Latest members reviews

4 stars Hollowscene began life in 1990 as a duo called Banaau formed of guitar player Andrea Massimo and keyboard player Lino Cicala. They recruited drummer Davide Quacquarella and bassist player Dino Pantaleo to perform long-form suites inspired by T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men and The Love Story of J Al ... (read more)

Report this review (#2406047) | Posted by Agnenrecords | Sunday, May 24, 2020 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This Italian project was founded in 1990 as Banaau by the duo Andrea Massimo (guitar) and Lino Cicala (keyboards), their work was inspired by literature from T.S. Elliot and E.A.Poe. The following years the band alternated between success and disappointments and finally disbanded. But in 2011 An ... (read more)

Report this review (#2044003) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Saturday, October 13, 2018 | Review Permanlink

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