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Il Giardino Onirico

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3.88 | 127 ratings | 2 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Onironauta (12:14)
2. Scivolosa Simmetria (7:57)
3. Alétheia (12:51)
4. Mushin (10:35)
5. Apogeo (10:39)
6. Un Nodo All'anima (9:39)
7. Lacrime Di Stelle (13:57)

Total time 77:52

Line-up / Musicians

- Stefano Avigliana / guitars
- Dariush Hakim / keyboards
- Emanuele Telli / keyboards
- Ettore Mazzarini / bass
- Massimo Moscatelli / drums, percussion

- Alessandro Corvaglia / vocals (2,6)
- Jenny Sorrenti / vocals (4)
- Jenna "Sharm" Holdway / backing vocals (7)
- Fuori dal coro / chorus vocals (3)
- David Morucci / sax (3,5)
- Claudio Braccio / sax (7)

Releases information

CD Lizard - LIZARD CD 0150 (2019, Italy)

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IL GIARDINO ONIRICO Apofenia ratings distribution

(127 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
5 stars There have been 7 years between the release of their latest album and the new one. The band had the contribution of Alessandro Corvaglia and Jenni Sorrenti to sing on some tracks and 2 sax players. The songs have been carefully re-arranged re-recorded many times until the band was completely satisfied with the final product. The music is full of long instrumental sections and songs even though they wanted to tell stories about life, dreams, and nightmares. The first song starts with an ambient intro followed by a metal riff with keys in the background and gaining in intensity where the guitar takes his spot. There some repetitive and addictive drums part with a world music and space atmosphere. They stretch out the song to the limit here. This is a big instrumental opener. "Alétheia" is another impressive instrumental song with some beautiful choir arrangements that take you to another world. "Mushin" is another long song showing the talent of singer Jenni Sorrenti ending like a firework with electronic effects."Apogeo" starts again in an ambient intro before every musician reunites into a full orchestra with another short metallic guitar part and a rhythm change that has that Haken vibe. That song is the most complex of the album, another instrumental with some great guitar/keys interplay. "Un Nodo All'anima" has two sides. One is a lighter atmosphere with some flamenco style of music and the second is a heavier section with some electric guitar. The two keyboards players in this song display some incredible playing and the vocals are really spot on. The last and longest track display a flourish ending to a beautiful album that every prog rock fan should listen to.
Review by Rivertree
4 stars Apofenia, a beginning stage of schizophrenia? Eh, this can't release me anymore. When producing their albums, why do so many artists thematically deal with psychiatrical respectively psychological issues, well even mental disease sometimes? Self-experienced? I can't believe. It must be the mysticism around that so much the more. Contradiction and unity of brain and soul, coincidence concerning reality, dream, cognition. Something essential and fascinating in general. Now standing to reason, trying to be more concrete, going a step further, how does it come to such a beautiful result music-wise? Who will be able to answer that? Are they trying to define their specific border between genius and insanity? Non lo so.

Okay, at least when it comes to the musical output, there's no problem at all when trying to get close to this album. The band, situated not far away from Rome, is offering seven ambitious tracks here, nearly every crossing the 10 minute mark. Coincidence or not, it also took seven years, the debut yet came out in 2012. Anyway, the line-up almost stays, solely former singer Marco Marini is not aboard anymore. Instrumental parts are dominating, but for two occasions they have invited Alessandro Corvaglia, yeah, the voice of La Maschera Di Cera. Bravo, a good move. Meets my taste for sure, and the extravagant Un Nodo All'Anima for example marks the proof.

Mushin on the other hand, Trip Hop inspired a bit, includes a beautiful heart-wrenching vocal contribution by Gianna 'Jenny' Sorrenti. Yep, sister of Alan. Regarding the mix of English and Italian lyrics not straightaway, but no reason to complain really. Apogeo means arriving at a new peak, yeah, that should be the goal all along. This applies to the soaring electric guitar in between at a minimum. Conclusion: skillful and entertaining heavy progressive art rock featuring some symphonic leanings, in the stretch of around 78 minutes. Masterful? Time will tell. This means IL GIARDINO ONIRICO have produced an album of real extent and depth. 4.5 stars so far.

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