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4.01 | 131 ratings | 3 reviews | 30% 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 / saxophone (3,5)
- Claudio Braccio / saxophone (7)

Releases information

CD Lizard - LIZARD CD 0150 (2019, Italy)

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IL GIARDINO ONIRICO Apofenia ratings distribution

(131 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
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
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
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.

Review by andrea
5 stars "Apofenia" is the third studio album by Il giardino Onirico and was released in 2019 on the independent label Lizard Records with a line up featuring Stefano Avigliana (guitars), Dariush Hakim (keyboards), Ettore Mazzarini (bass), Massimo Moscatelli (drums, percussion) and Emanuele Telli (keyboards) plus the guests Alessandro Corvaglia (vocals - from La Maschera di Cera, Delirium), Jenny Sorrenti (vocals - from Saint Just), Jenna 'Sharm' Holdway (vocals), David Morucci (sax), Claudio Braccio (sax) and the choir Fuori dal Coro. In my opinion, this is a mature and refined work, enriched by the contribute of many prestigious guests, full of inventiveness and fresh ideas combined with vintage sounds and psychedelic flights that the colourful art work by Marco Marini tries to describe on the cover and booklet. The title refers to the tendency to perceive meaningful connections between unrelated things...

The long, hypnotic opener 'Onironauta' (Oneironaut) is a beautiful instrumental track where the band "resolved to go with bold entreaty whither no man had gone before, and dare the icy deserts through the dark to where unknown Kadath, veiled in cloud and crowned with unimagined stars, holds secret and nocturnal the onyx castle of the Great Ones", like Randolph Carter, the protagonist of H.P. Lovecraft novella The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. To be honest, I don't know if the work of the American writer was a source of inspiration for the band, but in my opinion the dark, mysterious atmosphere of this piece perfectly fits the subject matter...

The excellent 'Scivolosa simmetria' (Slippery symmetry) features the vocals of Alessandro Corvaglia and tells in music and poetical words of a haunting, obsessive desire that turns into stone, a thought that becomes a prison between dream and reality, delirium and magic. It starts by a frenzied instrumental passage, then the vocals evoke fiery dances upon coloured petals and magic symphonies as the protagonist tries to escape from the dangerous vortex of an ecstatic, suggestive dream that could lead to death...

'Alétheia' is a long, dreamy instrumental track that starts softly and evolves in a crescendo of psychedelic fantasies and Latin echoes, with a good sax and electric guitar work. After a sudden stop in the middle, there's a second part that veers to calmer musical landscapes. The title refers to a philosophical term that means truth or disclosure but also factuality or reality...

The title of the following 'Mushin' refers to a mental state that is achieved when a person's mind is free from thoughts of anger, fear or ego during combat or everyday life and features the guest vocalist Jenny Sorrenti. It's an ethereal, reflective piece sung in English with a slow pace, a spacey atmosphere and a touch of electronica that deals with spiritual issues like time, love and inner knowledge...

'Apogeo' (Apogee) is another track with a strong spacey atmosphere that in the first part could recall Pink Floyd while in the middle section, with a good sax work, is more aggressive and closer to King Crimson. The last part is a wonderful crescendo where the rhythm seems to take off for the outer space... In fact, the title refers to the point in the orbit of a heavenly body at which it is farthest from the earth...

'Un nodo all'anima' (A knot in the soul) starts by an acoustic guitar arpeggio and the soaring vocals of Alessandro Corvaglia in the forefront. It's a beautiful piece that goes through many changes in rhythm and atmosphere with hermetic lyrics evoking dreams to hold, time spent running after appearances and the desperate need to connect mind and soul to avoid the blades of a deceitful destiny that could hurt you. Mediterranean influences, powerful melodies, flamenco sketches and heavier passages are blended with gusto and personality... A wonderful track!

The long, mysterious 'Lacrime di stelle' (Star tears) ends the album with a melancholic mood and mystic, Oriental flavours. Here the voice of the guest Jenna 'Sharm' Holdway is used just as a charming instrument to add colours to the musical canvas and put a spell on you in a starry night filled with memories and lunar visions...

On the whole, a magnificent work full of nuances and excellent pieces!

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