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4.11 | 34 ratings | 3 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1) Caledoscopio (8:21)
2) Banalmente (5:16)
3) Vetro (7:10)
4) Strade Affollate (4:57)
5) L'Occhio dello Sciacallo (2:51)
6) Antares (7:39)
7) Sono Luce (6:40)
8) Quello che Rimane... (3:21)
9) Destinazioni (14:59)
10) Alla Corte del Re Cremisi (16:07)*

Total Time 61:14 (CD version)

Line-up / Musicians

- Sandro Amadei / keyboards
- Stefano Amadei / guitars, Irish bouzouki
- Alessandro Bosca / bass
- Simone Caffè / guitars
- Francesco Fiorito / drums
- Emanuela Vedana / vocals

- Stefano Cabrera / cello (5, 6)
- Fabrizio Salvini / percussion (3, 6); flute (6)
- Hanako Tsushima / violin (10)

Releases information

CD Black Widow Records BWR 224
LP Black Widow Records BWR 224 (2 LP with bonus track * in listing)

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MELTING CLOCK Destinazioni ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
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Review by Matti
4 stars MELTING CLOCK is an Italian prog band originating from the early 2000's. Their debut album Destinazioni was finally released last winter by the Black Widow label. The CD version is 61 minutes long; the 2LP edition contains a 16-minute medley of the material of King Crimson's debut In the Court of the Crimson King as a bonus (I haven't heard it). The band page is packed with information, so I'll concentrate on the music. The album has some conceptualism, dealing of a journey or something. Both Italian and English words are printed, but all singing is in Italian.

A good female vocalist definitely isn't too common in RPI. Emanuela Vedana has a nice, clean voice and her expression is elegant, free of over-dramatization but not without emotion. She would suit in a lyrically oriented vocal music as well. The band sound is also pretty sophisticated and mellow, featuring elements from classical music and folk. Keyboardist and additional vocalist Sandro Amadei and guitarist Simone Caffè are the main composers, and neither of them is pushing their playing in the centre of attention in a virtuotic manner. All the musicians in the group are technically good, they just aren't head over heels to show it off. Does this polite democracy and the lack of more notable soloing result as a mild degree of progressive rock flavour? Well, perhaps a little on some songs, but if you want to listen to intense, ELP-influenced RPI, there are myriads of bands in that style. Melting Clock is a fresh exception, closer to being a cross between Renaissance and the most artistic Dire Straits than edgier prog such as King Crimson that they have covered. Moreover, I think the majority of recent Italian prog bands with a female vocalist have more or less been oriented to hard rock, which is very minimal here. Yes, the electric guitar occasionally speeds up, but the acoustic guitar is often more essential in the sound.

The melodic style is a relatively accessible combination of vocal oriented, calm pop rock and 70's inspired symphonic rock. Even the least proggy songs are enjoyable, and none of them actually is following the verse/chorus structure. Album highlights include 'Antares', which is one of the tracks to feature beautiful vocalise singing, and the three-part title piece which is clearly the proggiest track. This is a band worth keeping an eye on!

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4 stars Melting clock released their first album in 2019. titled Destinazioni and it's a great piece of music. I stumbled upon this album not so long ago and it blew my mind. An hour of fantastically delivered prog, featuring beautiful vocal performances from Emanuela Vedana. She gives a whole range ... (read more)

Report this review (#2504294) | Posted by prog_traveller!! | Thursday, February 11, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Melting Clock guitarist Stefano Amadei explained the band's moniker, commencing the tale in the Department of Physics at university in Genoa in 2001: the original objectives of a small group of friends was to have fun making music, describing the attempts of the fledgling group to play covers fr ... (read more)

Report this review (#2403538) | Posted by Agnenrecords | Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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