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La Maschera Di Cera

Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4.03 | 160 ratings | 6 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Il Tempo Millenario (21:43) :
- i. L'anima in Rovina
- ii. Nuvole Gonfie
- iii. La Mia Condanna
- iv. Scparazione
- v. Del Tempo Sprecato
2. Il Cerchio del Comando (9:57)
3. Vacuo Senso (11:01) :
- i. Prologo
- ii. Dialogo
- iii. Nella Rete dell'Inganno
- iv. Il Risueglio di S
- v. Ascensione

Total Time 42:41

Line-up / Musicians

- Alessandro Corvaglia / vocals, guitars
- Agostino Macor / keyboards
- Fabio Zuffanti / bass

- Martin Grice / saxophone, flute
- Paolo Tixi / drums

Releases information

S.E.I. = Separazione / Egolatria / Inganno

Label: AMS Records
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
September 18, 2020

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LA MASCHERA DI CERA S.E.I. ratings distribution

(160 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)


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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Fabio Zuffanti is back with another release from his most successful prog project. While the band's previous release, 2013's La Porto di domini was, to my ears, a flop (especially for being the successor to LE ORME's highly acclaimed 1973 release, Felona e Sorona), the compositions, recording, and performances here are fairly strong.

1. "Il tempo millenario" (21:43) opens with a very familiar heavy feel and sound la their previous album, La porto di domini. At 1:20 it moves into a prettier, more laid-back pastoral flute-centric passage before reverting to bare bones for the vocal section to begin at the end of the third minute. The vocals are pretty good! At 4:00 we move back into an up tempo, rather ominous section until 4:30 when everything takes a surprising turn into a pulsing, PINK FLOYD-like jazz-rock passage--with even the saxophone and organ perpetuating the PF vibe. The toned down section beginning in the seventh minute is pretty with its sparsely populated drawn out instrumental spaciousness. I like this very much. Imagine a pregnant GENESIS passage with Peter Gabriel performing his theatric storytelling and then the instruments bursting out from their hiding places to punctuate the drama of PG's epic story. Piano and harpsichord lay out a new and different (more Il Balletto di Bronzo-like) motif in the twelfth minute before we move into a clavichord-supported and Mellotron-drenched vocal section. I don't care for these heavily affected vocals--but they quickly withdraw from these for a spell before shifting at 13:30 into high speed romp into Hammond and sax rock and roll. The power vocals here try to be theatric but feel a little over top (as the music is a bit under-the-top). Just weird Hammond play and solo (more like a Halloween parody). Even when the pace and sax redouble at the 16:00 mark I am distracted by the weird, almost comical Hammond--which, unfortunately, detracts from the power and force being attempted in the vocal in the early eighteenth minute. The pensive passage that follows is better--great drums and sax help to almost drown out the Hammond. At 18:27, then, we downshift into a floating soundscape that lends itself to the sensitivity of Alessandro's vocal--but then once again it breaks into a kind of triumphant celebratory passage at 18:20--very RPI and Genesisian (think La Coscienza di Zeno and Supper's Ready's As Sure as Eggs Is Eggs). There are definitely some great parts to this song--and a mastery of "classic" prog and RPI forms and palettes here--but not enough to make the whole stand out on its own as a new classic. (35.25/40): - i. L'anima in Rovina - ii. Nuvole Gonfie - iii. La Mia Condanna - iv. Scparazione - v. Del tempo sprecato

2. "Il cerchio del comando" (9:57) a very strong, stereotypic RPI song whose good quality and appeal, unfortunately, for me, drop significantly once the vocal joins in; the melody and performances in the choruses are just weak. The TULL-like passage around the 6:00 mark is its only saving grace. (17.25/20)

3. "Vacuo senso" (13:30) (27.25/30): - i. Prologo (3:35) (8.5/10) - ii. Dialogo (1:50) - gorgeous slow section with one of Alessandro's best vocals. (5/5) - iii. Nella rete dell'Inganno (3:05) - RENAISSANCE meets & plays COLTRANE's "My Favorite Things" (literally) and then turns into TRAFFIC jazz! Don Pullen! (4.75/5) - iv. Il risueglio di S (1:30) - some powerful IL BALLETTO bravura. (4.5/5) - v. Ascensione (3:10) all bass & 'tron Neo Prog cheese. Bring it home, boys! (even though it's been done a hundred times before). (4.5/5)

Total Time 42:41

Trying to overcome my usual biases against this band due to their past inconsistencies is a challenge--especially when the music on this album only serves to reinforce those biases. One GREAT song, two okay, all three long playing, two epic suites (my bandcamp version of "Vacuo senso" is 13:30.) Still, I have to agree with other reviewers that this band keeps getting better.

An excellent addition to any prog lover's music collection.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars This is the latest studio album from LA MASCHERA DI CERA released in 2020. They have been a five piece right from that 2002 debut and technically still are but they show the drummer and sax/flute players as guests as the original flautist left after the previous album along with the drummer. The new blower is from DELIRIUM while the guy on the kit is from IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE. This is one of those modern RPI bands who have captured that 70's RPI sound almost to perfection. In part it's the vocals but also the mellotron and keyboards. The bass from Zuffanti has such a nasty tone to it and is a highlight for sure.

Only three tracks but worth 45 minutes. I have to say this one really impressed me but it's not without it's faults. I would put it though with "Il Grande Labirinto" and "Le Porte Del Domani" my top three albums from them. So yes this is a great record overall. It's so warm with the flute, mellotron and vocals especially bringing the heat. It doesn't get much better than that almost 22 minute opener "Il Tempo Millinario" a symphonic delight. Themes are repeated and this is a long ride. So many highlights usually involving the bass or mellotron. Some boiling organ and the sax is on fire in the second half. The singer plays acoustic guitar and we get that during some of the calms. Flute is great as well.

I'm not as big on the middle track "Il Cerchio Del Comando" at 10 minutes although the first four minutes are outstanding. The closer "Vacho Senso" at almost 14 minutes features some new sounds like distorted organ bringing Canterbury to mind and jazzy sax leads. The flute to start is haunting and brings ANGLAGARD to mind before it kicks in beautifully with heavy bass, drums and mellotron. Oh my! There are some real swings in music styles on this one. Lots of piano as well. Jazzy flute around 6 1/2 minutes followed by that distorted organ 8 minutes in. Huge bass lines follow. Such highs to this album.

Easily 4 stars and it was a pleasure to spend time with this band, it's been a while.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This acclaimed Italian formation was founded in 2001 but between its debut album from 2002 and this new album entitled S.E.I. (Separazione, Egolatria, Inganno which means Separation, Selfishness, Deceit) the band only released four studio efforts, the previous one Le Porte Del Domani (also rele ... (read more)

Report this review (#2607370) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Sunday, October 24, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Rock Progressivo Italiano is my favourite prog rock genre and La Maschera Di Cera is my favourite RPI band. So when I have heard about this new album from them I was more excited than ever. And my expectation were highly rewarded. Although this new release is very different from their last release ... (read more)

Report this review (#2463802) | Posted by *ChristianRO* | Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars It seems that 2020 is a very good year for Italy. At least regarding the prog rock and more precisely, Rock Progressivo Italiano. Earlier this year we had the amazing "Sadako e le mille gru di carta" by LogoS and now it's time for S.E.I. to shine. La Maschera Di Cera gets better and better with ever ... (read more)

Report this review (#2455281) | Posted by emisan | Saturday, October 10, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This'll be a quick review, but MAN! these guys are actually getting better and better! When I first started getting into the band LA MASCHERA DI CERA about 10 years or so ago, I liked their style of Italian Prog, and have gotten every album from them since. I used to rate their early albums in ... (read more)

Report this review (#2449539) | Posted by Squire Jaco | Sunday, September 20, 2020 | Review Permanlink

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