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Founded in Genova, Italy in 1997

UNA STAGIONE ALL'INFERNO (A Season In Hell) is an Italian rock band formed in 1997, initially a collaboration between Fabio Nicolazzo, hailing from Genoa's gothic rock scene, and the classically trained Laura Menighetti. Later Diego Banchero (IL SEGNO DEL COMANDO), Carlo Opisso and Francesco Scariti joined the project, and the group recorded the song `La ballata di Carini' which was included on the compilation `E tu vivrai nel terrore...' (And you will live in terror) published in 1998 by the Genoese label Black Widow Records. The track is the theme song of the famous Seventies Italian TV show `L'amaro caso della Baronessa di Carini', interpreted by the band in a dark progressive way. Subsequently the band was preparing to make a concept album about that script, but this didn't happen due to internal disagreements between the members.

In 2011 the core line-up of Nicolazzo and Menighetti decided to resurrect the project, and this led to the ambitious idea of creating a concept around `Il Mostro di Firenze' (The Monster of Florence), a name commonly used by the media in Italy to refer to a series of eight double murder cases that took place between 1968 and 1985. In the following years a partnership was created with drummer and sound engineer Marco Biggi (ex Ronḍ Veneziano, ex Radio Gaga), Roberto Tiranti (LABYRINTH, Wonderworld) Pier Gonella (Ex Labyrinth, Mastercastle, Necrodeath) and classical saxophonist Paolo Firpo, and, in addition to the involvement with a string trio comprised of Kim Schiffo (cello), Laura Sillitti (violin) and Daniele Guerci (viola), the record finally came out in Spring of 2018.

`Il Mostro di Firenze' is described as `an obscure sound experience, a gloomy three-dimensional journey that will take you into the delirious world of one of the most brutal crimes of Italian news. It is a dark and symphonic work, a dialogue with the most occult and secret parts of our soul, and a still unsolved mystery...the album comes to life with gloomy and misty hues, truly a journey through the wastelands of madness and the occult.'

A work and band for lovers of the darker, heavier and most mysterious Italian acts such as IL SEGNO DEL COMANDO, IL BALLO DELLE CASTAGNE, THREE KINGS, L'ALBERO DEL VELENO, JACULA/ANTONIUS REX and GOBLIN!

Biography courtesy of Black Widow Records, expanded on by Michael Hodgson (Aussie-Byrd-Brother), Italian Prog Team.

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3.24 | 9 ratings
Il Mostro Di Firenze
2018

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 Il Mostro Di Firenze by STAGIONE ALL' INFERNO, UNA album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.24 | 9 ratings

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Il Mostro Di Firenze
Una Stagione All' Inferno Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I suggested this new band on the trusted Black Widow label into the Archives some months ago, knowing it would only be a matter of time when the RPI team finally rolls on the red carpet. Someone instantly rated this with five stars, and also more positive reviews will follow, I believe. With the very informative first review (by TenYearsAfter) still fresh on the front page, I'll make it shorter this time and concentrate on my reception on the music. I didn't know about the true story of a serial killer behind the album, but the horror-filled conceptual nature is pretty clear during the album. Too much so, really. Many tracks contain some sound effects (angstic human voices from talking to terrified screams, rain, birds, car's motor & door slamming, steps, clanging and hitting sounds, phone ringing, etc), underlining the sinister atmosphere. In fact, each time I listen to this album, I've become quite tired of them before 55 minutes have passed. It all makes me miss the music of GOBLIN, in which the horror concept doesn't steal the main attention from the excellent music itself.

As a kindred spirit to many dark-toned RPI bands from Goblin to L'Albero del Veleno, Una Stagione all'Inferno definitely has lots of musical potential. The music is written by vocalist-guitarist Fabio Nicolazzo and keyboardist Laura Menighetti. Piano, Hammond and keyboards are central in the sound that incorporates also acoustic & electric guitars, soprano sax and a string trio. The vocals are often delivered with layered (if a little flat) harmonies. If all additional effects were erased away, we'd have a fine, eclectic, semi-symphonic RPI album balancing between instrumental approach and more vocal-oriented songwriting. 'Serial Killer Rock' -- sung in Italian except for the repeated title -- is the worst track as a doomy heavy rock song. On the whole there are many fine things in the music. It's such a pity that the sound effects are playing a terribly overblown role, in my opinion. I hope the band's future releases will place the music first, not the concept.

 Il Mostro Di Firenze by STAGIONE ALL' INFERNO, UNA album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.24 | 9 ratings

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Il Mostro Di Firenze
Una Stagione All' Inferno Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars "First review of this album"

"Black Widow Records strikes again!"

During the years the Italian progrock label Black Widow Records has supported a lot of interesting darker sounding progrock bands and artists, the latest example is Una Stagione All'Inferno ("a season in the hell"). This band is formed in 1997 by the collaboration between Fabio Nicolazzo, coming from Genoa's gothic rock scene, and Laura Menighetti, of classical training. Later Diego Banchero (Il Segno Del Comando), Carlo Opisso and Francesco Scariti joined the band, with this line-up the band released the song La Ballata Di Carini which was included in the compilation E Tu Vivrai Nel Terrore, published in 1998 by the Italian label Black Widow Records. The track is the theme song of the famous 70s script L'Amaro Caso Della Baronessa Di Carini, interpreted by the band in a dark progressive way. Subsequently the band was preparing to make a concept album about that script, but this didn't happen because of disagreements within the band. In 2011 Fabio Nicolazzo and Laura Menighetti decided to take up the band, and this led to the ambitious idea of creating a concept on Il Mostro Di Firenze (The Monster of Florence), and the record eventually came out in the spring of 2018 after a long process due to the topic's complexity. In the following years a partnership was created with the drummer and sound engineer Marco Biggi (ex Rondo Veneziano, ex Radio Gaga), Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, Wonderworld, etc.) Pier Gonella (ex Labyrinth, Mastercastle, Necrodeath) and Paolo Firpo (classical saxophonist ). And also thanks to the collaboration with a string trio composed by Kim Schiffo (cello), Laura Sillitti (violin) and Daniele Guerci (viola).

The band about their music. "Il Mostro Di Firenze is an obscure sound experience, a gloomy three-dimensional journey that will take you into the delirious world of one of the most brutal crimes of Italian news. A dark and symphonic work. A dialogue with the most occult and secret parts of our soul. A still unsolved mystery..." The music.

The story is about a the gruesome 8 murders on couples, making love in a car in the Italian provence Florence, between 1968 and 1985, for the horrible details I refer to the Internet. The band has succeeded to translate this horror into the nine compositions: lots of ominous atmospheres and hypnotizing, slow rhythms, blended with sound effects and a wide range of instruments to colour the dark music, from acoustic guitar, piano, violin and saxophone to Hammond organ, synthesizers and heavy guitars. And the strong Italian vocals are male and female.

In the opener Novilunio a razorsharp Fripperish guitar represents the horror, you can imagine how the Monster Of Venice was pleasing his sick mind!

In Nella Notte the music changes from a dark and slow rhythm to bombastic, in between sounds of violence, emphasized by again that razor sharp guitar sound, this is horror prog.

In the short Interludio Macabro we hear a distorted, insane sounding female voice, feed your imagination!

The compelling and heavy Serial Killer Rock delivers a slow and hypnotizing rhythm with sound effects, a propulsive beat and fiery guitar play, evoking Seventies Hawkwind.

The varied track Il Dottore starts with creepy sounds, then exciting interplay between organ and strong drum beats and lots of shifting moods, embellished with powerful saxophone, howling guitar and bombastic keyboards.

And in the final, instrumental track Plenilunio (an extended reprise of Novilunio) the band reaches it's artistic and musical pinnacle, what a variety in atmospheres (from mellow to bombastic) and what an awesome interplay between classical piano, fiery electric guitar and melancholical saxophone, avant-garde King Crimson in Italy!

If you like dark and varied prog, embellished with a wide range of instruments, this is an interesting album to discover.

My rating: 3,5 star.

The first edition of this review was recently published on the Dutch progrock website Background Magazine.

Thanks to aussie-byrd-brother for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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