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This five-piece Italian band* from Padua started out in the late 70's doing early GENESIS cover songs as well as composing some of their own. Following the GENESIS style, their own material feature delicate guitar chords, lots of synthesizer, rich harmonies and sophisticated arrangements; the vocals are somewhat reminiscent of John Wetton's. The band had their first break with the single "Irene Campbell", a song that received high praises at a national competition (Centocitta), and then with "No One Could Stand Me", a song that reached the radio top ten in Padua. In 1981, most of the group continued under the name DUKE, a straight-ahead GENESIS tribute band that is still alive today.
(Duke is shown in this photo until we can locate an old Mellonta photo!)

Their self-titled debut album, recorded between 1978-1980 but released in 1993 only, contains eight original tracks and three GENESIS cover songs. In 2000, it was followed up by "90.00", an album featuring 13 original tracks. The band finally released "Night of the Falling Stars" containing the title track plus eight cover songs, originally played at various concerts but re-recorded using a "live in studio" technique; among them are covers of ELTON JOHN, PETER GABRIEL, STEVIE WONDER and of course, GENESIS songs. Some are faithful to the originals, others nicely rearranged.

Their avowed dedication to early GENESIS and their long career together as a band guarantee some memorable moments of the GENESIS kind. Recommended to fans who can't get enough of the old magic.

* Not to be confused with German goth-rock band of the same name.

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Mellonta Tauta
Mellonta Tauta Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Lush 70s symphonic for Genesis fans, by Genesis fans

If you love warm, accessible symphonic and neo-prog, you're going to love this open-hearted gem of uplifting melodic prog-rock. The band hails from 1970s Italy but this is no rough and tumble RPI group. This band loves Genesis so much that they eventually morphed into the Genesis cover band "Duke." They sing in English and write songs that could have come from some lost late 70s Genesis project. There is also an early neo-prog edge to these late '70s recordings. The final product doesn't sound too far from the early albums of the German band Rousseau, but perhaps with more bite and fire in the guitar solos.

The studio tracks are beautifully atmospheric with a fat and mellow bass, constantly floating synths and e-piano, and impressive drumming. The English vocals have a slight Italian accent but are pretty decent. Guitarist Mauro Scapolo is a melodic monster, spinning one romantic, soaring lead after another. With an up-front fiery sound yet tasteful delivery he really puts this band over the top. The songs do not hold back trying to be cool or aloof, they are extroverted, they build, and they wear unashamed emotions on their sleeve for all to take freely. The long and dramatic tracks have a wonderful acoustic solo named "La Rochelle" planted in the middle. Two tracks feature enthusiastic saxophone solos. If you enjoy stuff like Sebastian Hardie, Moongarden, Novalis, or Druid; if you like pleasing music that doesn't take itself too seriously, you might want to consider this rarity before it goes out of print.

In the early 1980s the band changed some members and became "Duke" who continue to this day. This album contains three live Genesis numbers, Hackett's "Every Day" plus two long classics medleys bringing the album to 73 minutes long. The live Genesis tracks are exciting and quite well done. Understand this is a regional group and the album does not have the exact perfection of a Genesis release. You'll hear some mistakes and production issues, but if you can tolerate that and just enjoy some positive music whose sole purpose is your entertainment, you should love this. I enjoyed it very much even though it is derivative and not the kind of music I generally go for. I also appreciate the wide-eyed innocence of the album cover, whose simplicity is so refreshing in this age of album-art overkill. The cover perfectly sums up the spirit of Mellonta Tauta. Yet another reward for those willing to dig deep through the Mellow ranks. Bravo. 7/10


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