Header

PRESENCE

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Presence picture
Presence biography
PRESENCE formed in the early 90s, when they completed their first recording, the concept EP "THE SHADOWING". The group consists of three well known Neapolitan session musicians: singer/pianist SOPHYA BACCINI, multi-instrumentalist ENRICO IGLIO, and guitarist SERGIO CASAMASSIMA .

All three musicians are musically trained, sight-readers. What makes Presence different than their peers is the emphasis they have placed on their musical studies: Sophya Baccini, daughter of a tenor, has worked continuously to perfect her vocal technique, then blues-oriented, complementing it with operatic studies.

Enrico Iglio, who represents the third generation of a musical family, attended a private Musical Academy, studying percussion, composing, and orchestration. Sergio Casamassima, also belonging to the third generation of a musical family, studied classical guitar and is a graduate of Los Angeles' Guitar Institute of Technology.

"THE SHADOWING", a limited-edition, vinyl-only, self-produced effort, was the result of Presence's need to explore a new musical genre that hadn't yet made its appearance on either the Italian or the global scene. PRESENCE played a form of heavy rock with a decidedly progressive accent, and then fused it with symphonic elements. In an effort typical of the best musical experiments of the 80s the band took a lot of care to their arrangements; dedicating a great deal of time to sound research, this type of commitment was exactly what you would expect from people with a solid musical background and experience in recording studios.

This experimental recording, that in some ways was almost an experiment for the band, yielded very positive results: PRESENCE has a unique sound that sounded fantastic when played live with the addition of a rhythm section: drummer Sergio Quagliarella, and bass player Emiliano De Luca. This line-up had its debut recording released in January 1992 with the self-produced "MAKUMBA", a full-length album only available on CD. The recording stirred the interest of many alternative Italian labels, and was extremely well-received by the music press and critics in general.

The CD was accompanied by the release of a digital video of the second song on the album, "Left Hand Cross".

Thanks to the buzz generated by "MAKUMBA", PRESENCE started working with Black Widow, a Genoa-based record company, founded by passionate progressive music fans. The founders of Black Widow had been waited a long ti...
read more

Presence official website

PRESENCE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

PRESENCE forum topics / tours, shows & news


PRESENCE forum topics Create a topic now
PRESENCE tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "presence"
Post an entries now

PRESENCE Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all PRESENCE videos (1) | Search and add more videos to PRESENCE

Buy PRESENCE Music


InsideInside
Smash 1993
Audio CD$0.43
$0.01 (used)
RiseRise
Curb 2012
Audio CD$0.99
$0.01 (used)
All Systems GoneAll Systems Gone
Ark 21 2000
Audio CD$1.97
$0.01 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
BLONDIE - Presence, Dear - (12" Vinyl PS - Chrysalis CHS 12 2217) - Ex/Vg+ US $12.89 Buy It Now 31m 6s
The Music of Leroy Anderson Frederick Fennell Mercury Living Presence Fast Ship! US $17.95 Buy It Now 46m 45s
Gloria Gayner - Christmas Presence [CD New] US $9.00 Buy It Now 1h 3m
BEETHOVEN Vittoria TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 DORATI Mercury LIVING PRESENCE 120.514 MLL US $16.99 Buy It Now 1h 32m
CECE WINANS - ALONE IN HIS PRESENCE - NEW CD US $14.88 Buy It Now 2h 15m
ALARM presence of love 12" double a sided promo in special sleeve (l3317474) us US $10.08 Buy It Now 3h
led zeppelin "presence" LP (blue vinyl) US $26.99 Buy It Now 3h 9m
MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE SR90105 Frederick Fennell MARCHING ALONG Stereo NM/MINT! US $13.00 Buy It Now 3h 41m
Led Zeppelin - Presence - Swan Song SSK 59402 - Matrix SSK 59402 A2 / B1 US $48.38 Buy It Now 3h 46m
Sweet Presence Presents - Ring the Bells of Heaven - Music CD - Hand Signed US $9.99 Buy It Now 3h 52m
Led Zeppelin - Presence - Excellent condition, great sounding German pressing US $32.27 Buy It Now 3h 57m
Presence Of Mind - Interpersonal (NEW CD) US $22.17 Buy It Now 4h 8m
FLOY JOY cassette tape WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY 10 TRACKS US $9.68 Buy It Now 4h 15m
FLOY JOY cassette tape album WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY US $9.55 Buy It Now 4h 15m
Archer Takes Aim - Funereal Presence New & Sealed CD-JEWEL CASE Free Shipping US $37.70 Buy It Now 4h 41m
Ray McVay : SHOWCASE : Vinyl Album : Mercury Living Presence : Stereo LPS 16502 US $10.95 Buy It Now 4h 45m
AUDIOPHILE CLASSIC RECORDS MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE STEREO PARAY CHABRIER US $19.99 [1 bids]
5h 5m
DORATI - BARTOK & KODALY, MG 50132 MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE US $15.00 Buy It Now 5h 11m
BIG DISH slide 12" 3 trk extended version b/w reverend killer and presence (vs85 US $8.45 Buy It Now 5h 45m
ORANGE JUICE what presence 12" 3 track extended version b/w bass on version and US $8.45 Buy It Now 5h 46m
HAYDN-Symphony No.100 & BEETHOVEN No.6- Mercury Living Presence Stereo SR90415 US $16.99 [0 bids]
6h 13m
Byron Janis Rachmaninoff Mercury Living Presence US $4.99 [0 bids]
6h 30m
Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole Paray Detroit Symphony 1956 Mercury Living Presence US $20.00 Buy It Now 6h 32m
1959 Mercury OLD-2 "Living Presence" Promotional Picture Sleeve US $5.00 [0 bids]
6h 38m
ALISON MOYET Weak In The Presence Of Beauty 7" Single Vinyl Record CBS 1987 US $9.66 Buy It Now 6h 54m
LED ZEPPELIN - PRESENCE NEW CD US $8.45 Buy It Now 7h 4m
The Romeros with Jaleo-World of Flamenco-2 LPs-1967 Mercury Living Presence US $5.99 [1 bids]
7h 11m
Capital Jr. Massed Choir Song Of Lord's Presence/Spirit Of Jesus LP 1955 Coronet US $19.99 Buy It Now 7h 24m
Schubert Susskind Isserstedt Near Mint Rare Promotional Mercury Living Presence US $25.00 Buy It Now 8h 17m
Dorati: Waltzes by Tchaikovsky Mercury SR 90395 Living Presence Stereo LP RFR-1 US $75.00 Buy It Now 9h 22m
ATHEIST Unquestionable Presence LP yellow vinyl new US $20.00 [0 bids]
9h 23m
Unknown Artist Premiere Performance Plus - Presence (My CD US $6.20 Buy It Now 9h 38m
CD HELD BY LOVE SONGS IN HIS PRESENCE CD NEW FACTORY SEALED CD US $9.99 Buy It Now 9h 48m
Pastor Dorion Morgan & Total Praise - In Your Presence [CD New] US $13.98 Buy It Now 9h 51m
Presence - Rise - CD - USED US $0.09 [0 bids]
9h 57m
Mercury Living Presence Stereo SR90284 Fennell 'Sousa on Review' NM+ Shrink US $25.00 Buy It Now 11h 18m
ALARM presence of love 12" 4 trk b/w knife edge, this train is bound for glory a US $8.45 Buy It Now 11h 37m
ALARM presence of love 12" 3 trk b/w knife edge and strength (irmt155) pic sleev US $8.45 Buy It Now 11h 37m
BACK WHEN-In The Presence-CHURNING/Explosive/SCREAMS-Cd US $7.49 Buy It Now 11h 52m
Led Zeppelin-Presence-Swan Song 59402-UK A2/B1 NICE US $39.99 Buy It Now 11h 55m
FLOY JOY Weak In The Presence Of Beauty CD Virgin Records 1986 NM US $9.99 [0 bids]
12h 19m
Orange Juice - What Presence?! - 7" single in Picture Sleeve - Edwyn Collins US $1.60 [0 bids]
12h 29m
LOT OF 3 MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE LPS DORATI / FENNELL US $20.00 Buy It Now 13h
LOT OF 3 MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE LPS DORATI FENNELL US $20.00 Buy It Now 13h
DORATI Respighi Birds Brazilian Impressions Mercury Living Presence lp US $79.99 Buy It Now 13h 3m
NUTCRACKER LP set DORATI Mercury Living Presence Stereo 35MM SR2-9013 "CCFR-1" US $40.00 Buy It Now 13h 23m
PRESENCE ft. Shara Nelson - SENSE OF DANGER 1998 Remix US $5.99 Buy It Now 13h 33m
CLAUS OGERMAN MICHAEL BRECKER "IN THE PRESENCE AND ABSENCE" 12" E.P. PROMO 1982 US $7.99 Buy It Now 13h 41m
George Barnes Guitars Galore Original MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE STEREO f:35d LP US $5.50 [0 bids]
13h 43m
GLORIA GAYNOR - CHRISTMAS PRESENCE NEW CD US $14.22 Buy It Now 13h 47m
THE ALARM PRESENCE OF LOVE WHITE LABEL PROMO PICTURE SLEEVE US $5.99 Buy It Now 13h 51m
PRESENCE FEATURING SHARA NELSON sense of danger 12" 1 trk original presence mix US $8.45 Buy It Now 14h 25m
PRESENCE (LOL TOHURST) in wonder 12" 3 trk b/w digeridub mix and soft (lolx1) pi US $8.45 Buy It Now 14h 26m
PRESENCE (LOL TOHURST) all i see 12" 3 trk radio mix b/w dub mix and butler wals US $8.45 Buy It Now 14h 27m
VIVALDI Mercury Living Presence Stereo LP SR90401 Duhamel RFR1 in Shrink Wrap US $19.77 Buy It Now 14h 27m
STRAVINSKY"PETROUCHKA"A.DORATI/MINNEAPOLIS SYMP MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE LP 1955 US $23.99 Buy It Now 14h 44m
ANTAL DORATI Copland Rodeo Mercury Living Presence Stereo Tas list FR1 US $79.99 Buy It Now 14h 55m
BYRON JANIS, TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO # 1; MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE US $2.99 [0 bids]
US $5.99 Buy It Now
14h 59m
FREDERICK FENNELL Gould West Point Symphony Mercury Living Presence Stereo US $24.99 Buy It Now 15h
LED ZEPPELIN Presence LP SWAM RECORDS SS8416 US 1976 Gatefold / Inner Sleeve VG+ US $25.99 Buy It Now 15h 22m
Bryon Janis New First LP Mercury [Living Presence] Records EX [Kyril Kondrashin] US $18.00 Buy It Now 15h 26m
Live In His Presence/a Cappella Hymns 0789042116923, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P US $22.36 Buy It Now 15h 29m
FLOY JOY weak in the presence of beauty 12" 2 trk b/w you and me (vs83312) pic s US $8.45 Buy It Now 15h 58m
Mercury Living Presence Stereo SRD-19 Tchaikovsky/Beethoven/Dorati NM+ RFR1/2 US $30.00 Buy It Now 16h 10m
LED ZEPPELIN PRESENCE VINYL LP RECORD ALBUM (1976) US $20.00 [0 bids]
16h 21m
Mercury Living Presence SR 90310/Balalaika Favorites/VG++/VG++ US $12.00 Buy It Now 16h 25m
PAUL PARAY, FRANCK (RARE) MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE LP US $5.99 Buy It Now 17h
Mercury Living Presence Stereo SR90314 Fennell 'Screamers' NM+ Shrink US $55.00 Buy It Now 17h 9m
BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN: Presence: Ballet Blanc en Cinq Scenes (classical NM LP) US $14.00 Buy It Now 17h 10m
Mercury Living Presence Stereo SR90112 Fennell 'Ruffles and Flourishes' NM+ US $20.00 Buy It Now 17h 13m
LED ZEPPELIN Presence LP Gatefold Swan Song SS 8416 Page Plant Jones Bonham Prog US $3.99 [0 bids]
17h 14m
Keepers Of The Presence by Murray Dueck - New Rare Book US $25.99 Buy It Now 17h 15m
Funereal Presence - The Archer Takes Aim CD 2014 experimental black metal US $11.95 Buy It Now 17h 21m
PRESENCE: Self Titled (vinyl LP) US $17.00 Buy It Now 17h 23m
Led Zeppelin - Presence - Play Graded - NM/VG+ US $15.00 [1 bids]
17h 26m
CD LED ZEPPELIN Presence MINT CH CANADA REMASTERED US $5.00 [0 bids]
17h 28m
LED ZEPPELIN Presence vinyl LP 1977 US $10.00 Buy It Now 17h 32m
Lot of 7 Mercury Living Presence Classical CDs Paray Fennell Dorati Gould US $11.50 [5 bids]
17h 50m
In Your Presence by Steve Stumbo (CD, 2008, Steve Stumbo). US $5.99 Buy It Now 17h 52m
Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle/Dorati & LSO - Mercury Living Presence 35mm RFR1 VG++ US $16.99 Buy It Now 17h 53m
SCHEHERAZADE Rimsky-Korsakov DORATI Mercury Living Presence MG 50009 "MONO" US $49.99 [0 bids]
US $79.99 Buy It Now
17h 56m
SOILENT GREEN-INEVITABLE COLLAPSE IN THE PRESENCE... US $24.99 Buy It Now 19h 18m
MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE LP MG-50263 Gould Fall River Legend Ballet Suite US $9.95 Buy It Now 19h 31m
Eddie And The Tide/Weak In The Presence Of Beauty US $2.24 Buy It Now 20h 54m
LED ZEPPELIN PRESENCE LP US $9.99 [0 bids]
22h 23m
45 The Alarm/Presence of love/My land your land/IRS/PS/US/NM HEAR US $4.00 Buy It Now 22h 36m
DORIAN MORGAN - IN YOUR PRESENCE NEW CD US $19.62 Buy It Now 22h 42m
Mercury Living Presence 1 :Collector's Edition 50+1 CD Box SEALED Free Shipping US $90.00 [0 bids]
23h 7m
Fennell,Fennell,Eastman,Fennell,Fennell,Eastman,Living Presence : British and Am US $6.84 Buy It Now 23h 27m
PRESENCE Bleecker Street 88 ORIG CD w/OBI/STICKER Japanese GLAM HAIR METAL RAJAS US $24.99 Buy It Now 23h 30m
Crest of Darkness: Presence of Death, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Gehenna US $7.99 [0 bids]
1 day
LED ZEPPELIN-PRESENCE LIMITED CELEBRATION DAY VERSION-JAPAN CD C75 US $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
TCHAIKOVSKY/RACHMANINOV Concerto JANIS Philips Living Presence Hi-Fi 120.529 MLL US $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Presence Future Love 12" Vinyl Single US $9.68 Buy It Now 1 day
Spirits Of The Dead (silver Foil) (+cd) - Rumours Of A Presence NEW LP US $58.68 Buy It Now 1 day
The Alarm Presence Of Love 12" Single (1988) + tour poster US $8.05 Buy It Now 1 day
Grenouer - Presence With War (2009) Brand new and sealed cd US $9.66 Buy It Now 1 day
Presence - Rise - JAPAN CD - NEW US $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Blondie. Touched By Your Presence Dear, Poets Problem, Detroit 7" Single Ex / Ex US $6.37 Buy It Now 1 day
The Alarm - Presence Of Love (Limited Edition)(CD) Ex Cond - Fast Postage - Rare US $12.89 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy PRESENCE music online Buy PRESENCE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for PRESENCE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

PRESENCE shows & tickets


PRESENCE has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

PRESENCE discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

PRESENCE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.09 | 3 ratings
Makumba
1992
3.13 | 5 ratings
The Sleeper Awakes
1994
2.81 | 9 ratings
Black Opera
1996
2.65 | 5 ratings
Gold
2001
2.44 | 5 ratings
Evil Rose
2008

PRESENCE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
The Sleeper Awakes + Live
2004

PRESENCE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

PRESENCE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

PRESENCE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
The Shadowing
1990

PRESENCE Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Evil Rose by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.44 | 5 ratings

BUY
Evil Rose
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Entering the millenium Presence were someone put on hold, as Sophya Baccini focused on her personal career.The 2002 ''The Sleeper Awakes + Live'' album gives a taste of the band's live activity, but the next year Baccini made her first composing attempt, writing a track for the ''Kalevala'' compilation of Musea Records.Over the next years she participated in various works as guest singer, like on Greenwall's ''From the treasure box'' or Malaavia's ''Vibrazioni liquide''.By the time she was writing material for her debut Presence returned as well after 8 years with new drummer Valerio Silenzi to release their fifth studio album, also the fifth one for the Black Widow label, entitled ''Evil rose''.

What had really hurt Presence over the years was actually their lack of sound development.Listening to ''Evil rose'', you get the idea it was pretty much written around the same time with ''Makumba''.The style is stable on a bombastic and operatic Symphonic/Heavy Prog with a very dark atmosphere and changing images between hard guitar runs and Classical-drenched organ themes, full of sudden breaks and orchestral flourishes.There is plenty of room for Baccini to come up with some extreme vocal exercises: operatic, distorted and more melodic vocal lines.But the whole feeling you finally get is that you still listen to a previous work by the band.The different variations seem not very tightly connected, the mass of shifting moods will eventually confuse the listener, although Presence is a skillful group to say the least.Fiery guitar solos, spacey keyboard lines, grandiose orchestral movements and punchy riffing are their basic elements, the ones that made the band well-known over the year along with the passionate rhythmic parts.Additionally this work is way too long, clocking at 70 minutes of similar-sounding music, that becomes annoying in the way.The 18-min. long title track is the best proof of Presence's ability to compose uneven still decent tracks.A very long introduction and some dissonant parts are pretty flat and uninteresting, but the guitar solos, the organ washes and the nice, melodic ending theme are quite nice.

The following year Baccini released her first album ''Aradia'' and Presence's activity has been ice cold for some years now, I guess the future of the band is rather questionable.

If ''Evil rose'' marks your first attempt to meet Presence, it will be propably a pretty good listening experience.But the lack of progress of the band over the timeline is not an advantage.Too long and sterile at moments, this album heads to fans of the band and die-hard Heavy Prog lovers...2.5 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Gold  by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.65 | 5 ratings

BUY
Gold
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars The new millenium found Presence without a regular drummer but that woould not stop the band from participating on the Black Widow compilation ''Children of Black Widow'', a tribute to the 70's Black Widow band, covering the ''Attack of the demon''.At the same time the trio of Baccini, Casamassima and Iglio (also responsible for the drum work this time) got prepared for the band's fourth studio album.This was entitled ''Gold'', inspired by Virginia Stait's novel ''The witches planet'' and eventually released in 2001.

This is another effort which shows that Presence seem stuck on the style already known from ''Makumba'' with little changes during the passing time.But what this band does, it does it good.Heavy Symphonic Prog with a bombastic and grandiose sound with hard-sounding guitars, sometimes distorted, clean and almost operatic female vocals and a pounding rhythm section.There are even occasional steps into the Classical/Avant territory with strong piano themes but the general picture remains a really powerful style in the vein of DEVIL DOLL, and that is symphonic arrangements with energetic rhythms, plenty of solos, atmospheric keyboard/piano/organ work and a deep and dark mood throughout.Meanwhile Baccini's performance remains still an ace for the band.A great female singer with an angry, theatrical and expressive voice, often leading the music to where she wants.But the total absence of diversity in Presence's offerings is possible to bother some listeners.

Dark, orchestral Symphonic Prog is once more the proposal of Presence.No signs of a true sound development but also no signs the band has lost the inspiration in what they do.Recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Evil Rose by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.44 | 5 ratings

BUY
Evil Rose
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Presence is Sophya Baccini's daytime job and band. A band listed as a Rock Progressivo Italiano band.

What we get here is heavy prog though with a lot of prog metal and British female fronted prog elements too. Sophya Baccini adds a lot of colours to their music though. At times, her vocals comes across as an early Kate Bush. As stated above, this album feels like one of these albums coming from Panic Room or Karnataka. British female fronted prog rock in other words. Commercial and song focused prog rock.

The music is not particular interesting unless this type of music appeals to you. The quality of the songs here are not that great either. The music feels a bit generic and this album is desperate needing a spark plug or ten. Sophya Baccini is the only saving grace here and there is not enough of her to save this album. Decent, but dull.

2 stars

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Black Opera by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.81 | 9 ratings

BUY
Black Opera
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Presence released their third album two years after ''The Sleeper Awakes''.No line-up changes this time,the band continues with a duo of drummers and records their second album on Black Widow.The title was ''Black opera'' and the release year 1998.

The title of the album somewhat describes the overall sound,operatic Symphonic Rock/Metal,but for the first half of the album we are in front of the weakest Presence release so far.Not really bad,but the trio leans much more towards the heavier side of prog with emphasis on the haunting atmosphere ala DEVIL DOLL,the bombastic orchestral keyboards and the ultra-pounding rhythm section,forgetting to produce the good melodies of their debut,the memorable material of their sophomore effort or some trully inspiring music.But from ''On travel'' and on the old and good ''Presence'' are back,especially on the excellent Giuseppe Verdi tribute suite.Superb guitar solos,fantastic operatic vocals by Sophya Baccini finally in Italian,great spacey synths and lovely piano work,the album really takes off after the middle,being a really great Rock Opera with a grandiose sound few can create.

''Black opera'' is the most uneven Presence effort to this point of their career.Bland cliche Orchestral Prog for the first part,awesome operatic Progressive Rock for the second.Definitely though an album to be recommended,particularly for the superb atmosphere on the Verdi- related 18-min. suite.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 The Sleeper Awakes  by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.13 | 5 ratings

BUY
The Sleeper Awakes
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars With a couple of line-up changes after ''Makumba'',the PRESENCE trio now with a new drummer moves on to the recordings of a sophomore release.The band from Napoli collaborated this time with the San Carlo Theatre strings orchestra to add some more depth to the sound.The brand new release from 1994 carried the title ''The Sleeper Awakes''.

This one finds the band stepping on a similar style like their debut,impressive Prog Rock/Metal with grandiose keyboards and bombastic riffing.But this time ''The Sleeper Awakes'' sounds rather darker than ''Makumba''.More complex interplays,more grandiose sound and plenty of haunting vocal deliveries.The orchestra remains on the background,adding an even more symphonic feeling at the mellow breaks.Present are always the virtuosic solos both on keyboards and guitars.What I am missing are the splendid melodies of the previous work,which are now very limited for the sake of darkness.However the band still competes at a decent level with professional musicianship...and it is always a nice experience to listen to Sophya' Baccini's well-worked operatic vocals.

The production is again a plus with excellent mix,so if you like metallic Symphonic Prog with plenty elements from Opera,''The sleeper awakes'' is a good purchase.Slightly worse than ''Makumba'',but still recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Makumba  by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.09 | 3 ratings

BUY
Makumba
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars An Italian heavy symphonic group,PRESENCE belong among the bands of the late-80's/early- 90's return of Italian prog,and were formed and guided by gifted female singer Sophya Baccini,guitarist Sergio Casamassima and keyboardist Enrico Iglio.After the EP ''The Shadowning'',they focused on recording,releasing and performing their first full-length album ''Makumba'',which saw the light in 1992.

''Makumba'' is a decent release,a borderline Prog Rock/Metal album with bombastic keyboards,melodic guitar solos and high-pitched vocals by Baccini.The musicianship is not that complex,the album contains mainly short tracks with a standard structure. Complicated bass lines,symphonic synth parts,strong drumming and heavy but not metallic guitar work create a very rich,up-tempo and grandiose style,however far from the world personal.Baccini's vocals are good,twisting from angry singing to more sensitive lines.The result can be compared to other contemporary modern symphonic acts,such as DEVIL DOLL (but with a brighter style of course),CAIRO (but less complex) and ENTRANCE (the closest comparison).

The album flows nice and easy,it has a nice production and a trully majestic atmosphere,but doesn't deserve any praise regarding its originality.A good album for fans of fast 'n' furious,heavy and mainly keyboard-driven prog sound.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Gold  by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.65 | 5 ratings

BUY
Gold
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

2 stars With a name like PRESENCE and the fact that they're on the "Black Widow" label I thought this would be a Gothic album. It's really not dark at all and this Italian band uses English lyrics which is too bad because it's obvious it's not their first language (or second ?) yes they are that bad. They are a trio with bass, guitar, drums and female vocals.

"Scarlet" opens with atmosphere (I wish there more of this on the album) as heavy drums and guitar join in. Vocals a minute in. Nice guitar solo after 4 minutes. "The Conjuration Of Stronghold Lodge" does not sound good vocally to start. Grating is the word. It kicks in before 1 1/2 minutes and the drums are heavy. Guitar solo follows. Sampled spoken words after 3 minutes. It kicks back in before 4 1/2 minutes. Vocals are back before 7 minutes. Not a fan of this song.

"Lightening" opens with sparse piano as vocals cry out. Drums 1 1/2 minutes in as it builds. Vocals are back. "Carnival" features almost spoken vocals as the heaviness arrives.The tempo and mood shifts a lot in this one. This is the most inventive track but i'm not buying. "Blockade Ruuner" puts the focus on the vocals. Some raw guitar before 2 minutes. Nice. Vocals are back after 6 minutes. A good heavy rhythm a minute later. "Gold" is mid paced although it slows down at times. Again the vocals are the focus. Piano comes and goes as well. "If It Runs Away" is the one track I like. It's laid back with guitar and vocals.

Fans only.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Evil Rose by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.44 | 5 ratings

BUY
Evil Rose
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

3 stars Italian band Presence is a kind of mystery, releasing albums each 4 or 5 years. Evil Rose (2008) is their latest and it was released by the also Italian Label Black Widow.

The group is a trio formed by Sophya Baccini (vocals), Sergio Casamassima (guitars and bass) and Enrico Iglio (keyboards). They also had Valerio Silenzi (drums) as a guest musician. The album starts in the same similar path as Lacrimosa does. The Gothic element is really evident as well in tracks like 'Cassandra'. 'Evil Rose' is a story with more than 18 minutes long where, as in the album as a whole, Sophya Baccini vocals are the main thing. We can also hear some Doom Metal on 'Subterreans'.

One of the things that really caught my attention here is a version of 'The Prophet's Song', originally on the album At Night At The Opera (1975) from Queen. But this version is completely useless, so, skip it.

In general the album isn't that bad, but the drum sound kill everything that could be good here. In general if you like Gothic music, go for it.

2.5 really!

Key track: Evil Rose

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Black Opera by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.81 | 9 ratings

BUY
Black Opera
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

1 stars Third of fourth album from this Italian formation that helped fill the void in Prog's darkest hours, so they had the merit to exist as did their label. Black Opera on the Black Widow label!! Coincidence? Well I think you are starting to understand what kind of music we are dealing with. And as much as this writer tries to be fair with this kind of product of its time, the very same object gives the very same human some real challenging reasons to remain diplomatic AND sincere. This is exactly the kind of album that cumulates all the ridiculous clichés from awful 80's-sounding drumming, to a heroic-fantasy artwork, grandiosely cheap digital synths, kitschy metal guitar strumming, the inevitable classical borrowings and high- pitched female moewings. Let me check if I didn't introduce a Pallas album in my deck by mistake.

Certainly a product of its time, and probably answering to certain kind of necessity, this album's qualities are certainly outlasted by the damage it has caused to the "cosa nostra" (only the pun is intended here ;-) of prog. Sometimes sincerity - even in terms of a solid slap to hard working musicians - is better than diplomacy - in terms of immediately regretted financial "investments" (that my diplomacy ;-) - for finding solutions to deceptions. So much for this ambassador's immunity!!!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Black Opera by PRESENCE album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.81 | 9 ratings

BUY
Black Opera
Presence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by lor68
Prog Reviewer

3 stars First of all add another half star;secondly I like to point out that They are disregarded ensemble from Naple (Italy),authors of a sort of "dark concept" in the midlle between the symphonic atmosphere in the vein of ELP and a dark new prog genre a bit IQ-like, whose mood should be very appreciated by the Japanese crowd of symphonic prog fans. well the presence of a female singer, Sofia Baccini, is interesting and remarkable in her interpretation of famous airs, as a short extract from Giuseppe Verdi. Instead the guitar solos and the varied atmosphere of the keyboards (sometimes dark, in other circumstances more epic) are sometimes a bit derivative, but never banal.nothing new after all, but it's a minor question because in spite of their weak production their impact is always powerful!

Good work!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.75 seconds