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NODO GORDIANO

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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NODO GORDIANO project begins its run in 1994 after the meeting between Andrea De Luca (bass, vocals), Alessandro Papotto (wind instruments, vocals) and Tony Zito (drums). The first line up was completed with the arrivals of Roberto Proietto (guitars) and Fabio D'Andrea (keyboards). The band, during 1995 and 1996, plays basically GENESIS and KING CRIMSON covers and Radio Rock, with other private networks, promote live gigs in important live exhibitions in Rome.

In 1997, after the keyboardist departure, the quartet creates and records for promotional purposes the music that would be in the first omonimous studio album, produced by Lizard Label the following year, and gigs with John Wetton playing KING CRIMSON covers. In 1998 the band collaborates with BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO (playing also live with Francesco Di Giacomo and Rodolfo Maltese), appears on national networks, plays live extensively and exhibits in several Alternative Rock Festivals.

In 1999, a few months after official first out, Alessandro Papotto and Tony Zito leave the project to engage themselves in other musical projects. Andrea De Luca, after Roberto Proietto defection, continues in NODO GORDIANO musicians search and collects new ideas for the next band incarnation.

In 2002 the new thing appears. Andrea meets the drummer Carlo Fattorini (Der Blaue Reiter, Magog) and Fabrizio Santoro (guitars, also with Magog e Oak). Now the band plays as a trio, open, like in NODO GORDIANO best tradition, towards any form of musical adventure. Among other collaborations, during the first 10 years, the names of Antonello De Zelis, Roberto Gavazzi, Giordano Rossini, Max G.B. Tommasi and Alberto D'Annibale have to be mentioned for their contributions. A direct recording of KING CRIMSON's Lament (with Andrea Amici, Leviathan, playing keyboards) has been chosen in 2003 in order to appear in the 3CD box The Letters, devoted to KING CRIMSON fans. The boys collect audio materials for the studio album, Flektogon, but before arriving at the final cut NODO GORDIANO unexpectedly runs into Alea.

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3.76 | 9 ratings
Nodo Gordiano
1999
2.53 | 10 ratings
Alea
2005
3.85 | 40 ratings
Flektogon
2009
4.00 | 6 ratings
Nous
2014

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 Flektogon by NODO GORDIANO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.85 | 40 ratings

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Flektogon
Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Nodo Gordiano's Flektogon is the third album from this thundering Roman prog band, led by gifted multi-instrumentalist Andrea DeLuca and drummer extraordinaire Carlo Fattorini. The band sent me a download subsequent to my review of their 2014 masterpiece 'Nous'. I will be purchasing this CD to add to my classic collection (I am not a fan of collector downloads).

I have always had a soft spot for Gregorian choirs, not due to any religious schooling but rather because of the resonating effect it has when witnessed in a proper setting (church, cathedral, basilica), it serves as an excellent audio-physical anesthetic, preparing the mind for some serious sonic pleasure. So on the opening 'Theatro di Memoria', once the drug has penetrated into the soul, what better than some classic King Crimson (Red period) to push the boundaries, a hurricane of Cartesian guitar triangles, weighty Wetton-esque bass excursions and syncopated drum lunacy, but the Italians do add a new twist, an operatic aria courtesy of Silvia Scozzi, that will make the hair erect on any listener's body.

The Oriental-leaning 'Ozymandias Pt 1' involves more avant-garde fantasy, assorted percussive adventures framed with some marimba-like lines, booming gongs and a sense of forlornness. This interlude only serves as a primer for the 'piece de resistance', the megalithic 30 minute colossus 'Avventure di Mastarna', which once again stamps the KC/Anekdoten influences with little regret or shame. For a low-end fiend like yours truly, I get hooked hard and fast when a bass guitar blasts into the ionosphere like on this piece, literally hauling the arrangement forward mercilessly. The sound is clearly in the John Wetton/Liljestroem vein, where obese bass (ooh that was clever!) rule the roost, sweetened by a virtual arsenal of various percussive instruments that wink at Jade Warrior and such' yet contrary to their prime influences, there is a slew of spacey synthesizers that induce a sense of hypnosis and intergalactic voyage. Then, when you least expect it, a gluttonous saxophone comes blaring into the melee, proposing a deafening chaos that verges on the absurd. At the 14 minute mark, the reptilian bass goes bonkers, fueling sheer aural pandemonium. Hey, this ain't no girlie pop music, okay! Play this loud and your Miley Cyrus t-shirted neighbors will 911 the army, let alone the cops! Volcanic, disturbing, angular, lunatic and slightly insane, the progression of this piece defies categorization, literally encompassing every prog genre (yeah, including zeuhl) and will bedevil the drum freaks out there (Fattorini is a giant!), shame the bass novices and scare the lazy formulaic composers who constantly search out the cheapest thrills. The anarchic onslaught is quite experimental, and at times, just outright mental. This flirtation with dark and obscure themes provide a real carnal appreciation for the music, as if a soundtrack for some imaginary movie was the main impetus, a sonic script entirely at the mercy of the beholder. Dream what you will, fratello, dream what you will! As far as bass and drum fests go, this will feed your hunger.

Part 2 of 'Ozymandias' serves as a rhythmic sandwich for the previous turmoil, a platform for Fattorini to show off some wrist and elbow, perhaps a forearm as well, such is the thunder emanating from his kit. Hey, he can do Moerlen, he can do Bruford, he can do anyone! The finale has a coiling beat, aided by some peripatetic electric guitar and a strong sense of direction.

'Zeitgeist' (isn't that like the archetypical prog title for a song?) plows through some mammoth slippery bass lines, cyclical (or is that cyclonic) guitar patterns and deranged drumming, a fitting finale lush with menace and inglorious doom. A piece that sort of sums up what Nodo is all about. Bloody amazing band.

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 Nous by NODO GORDIANO album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Nous
Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Things are getting quite bubbly and intense in RPI land, as another slew of majestic releases are being foisted on us unsuspecting reviewers. And as per the tradition of constantly stretching the boundaries of sound and substance, here is one that got me hooked like some blue marlin biting into lethal bait. Nodo Gordiano (Gordian Knot in Italian) has published a third album of impressive atmospheric originals that confound and seduce with stellar authority. Everything about this jewel will keep the prissy prog fan breathless, as this trio of incredible talents summon their collective spirits in complete harmony and disciplined execution. I have always had a massive respect for 1999's one shot wonder Sunscape, a psychedelic/space rock self-titled Italian masterpiece that few have latched onto (my good, their bad), considering it to be a timeless classic that may never be challenged! Well, never say never!

'Nous' is a clever concoction of adventurous explorations, somewhat devoid of puerile formulas and immediate thrills. Thick, dense, articulate and highly detail-oriented, the trio of Andrea de Luca (bass, guitar, keys, voice), Fabrizio Santoro (guitars, bass, keys) and drummer Carlo Fattorini unite their considerable techniques in forging eclectic canvases of delightful RPI-tinged, psychedelic crossover prog. Now comparisons or benchmarks will be a hard slog but let's just say a heady mix of King Crimson Mark III (the Bruford era), some bold space rock flavourings (Eloy, Mappe Nootiche, Colorstar) and a decidedly heavy-prog approach. Nothing to make one nod off (sorry for the pun), constantly imaginative, petulant and bombastic, the material will keep you on your collective Defcon III, alert and ready for the next onslaught. All 7 tracks flow like some celestial river, meandering, cascading into occasional pools of serene karma and then splashing forward, unrelenting. The bass guitar seems to be the prime motivator, the devilishly reptilian conductor taking charge and forging ahead, unafraid. Lots of electric guitar phrasings in both rhythmic and in soloing presentations, incessant baking colorations that defy mundane facility. There is a definite Djam Karet-like vibe as well as a wink to that Sunscape album, definitely soundtrack music for the travelling mind.

Things start out pretty simply, acoustic guitar and male vocal with rifling yet gentle drum fills, "Portonovo" sets the proper mind-altering mood to get the prog brain nicely anesthetized and fit for cosmic interplanetary voyaging. The neurotic and effect-laden guitar shrieks will get your attention, perhaps even eliciting a few smiles of unbridled jealousy. Like some plastic doll floating in some swanky swimming pool, the cottony contrasts will confound and disturb. "I think the patient is ready, dottore!" 9

The propulsive "Aion" is a highlight track, the serpent-like bass corkscrewing deeply into the rhythmic pulse, shimmering guitars collapsing behind the forward motion and a foreboding sense of doom and sweat-laced fear. It then gets Floydian heavy, escorted by a binary muscle beat and searing axe phrasings, repetitive and merciless. This is space prog at its unpredictable finest. 10+

The vocally-pushed "Apologia del Nolano" is a weirder creature, an odd cocktail of the psychotic and the bizarre, where a strained voice, vibraphone and devious synth whispers combine to shatter a few illusions. A hint of Gentle Giant, pastoral psychedelia and unsettling angst, these are the unexpected ingredients served up by the crew. 8

The sumptuous title track is where the mood gets really hypnotic, a seemingly familiar theme is carved out from the bare-bones introduction, a screaming guitar and intense keyboard assault suddenly take hold, almost like a Hawkwind instrumental blow-out but the seductive bass work really impresses immediately. Both axemen really lather on the sweaty riffs and the swift licks, once again a wink to Djam Karet-like explorations. This one will take you far into the deepest realms of the cosmos and drop you off exhausted at the nearest space station for some needed R&R. Spectacular sounds, amazing themes. 10+

Some respite? Hell no! Massive mellotron squalls will tumble ahead with "Officina", keeping the pedal firmly on the Ferrari pedal, an astro-lullaby of the highest order, deeply Pink Floydian and a complicated vocal. A classic organ-led foray moves the piece into more playful confines, bass humming along and stark mellotron waves. The main melodic theme will get a smile on any face. 9

Effects-laden and slightly medieval like the stunning black and white artwork, "Arturiana" is a fine example of their consummate craftsmanship, a jungle of lush mellotron and guitar interplays, brooding bass sinews and bashing drums. Bombastic, overblown and colossal are just three words that come to mind, but I can add cool, confident and utterly brilliant too. Material such as this can be enjoyed in various everyday situations, from the bedroom to the kitchen, to the sunny patio and the living room. Will it offend the neighborly Nickelback fan? I certainly hope so! 10+

As with Finnforest's epic review, "Stella Maris" is one hell of a finale, a fitting end to a gloriously intense album, chock full of unforeseen themes, devious twists and turns and numbing excitement. The female wailing is beyond beautiful, a tinge of Celtic/gothic sensibilities, hand percussion notwithstanding. 10

A simple design makes this package very desirable, a thrilling release that should fascinate, titillate and enchant the most blasť prog fan. Instrumentally spectacular and melodically highly enticing, this is another sure contender for the 2014 list of masterpieces.

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 Nous by NODO GORDIANO album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A musical trip on turbulent seas

The cover art does not lie. Nodo Gordiano are one Italian prog rock band that I'm unfamiliar with despite the fact they have been around for twenty years now, albeit with a different line-up for each album. The one constant is multi-instrumentalist Andrea De Luca who for this fourth album is joined by guitarist Fabrizio Santoro (from Vu Meters) and percussionist Carlo Fattorini who has been around since the Alea album. Released in March 2014 from AMS/BTF, Nodo Gordiano sound enthusiastic and psyched for exploration. NG are not your typical RPI band by any means and could be just as easily be described (at various times) as psych-prog, eclectic, possibly even heavy-prog. There are long instrumental sections throughout the album with that eclectic spirit and that certain spark I've heard time and again in modern Italian bands. Adventure, mystery, and a willingness to dive down any possible rabbit hole with a big hearted grin. If prog-rock is about fun and adventure and you don't mind forgoing the "easily accessible" on occasion, then you're likely to enjoy this one.

The first thing you will notice is the wide variety of sounds choices, moods, and interplay. Sometimes passages are going to be somewhat abrasive and sometimes very mellow, even relaxing, but rarely will you be allowed to settle in for long. Changes are pretty constant, the ideas come and go at a good clip. We can go from gentle acoustic guitars over dreamy synthesizers, the occasional hand percussion, then quickly things can build into absolute frenzy with chaotic, wild lead guitar screaming. And then back to a subdued space. In the slower and more thoughtful passages there is great attention paid to mood and storytelling instrumentally, not always easy! I like instrumental music that still feels like storytelling, as opposed to random shred. While we have seven different tracks here this is very much the experience of listening to different movements of one long track for me. Too much going on to get into the details of every track but the closer Stella Maris is my favorite. Just amazing. Dreamy piano, waves-literally!, guitars like seagulls, electronic burst, mean riff, break, then a wonderful "sailing away" represented with wordless female vocals.

In his review of their previous work, our friend Assaf Vestin described the band as such, and his works ring true of the new album as well:

"I have a hard time trying to describe what they sound like, but I can say that they have a variety of influences and an eclectic palate. This plethora of musical taste buds doesn't lead to an incoherent album. They take all those ingredients and mix them in a superb and magnificent manner. However, the album may very well seem thick and too hard to digest at first, necessitating multiple listens until the listener manages to get ahold of the entire album in its size and splendor." -A. Vestin, Hanging Sounds blog

Oh I like this album very much. It is a busy album and some people will disliked their approach but I think adventurous music fans will approve. Bravo! And an awesome album cover proving yet again that simplicity and the human touch trump all those big budget covers that look like video game advertisements. Looking something like a map of a "Middle Earth" type location in a fantasy novel, it is a great representation of how the music itself feels to me. I'm in the 3-4 star space but I round up here without much hesitation.

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 Flektogon by NODO GORDIANO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.85 | 40 ratings

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Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In 2007 the stable members of Nodo Gordiano, founder Andrea De Luca and drummer Carlo Fattorini, return to the studio to work on the band's third release.This time though keyboardist Gianluca Cottarelli was not with them, so De Luca handled all guitars, bass and synths for this album with occasional performances on sax and violin.Instead they were joined by singer Silvia Scozzi and sax/flute player Franco Terralavoro.Entitled ''Flektogon'', the new album was released in 2009 on BTF.

The album is literally centered around the 30-min. grand opus ''Avventure Di Mastarna'' with two shorter tracks each placed before and after it.This time the mood is less experimental and the music more structured compared to ''Alea'' with a couple of improvised moments in the two ''Ozymandias'' pieces.But the opening ''Teatro Di Memoria'' and the closing ''Zeitgeist'' are two great cuts of KING CRIMSON-esque Heavy Prog with angular guitar chops and a pounding rhythm section, featuring very strong grooves and riffs, while the first one features also the operatic performance of Silvia Scozzi, that makes the overall style even more atmospheric and haunting.Of course the real deal and the biggest bet for the group comes from ''Avventure Di Mastarna'', which could stand as a whole album alone.This is a very good example of intricate Heavy Prog, presenting finally Nodo Gordiano as a mature group.The musicianship remains fairly guitar-based with endless changes between complex textures and more laid-back material, where the presence of spacey synthesizers and elegant flutes add a nice diversity to a very edgy style.The different themes are tightly connected in a composition that runs almost flawless, featuring also some fine choirs and a mood towards shifting climates, ranging from spacey instrumentals to complicated guitar workouts to extremely ambiental soundscapes with a great atmosphere.

By far the more mature work of De Luca and his companion.''Flektogon'' is a beautiful album in its own cruelty with some great instrumental madness delivered.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Alea by NODO GORDIANO album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.53 | 10 ratings

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Alea
Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Shortly after the debut,Andrea De Luca would suffer the departure of the core of his band and Nodo Gordiano wouldn't pull off until De Luca would met drummer Carlo Fattorini guitarist and Fabrizio Santoro.The trio would cover the track ''Lament'' for the Mellow Records King Crimson's tribute ''The Letters: An Unconventional Italian Guide to King Crimson'' in 2003,but soon Santoro would quit as well to focus on electric bass.This fact opened the gates for the arrival of keyboardist Gianluca Cottarelli and the new trio headed to the studios for the sophomore Nodo Gordiano effort ''Alea'',finally released on Mellow Records in 2005.

As the band members' state themselves,this was a chance for them to explore more improvised and experimental styles of rock music in this short work,clocking at 37 minutes.And that is what actually goes on in ''Alea'',where a very strong rhythm section offers a variety of deep grooves with a haunting atmosphere in order to support the keyboard work of Cottarelli.Entirely in a free electronic form, the band's keyboardist pushes his instruments to the upper limits, filling these grooves with obscure electronic work-outs, loops and spacey synthesizers,the result being a totally unconstructive pack of six compositions full of jams,effects and sudden breaks.The album reminds at places of a more modern form of vintage Psych/Electronic/Kraut-Rock bands,without being anything close to their level of inspitration.

This album is far from recommended,it resembles more to a personal effort by a band in order to push their skills in an experimental field.Dark, haunting and jamming synth-driven music only for the mystified with a careful recommendation to Kraut-Freaks.

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Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by s.fournier

5 stars Recently I had the opportunity to have a digital copy of 'Flektogon', Nodo Gordiano third album released in 2009 and...wow! Great surprise. They deliver very good and particular music, in the vein of KC, not the recent ones, but with a very modern and high-trained attitude. Classical influnces as subtle as folk ones. The album begins with 'Theatro', the unique song, begins with some choir and then weird sounds until it explodes with a very interesting sequence of chords, like masses in rotation. The operatic singing alternates with heavy passages very well played and compact, then singing again and the coda that reconnects to the beginning. Great. 'Ozymandias' is divided into two parts, a great role for marimba and strange percussion instruments, the second part also contain a great drum solo and some veiled guitars running themselves one into other. The suite 'Avventure di Mastarna' is maybe the best epic heard in recent times. Complex, angular, but also jazzy, dreamy, oriental, I don't know how to define the beauty of passages of one section into the other. Top notch musicianship, sometimes cold, sometimes with a great live atmosphere. A piece of art. The album ends with 'Zeitgeist', a solid and intricate bass-guitar piece, beautiful and modern sounds, great drumming. The album is overall dark and sometimes sinister with episodes of avant-garde taste, but beautifully crafted and very inspiring. A great work.

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Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars I am surprised to find this band listed in the Rock Progressivo Italiano genre. Their sound is nowhere near being Rock Progressivo Italiano and neither is their music. But I am sure more wiser persons than myself must have heard something I have not heard.

This just as a warning to those who believe this is another warm, organic album in the vein of Banco, Le Orme and PFM. It is most definate not. It is obvious that Nodo Gordiano has been listening to King Crimson a lot. Frippisms come thick and fast on this album. Another good reference point is Picchio Dal Pozzo and dare I say it...... Soft Machine. Gentle Giant can also be listed as a reference. In short; this album is somewhere between Canterbury, Eclectic, post rock and avant-garde. This album even includes some zeuhl like female vocals. So to put it even shorter than short; this album is more leaning towards the Italian avant-garde scene than the Rock Progressivo Italiano scene.

This album is interesting throughout. It is obvious that the band is really ambitious and is driven by the joy of musical explorations. The music here is well outside the box and really feels like this century instead of the last century. The sound is excellent. The music is guitar and keyboards based with some help from violins and woodwind instruments. There is hardly any vocals here at all. My only gripe is the lack of some really killer tunes here. Something that would had really given this album a classic status. But I really like what I hear here although I cannot really put my finger on why I am smiling like a cat slurping cream. Maybe because Picchio Dal Pozzo is one of my alltime favorite bands and that I also really like King Crimson. Hence; this album is really ticking off both boxes for me. I happens to think this album is an excellent addition to anyone's collection.

4 stars

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3.85 | 40 ratings

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Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I have to agree with memowakemen, this band puts a smile on my face too. This is heavy, dark and powerful, and except for the first track it's also all instrumental. And clocking in at just over 53 minutes is just right.

"Theatro Di Memoria" opens with a choir with both male and female vocal melodies. Man this sounds like mellotron choirs only this is the real thing. It kicks in heavily after 1 1/2 minutes. Nice. It settles 3 minutes in as those soprano female vocals come in. It kicks back in before 5 minutes. She's back as contrasts continue. "Ozymandias Part I" is dark with percussion and other sounds. Quite experimental.

"Adventure Di Mastama" is the 30 minute tour de force. It kicks in before a minute. Man this sounds so good, and the guitar is excellent. Check out the bass too. It settles some before 7 minutes and even more a minute later. It turns experimental before 11 minutes then we get a melody that I really like. There's a dark and spacey mood here then it kicks in with sax before 13 minutes. It then turns heavier as horns blast. It settles before 16 minutes with flute. Horns are back around 17 minutes and it kicks back in at 18 1/2 minutes. It slows right down quickly with experimental sounds. Great sound 22 minutes in as drums, bass and guitar create a dark and heavy soundscape. It's raining briefly as heaviness continues. It picks up before 25 1/2 minutes. They're cooking again.

Drums slowly take control on the next track "Ozymandias Part II". They stop 4 minutes in as the guitar become prominant. Great sound. "Zeitgeist" sounds really good with the guitar grinding away and the bass is nice and chunky.

Easily 4 stars. If you like your music dark and heavy check this out.

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3.85 | 40 ratings

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Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars As Nodo Gordiano started life playing King Crimson covers it's hardly surprising that they had such an impact on their sound which is clearly evident throughout Flektogon, their third album. We're talking Larks Tongues to Red era here.

Heavy guitar riffs collide with powerful upfront bass work and shifting drum patterns against moments of quiet beauty just waiting to explode into the next high octane musical onslaught. Flektogon is largely an instrumental album, the exception being opener Theatro Di Memoria which features female operatic vocals courtesy of Silvia Scozzi. It doesn't put a foot wrong until well into the album; particularly enthralling is the thirty minute Avventure Di Mastarna which after and explosive first eight minutes drifts into more ambient territory with oriental overtones. A short percussive section is curtailed by a sequenced synth and warmer guitar textures which leaps into a driving and powerful bass/drums/sax section. This shifts down a gear into an even more intense almost cacophonous section and out of this without warning it's suddenly in mellow land again on this flute led part. And so it goes; as you can see this music is ever changing creating lots of musical tension.

Where it loses its way a bit is towards the end of Avventure Di Mastarna and on the percussive Ozymandias Part II. With nothing but drums and percussion for most of the track, although well executed it's a bit dull. Fortunately things get back on track for album closer Zeitgeist.

Flektogon in the main is a modern sounding prog album, largely of cold clinical precision though it's certainly an exciting ride. Fans of King Crimson's mid seventies period are advised to check out this promising Italian band.

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3.85 | 40 ratings

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Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by clarke2001
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I live in a city suburban area, I'm surrounded by buildings and apartments. In a circle of 1 km in diameter around my apartment there are almost 10000 inhabitants.

I'm convinced each of those 10000 people hear my scream after I wrote a lengthy review which is long overdue, and my browser just crashed in a second before I submitted it. Frankly, I kicked the computer so hard I'm surprised it's still working.

But NODO GORDIANO deserves that review from me - they're one of the most unique bands that can be heard. If they endure a career with a span of ten years or more, I'm sure they will gather a cult status and numerous devotees in various prog rock communities worldwide.

To the point.

First off, I'll try to describe what do they sound like - which is not an easy task at all.

The band's music got an emphasis on drums and percussion - varying from a standard rock drum kit, to all kinds of percussion, chimes and bells. They're all over the place; the are unaccompanied percussion as well, but I guess a 'drum solo' was not a band's statement. More on that later. The other prominent instrument is bass - it's set up quit high in the mix - and it's adding nicely to the rhythmical aspect of the band, along with its sinister melodies. There are also keyboards, producing various percussive and bell-like sounds (contributing to the percussion inferno), some undecipherable sounds, even snippets of classical electronic sequences. Electric guitar is used as a tool for producing soundscapes (varying from simple to elaborated), sometimes carrying the melody, sometimes being simply erratic. The vocals are few and far between, as this is mostly instrumental music, adding operatic and choir elements to the singular musical landscape. There's also a plethora of other instruments, swallowed among many layers.

The overall picture is 'dark', whatever 'dark' might represent you. Now try to look things from this perspective:

NODO GORDIANO epitomize everything associated with progressive rock - in both adjective and literal sense. They're clever, complex, sinister, angular, eclectic. There's not a single moment of pop approach in their music. In the very roots, they're a rock band, but I dare to say their approach to music crafting is academic. There's no point of underlining the phrases such are 'high artistic level' and the like; that's already implied, and it won't help you in understanding their style. Impossible encapsulation aside, perhaps a few reference points would help; but take them with a grain of salt.

KING CRIMSON are holding the lion's share of band's musical influence, but band is far from being a copycat; I think I already mentioned the word 'unique' once or twice. Another post that might lead somewhere might be GONG from their post-psychedelic period; or perhaps Karlheinz Stockhausen (circa 'Ceylon' era) - of course, it's because of percussion and bells, varying from chimes, gongs to Gamelan bells. As for the dimension above the standard rock approach (even standard prog rock), JADE WARRIOR springs to mind. There's also a hint of symphonic progressive rock, both vintage and modern, but it's far from being very evident. Finally, I think I can trace bits of metal - perhaps because of certain drumming moments, or because of guitar, but this is more a gut feeling and it might be misleading: there's no thin and ultra-fast soloing, and there's not a single chugging riff, power chord on the entire album. Perhaps that was only my expectation since the opening track is titled 'Teatro Di Memoria', hinting both at DREAM THEATER and their 'Scenes From The Memory Album'. But this album doesn't sound like aforementioned one at all. Maybe all that is because of angular melodies - which will close this circle of comparisons again with Crimson; with all the diminished, whole-tone scales and what not.

I might also mention ANGLAGARD's 'Hybris', going totally berserk, abandoning symphonic components and emphasizing the percussion. But I'm overdoing it.

There's a certain 'air' in the sound. Don't get me wrong, album is dense, complex and multi-layered, but it seems there's enough silence between two microscopic point of chaos. This is highly elaborated craft, intelligent so much it's almost arrogant. But that's not a negative aspect; I, for one, like it.

Speaking of negative aspects, there's a certain something, but nothing I can pin-point. The songs are complex and long, but not for the sake of being so. It's not that ideas are going nowhere, or that the musicians are 'lost', although there's virtually anything you can find in, and yet it's not incoherent. It's cold, but it doesn't leave me cold.

Perhaps I'm missing a rounded-up statement that will fully resonate with my inner self, clearly revealing its masterpiece status. It's a food for the brain, and somehow it's urging you to analyse, but maybe it should be enjoyed on a more simplistic level, letting the music happen in the present moment - nevermind the complexities protruding in all dimensions. Which leads to the fact this band is not only enigmatic it's also paradoxical.

Nice going, NODO GORDIANO. You left something to scratch my head about.

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