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Founded in Mantova, Italy in 1996

SUBMARINE SILENCE is a new Italian group that was born from the idea of Mellow Records owner Mauro Moroni. The group can be regarded as a side-project of the neo-progressive group MOONGARDEN. Based on the idea of Mr. Moroni, the MOONGARDEN keyboardist Cristiano Roversi founded the group. The group consists of Cristiano Roversi (keyboards), David Cremoni (guitars) and Emilio Pizzoccoli (drums & percussions). David Cremoni is also a member of MOONGARDEN. Bass sounds are made by Taurus pedals.

The band first appeared in a GENESIS tribute "The River of Constant Change - A Tribute to Genesis". In 2001 they released the self-titled debut album. It is very GENESIS inspired instrumental progressive. Even the album artwork resembles "Foxtrot" and it is by the same artist Paul Whitehead. In 2002 they also appeared in the Finnish KALEVALA project.

Not very original but should especially please fans of GENESIS.

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3.34 | 42 ratings
Submarine Silence
2001
3.14 | 30 ratings
There's Something Very Strange In Her Little Room
2013
3.84 | 49 ratings
Journey Through Mine
2016

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3.84 | 49 ratings

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Journey Through Mine
Submarine Silence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Italian symphonic group Submarine Silence, whose core line-up is comprised of guitarist David Cremoni and keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Cristiano Roversi of Moongarden, find themselves in an interesting position for their third album, 2017's `Journey Through Mine'. The oddly titled disc combines the two worlds of the previous couple of SS albums, their fully instrumental self-titled debut from seventeen years ago (and a much-loved minor modern symphonic classic it's often considered) and the difficult to love vocal-driven `There's Something Very Strange In Her Little Room' from 2013, by offering a balance of both approaches together, with highly consistent results this time around that often lift to real greatness - vintage prog fans are in for a treat!

Submarine Silence are unashamedly influenced by the early-mid Seventies era of Genesis, but thankfully most of the time they are more a case of `inspired by' as opposed to blatantly recycling themes and motifs of that legendary English group (although little moments still pop up here and there like that, so you might need to be a little forgiving!), and they are similar in approach to international acts like the Agents of Mercy and Willowglass, and Italian groups such as The Watch (or even PFM's `Chocolate KIngs' era) that continue in the classic Genesis style. About half the pieces on `Journey...' have English lyric vocals delivered by a raspy and deeply hoarse new singer in Guillermo Gonzales, but thankfully he never tries to ape Peter Gabriel, if anything he reminds a little of Johan Hansson from the Swedish act Twin Age, another Genesis-like group, and while he will likely still prove divisive with listeners, he's a marked improvement on the singer on the previous disc `Something Very Strange...' that frequently distracted from some colourful musical backings.

Opening instrumental `The Astrographic Temple' is all dizzying synth spirals, whirring Moog sprints, Mellotron-lifted fancy, loopy electronic programming, crisply nimble electric guitar runs and punchy drums (courtesy of Emilio Pizzocoli, returning from the debut), sounding not unlike another modern group Trion. `Black Light Back' is full of pretty and dramatic atmosphere, built around haunting Mellotron choirs, sparkling twelve-string acoustic chimes in unison with weeping ethereal electric guitar strains, and Guillermo delivers a curiously charismatic and charmingly accented vocal (and a lovely highlight is the proper grand piano instead of keyboard emulation in the intro, a difference that is instantly noticeable and should be thoroughly appreciated by listeners!). `Swirling Contour' reminds of numerous 80/90's Neo-Prog bands like Grey Lady Down with its overexcited and energetic vocals, and Genesis-flavoured instrumental `Canova's Gypsoteque' swoons with all the regal organ, aching Steve Hackett-like guitar strains and haunting Mellotron choirs beloved of that band.

The twelve minute title-track `Journey Through Mine' is overloaded with heroic instrumental passages, heavy rumbling bass playing and a theatrically tortured lead vocal, but parts of it could come a little too close to branding Submarine Silence with a dreaded `clone band' tag in the way it borrows similar themes and sounds from Genesis' `Unquiet Slumbers/Quiet Earth/Afterglow' medley off their `Wind and Wuthering' LP - still sounds wonderful and proves very effective though! Gloriously romantic Andy Latimer-esque guitar reaches full of longing burn throughout soloing-heavy instrumental `Five Lands Nightwind' that will be adored by Camel fans, and `Butterflies' is a class act to close on, starting as a delicate piano ballad backing Guillermo's tenderly reflective words and voice as sweet guitar ruminations and inspiring Mellotron choirs raise everything to the heavens in a dreamily hazy finale.

Despite the fact that it doesn't do much in the way of anything new, some vocals can be a little trying and the disc does have a slightly stuffy and boxy production (although it's a welcome antidote to the over-polished lifelessly pristine sound of many modern works), `Journey Through Mine' has an authenticity to its vintage sounds, a warmth in its use of old equipment and an unending pride in the proudly grandiose symphonic prog sounds of old that plenty of vintage prog fans cherish. Submarine Silence are to be commended for stepping up in quality again here, and their latest album, that frequently unveils a very special magic, is highly deserving of more attention.

Four stars.

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3.34 | 42 ratings

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Submarine Silence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Submarine Silence was originally created in mid-90's as a project from Moongarden musicians Cristiano Roversi and David Cremoni in order to participate in the Mellow Records Genesis tribute ''The river of constant change'', covering ''Entangled'' with Paolo Sterzi on violin.They ended up to become a regular Moongarden off-shoot band, recruiting drummer Emilio Pizzoccoli.The three Italians recorded the parts of what was going to become the band's debut album in their own home studios and ''Submarine silence'' was eventually released in 2001, of course on Mellow Records.

Stylistically the trio sounds like an instrumental version of MOONGARDEN, at least with what their normal group was sounding at the time.It's heavily GENESIS-influenced Neo/Symphonic Prog, overcoming the absence of a bassist by using bass pedals and strongly relying on the use of analog keyboards like the Moog synthesizer and the Mellotron.The arrangements are lush and deeply symphonic with a strong tendency towards melodic and refined music textures, they sound a lot like mid-70's GENESIS with an obvious aura of the Neo Prog scene due to the sense of melody in the guitar work.Great music, albeit rather unoriginal, with heavy bits of Mellotron and TONY BANKS-like synth solos over a talented David Cremoni, who's guitar has always a STEVE HACKETT-like sensitive touch.The man adds also a good amount of 6- and 12-string guitars in the process, leading to multi-part compositions with beautiful electroacoustic changes and a mood of rural enviroment around.The absence of vocals is what sets them apart from MOONGARDEN, the focus here is on elaborate and atmospheric Symphonic and Melodic Rock with a monster retro feel.

Consider this as a MOONGARDEN off-shoot both literally and stylistically.GENESIS-inspired Prog Rock with analog keyboards and plenty of interesting, melodic sections.Recommended.

 There's Something Very Strange In Her Little Room by SUBMARINE SILENCE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.14 | 30 ratings

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There's Something Very Strange In Her Little Room
Submarine Silence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Hmmm...`There's Something Very Strange...about what's gone a little wrong here' might have been a better title for this one. It was easy to buy the CD of `There's Something Very Strange In Her Little Room' simply on the strength of Submarine Silence's previous self titled album back in 2001, and anyone who has heard that one may remember it was a lush and sophisticated instrumental album in the tradition of classic period Genesis. It's a work that has endured, so the promise and anticipation of a long- awaited follow-up after 12 years was very high. What a shame it is to discover that the band themselves seem to have somewhat lost focus of what made them special and endearing in the first place, despite many moments of greatness scattered sporadically throughout the disc.

Things look fine on the surface. The album has lovely evocative cover art with a lavish CD booklet, even if the colours are a little dark and ominous. The album is essentially one continuous 38 minute 14 part title track with three additional numbers at the end, and like the previous album, much of the music is grandly symphonic and full of numerous instrumental movements. There's an endless overload of majestic Mellotron, dazzling Minimoog, stirring electric guitar solos and delicate acoustic atmospheres, as well as some brief orchestral flourishes. This Italian band works closer to the Neo and symphonic genres than proper RPI, though there are still glimpses of that every now and then. The previous album showcased what a talented band of musicians they are, especially main composer Cristiano Roversi, and from an instrumental point of view, that is still very much evident. Just listen to the multi Mellotron choir `Prologue' that opens the album, the exhilarating `Childs At Play', the haunting `Sleepfall' and sumptuous `Aftersong'.

However, where the album badly falters is the use of vocals this time around. The addition alone wouldn't necessarily be cause for alarm, but in this particular case it has quite damaging results. Lead vocalist Ricky Tonco employs a forced gothic slur, a kind of pained David Bowie by way of Marilyn Manson-esque croon that pushes the wondrous music so far to the background. It sounds like the band were kind of hoping for an IQ/Arena dramatic and theatrical sound here, but despite much of the album having extended instrumental sections, everything crashes to the ground because of the endless use of the drab vocals, and it gives the music a colourless, mundane quality overall. Just compare how much the album picks up the second the vocals stop and you suddenly start paying attention again. Challenge yourself to make it through the eighth track `Passing Strange' and not give up on the album altogether, absolutely excruciating. Oddly, one of the extra tracks at the end features a different vocalist, Mirko Ravenoldi (of fellow Italian prog band Catafalchi Del Cyber), and even his delivery is quite shrill and harsh! Can't win either way here.

A serious rethink concerning the vocals is in order with this band. Artists trying new things should be supported, and we likely all have prog albums in our collection with poorer or average vocals that we still grow to love, but for now they are a serious liability for Submarine Silence. It's a shame they cover so much of the music (probably about 80% of the album), because the actual compositions and performance here are so promising. If you are willing to be patient, to take the time to focus on the playing and can overlook the vocals, you may really end up liking this. It's quite sad to be so critical of this point, and probably Tonco would sound fine under different circumstances, but hopefully other listeners can enjoy the album more and can see past this factor.

So a bit of a frustrating missed opportunity, but let's not write write the band off just yet, as there's too much talent to dismiss them quite so easily. Let's also hope we don't have to wait another 12 years for their next work.

Two and a half stars...rounded up to three for the actual playing and compositions.

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3.14 | 30 ratings

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There's Something Very Strange In Her Little Room
Submarine Silence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Prog Reviewer

2 stars I wasn't sure what to expect from this new album, "There's Something Very Strange in Her Little Room", by Submarine Silence. They are usually labeled as rock progressivo italiano, but that sub-genre is usually quite diverse in style. When I received my review copy, I was immediately unimpressed with the cover art, as it seems very gaudy to me. I admit, though, that I go for the "less is more" approach.

Submarine Silence is a side project from the more well-known group, Moongarden. This group is usually quite revered, but I really don't see the need for this side project. Submarine Silence embraces a very keyboard-driven style without much variety. I recently saw them compared to Genesis and Marillion, but they literally sound nothing like them in any way. The style is completely different.

Every song on this album consists of the same basic beats, atmospheric keys, and quirk. That would normally be fine, but I find that the compositions are severely lacking here. The style is just fine, but there is little or no inspiration that can be found. All we get are tracks that drone on and on without any direction or focus. Even with the plethora of different instruments they utilize, the music still sounds dull.

Another issue I have is the vocalist, Mirko Ravenoldi. His voice is way below average, and even cringe-worthy many, many times. I can't help but feel like his soulless delivery is part of why this album stinks for me. Don't get me wrong: This album has some interesting moments, such as the short instrumental interludes. These interludes, such as "Sleepfall" and "Evening Comes", are usually heavy on the RPI influences, and feature grand, airy synth that just feels right. Indeed, there are even some great moments within the major tracks with some decent solos, but whenever Mirko starts singing, the album plummets in quality.

Overall, this album just goes on and on and on for what seems like two hours. I had to check the play time, and was surprised at how short it actually is! The dull, uninspired tracks that make up the majority of this album really make time crawl. If you start looking at your timepiece while listening to an album such as this one, maybe you shouldn't listen to it at all.

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3.14 | 30 ratings

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There's Something Very Strange In Her Little Room
Submarine Silence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by robbob

4 stars Well

An improve in this second album

Nothing very new or original here...

But i like very much this album

This one man band is not ironic....directely takes the influences of Genesis,IQ and Marillion... Is a mix of music of those bands but very well done...with touches of the Rock Progresivo Italiano

So.... nice songs like the classical Genesis or Marillion or IQ...very good musician...very good inspired in........composer.

Vocals quality a little weak but...is not very disturbing...

So as I like so much old Genesis and IQ music , I only have to thanks to Submarine Silence to keep those sounds alive.

4 stars(or 5 ?... for maybe the best Genesis and IQ inspired band)

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3.34 | 42 ratings

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars This is it ?

Submarine Silence is a bi product of Moongarden, one of the better new RPI bands. Submarine Silence too have an RPI sound...... sort of.

There is no vocals here and none of the normal RPI cascades of sounds too. Left are a lot of Mellotrons, Moogs, flutes and guitars. The style displayed here is dangerously close to New Age and meditation music. As far as an RPI band can get to New Age without falling into the Symph Prog genre, in my humble opinion. There is hard to spot any dynamics in this music, but it is there, although very subtle.

Although this albums has some undeniable qualities and the musicans does a good job with what they have got, this album is hard to digest. Even under full concentration. I am a sucker for Mellotrons and Moogs, but not even these can save this album from being merely a decent album. I am not surprised to learn that this album was a one off. Perhaps that's a wise choice.

2 stars

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Submarine Silence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars SUBMARINE SILENCE are a trio from Italy with two of the members (Roversi & Cremoni) coming from MOONGARDEN. This is an all instrumental concept album that has a strong GENESIS flavour to it. It's unusual to hear a band that sounds so much like GENESIS but without those Gabriel-like vocals. Paul Whitehead even did the album cover. Lots of acoustic guitar and mellow music with some outbreaks here and there. Lots of sampled mellotron as well. This sounds really good but is maybe a little too tame for my tastes.

"The Door" is a short keyboard intro. "Bicycle Ride From Earth To Saturn" opens with a beat as synths come in and play over top. Guitar joins in. Keyboards lead before 2 1/2 minutes then the mellotron rolls in. Nice. The guitar and mellotron before 4 minutes to the end are definitely one of the highlights on the album for me. "Elven's Lullaby" is led by acoustic guitar early before the electric guitar comes in before 3 minutes as synths wash in. "Mr. Submarine's Ordinary Day (Part1)" opens with aggressively strummed guitar like on "Tommy" by THE WHO before a fuller sound kicks in around a minute. It's heavier a minute later. I like the drums here. A calm with acoustic guitar before 4 minutes. Mellotron before 6 minutes.

"Winter Glows" opens with acoustic guitar. Synths join in. A fuller sound before 3 minutes as the drums and electric guitar join in. The guitar that follows soars. "Venice,A Spooky Love Story" opens with mellotron. Nice. Strummed guitar 2 minutes in and keyboards late. "Mr.Submarine's Ordinary Day (Part 2)" features acoustic guitar and atmosphere. Keys come in late. "Shores Where Time Stands Still" opens with acoustic guitar and atmosphere. Drums before 1 1/2 minutes. It's very GENESIS-like here. It settles again after 3 minutes. "Red Sun" opens with piano. Mellotron a minute in and the guitar soars before 2 minutes. "Porto Di Venere" ends the album with a beat and lots of atmosphere. A great way to end it.

Another good album from the Mellow Records label.

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3.34 | 42 ratings

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Submarine Silence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars There are a few sounds in the progressive world that just waft me away, knees knocking, bones trembling and hairs standing at attention. A string mellotron cascade laced with picked acoustic guitar is one that leaves me always helpless, even after 38 years of admonition. So if this record is a shameless retread of bygone-Genesis (yeah, without Gabriel's patented vocals and stirring lyrics), then so be it, I am delighted to be a sucker! What's funny though is that Submarine Silence is a side project from members of Moongarden, an overt Italian group of Camel-loving progsters and yet here they veer into more Hackett/Phillips realms that will please those who have missed this kind of aural splendor for so long. Taking it for what it is, this is a wholesome spectral foray into the world of pastoral and bucolic themes that need no voice other than the caresses between loving keyboards and serene guitars, be it acoustic or electric. The sensual intercourse between the 2 instrument groups show clearly why they are the pillars of what we all refer to as progressive rock. Occasional grand piano and organ keep the spirit alive while showcasing even further the rich melodies. Highlights include the majestic two-part "Mr. Submarine's Ordinary Day", the sumptuous but succinct "Elven's Lullaby", the surreal and aptly titled "Winter Glows", the contrasting warm glow of "Red Sun" and the gargantuan finale "Porto di Venere", straight out of Steve Hackett's seminal Voyage of the Acolyte style. Submarine captain and guitarist Davide Cremoni has studied well and shamelessly soars with obvious passion and reverence, aided and abetted by his trusted navigator Cristiano Roversi , on an array of keyboards, mellotrons and assorted "analog frequences" as well as chief mechanic Emilio Pizzoccoli on various drums and percussives. While some touchier fans may snicker with unwarranted snobbism, the truth is that most open-minded proggers will look at this with child- like envy, a one-shot project that would go well with the similarly stunning Willowglass debut album.The Tony Banks comment from 1984 sums this up succinctly" As soon as you think things too much, as soon as you concentrate on what you are doing too hard, it gets very difficult. The best things come when they happen naturally" You can take that to the bank! 4.5 Hacks
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Review by UMUR
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3 stars Submarine Silence is a Genesis clone and not trying to hide it. This is not necesarely a bad thing though. In this case I have mixed feelings regarding the subject.

The band are very competent musicians and the compositions are well crafted. The songs sound like instrumental cuts outs from A Trick of the Tail by Genesis. this is of course the "problem" if you wish to see it this way. Some would love to hear cut outs from A Trick of the Tail, and some of us are happy with the original. I feel this is just a little too much ripp- off, but on the other hand this is well crafted and very nice.

Personaly I find it a bit too nice. It really doesnŽt offend anyone, and I like to be offended. I miss vocals too if I have to be frank, but that is just my subjective point of view.

The music is driven a lot by the guitar and the keyboard, the drums and the bass are more in the background, this is where Submarine Silence does not sound like Genesis.

All in all a nice album. I should give this 2 stars for the idea and the missing originality but the quality of the music is definitely worth 3 stars. IŽll settle at 3. When you listen to this album though, try not to think too much about the idea, just focus of the quality of the music, then it is pretty enjoyable.

Note the cover art. IsnŽt it fantastic ?

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Review by barp

4 stars Definitely an album for anyone particularly fond of Hackett era Genesis. I thoroughly enjoyed the playing on this instrumental outing. Although as every reviewer has mentioned , the sound of Submarine Silence is based very strongly on early to mid-period Genesis, the compositions and playing are good enough that I didn't find myself thinking of any particular Genesis tunes as being 'source material' while I was listening - not an easy feat to achieve while echoing their sound so closely. A great listen!
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