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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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3.33 | 28 ratings
Submarine Silence
2001
3.02 | 17 ratings
There's Something Very Strange in Her Little Room
2013

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 There's Something Very Strange in Her Little Room by SUBMARINE SILENCE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.02 | 17 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. I bought 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 very 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. I challenge you to make it through the 8th 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.

I think a serious rethink concerning the vocals is in order with this band. I'm all for artists trying new things, and I think we all have prog albums in our collection with poorer or average vocals that we still grow to love, but for now I think 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. I'm quite sad to be so critical of this point, and probably Tonco would sound fine under different circumstances. I really hope other listeners can enjoy the album more than I did 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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3.02 | 17 ratings

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Submarine Silence Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

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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3.02 | 17 ratings

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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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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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Review by Mellotron Storm
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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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Review by tszirmay
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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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Review by chessman
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3 stars I bought this cd recently, based on what I read about it here. And I have to say I am not disappointed by it at all! Ok, it is a little derivative of Genesis, but in a positive way. Submarine are certainly more than a simple clone band. Yes, they are reminiscent of Genesis at times, but their music is strong enough to stand on its own, and should be enjoyed for what it is; simply a good, melodic record. Keyboards are particularly strong, and the opening short track, 'The Door', is played in a way that reminds one of Tony Banks around the time of the release of his debut solo album, A Curious Feeling. You will be reminded of this more than once as you listen to the cd. Track two is one of the highlights. 'Bicycle Ride' has some quite Hackett inspired guitar work, and again interesting keyboards. The rest of the album is somewhat similar, being in the main on the quiet, melodic side. Drums and percussion are solid and well played, and quite effective in holding the songs together. Oh yes, all the tracks are instrumentals too, so you don't have to worry about checking out the lyrics. Other highlights are 'Mr Submarine's Ordinary Day (Part 1)', 'Shores Where Time Stands Still' and 'Porto Di Venere'. But all the tracks are good, with nice acoustic guitar running throughout. Recommended to fans of Genesis, and to fans of instrumental music in general. In fact, this could be prog's version of easy listening. But in a good way. I will give it three stars, but four stars are not out of the question.

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Review by progadder

4 stars Who cares that this is so very much like mid- to late-70s Genesis! I love it.

If you like the instrumental Genesis tracks that were very much influenced by Tony Banks/Steve Hackett then you'll love this.

Highly recommended to all Genesis/melodic instrumental prog fans.

Halcyon days!

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