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IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA (Medusa's Kiss) is a contemporary Italian group. The members Diego Petrini, Federico Caprai and Simone Cecchini founded it in 2002. The group consists of Simone Cecchini (vocals, acoustic guitar, saxophone), Simone Brozzetti (electric guitar), Federico Caprai (bass), Diego Petrini (drums, organ, piano), Eva Morelli (flute, piccolo) and Daniele Rinchi (violin). The music is very much in the seventies Italian tradition. Of the seventies Italian scene there is similarities to groups such as PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI but even more to the hard rocking groups like OSANNA and DE DE LIND.

The self-tiled debut album was released in 2004. It is an own production but the Black Widow label started to distribute it later. The music in this debut album can be considered art-rock. The keyboards are used sparingly but the sound is still refined due to the successful use of flute, saxophone and accordion. There is a renaissance/baroque tinge in some of the songs and this creates some personality to the group's overall sound. This is a good and promising debut album and showing that they have some originality as well.

IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA is an interesting new group that should appeal to fans of the more hard-edged Italian progressive.
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Updates: In 2008 the band released their second album "Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante" which was hailed as a masterpiece by many fans and reviewers. The album finished 2nd place in the ProgArchives Collaborator poll of 2008, nearly beating Opeth for the number one slot. In fact they got more number one votes than Opeth but lost on overall points. Any way you look at it, it was a feather in the cap for modern RPI. Live festival dates followed the album and in 2010 there are plans to release a live DVD of one of the shows.

In Summer 2012 the band release their third album "Dues Lo Vult."
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3.48 | 63 ratings
Il Bacio Della Medusa
2004
4.22 | 224 ratings
Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante
2008
3.67 | 73 ratings
Deus Lo Vult
2012

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 Deus Lo Vult by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 73 ratings

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Deus Lo Vult
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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5 stars 'Deus lo vult' is the third album by Il Bacio della Medusa, a band from Perugia that was formed in 2002. It was self-released in 2012 with the help of Glare Art Communication and features a beautiful packaging with an art work by Licia Marino mixing photographs and drawings. Violinist Daniele Rinchi left the band after the excellent second album and now the line up is reduced to a quintet featuring Simone Cecchini (vocals, acoustic guitar, harp), Diego Petrini (drums, percussion, mellotron, organ), Federico Caprai (bass), Simone Brozzetti (electric guitar) and Eva Morelli (flute, sax, theremin). The overall sound is harder than in the previous work but in my opinion the music perfectly fits the storyline and the final result is magnificent. In fact, 'Deus lo vult' is a concept album inspired by the first crusade where sarcasm and irony prevail upon epic tones. It tells the story of an unfortunate, naive lord from Umbria who leaves his land and wife in search for glory and richness in the Holy Land. Well, if I had to compare this work to a film I would say that it's definitely closer to Brancaleone To The Crusades by Mario Monicelli than to Kingdom of Heaven by Ridley Scott!

The short opener 'Invocazione alle Muse' (Invocation to the Muses) sets the atmosphere with Simone Cecchini who here plays the role of a minstrel... 'Let the wind blow strong / And as for magic / Let it suggest the song / Of the young Simplicio...'. On the following 'Indignatio (Infedeli in Terra Santa)' (Indignatio ' Infidels in the Holy Land) the rhythm rises while the music and lyrics weave a sense of organized delirium. This piece describes the atmosphere of mystic fanaticism and hysteria that leads to every religion war. The Earth seems to give birth to dark, venomous scorpions while infidels plunder and celebrate their pagan rites in the Holy Land. You can hear curses and invocations to the divine wrath... 'Hurry up! Hurry up! / The whole Christianity has to rise and fight...'.

On 'Urbano II bandisce la Prima Crociata' (Urban II summons the First Crusade) Simone Cecchini plays the role of the pope blessing Godfroy of Boullion and his army in an almost ludicrous way and there's a strong sense of parody. Next comes 'Simplicio', a beautiful ballad which describes the protagonist of the story on his way to the Holy Land and his meeting with an attractive girl who reads his hand and predicts him a gloomy future. She offers him shelter and love but our hero turns her down and rides on... 'When he gave up counting so many suns and too many moons / He attained his destination...'.

'Deus lo vult' (God wills it) begins softly with exotic flavours in the air, the music here recalls the score of Lawrence Of Arabia by Maurice Jarre. Then the rhythm suddenly rises and you can hear the battle raging and see the blood flowing in deep purple colours... 'Shoot the arrow and run / Towards those towers... God wills it! / Beyond those gates / Death is waiting for you... God wills it...'.

'Verso casa' (On the way home) tells of a sad return. Simplicio is disappointed, for him there's no glory nor land nor richness since the leaders and the most powerful knights make the rules and for him there's nothing left but pain. So he comes back home with no booty but, at least, the hope to find again his faithful wife cheers him up. The final track reveals a nasty surprise... 'La Beffa (Non un trono, non un regno... Solo sdegno)' (The prank ' No throne, no kingdom... Only outrage) describes the moment when he finds out his spouse cheating on him. She's in bed with the local priest and Simplicio goes mad. In his final explosion of rage he's merciless and burns them alive... 'Get ready the stake...'. Well, a real flamboyant finale!

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 Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.22 | 224 ratings

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Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars A man and a woman go to hell and they are reflecting about their deeds, the reasons of why they as a couple are there. This is what I understood from the album, I don't speak italian but a little bit got this idea, if it's not, pardon me, this what the titles of the track and the music made me figure out. A perfect album from beginning to end, with excellent changes of mood from one song to the other, wonderful instrumentation all the way through, and of course maintaining all the classic elements of italian progressive music: the use of flute, keyboards, violins, acoustic guitars and a powerful bass guitar. This album is worthy to be considered among the best albums in progressive rock in history!

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 Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars Wonderful RPI! This is one of the best symphonic prog rock albums that I have heard in years. The progression is on the right place, they know how to change the mood of their music, and how! Discesa Agl'inferi D'un Giovane Amante is the second album from Il Bacio Della Medusa, released in 2008. The first time I saw the album, it captivates me by the cover art. The dark environment is really great. The concept of the album is about a man with his women in hell and his feelings. The album includes macabre laughter and overlapping whispers sometimes, but don't be afraid, the darkness of the music is very well balanced with the beautiful classical and folk songwriting.

The 3:44' minutes Preludio has a beautiful symphony by piano, violin, flute and vocals. The symphony reaches the second track, Confessione D'un Amante, the vocal and piano melodies are pretty good. The progression goes on falling into La Bestia Ed Il Delirio, where the drummer awakes. The flute at the beggining of the track reminds me of Tull dark passages, like A Passion Play. The organ solo with the background clean rhythm guitars is awesome. At the middle of the track, you will find a song in the italian typical folk way, and for real, it reminds me of a greek old song. The second half of the track features another organ and keys solo, with funky groovin guitar bases. And a short guitar solo after an evil laughter. The fourth track has infernal narrations. And the symphonic instrumental behind carries a heavy atmosphere, slowly turning into a prog folk. The Tullish prog becomes definitive at Ricordi Del Supplisio, very funny flute work, and the organ is beautiful. Well, any hammond organ or keys solo is fanservice made exactly for me, since I drown into prog in itself after some keith emerson video tapes. At Nostalgia, Pentimento e Rabbia, Cecchini really sings with his soul. Some evil riffs here. A good guitar solo too, I like when the guitar riff fuses with the flute. Sudorazione A Freddo Sotto Il Chiaro Di Luna starts as a stylish jazzy blues, where the first highlights are the excellent drums and bass. So the organ strikes again until the song slow down beautifully. The calm flute and clean guitar solo is deep and cool. The ending of this track seems to be a shapeshifter, between slow and fast rock. But the slow rock wins, starting Melancolia, an acoustic mellow, brilliant and atmospheric track. I like the ending of this one, with that keys and percursion. The following track, E Fu Allora Che Dalle Fiamme Mi Sorprese Una Calda Brezza Celeste (wow, that's a huge track title), it's calm and features some fine sax playing. The grand finale, the peak, is Nosce Te Ipsum: La Bestia Ringhia In Noi, the most progressive track of the album, and my favorite one! After te calm intro, some tribal drums advertises the musical changes. The keys, guitar and sax, and all the rest, are all working together here. The cool tempo changes and the organ leading an apocalypse seems the best passage of the album. The freak ending riff of the track rules. So we have two closing tracks, Corale Per Messa Da Requiem and Epilogo: Conclusione Della Discesa Agl'inferi D'un Giovane Amante. Both track are working like the first twin symphonic tracks.

Reccomended to everyone into symphonic, folk prog or RPI.

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 Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.22 | 224 ratings

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Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Il Bacio della Medusa is one of the most popular italian bands from prog rock realm with 3 albums released so far. Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante is their second offer from 2008. This album got a lot of big aplauses world wide, is considered one of the masterpieces of our days, but really to me was an only fair good album, nothing more, nothing less. When I first listen to this release I said what the heck, this sound like it was released in 1973 or around that period not in 2008. Vintage symphonic prog is all about here, ok is well played , typical for italian school with romantic passages with a folkish atmosphere combined with more edgy ones, but all sounds very familiar to my ears. No ground breaking arrangements, only ok . So, no particular pieces is in front, all has same value, all are good but far from masterpiece status as many saw in this release, I know many italian symphonic prog bands that are far more intresting. 3 stars.

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 Il Bacio Della Medusa by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars One of the recent products of the Perugia scene, Il bacio della medusa came together in the autumn of 2002 under the leadership of drummer Diego Petrini, bassist Federico Caprai and singer/guitarist Simone Cecchini.Many line-up changes would follow and a stable line-up would occur in 2003 with Eva Morelli on flutes and Simone Brozzetti on guitars.Over a year of preparation led to the band's self-titled and self-produced debut in 2004 with the participation of Angelo Petri on sax/accordion and Daniele Rinchi on violins.

The words that describe generally Il bacio della medusa's debut are energy and passion with the band delivering in a very dynamic Hard/Psych Prog style with many retro influences from the classic period of Italian Prog.The sound is based around the powerful guitar work of Brozzetti, featuring hard lead guitars and soulful soloing, and Cecchini's incredibly theatrical and sharp voice, perfect for the band's overall style, not unlike bands like IBIS or OSAGE TRIBE.These guitar-based crescendos are supported by a number of nice breaks with romantic acoustic passages and also the delicate flute interludes of Eva Morelli, as the sound reaches the legendary approach of PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI.The composition are full of guitar/flute interplays and shifting moods between soft acoustic textures and attacking guitar parts, showing a wide range in the decibel scale.''Il Vino'' shows even a great Mediterrenean-inspired attempt by the group to explore more traditional paths with accordion and acoustic guitars in evidence, a fantastic offering indeed.

A very good debut by a group with a bright future.Passionate Italian Prog, where straight-to-your-face rock music has plenty to offer among the proggier moments.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Deus Lo Vult by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 73 ratings

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Deus Lo Vult
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Medusa Returns!

Well well, our friends of Il Bacio Della Medusa are back with their follow-up to "Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante", the album which stunned the 2008 Collaborators poll by finishing 2nd and nearly upsetting Opeth. Following an album like "Discesa" is a tall order and I was pretty certain there was no way I could like the next one better. Well I'm happy to report that you need not be afraid to test your expectation. "Deus Lo Vult" is a punchy spitfire of an album that finds BDM in no mood to rest on past success. There have been changes for many folk's favorite post-2000 RPI band and it sounds like there are out to prove themselves all over again. They sound ferocious and battle-ready so the sword on the cover is appropriate.

The first change you might notice is that they have severed ties with Black Widow Records. They have also parted ways with violinist Daniele Rinchi, more on that later. And then there is the length which my good friend Paul discussed in his review. "Deus Lo Vult" is only 34 minutes long, almost unthinkable in today's world of unending CDs and digis. But I personally LOVE the fact that they did this! First, it harkens back to the classic 1970s RPI tradition of incredibly short albums when the 30-35 minute range was common and even quite a few that dipped below 30 minutes. This made for pure excitement because most of the bands were putting everything they had into that window of time. The same is true here. The band is succinct and putting every bit of gut they can into a short, sweet listening experience. There is never a second of boredom, this thing is alive and kickin' front to back. While there are times when I want a long drawn out affair, these days especially I value the approach taken here.

The material here, composed by Petrini and Cecchini, is as good as before and the performances have improved. While there are undeniably beautiful passages on Discesa which I have on my RPI brain loop, Deus has just as many while being more economical. There is a nice balance of intense, heavy rocking with poetic pastoral RPI, and a few of those quirky surprises as well. Sometimes there is a medieval feel, and this time around they flirt with prog-metal in a few spots. Not intentionally perhaps, but in these sections the speed and aggression are kicked up several notches. The band have all improved as performers as well. I sense a tighter core band seemingly more in tune with each other's musical dialogue, creating some very nice interplay, while Cecchini's vocals are fantastic. I love Diego's keyboard choices and aggressive drumming. Everyone is robust, passionate, and just kicking ass. I will say though that I miss Rinchi's presence on the album and that loss of an independent strings man is noticeable and not for the better. Coming from the world's biggest QVL fan this should not be surprising. But that is really my only criticism of Deus. Though the upside would be that it leaves more room for Eva Morelli who does not disappoint here, great flute and sax just like on Ornithos.

"Invocazione alle Muse" is such a stunningly beautiful opener, pure RPI, grandiose, majestic, romantic, with the first of many Eva flute solos. "Urbano II bandisce la Prima Crociata" has a patriotic march feel with Eva playing piccolo over these gregarious group vocals, you can almost see the guys with their arms around each other belting it out as if a pub sing-along! "Simplicio" is the change-up, an inspiring ballad with Cecchini and Morelli just breaking your heart, so damn beautiful is the vocal and flute with great guitar leads as well. The title track is amazing and powerful, great timeless riffs and memorable melodies. The other tracks are just as impressive and feature more of the heavy prog/symphonic/rockin' side of the band whose influences feel like Purple and Tull yet filtered through the RPI experience with highly theatrical vocals and loads of drama. Don't worry about comparing the album to its predecessor or to Ornithos. Both this album and Ornithos should be on your list if you enjoyed the previous BDM album. It comes in a nice book styled digipak with lyrics, photos, and artwork.

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 Il Bacio Della Medusa by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars I learned this Italian band from friend's recommendation, and the two first albums really made the suggestion worthwhile. I have not heard their latest third album on time of writing, and though I liked both of the two, I personally was yet more satisfied with their debut, focusing to more heavier art rock activity than their following record, that being really amazing too.

"Requiem Per I Condannati A Morte" kicks in with heavy stoner riffs, reminding a heavier incarnation of early Black Widow's line-up heard on "Return to The Sabbath". The horror themed vintage heavy prog with supporting female vocals and acoustic tender middle parts contain both fine instrumentations and powerful moods, following the Italian melodic traditions. Powerful bass supports this fine compositional approach culminating in intelligent arrangements and rhythmic changes, yet not confusing the listening experience or revealing attempts of adding unnecessary tricks for virtuosity displays.

"Orienteoccidente"'s ethereal psyhcedelic soundscape intro leads then to bluesy turmoil, reminding old rockers like Ten Years After and Agnus Strange, concluding to really heavy guitar storm. "Scorticamento Di Marsia", a small suite divided to several parts, is built from contrasting themes; Oppressing spacey ambiences, lovely caresses of flute-driven bucolic scenes, and bluesy progressions leading to more hectic acid rock guitar sequences. I appreciated here especially guitar's and flutes melodic dialogues. The later moments reveal some anxious sadder motives, then redeemed with more vital notes from the flautist, last rock passages leading to the bluesy beginning themes with sax solo in style of good old Colosseum records.

"Il Vino" opens trough soundscapes, and appeared to me as a traditional Italian folk's music sounding minor drinking song, shimmering with powerful passion though the vocal interpretation. After drinking, the sleeping time arrives with lullaby of flutes beautiful melodies on "Cantico Del Poeta Errante". A really lovely ballad gaining power from alterations of key shifts for "De Luxuria, Et De Ludo, Et De Taberna", preparing for the end of the album with doomy guitars descending in a form of Andalusian-sounding wild dancing. Composition visit also calmer acoustic phases, and the developments of the dominant themes conclude to a short circus scenario, closing this fabulous record.

Songs form dramatically pleasant flowing album entity, reaching much from their own tonal language's potential. I liked the quality of overall production, fine compositions and powerful male and female vocal duo presence. The record offered for me fine both artistic sensation and experience of rock&roll power, and it is certainly recommended. If you like more symphonic art rock requiring focus in listening, then the following "Discesa agl'inferi d'un giovane amante" album might be even yet more suitable for your tastes.

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Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars The second album of this wonderful Italian progressive rock group holds yet stronger theme album architecture, and develops the elements from their debut album to more sophisticated directions. A fusion of European classical music, psychedelic heavy rock music of 60's/70's, traditional acoustic folk music and passionate singing in Italian tradition unite as outstanding recording. When comparing to their first album, most notably this album is directed for meditative listening session from its beginning to end in one stance, as like the previous record allowed some highlight cuts as separate listening based on the moods of the listener. Orientation towards the philosophies of classical music and arts have certainly been more emphasized here than earlier. The operatic mellow moments reach unbelievable celestial heights, and more sinister rock spheres are inhibited by analogue synths and authentic vintage bluesy rhythm rollers. The symphonic rock details are arranged with exceptional taste and proving the academic quality in musicianship. The music flowing without much song transition gaps forced me to sit through the album for several nights of listening, and though I have not listened much to symphonic music currently, the kiss of this medusa is certainly very addictive. From the sequences of this symphony, "Ricordi del supplizio" shimmering with hazy hippie guitar grooves and alluring flute lines is maybe my own favorite among the whole set. Really warmly recommended for anybody interested of thoughtful and catchy rock operas.

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 Deus Lo Vult by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Four years after Discesa Agl'Inferi D'un Giovane Amante, the highly regarded second album from Italian's Il Bacio Della Medusa, they return with the follow up, Deus Lo Vult which for a non- Italian speaker like me is thankfully easier to get the tongue round. After such a stunning album that saw them use a template of classic 70's Italian prog and drag it well into the 21st century, it was always going to be a hard act to follow. Have they done it? Well the answer is yes and no.

Let me elaborate. Deus Lo Vult features some stunning music, as good as their last much of the time. There is a problem however and that is that the album is so damn short. Seven tracks lasting less than thirty four minutes, which even back in the days when vinyl ruled would have been considered short. That aside, apart from the disposable Urbano II Bandisce La Prima Crociata, which comes across as a 19th century military style piece for want of a better analogy, it's all good. The classic 70's comparisons are inevitable but there's no doubt that Il Bacio Della Medusa add elements that mark them clearly as a band of our time by injecting a healthy dose of modern sounding metal. Despite mellow moments like opener Invocazione Alle Muse they have much in common with the wilder excesses of RPI bands like Osanna and vocalist Simone Cecchini brings to mind Jumbo's Alvaro Fella with a raw and emotional delivery at times, though capable, which he often demonstrates of a far greater range. There's a theatrical approach here too bringing to mind the little known outside Italian prog circles Officina Meccanica. Prominent is Eva Morelli's sax and flute, an indispensable part of the band's sound, giving the obvious Van Der Graaf Generator and occasional Jethro Tull comparison's and they certainly share the wilder excesses of the former. The band rock out in fine style with some blistering instrumental sections too, making it an exhilarating, if short ride.

So there you have it, Deus Lo Vult doesn't disappoint, apart from its short length, but I can forgive them that as half the band have already delivered an excellent album this year as Ornithos. Il Bacio Della Medusa have reinforced their position as one of the most important Italian prog bands of the last twenty years.

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Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars An incredibly impressive second album from Il Bacio Della Medusa which sounds like a lost gem from the 1970s - except the way it mashes up different styles from then in a way they weren't ever quite mashed up before also makes it feel reasonably new. At points steeped in the prog tradition of Jethro Tull, PFM and Banco, at other points rocking the hell out with some pure hard rock riffs, at other points getting scary and martial, the album's songs blend together into a compelling suite which keeps me gripped from beginning to end. Definitely one to watch, this band - I'll certainly be looking to hear their other material.

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