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Founded in Perugia, Italy in 2002

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.

: : : Markus Mattsson, FINLAND : : :

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 "Deus Lo Vult."
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3.55 | 94 ratings
Il Bacio Della Medusa
2004
4.24 | 340 ratings
Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante
2008
3.83 | 104 ratings
Deus Lo Vult
2012
3.78 | 51 ratings
Seme*
2018

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4.92 | 3 ratings
Live
2015
4.05 | 10 ratings
AnimAcusticA
2020

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 AnimAcusticA by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Live, 2020
4.05 | 10 ratings

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AnimAcusticA
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars When you have a fantastic discography behind you, four great studio albums, and a bobbastic live recording, how else to show the perfect harmony of the musicians than with an acoustic presentation of the songs. In my personal opinion, the acoustic performances of the songs represent walking on dangerous ground and hardly any album made in this way managed to give justice to the compositions.

Il Bacio Della Medusa with their "AnimAcusticA" from 2020 showed once again all the genius and musical power. The band consists of: Simone Cecchini - vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitar, Diego Petrini - drums, piano, synthesizer and mellotron, Federico Caprai - bass guitar, Simone Brozzetti - solo guitar, Simone "Il Poca" Matteucci - acoustic guitar and Eva Morelli - flute, alto and soprano saxophone and piccolo.

The album, which contains 12 songs, starts with "Preludio: Il Trapasso", in which the band plays a wonderfully calm mix of jazz, folk and progressive rock, which has some tempo changes and flows seamlessly into "Confessione D'un Amante", "Il Vino (Breve Delirio Del Vino)", a great swinging uptempo rock song with influences of jazz. "Scorticamento Di Marsia" delivers a fantastic progressive rock song, which starts quietly and after a few minutes turns into an uptempo piece of music. With "Cantico Del Poeta Errante", the band brings a delightful progressive folk song.

The entire album represents infectious danceable rhythm that changes into a slow tempo, than fast tempo with jazz and progressive influences. It is a great live album and all the arrangements of the compositions are conceived and done perfectly.

 Live by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Live, 2015
4.92 | 3 ratings

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Live
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Il bacio della medusa released their first live album in 2015 after the magnificent "Deus lo vult". I must say that this was a real pleasure to listen to.

It consists of twelve songs and it lasts for about 80 minutes. It starst "Requiem per i Condannati a Morte" and "OrienteOccidente" two opening tracks from their debut selftitled album and continues with "Urbano II bandisce la Prima Crociata", "Simplicio", "Deus lo Vult" and "Indignatio" from the last studio album at that time. And then "Ricordi del Supplizio", "Nostalgia Pentimento e Rabbia", "Melencolia" and "E fu Allora che dalle Fiamme mi Sorprese una Calda Brezza Celeste" from their masterpiece "Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante". It ends with the last two songs from their first album.

Guitarist Simone Brozzetti really showcases his power with a tornado of riffs and solos with his excellent hard and heavy style. Eva Morelli delivers fantastic sounds with her flute and brings explosion of eclectic parts with saxophone. Petrini plays the drums, and the man behind the bass is Federico Caprai . The vocals are fantastic and through all layers of music they are fantastically combined and presented, Simone Cecchini delivers very high tones, dramatic parts and great hard rock singing style. All the power of the band is represented, and they bring bombastic symphonic/heavy prog perfectly. This live album really shows that these musicians are masters of the trade. Since I've already reviewed all of their studio efforts, I will say that, in my opinion, this is an obligatory live album.

 Deus Lo Vult by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.83 | 104 ratings

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Deus Lo Vult
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars The album goes through different moods. On the one hand, Il Bacio Della Medusa delivers a gentle, melodic side, then mostly mellotron and flute as well as subtle guitar are playing. The whole thing occasionally touches the symphonic- prog area, but is basically more in the hard rock side.

Incredibly done concept about a human journey full of passion and blood, which explodes from a light melody into a heavy one.

Guitarist Simone Brozzetti is responsible for the dose of bombastic heavy rock, bringing a tornado of riffs and solos with his excellent hard and heavy style. One of the very important parts for the unique sound of the band is Eva Morelli. From the very traditional tones, which she presents with her flute to the explosion of eclectic parts with saxophone. Petrini plays the drums, takes care of the gentle Mellotron clouds and sometimes brings in powerful organ playing. The vocals are fantastic and through all layers of music they are fantastically combined and presented, Simone Cecchini delivers very high tones, dramatic parts and great hard rock singing style.

The begining of the album is a two minute mellow, piccolo- and mellotron-led intro, which leads to "Indignatio (Infedeli In Terra Santa)", an amazing heavy prog composition with no less than three blazing guitar solos, raging Hammond organ runs, aggressive sax and flute.

The band has constantly pushed the boundaries of music, combining retro sound with modern elements, a magical combination of symphonic, heavy, folk and eclectic tracks. A truly amazing album.

 Il Bacio Della Medusa by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.55 | 94 ratings

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Il Bacio Della Medusa
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Il Bacio Della Medusa is definitely one of the most important bands in recent times. Through their four studio albums, which they have released so far, they have presented a rhapsody of sounds, which goes from hard rock that from time to time reaches the edge of metal, all the way to incredible symphonic compositions and concepts.

Their first album, as well as all their other albums, presents extreme attention to arrangement of the songs. Right at the beginning we get the formula and shape where this piece of music will take us. The bombastic riffs and solos on the guitar are so powerful and precise and they just leave you speechless, incredibly sharp vocal and heavy metal patterns which also contribute to the diversity of composing.

The album is very dynamic and throughout its duration takes us through different musical experiences. There is definitely an influence of the classic prog but don't be fooled by this, this band is one hundred percent unique. Guitar-flute interplays and shifting moods between acoustic and roaring guitar parts, jazz rock rhythms with saxophone, all are showing a wide range of the capabilities of this band. Elements of the traditional are also part of this concept, the acoustic guitar and flute compliment each other brilliantly and lead to beautiful melodic landscapes.

This debut represents a great achievement of the band and a magnificent entry into the world of prog rock. Their style is hard to determine, so I will say, simply fantastic progressive rock

 Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.24 | 340 ratings

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Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Il Bacio della Medusa - Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante is a classically inspired album of progressive rock, a real rock opera, a mature, passionate and dramatic, concept album inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.

The band develops a very original musical path embellished by violin - which contribute to giving a classical imprint - and by piano, organ, which create a fluid melodic texture from beginning to end.

Time signatures and styles alternate perfectly and harmoniously, between ballads, classical accompaniments typical of the symphonic prog and blistering heavy prog.

Impeccable album from all points of view,the deliverence of various styles, roaring organ and sweeping piano runs, riffing guitars, marching rhythm, thundering bass, some elements jazz rock, only to be replaced by almost neoclassical interludes,

The incredible musical harmony, out of this world ability that this band possesses, makes this album a masterpiece.

 Seme* by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.78 | 51 ratings

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Seme*
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Il Bacio della Medusa is one of the best "modern" bands that came from Italy. Throughout the years, starting with their self titled album (2004) to their masterpiece Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante from 2008 and fantastic Deus Lo Vult from 2012 they have delivered masterful pieces of music combining classic prog sound with jazz, heavy prog and other various musical genres, which made them real music exploring prog band in a true meaning of the word.

The same can be said for their latest release SEME* from 2018, it took the band six years to deliver a new album and they deliver a true gold.

The album starts heavy with "Seme" which is a fantastic rocking tune, elements of hard rock/metal with sax complimenting this piece brilliantly and giving it a cool factor.

"La Sonda" is a totally different story than the first tune, a really laid back song, emotional flute gives this song a dreamy feel, later on a fantastic keyboard solo with sax giving it that original factor.

"5 E 1/4? Fuori Dalla Finestra Il Tempo è Dispari" is a brilliant prog tune and a true showcase of the bands abbility to deliver various stiles into a song and make it out of this world expiriance. It really paints a prefect prog picture combibing jazz, a Spanish feel acoustic guitar solo, time and mood changes, eclectic moments and really emotional electric guitar solo.

"Sveglia" is a real suprise on the album a really fun song wich gives a country rock feel. What makes this song great is a fantastic melodic/feel good sax and guitar solo.

This album is just one surprise after the other, and "Animatronica Platonica" delivers electronic music trougtout. "Sudamerica" is a some kind of ambient prog song followed by a great sax trough the entire tune, fantastic acoustic guitar solo and a cool jazz part.

"Utopia? IL Non Logo" is a manly keyboard driven 2 minute instrumental which takes us to "Il sentiero di luce" a song that gives that classic RPI feel. "Animaemotica" is a space rock song a really great addition to this album.

 Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.24 | 340 ratings

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Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nº 180

Il Bacio Della Medusa is an art-prog-rock group which was born in 2002. The band released three studio albums until now. The first, of the same name, was released in 2004, the second 'Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante', a conceptual album, was released in 2008 and the third 'Deus Lo Vult', another conceptual album was released in 2012.

The band embraces the 70's progressive rock style. The progressive facets of the band touch both the Anglo-Saxon side and the Mediterranean, a facet that characterizes the style that is now known today as Rock Progressivo Italiano. Refined texts, long winded titles and imaginative covers for a baroque style are typical of a certain type of progressive rock of bands like Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Le Orme and Area which are some of the best representative Italian bands in the 70's. It seems the old tradition continue in our days with bands like Il Bacio Della Medusa, Universal Totem Orchestra, Finisterre, Hostsonaten, La Machera Di Cera and Ingranaggi Della Valle.

'Il Bacio Della Medusa' (The Kiss Of The Medusa), riding the wave of inspiration of the first album, immediately begins the work of what will be, so far, their most popular album, 'Descent Agli'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante' (Descent To Hell Of A Young Lover) . It's a real rock opera, a mature, passionate and dramatic, conceptual album inspired by the V canto of the Inferno of 'The Divine Comedy' written by the great Dante Alighieri. In short, we can say that the concept of the album is about two lovers, Paolo and Francesca and and their thoughts when they follow their path of descent to Hell.

Musically, the sounds are more elegant than the previous one, thanks to the presence of the Rinchi violin and the Petrini keyboards. The work is masterful and full of intensity and density, and the arrangements of the band are excellent. Times and styles are perfectly and harmoniously alternated, between bloodless and dreamy ballads, classical accompaniments typical of symphonic prog and hard-folk incursions. The interactions between the instruments are numerous. The courtly and poetic texts host copious rhetorical figures and are written and interpreted with emphasis, also thanks to a broad ductility of the song that perfectly transmits the emotions experienced by the narrated subjects.

The tracks flow together without breaks, adding to the sense that it unfolds like a grand play. An often obscure music, conducted by the omnipresent organ and a guitar also hard, often embellished by a delicate flute and, to underline, the most touching moments of the story, a poignant violin and a guitar. Here and there we can hear some valuable folk insertions, which soften a little the subtle restlessness that hovers between the notes and the lyrics. The notes of the sad and romantic 'Preludio: Il Trapasso' lead us into the esoteric atmosphere that will accompany 'our souls' for the whole journey among the underworld. The 'Confessione D'Un Amante', sustained by the expansive melancholy of the instruments, is that of the suffering of Paolo. With 'La Bestia E Il Delirio' the rhythm is raised immediately thanks to a low flute unison, which we will often find throughout the album. In 'Recitativo: ' Nel Buio Che Risplendono Le Stelle' the flute, marching with the other instruments, opens to a marvelous and at the same time disturbing poem. A detachment and a change of rhythm introduce 'Ricordi Del Supplizio', one of the grittiest pieces of the album. 'Nostalgia, Pentimento E Rabbia' initially relaxes us, through sounds of medieval appeal, and then reinvigorates itself. Following is the instrumental 'Sudorazione A Freddo Sotto Il Chiaro Di Luna' where at a certain point the rhythms subsided, leaving room for more rarefied atmospheres. Then, let's go through the verses of Cecchini on the epic 'Melencolia', where we estimate the acoustic sounds of a guitar that we find partly in 'E Fu Allora Che Dalle Fiamme Mi Sorprese Una Calda Brezza Celeste', with the kaleidoscopic Cecchini at the tenor sax. We continue instrumentally in the following tracks, 'Nosce Te Ipsum - La Bestia Ringhia in Noi', in which violin and percussion alternate with keyboard rides. We want to end with sad, melancholic and solemn atmospheres, guided by the Rinchi violin that is enhanced in this final. Mere vocalizations without words accompany 'Corale Per Messa Da Requiem' and in 'Epilogo: Conclusione Della Discesa Agl'inferi D'un Giovane Amante' the main theme is taken back, soaked with sadness.

Conclusion: The second studio album of Il Bacio Della Medusa is a mature work, refined and enthralling at the same time. They made an album in which not only the sounds, they pass from the melancholic and dark atmospheres to the purest prog sound or symphonic with an astonishing ease, but also the same voice by Cecchini, they seem to come directly from the 70's. The strong bond with the past is not a question of pure imitation, but a respectful appeal, like the deferential relationship of a believer with his own God. This has to be up there with the best of the retro-Italian prog rock I've heard in the last years with 'Mathematical Mother' of Universal Totem Orchestra. With these albums we can see the prog rock is very alive and why Rock Progressivo Italiano is responsible for some of the best prog albums ever.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.24 | 340 ratings

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Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by MELNIBONÉ

3 stars This may not be Il Bacio della Medusa's latest release, but nevertheless it remains their best yet as far as I'm concerned. Granted, "Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante" isn't the RPI album I've been playing extensively lately (that privilege being awarded for now to Faveravola, Unreal City, Logos and Il Cerchio d'Oro albums), but that doesn't undermine in no way its qualities. On this particular album, IBDM is S. Cecchini (vocals & choirs, 6 & 12 strings acoustic guitars, classical guitar, tenor sax), S. Brozzetti (electric guitar), F. Caprai (bass), D. Petrini (drums, organ, keys, piano, vibraphone, percussion), E. Morelli (flute, piccolo) and D. Rinchi (violin, viola). My understanding of Italian being quite limited to say the least, I can only suggest that the title of the album could be translated as "A Young Lover's Descent Into Hell" (but then, I wouldn't bet that this translation is foolproof). That said, as the liner notes and the booklet are written solely in Italian, it would be most risky on my part to even hint at the translation of the lyrics and titles of the pieces. And I regret not being able to read Italian, since the centerfold of the booklet presents a long article penned by a certain M. Sannella, in which some famous names pop out, such as Keith Tippett, David Sinclair, Caravan, Egg, Soft Machine, (Robert) Wyatt and (Daevid) Allen, (Ian) Anderson and Bill MacCormick ; I presume it was written to deliver a (favorable and extensive) description from the outside of the musical influences and works of Il Bacio della Medusa.

The album is divided into 12 pieces (about 56 min total time), half of them being instrumental and amounting to almost 25 min. I'm pointing that out to emphasize the fact that even if there are six songs on the album, some with extensive lyrics, the music always takes the lion's share. So, whatever the story or whether you understand Italian or not, this album focuses mainly on the music. Which is good news by any standards. Also, since every piece is meshed seamlessly into the next one (if there's a gap, it's so minute that it's hardly noticeable), the album sounds more like a unique 56 min long track. Now, the funny thing about some tracks, especially the instrumental ones, is that their titles are about has long as their respective length, the ex æquo winners being "E fu allora che aalle Fiamme mi sorprese una calda Brezza Celeste" and "Epilogo : Conclusione della Discesa agl'Inferi d'un Giovane Amante", with three runner-ups following close behind. In the late '60s and early '70s, some bands did the same thing, among them Banco, Caravan, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Yes, etc. Influences work their way through in quite mysterious fashions !

"Preludio : Il Trapasso" (3:44) is an almost pastoral or medieval evocation of death, with a certain lushness underlined by emotional vocals given depth and grandeur, when a brief choir- like stint kicks in. One might wish (or fancy) that death was as serene a thing as this track seems to suggest it is...

"Confessione d'un Amante" (3:04) creates a very classical chamber music-like atmosphere at first, then the singer comes in, sounding quite dramatic or pathetic, while again choir-like synths rise in the background.

"La Bestia ed il Delirio" (5:09) is faster-paced than the preceding tracks, but don't expect it to propoel you to the moon. It kicks in, but mildly, the organ beginning its swirling while drums follow staccato. Then, as is often the case in RPI, comes the unmistakable « circus-like » phase (it will be back a bit later on) mixing traditional melody and rythm with a Fellini-esque trait that is quite appealing, complete with sardonic laughter, always on the keys, before the tempo picks up speed. But the accelerating impression is somewhat muffled by the organ lead. Which is something that will come up in other pieces, as if IBDM couldn't let go for once and reach for the stars (why would descending into hell preclude aiming for the highest achievable goal, whatever that goal may be ?...).

"Recitativo : È nel buio che risplendono le stelle" (3:59) Martial intro with marching drums, but also sinuous keys as if some Dark Lord was making its entry. The narration is a bit nasal, but without much theatrics, or declamatory tones, except towards the end. Heavy pounding beat, but still with that martial tone, bringing forward a sense of menace, if not inescapable doom.

"Ricordi del Supplizio" (6:27) rocks from the start : Camel mixed-up with some Jethro Tull from the "Benefit"-era. The singer is much more high-pitched on this one (he will be harsher, raspier later on). There is a duet/duel between flute and keys, which is quite a feat/feast. This track really sounds like some rock piece of the '70s. There are even some jazz-rock tones reminiscent of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express days.

"Nostalgia pentimento e Rabbia" (6:58) Very medieval sounding start, then the band moves in with flute as leader. But there's no frenzy here, it's rather mid-tempo (accelerating in the latter part of the song) with a light touch of drama before vocals pitch in. Again, there's a definite Tull-like atmosphere prevailing throughout.

"Sudorazione a Fredda sotto il Chiaro di Luna" (6:03) starts like a rocking piece with swirling keys, fuzzy guitars, coming suddenly to a stop for a complete serene soundscape, that evolves into a melody driven by keys and bass and guitar. Then there's another lull with spacey sound and sound samplings à la Pink Floyd, until the bass and guitar fire all things up again. Keys pick up and lead the way, but the climax seems out of reach and we're back to a slower and heavier tempo.

"Melencolia" (5:40) starts slowly, in very evocative way, with a delicate Mid-Eastern touch, before the voice gets in, which is joined later on by a choir-like background. The singer is at his best here. There is an overall mood, nurtured by a slow but articulate folk beat, that brings to mind Magna Carta's "Lord Of The Ages".

"E fu allora che dalle Fiamme mi sorprese una calda Brezza Celeste" (3:21) starts with guitar and sax over a slow drum beat, before the keys move in. It's a slow crescendo that takes its time to build up, the sax providing the incentive to go on, but to no avail, because the tempo decreases before having reached the end of the ramp.

"Nosce Te Ipsum : la Bestia ringhia in noi" (5:28) Violin and piano at first, before speeding up with keys leading the way. Most up-beat track of the album. Powerful, yet reined in somewhat. It's as if IBDM were not confident they could pull it out anyways if they were to loosen a bit their (too ?) tight grip on the musical structure. Lots of different time signatures in this one.

"Corale per 'Messa da Requiem" (3:54) More like a suave nostalgic gypsy waltz of sort, with strings and keys, and choir. The crescendo at the end is quite dramatic, offering an Italian finale that's quite post-Romantic in flavor.

"Epilogo : Conclusione della Discesa agl'Inferi d'un Giovane Amante" (1:48) is a concise mix of medieval, folk, gypsy and traditional ballad, with violin and piano? ending with a sort of spacey whisper.

All in all, "Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante" is pure RPI. But, in this particulat case, purity isn't synonymous with excellence. To be a masterpiece, the vocals would have needed someone with a better voice throughout ; and the production would have gotten rid of some muffled tones ; and the music would have benefited from a more rigorous structure that would have led the tracks to a definite "breaking point", instead of backtracking without reaching any significant musical "level" within most of the pieces, whether songs or instrumentals. In other words, this is no masterpiece (and not even close to being one). Now, don't let me be misunderstood, as the song goes, this album is good and worthy of any Prog collection, but its merits do not excede that of a good RPI album. Period.

3.5 kisses? rounded down to 3, in view of what it is vs what it could have been (easily or not).

 Deus Lo Vult by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.83 | 104 ratings

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Deus Lo Vult
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

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!

 Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.24 | 340 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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