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Italian band Syndone is Nik Comoglio's one time project. Nico (Nik) Comoglio was born in Turin on 28/11/62. He was graduated as architect but at the same time privately studied piano and composition.

Still in University he created several jingles for ads and soundtracks for two semi-professional movies.

From 1990 to 1993, he formed the new prog band, "Syndone" ("Shroud"), with whom he recorded two CD's: "Spleen" and "Inca", produced by Beppe Crovella from "Arti & Mestieri" band, for the music label Vinyl Magic s.a.s. in Milano. Two other members were Paolo Sburlati- drums, and Fulvio Serra- bass.

Spleen - 1992

This CD is the story of a young man (Kiin) who experiences spleen (sad mood) everyday because of his inability to adapt to society and to the rules it imposes on him. It's a bit like the young boy of Pascoli's poetry: pure, perennially a child, suffering because reality is too hard for him.

The pettiness and the violence of the world, the total submission to a materialistic and oppressive father and the gradual loss of all the values he believes in projects Kiin into a parallel world of music; in fact, it will be through music and inspiration - personified by a young woman (Marianne) - that he will rediscover his values and the strength to begin to live again.

The music is based on vintage 70-s keyboards and all sound is similar to classic RPI of that time. Tony Seffusatti (accordion), Patrizia Caramazza (voc), Alessandra Piovera (voc.) were participated in album recording.

Inca - 1993

The second - and final - album of the group Syndone , Inca is definitely the one which comes closest to the acoustics and the progressive rock composition style of the 1970's. Inca isn't a concept album like Spleen, but brings independent, seemingly unrelated pieces together. The only unifying element is a more or less deliberate celebration of the indigenous South American civilization, its rituals and its holocaust.

On Inca, keyboardist Edo Rogani (ex- Empire) joins the original trio of Syndone. Brought in as support during live performances, he's become an integral part of the group and bring in sound characteristic dual keyboards attacks. Hammond, Moog and other keyboards built ELP - like atmosphere with slight jazzy arrangements, not-too-complex compositions and often bombastic vocals.<...
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2.80 | 7 ratings
Spleen
1992
3.00 | 13 ratings
Inca
1993
3.70 | 39 ratings
Melapesante
2010
4.02 | 19 ratings
La Bella E La Bestia
2012
3.79 | 40 ratings
Odyssťas
2014

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 Odyssťas by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.79 | 40 ratings

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Odyssťas
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

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

4 stars Five albums in almost twenty years isn't exactly moving at a fast rate, but it's a true sign of an artist slowly honing and perfecting their craft, not feeling the need to simply put out new product annually. Judging by the very impressive efforts on the latest Syndone album `Odyssťas', the slower work-rate has paid off beautifully. Despite a back catalogue of somewhat inconsistent yet promising previous works, the Syndone project, a trio comprised of vocalist Riccardo Ruggeri, keyboardist Nik Comoglio and vibraphone player Francesco Pinetti (not the usual prog trio set-up, eh?) finally delivers a truly memorable, thrilling album, their most defining release to date, and it's another triumph that keeps up the tradition of high quality recent RPI works.

An exclamation on the beautiful Mini LP CD sleeve proudly proclaims `No electric guitars!', and this will no doubt be familiar to fans of the early Queen albums, where Freddie and the boys would boast of `No synthesizers'! In that similarity lies a clue to a big influence to parts of this album, as frontman Riccardo Ruggeri has a definite theatrical purr very much modeled on the amazing Mr Mercury. He swoons, he woops, he croons...truly seductive, ravishing and full of that typically passionate delivery associated with endless classic RPI works. The rest of the main band is supported by guests playing flute (John `brother of Steve' Hackett), acoustic guitar (sublime work from Pino Russo) and Marco Minnemann's up-front drums, with Federico Marchesano's bass a constant highlight throughout, as well as some grand orchestration.

Just listen to how exquisitely Riccardo sings the classical guitar and piano ballad `Il Tempo Che Ne Ho', one of the most sweetly romantic and deeply moving pieces I've heard on an album, Italian prog or otherwise, all year. Riccardo perfectly controls his voice for maximum emotion, and it's an instant classic. The sweeping orchestration made me instantly think of Il Rovescio della Medaglia's `Contaminazione', and it has an impossibly dramatic climax. One of the must stunning tracks in all of 2014.

Elsewhere on the disc you get ripping vibraphone loaded jazz/fusion instrumental runs like the opener `Invocazione Alla Musa' (bristling with cool Hammond), `Circe' (lovely spiraling piano and frantic drumming) and `Eayoepia', all very much in the manner of 70's Pierre Moerlin's Gong albums. `Poseidon' and `Eros and Thanatos' are bombastic E.L.P/Triumvirat Hammond organ driven bombastic workouts, and `Focus' is a horn-led hard rocker with screeching, dangerous wild vocals. `Penelope' is a lonely late-night piano reflection with a sorrowful vocal but moments of real prettiness, and it's very much in the manner of an early Queen solo Freddie piece such as `You Take My Breath Away'. There's full-on vintage flavoured symphonic prog workouts like `Ade' and `Nemesis', and all these different styles come together in the finale `Daimones', a triumphant theme with lovely shimmering electric piano and positive Genesis-styled synth themes.

Highly recommended for fans of Seventies Queen and the most over-the-top classical and theatrical inspired Italian prog works, it will be exciting to see just how Syndone attempt to top this new personal standard on their next release. It's also very refreshing to hear an album not resort to dark and gloom, instead favouring plenty of life, energy and joy, and the band are full of inspiration and passion, Riccardo soaring high with the best vocals to appear on an Italian prog album all year. These factors help make `Odyssťas' one of the most varied, lavish and tasty RPI releases of 2014!

Four and a half stars.

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 Inca by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.00 | 13 ratings

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Inca
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars There was no time to be thrown away just like this for Syndone and the Italian band revisited Beppe Crovella's studios for the recordings of a second album, which was to be released under the title ''Inca''.It seems that the trio had recruited a fresh member, keyboardist Edo Rogani on piano, Moog synth, synthesizers and Hammond organ with Nik Comoglio handling the same instruments plus the acoustic guitar.The album was released in 1993.

The arrival of a new keyboardist led Syndone straight to a full-blown E.L.P. sound with less emphasis on jazzy leanings and an obvious turn to bombastic, virtuosic, keyboard-driven semi-Symphonic Rock, which still retained some Fusion lines, sounding at moments a bit like NIACIN.With a heavy vintage array the style is quite close to the 70's, especially when the Hammond organ and Moog synth come in the forefront, while the music is very dense, technical and quirky with endless twists and complex themes, which often flirt with a jamming approach.The sweet, Italian vocals, which appear every now and then, remind me of LA TORRE DE ALCHIMISTA's lead singer Michele Giardino.They still seem not be actually fond of the melodic lines, as the album contains very few of them and appears to be strongly based on the technical accomplishment of the keyboard duo, while originality is an issue as well.But this is far from a dissapointing release.Good use of dual analog keyboards and a tremendous energy at moments are definitely rewarding, while some atmospheric synth flashes are also quite nice.

E.L.P.-like Symph/Fusion with a powerful tone and a heaven for all freaks of analog keyboards.The vocals are also pretty beautiful, as a result this is a more than decent release from the 90's.Recommended.

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3.79 | 40 ratings

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Odyssťas
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by MAURY

4 stars Syndone is one of the best reality of Italian Prog. They comes out from various experiences and their leader Nik Comoglio is one of the well prepared musicians of the whole panorama of Prog. It's a worth description because their sound deserves attention worldwide and it's a pity the fact that this band is not present at the highest festivals of the world. As mature and accomplished musicians You can listen for solutions and arrangements that sometimes are better than ELP's best albums. This last album, "OdyssŤas" sound like a masterpiece. Ruggeri is a compelling vocalist and seeing him on stage you can see a modern frontman having a right taste of sex-appeal. Comoglio is a balanced leader, great musician and powerful keyboardist not affected by self-indulgent behaviours. Although on records is the main instrumentist, he is happy to be joined from other keyboardist and musicians everytime the band is performing live. If You like Symphonic Prog Rock created and performed with the same seriousity of "Deutsche Grammophon" classic musicians mixed to a modern and fresh sound....Syndone is the Best band to listen!

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 La Bella E La Bestia by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 19 ratings

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La Bella E La Bestia
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars Syndone is an Italian band that has its story divided into two parts: the early 90's and the reborn in the 2010's. La Bella » La Bestia (2012) is their second album from the new phase.

Led by Nik Comoglio (keyboards) the trio is completed by Francesco Pinetti (vibraphone, marimba and tubular bells) and Riccardo Ruggeri (vocals). Session musicians include Pino Li Trenta (drums), Federico Marchesano (bass) and as a very special guest Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) on flutes.

La Bella » La Bestia (2012) is a concept album that re-tells the famous Beauty And The Beast tale, (written by Leprince De Beaumont and first published in 1756), in their own style. Before going into the music it is necessary to mention the fabulous artwork of the CD that was released by AMS in mini-LP replica.

The main sound on La Bella » La Bestia (2012) is a fantastic Symphonic Prog led by Nik's vintage keyboards and orchestrations. Though we have some surprises here and there like the unusual sound on 'Il Fiele E Il Limite' this is what expects for you here, Symphonic Prog! Riccardo's vocals are something else! He interprets all the different characters in the story with different voices, which gives the album a strong feeling of the story that is being told. You can see it on 'Rosa Recisa' and 'Complice Carnefice' for instance (both with a heavy Genesis influence). We also have our share of classical piano on La Bella » La Bestia (2012) with the short instrumental 'Piano Prog Impromptu', that's very Keith Emerson influenced.

'Tu Non Sei Qui' is a desperate piano ballad where the 'Beast' wonders about its own existence. A wonderful work by Riccardo. Track seven, 'Orribile Mia Forma', has Riccardo once again stealing the show with his vocal performance. But the whole song, full of breaks and great pianos, keyboards and vibraphones, is just amazing. Probably my favorite on the album! But not just that, this track also has a flute solo (from Concerto Per Flauto E Orchestra by Carl Nielsen) played by Ray Thomas (from The Moody Blues).

'Mercanti Di Gioia' is a bit of a minor track on the album and it doesn't really shine through, but Riccardo's vocals make it at least interesting. The following two songs are more classical. 'Bestia!' has a very weird tempo and is more Symphonic. Great bass sound! 'Ora Respira' continues the Symphonic path with piano and strings. But Nik's synthesizers are the best bit here.

The final two tracks on La Bella » La Bestia (2012) are the instrumental 'La Ruota Della Fortuna' that plays on the classic side of Prog and is very pretty, and 'Canto Della Rosa' that finishes the album almost as in an Opera.

La Bella » La Bestia (2012) is a brilliant introduction (at least for me) to Syndone's music. Lyrical, theatrical and epic! Not just that, it has one of the best singers I've ever heard in the Prog world! This is a perfect 'intro' before going to their brand new album Odyssťas (2014) released by Fading/AltrOck (that soon will be reviewed here too)!

Highly recommended!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 Spleen by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.80 | 7 ratings

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Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Syndone were found in 1990 in Torino, following an idea of keyboardist Nik Comoglio.He recruited bassist Fulvio Serra and drummer Paolo Sburlati, while the trio was signed by Vinyl Magic.The contract was followed by Syndone's debut ''Spleen'' in 1992, produced by the leader of the label Beppe Crovella.It was a concept work around a depressive and sensitive young man, struggling to find his way through the harsh modern society and its difficulties.

Musically ''Spleen'' relies on the powerful rhythm section and the varied keyboard work of Comoglio, presenting a strong E.L.P. influence, but sounding quite accesible overall, incorporating elements from Jazz, Funk and even Classical Music.Most of the tracks have catchy vocal parts but also fiery instrumental themes with synths and piano on the forefront, unusual breaks from energetic grooves to jazzy improvisations and even plenty of cool jams.A few of them are sounding a bit dull, mostly because of the vocal parts or some thin keyboard sounds, but I recognize that this is part of the concept.The mix of these influences usually works quite well, the dynamics are always there, the rhythms will make you tapping your foot and the instrumental moments are quite bombastic.A couple of ballads thrown in are also well-crafted and soften things a bit when appropriate.The result is very far from depressive unlike our hero, ''Spleen'' as a whole is a pleasant debut with a positive energy.

Good Prog/Fusion/Art Rock with tremendous doses of energy and keyboard runs.Recommended for fans of powerful and rich music adventures with a fair amount of memorable material.

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 La Bella E La Bestia by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 19 ratings

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La Bella E La Bestia
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Italian project SYNDONE is the creative vehicle of composer and keyboardist Nik Comoglio, initially a short lived venture in the early 90's that led to the release of two albums before it was terminated. But in 2010 Comoglio revived this project formally with the release of "Melapesante", and two years later the fourth full length production issued under the Syndone moniker appeared in the shape of "La bella e la Bestia", released on the Italian AMS/BTF label.

If you tend to like Italian progressive rock, and in particular if you have a soft spot for artists exploring material of a fairly challenging nature within a symphonic art rock framework, then Syndone is a band worth taking a closer look at, especially if you find the inclusion of jazz and classical symphonic oriented passages to be regarded as a positive feature.

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 Melapesante by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.70 | 39 ratings

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Melapesante
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Tarquin

5 stars To my great surprise I discovered only recently that Syndone is far from gone when I clicked on an old link I had bookmarked, and I was confronted with the new album Melapesante of Syndone.

Other than the last song, the 4-hand boogie, which is more like a small desert after dinner, the album is far from fragmented. It's a diverse, multi-faceted and inspired musical portrait, and the addition of various other instruments did not detract from the music, but they were a very worthwhile addition.

The danger with bands making come-backs is that they end up all too often in the role of trying to 'bring back' the past, becoming parodies of themselves in the process, offering nothing new, but instead rehearsing yesterday's music in a different, yet uninspired jacket. I am glad that Syndone does not fit into this mold in any way, shape or form. The music sounds fresh and inspired, coming from straight from the heart, and I sincerely hope that Nik Comoglio and the other band members will continue to follow their inspiration without compromise, and without succumbing to pressure to sound like 'the old Syndone', trying to relive the past, something which can never happen and which is the deathblow to any artist and/or band.

The fact that I enjoyed the music on this album does not mean that this is a perfect album. The song 'Dentro l'inconscio' for example sounds a bit insepid to my ears, but fortunately this song is an exception to the rest of the album.

I decided to give the album 5 stars. Not because it is perfect, but since there is no option for 4.5 stars, and Syndone makes such a positive difference with their music, I decided to give it 5 stars. I can recommend this album who enjoys original, inspired, fresh and worthwhile music, and I can't wait to hear what Syndone will come up with next.

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 Melapesante by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.70 | 39 ratings

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Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Syndone return with the third album. Everyone thought this band was a goner after their Inca album. Well, wrong.

The return shows up what Nico Comoglio, the man behind Syndone, has been up to since the last album. The basis is still faintly RPI, but Melapesante is a lot more than RPI. The first impression is that Nico must have heard a lot on Radiohead albums. Some of Riccardo Ruggeri vocals is really Thom Yorke'ish. So is some of the music too. But there is a lot more to it than that. Some old style pop and folk hall singalong pop music is also very present here. So is blues, jazz and rock. RPI in the vein of Angelo Branduardi is present here. So is The Nice. In short; this album has a lot of very different voices.

Melapesante is also bordering to be a fractured album which is perhaps too ambitious. It is based on Nico's tangents and Riccardo Ruggeri's vocals. There is no electric guitars on this album and that is a rare event, a RPI album without electric guitars. Which gives this album both a very contemporary and almost a 1930s jazz soundscape.

The quality is good throughout. The title track is very good. My gripes is the lack of some really great songs. I appreciate the music here and find is good. But it does not enthuse me. This is an album I wanted to rate highly, but I can't. I would still recommend it though to the many RPI fans here in ProgArchives. Melapesante brings something different to the RPI smorgasboard than the usual fare. That's for sure.

3 stars

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Melapesante
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Italian band SYNDONE is the project and creative vehicle of composer and keyboardist Nik Comoglio. Formed in 1990 and disbanded three years later, following the production and release of the albums "Spleen" in 1992 and "Inca" in 1993. 17 years later Syndone is once more a going concern, and the first chapter in this band's second lease of life arrived late in 2010 in the shape of the CD "Melapesante", issued on Electromantic Records.

While not quite meriting a pure perfection grade from me, Syndone's comeback album is an inventive, high quality production through and through, of the kind that should warm the hearts and souls of even the most jaded symphonic art rock fans. In particular those who generally enjoy typical Italian lead vocals and the extensive use of traditional classical symphonic instruments. A strong production and one likely to be regarded as among the best albums of the genre released in 2010.

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 Inca by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 1993
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Inca
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Andis

3 stars A real step forward from their debut album. Inca is a lot better written, produced and executed album. The songs are all stronger and more mature although the band has some hints to a more catchy approach in the singing parts wich makes the album more accessible but also less interesting. The singing is also better this time but the songs are a bit short and I would have liked them longer so they could develope more. THere are some great keyboard parts on the album, the last song is one of my favourites wich contains some great stuff although the singing is a bit cheezy. A real good album that should have the rating 4 for italian symphonic lovers and 3 for the rest of the prog community.

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