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NUOVA ERA were one of the first in the new wave of Italian progressives and also one of the most highly regarded. They are a symphonic quartet (or a quintet if you count the lyricist on album cover of "Dopo L'Infinito") with a style influenced by the 70's masters but performed with contemporary technology.

For their fourth album "Il Passo Del Soldato", this famous Italian Progressive band confirms its style made from a subtle balance between the influence of the seventies Italian masters (BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI...)

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3.62 | 49 ratings
L'ultimo Viaggio
1988
3.35 | 47 ratings
Dopo L'infinito
1989
3.43 | 52 ratings
Io E Il Tempo
1992
4.09 | 161 ratings
Il Passo Del Soldato
1995

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3.81 | 13 ratings
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 Io E Il Tempo by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.43 | 52 ratings

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Io E Il Tempo
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Third album from 1992 named Io e Il tempo from second generation of Italian prog bands Nuova Era is considerd among the best from that period aswell. Well, to tell the truth this one is in same league as previous one, same 2 long tracks, same attitude and same manner of composing. Yes, here are some quite excellent instrumental sections, where the guitar and keyboards are predominat , specially on second track Domani Io Vecchio, very nice duels between guitar and keyboards, and ok voice. Even I considered this album good for sure, I kinda like more previous one, anyway this has elaborated passages that every fan of prog music can enjoy. Nueva Era was a band in that period that was in their peak of their career, many bands from today from italian prog music are influenced by them, as they were influenced by those before them as Premiat or Banco. Another worthy album that desearves better recognition world wide. 3.5 stars again.

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 Dopo L'infinito by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.35 | 47 ratings

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Dopo L'infinito
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Nuova Era was one of the popular bands and among the few ones aswell from late '80s in prog music from Italy who tried and succeded to revive the italian prog style. They releassed 4 albums before disbanded in 1996. The second album from 1989 named Dop L'infinito is one of the better examples of symphonic prog from that period not only from Italy but in general, because most of the well known giants from '70s turned the page and optain for a much more mainstream and accesible prog in that period, but Nueva Era keeping the torch hight in this field. The album contains 2 pieces only, but very long, where each musicians brings best they got. Clearly infulenced by '70s prog music not far from Banco del Mutuo Soccorso fame, the album sounds like was from 1978 not 1989, only the production and overall sound betray the year of release. Anyaway this is a fairly good album who has all the ingredients to be better fiewed in prog circles. Beautiful melodic guitars combined with great keyboards make from this album an enjoyble ride from start to finish. Is a well balanced album with memorable parts, some great instrumental passages here. All in all a good towards great release who needs a far better fie keeping in mind the year of release. 3.5 stars for sure.

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 Il Passo Del Soldato  by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.09 | 161 ratings

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Il Passo Del Soldato
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars One year after ''Io e il tempo'' things did not seem to go the right way for Nuova Era.Guitarist/singer Alex Camaiti decided to leave the band and the contract with Contempo Records expired.However Walter Pini was determined to move on.The band found a new home in Pick Up Records and recruited singer Claudio Guerrini.Despite the absence of guitars Nuova Era entered the studio to record their fourth full-legth release ''Il passo del soldato'', eventually released in 1995.

The album was a concept around the states of war and marked a very dark-sounding and lyrically intense effort by Nuova Era.Never denying their 70's firmly rooted sound, the new work of Nuova Era sees an even greater E.L.P. and LE ORME influence due to the total lack of guitar parts and the constant use of keyboards by Walter Pini.His playing is based on organs, Mellotron, bells and synths, delivering nice piano interludes, organ solos, Mellotron-led orchestral passages and a fair amount of virtuosic offerings.The style remains highly symphonic with strong Classical influences and new singer Claudio Guerrini sounds a lot better than Camaiti, having a controled and very expressive voice.Plenty of dramatic both instrumental and lyrical sections give a nice flow to the whole concept, the overall performance of the band is great and my only complaint comes from the heavy EMERSON-ian virtuosic keyboard jams.

Another strong effort by Nuova Era, not better than their debut to my ears, but great enough to make them maybe the most consistent Italian band of the 80's/90's.Strongly recommended, especially if you are a fan of keyboard-driven prog albums...3.5 stars.

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 L'ultimo Viaggio  by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.62 | 49 ratings

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L'ultimo Viaggio
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars Basically all bands from 80's were drinking heavily in the Neo Prog waters. Which for me is a downhill, I don't like the overall 80's sounds in basically none of the musical genres.

L'Ultimo Viaggio (1988) is the first album of Nuova Era, an Italian band that released 4 albums between 1988 and 1995. Not to mention the 'best of' album released in 2010.

Their music is completely Symphonic, even if they're born through mid 80's, they don't use all that 'modern' instruments and sounds that today's so dated.

7 songs in an album that can be listen without worryings when it comes to the year of his release.

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 Il Passo Del Soldato  by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.09 | 161 ratings

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Il Passo Del Soldato
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Whilst the lingering ghost of Emerson, Lake and Palmer still haunts Nuova Era on this album, I detect a wider range of influences on their music this time around than I did with the preceding albums. Which is not to say that this is not still Walter Pini's show - as others have pointed out, this is very much a keyboard-focused album - but his playing this time spends significantly less time in Keith Emerson's turf and spends more time exploring the territories staked out by great RPI keyboardists in bands such as Le Orme and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso in the past. A decent enough album, but I find it struggles to hold my interest personally.

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 Io E Il Tempo by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.43 | 52 ratings

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Io E Il Tempo
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Nuova Era's third album still finds them in a rather ELP-influenced phase, much like on their second album - indeed, the structure of two sidelong epics is repeated again this time around. And, once again, it's keyboardist Walter Pini's playing which completely dominates proceedings this time around. I would say as far as attempts to reclaim the ELP sound in an RPI context go, it's a little more successful than the previous album, but there's really little to choose between them except that I think this time around the production is a little tighter; if you liked one, you'll like the other

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Io E Il Tempo
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Much improved over the second album

Nuova Era was an important and acclaimed bridge band, one who kept the scene going during the difficult 80s and early 90s. While their first two albums have their supporters it is on "Io e il tempo" where Nuova Era really spring to life. This concept album is about the passage of time and stages of life, and Walter Pini told ProgArchives that it was a step forward musically for the band. "Finally an album that we recorded with the real seventies sounds we loved so much. Here I could play a real Hammond and a real baby grand piano. Keyboards with sampled sounds were definitely improved if compared with the ones of the eighties and the studio was a 24-track."

You can really hear the difference! The sound quality and the "depth" of sound is so much improved here. The organ sounds like an organ should, the piano is great, and there is a good use of flute and a more refined, typical RPI sound. This is their first that sounds like an RPI album to me, though it still sports some of the neo-prog influence almost impossible to dodge in those years. Just as important, the composition is much improved on this one. The two long suites sound more cohesive, more developed, and to my ears are easily more satisfying. The opening is fantastic, with ticking clocks, church bells, and dramatic spoken word narration leading into a spooky Jacula-like goth organ....now that's an RPI opening! Here the pace and "feel" of the song development flow much better, with ideas coming and sounding like they belong, rather than the "all over the map" feel of the previous album. Smokin' guitar leads continually challenge Pini's synth and organ runs, with guitarist/vocalist Alex Camaiti really upping his performance. Melody and complexity are both more abundant, and as mentioned there is an injection of flute for another color. There are beautiful pastoral moments but there are also some exciting unpredictable moments like when a harpsichord sound comes in at blazing speed trying to challenge the guitars leads, then a few seconds later it strolls into a very dry interlude with sad acoustic guitar and this great "old" keyboard sound, sounding like a ghost, full of melancholy, it was wonderful stuff. I think the fact that they had two years of gigging between the second and third album helped this band gel. The second half in particular becomes engaging as the band builds emotion with huge keys and fiery guitar, then it stops and tacks on a nice bit of piano and spoken narration again to close the album.

Certainly a good album recommended for RPI fans, but they would reach their summit with the next one. Their fourth album featured a progression in sound that was heavier and songwriting that improved as well. 3 - 3 ½ stars.

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 Dopo L'infinito by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.35 | 47 ratings

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Dopo L'infinito
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars A lite-beer Yessy, Camelish, neo-proggy RPI?

Firenze's Nuova Era were one of the bridge era bands connecting the 70s RPI to the modern scene and existed in a difficult time in the late 1980s. Their work has been hailed as being on par with the best of the 70s bands which I think is a bit of a stretch. Only their fourth album really blew me away. I can understand that in the 80s and 90s these early albums may have sounded like a revelation of sorts, but these days bands whose goals either retro or modern have released work that well exceed this. "Dopo L'Infinito" was their 2nd album and has some nice moments but also many problems from my viewpoint. My favorite moments are the spacey textures this album contains, where vocals are held back and you get these atmospheric keys with a Steve Howe inspired, volume-pedal lead guitar over the top. Very beautiful and ethereal. But much of the album seems more fixated on Yes and Camel than on the traditional Italian sound, and this along with the rather cheesy 80s keyboard and guitar sound often gives the album a hard to articulate feel that just doesn't hold up that well. Next problem is the composition, which as many have mentioned, is all over the map. When you pack the goods like a Topographic Oceans, meandering can be fine, but ladies and gents, Dopo is no Topographic. Thus the lack of meat here is a problem when this boat starts to drift on the ocean of prog clichés. The themes are on the upbeat side with a "march-ey" neo-prog feel that should appeal to Script-era Marillion fans as well. Consistency aside, I don't want to be too harsh on this album. There are certainly many good moments in there too, lovely atmospheres, solid vocals, and guitar work that can be pretty tasty. As regards this band, my advice to RPI fans new to Nuova Era would be to start with the 4th album and work backward chronologically. I don't feel this title is all that representative of the best of the RPI movement and that's putting it lightly. About 2 ½ stars. The next album would be an improvement pretty much across the board

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Dopo L'infinito
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The second Nuova Era album enjoys better production than the debut but, to my ears at least, seems to possess less interesting songwriting. With two side-long suites forming a narrative concept album about an explorer lost and adrift in deep space, I can't fault them for ambition, but the music seems to have less of the rich blend of influences the preceding album had; here, the Emerson Lake and Palmer influence that crept in here and there on L'Ultimo Viaggio comes to the fore, with long sections of the piece being dominated by Walter Pini's keyboard playing. And as was so often the case with ELP, the end result is technically flashy but not especially aesthetically satisfying. Worth a listen for RPI fans with a taste for ELP and 80s keyboards, but not my personal cup of tea.

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 L'ultimo Viaggio  by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.62 | 49 ratings

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L'ultimo Viaggio
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Nuova Era is to the RPI scene what the early neo-prog bands were to the UK's symphonic prog tradition: young upstarts putting out a prog rock album at a time when conventional wisdom had it that the style was past, and winning over audiences with their modern update of the classic sounds of the past. In this case, we see the influence of various giants of the RPI scene comparing to more than occasional glances at Emerson Lake and Palmer - I'm thinking particularly here of Walter Pini's keyboard work, which often has a Keith Emerson flavour about it.

Apparently this is a concept album about a drug addict having a bad trip, almost overdosing, and swearing off the junk for good, but if you didn't know Italian you'd never know it - the music is usually rather pretty and happy even when the concept demands a dark, foreboding atmosphere. Still, the music presented is a lot of fun, though the band are let down quite badly by the rather cheap production values - the mix often sounds a bit off, the sound's a bit flat and thin, and whilst at the album's better moments this does mean you can fool yourself into thinking this is a lost RPI classic from the 1970s, at other points it's evident that this is just a rather poorly produced album. It's a strong enough debut for the band, and worth a listen if you like the idea of ELP-influenced RPI updated for a new generation, but with improved sound quality it could have been so much more than just "good".

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