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NUOVA ERA

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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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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3.69 | 60 ratings
L'ultimo Viaggio
1988
3.49 | 53 ratings
Dopo L'infinito
1989
3.56 | 61 ratings
Io E Il Tempo
1992
4.18 | 169 ratings
Il Passo Del Soldato
1995
3.79 | 33 ratings
Return to the Castle
2016

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3.77 | 15 ratings
Nuova Era
2010

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 Return to the Castle by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.79 | 33 ratings

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Return to the Castle
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Andis

4 stars Nuova era was one of my favourite bands from the 90s and their 1992 masterpiece "Io e il tempo" I still hold as one of my favourite albums of all time. About 20 years after their last proper album, "Il passo del soldato" from 1995, they release a new album! The titel is in english, as are all the songs. Let me get back to that. The music on the album is like the band never left and continued playing and recording their music, this album could easily have been a follow up a couple of years later after their last album. The sound is almost the same, lots of keyboards dominating the music with additional guitars. The production has always been a weak spot for the band, here we experience the same thing, it sounds a bit thin production-wise and it doesn't sound as tight as one would like. But the real gem of this band has always been their ability to write great music and great songs so the thin production has never been a problem for me. The singing on previous albums has always been in italian, wich I prefer, and it has always been in perfect harmony to the music. Now they have decided to sing in english instead and it sounds... eh... not so good. Don't get me wrong here, the vocalist sings good, but unfortionately I don't think he has ever heard english before. I am sorry but the vocals drags this album down a lot. Thank god most of the music is instrumental. The music is full blown symphonic rock with all the natural twists and turns, different tempos and lots of great breaks and riffs. The bands ability to perform great compositions hasn't changed in twenty years, I do find the songs a bit more heavy and complex than before but that isn't a bad thing IMHO. If you got their earlier albums you'll know what you're going to get.

A great comeback for a great band, but next time guys, sing in italian please!

 L'ultimo Viaggio  by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.69 | 60 ratings

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L'ultimo Viaggio
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars Figuratively studying under the keyboard oriented masters of the British (ELP) and Italian scene (METAMORFOSI, ALPHATAURUS) of the previous decade, NUOVA ERA catapulted themselves into RPI history with this 1988 release. Though their fiery style is dominated by the organ and synthesizer of Walter Pini, Alex Camaiti's guitars strike the right note in a supportive role and occasionally hold serve. The wattage of this small but boisterous group rarely wavers for long, even if more ambient passages cloak the mayhem here and there.

The opening two tracks are my favourites, both heavy yet effervescent, with the title cut doing justice to its length through a series of dynamic swings and a few judicious repetitions. The second installment of "Cattivi Pensieri" is the more revved up and appealing of the two, with an organ timbre reminiscent of RICK WAKEMAN's early live work. As the album winds down it softens, with the splendid ballad "Rittorno alla vita" being the best from the home stretch. It's unabashedly romantic but that same passion lies beneath the translucent surface of the harder rock tracks. The bonus track is pleasant in a 1960s way, and was probably kept off the initial release for that reason as well as for its poor production even when stacked against the disappointing standards of the original album.

As with a few other Italian bands that played some role in the RPI revival of the late 1980s and early 1990s, some of the later work of NUOVA ERA is often judged their best, but this debut is quite a statement in itself, and would have done the band proud if, like too many of their contemporaries, their voyage had ultimately ended where it began.

 Nuova Era by NUOVA ERA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
3.77 | 15 ratings

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Nuova Era
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Nuova Era actually disbanded after the departure of Claudio Guerini, which owned also the band's rehearsal studio.Enrico Giordani soon followed and parted ways due to health problems, while Pini tried to keep the team together with new members, finding a new studio and writing material for a new concept album.The only sessions documented by this line-up though was only a couple of old remakings and by the end of the 90's Nuova Era were history.Much later Pini revived the name of the band and recorded some songs for the Dante trilogy albums by Musea, helped by Davide Guidoni (Daal, Gallant Farm, The Far Side, Taproban) on drums and Guglielmo Mariotti (The Watch, Taproban) on bass/guitars.Alessandro Papotto on sax and Salvo Lazzara on guitar were also among the participants.In 2010, after 15 years of silence, a document of Nuova Era's recent and past years was released on BTF.

This is more of a presentation of this release than a review, as none of the tracks included is new, original material.The first three are all coming from the Dante's compilations and, for those who haven't heard the albums, but are still in love with Nuova Era's old sound, these are far from dissapointing.They work actually as a revisit to the classic style of the band with heavy use of keyboards, Classical influences, E.L.P.-like virtuosic orgasms and symphonic orchestrations, filled with organ, Mellotron and synthesizers.Maybe ''Lasciate ogni speranza...voi ch'entrate'' is a bit of a surprise with Papotto's fiery sax adding some sort of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR view in the soundscapes, but the bulk of these nice pieces are grounded in the classic keyboard-driven bands of the past like LE ORME, IL BALLETO DI BRONZO and LATTE E MIELE, containing dark passages, technical keyboard exhibitions, bombastic textures and more romantic moments.Definitely along the lines of old Nuova Era.The next three pieces are remakings, demo or alternate versions of three Nuova Era classics, ''Dopo l'infinito'', ''Io e il tempo'' and ''L'ultimo viaggio'', more details in the booklet, the music is typical of the band's style with a keyboard manifest surrounded by a solid rhythm section and a nice singer, swirling around neurotic solos, synth layers and the vintage echoes of analog keyboards.Three remaing pieces are all well-known tracks but coming in live cuts from 1987, just before the band released its debut album, and shows a young group with endless energy and great execution of Italian keyboard-drenched Symphonic Rock, the sound quality is questionable, typical of an amateur recording, but the material is rewarding, well-executed and energetic.

With Walter Pini having rejoined forces with Alex Caimati it appears that Nuova Era were coming back in the prog scene around 2011, but with no further news I am afraid this attempt also faded.By 2014 Pini was working with new members, but a new album is yet to be desired.

Nice compilation for starvers of Nuova Era, lovers of the Italian sound and fans of keyboard Prog with a vintage perfume.Not comparable to what we all hoped for, and that was a brand new album, but all aforementioned fans could approach this without second thoughts.Recommended.

 Io E Il Tempo by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.56 | 61 ratings

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Io E Il Tempo
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 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. 4 stars again.
 Dopo L'infinito by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.49 | 53 ratings

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Dopo L'infinito
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 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. 4 stars for sure.

 Il Passo Del Soldato  by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.18 | 169 ratings

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Il Passo Del Soldato
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

 L'ultimo Viaggio  by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.69 | 60 ratings

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L'ultimo Viaggio
Nuova Era Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions 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.

 Il Passo Del Soldato  by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.18 | 169 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.
 Io E Il Tempo by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.56 | 61 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
 Io E Il Tempo by NUOVA ERA album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.56 | 61 ratings

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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 stars.

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