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The simple way in which the mechanism and the "idea behind" works for the Italian band VU METERS - which is, mainly, a jazz-jammy, alternative art rock, experimental and ambient heavy musical group, before adding the "prog" quotient to all that - can very well mark dry (still solid) qualities, and place their music inside the gene of thousand other bands that are fresh, contemporary and highly-skilled; but this usualness stops at a point where the lack of other passion other than that of making and playing music is a defining thing, plus the choice of rock sessions that are simply and fundamentally improvisations gets you the image of VU METERS's personal shine. More a band of three musicians with a great past activity than a three-piece one, VU METERS has a supposedly surprising edge in recording a lot of music out of sheer improvisations and worrying less about building up songs, concepts and making a release out of their best scraps. Nevertheless, their debut, Dark City, holds a good part out of the reviews and impressions that land on the band's heard: VU METERS plays fascinating and powerful mixes of prog jam (if talking enthusiastically and positively about them) or just instrumental modern music by the pound, with creativity and stylishness (if taking it slower and more formally).

The image of three individual and well-formed artists joining into VU METERS was mentioned above, here's now a bit of story about each one: Stefano Pontani is a guitarist, with skills in composing and sound-exploring (probably recording/producing) too; given this, VU METERS has therefore its good amount of special moments that sound abstract or heavy/elaborate as far as the composition goes. He has played or still plays in four different bands, out of which EZRA WINSTON is deeply appreciated from the modern Italian Prog generation, Anagramma is a jazz-rock band with many guests and Matilda Mothers Project sounds like psych-rock. Ugo Vantini plays with S. Pontani not only here, but in EZRA WINSTON as well, otherwise being a drummer with his own adventure: a debut with the psychedelic band Movie, a kick-project called Divae, experiences along bands like Area, Anekdoten, Banco, Metamorfosi and Orme, all the way to a possible collaboration with BALLETO DI BRONZO. Fabrizio Santoro is finally the second guitarist of VU METERS, having earlier studied and played piano. Enlightened and inspirited by classic prog bands like King Crimson, Gong or Magma, Santoro collaborated in...
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 Dark City by VU METERS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.88 | 7 ratings

Dark City
Vu Meters Eclectic Prog

Review by andrea
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4 stars Vu Meters is an Italian prog band from Rome that was formed by three experienced musicians: Stefano Pontani (guitars, loops - previously with Ezra Winston, Anagramma and Mathilda Mothers), Fabrizio Santoro (bass, guitar, mandolin, keyboards - former member of Nodo Gordiano and Oak) and Ugo Vantini (drums, keyboards - in the past with Ezra Winston, Divae, Twin Dragons and drummer in a recent line up of the reformed "seventies cult band" Il Balletto di Bronzo).

"Dark City", their debut album, was released in 2007 and it's the result of long "jam sessions". It's completely instrumental and features six long and complex tracks. The music flows like magma from volcano slopes, blending delicate beautiful melodies with fiery and raw passages with the rhythm section in the forefront. The mood is dark, unquiet like the art cover by Ugo Vantini... In many passages this work could remind of King Crimson (like in the opener "Brain Washing", in "Tetsuo" or in the hypnotic "AC/BC") while in other moments you can find a peculiar jazz feeling that melts in "pastoral and melodic" guitar solos (like in the excellent "Swarm Intelligence"). In some passages you can perceive some echoes of Perigeo, in others of Goblin (like in the end of the mysterious and gloomily beautiful title track), but on the whole this work has its own strong dose of originality and grows listen after listen... Definitively not bad for a self-production!

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