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Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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Founded in Genova, Italy in 2001

Hello, fans of genuine 70's Italian Prog... Rejoice! Fabio ZUFFANTI (FINISTERRE) just came out with his new side project, LA MASCHERA DI CERA. The music mounts back to the best Mellotron / Moog driven symphonic prog performed by bands like MUSEO ROSENBACH or IL BALLETO DI BRONZO. All the ingredients are in place: distorted basses, accoustic guitars, an excellent vocalist and very inspired flute passages complete the set. The result is a nostalgic flash-back to the roots of the italian prog. A must for fans of this country's very best!

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3.99 | 166 ratings
La Maschera Di Cera
2002
4.07 | 183 ratings
Il Grande Labirinto
2003
4.01 | 175 ratings
LuxAde
2006
3.57 | 125 ratings
Petali Di Fuoco
2009
4.01 | 322 ratings
Le Porte Del Domani
2013
3.84 | 99 ratings
The Gates Of Tomorrow
2013
4.07 | 131 ratings
S.E.I.
2020

LA MASCHERA DI CERA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 19 ratings
In Concerto
2004

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4.00 | 5 ratings
Le Porte del Domani (2CD+LP Collector's Box Set)
2013

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 In Concerto by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Live, 2004
3.38 | 19 ratings

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In Concerto
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars I consider myself a very lucky person because I discovered this great band very early, more precisely in 2003 when I first heard the magic of La Maschera Di Cera through "Il Grande Labirinto". The band has since released four more studio albums that also represent a brilliant symphonic story, incredible virtuosity is presented by the musicians.

For now, the only live work that has been released is the one from 2004 and it brings almost eighty minutes of progressive rock gold. The album consists of seven compositions, four of which are from "Il Grande Labirinto", at that time new album, and three from their eponymous debut. Their first epic that this band recorded "La Maschera Di Cera" is also presented on this album.

The style of Fabio Zuffanti's distorted bass is highlighted, which makes the overall sound even more particular. Incredible virtuoso possibilities by Agostino Macor (Hammond & Crumar organs, Mellotron, grand piano, treated piano, Fender Rhodes), powerful drumming of Maurizio Di Tollo, the contribution of Andrea Monetti on flute who sets the special accents in the sound cosmos of La Maschera di Cera and Alessandro Corvaglia on vocals, who alternates between operatic bel canto and aggressive hard rock singing, all is presented perfectly in this live album and they take you into the world of extremely colorful prog.

 La Maschera Di Cera by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.99 | 166 ratings

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La Maschera Di Cera
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars In 2002 the Italians presented their debut album, which already shows the goodness of this band. The album is divided into two parts, a real long track and then three shorter. Keyboardist Macor really brings up the complete arsenal of typical prog keyboard instruments. In the absence of a guitarist, only Zuffanti now and then plays the acoustic guitar, it is Macor who dominates the musical scenery.

Voluminous areas and mountains of synths alternate with whistling, squeaky solos that really let the "good old days" come back to life. Now and then he also slides in a weird, jazzy piano run. Zuffanti makes a lot of fire with his bass and, in addition to working with the rhythm, also performs melodic leadership work. Flautist Monetti is a man "behind the scenes" but his contribution to the album is felt with great parts and solos that complement the sound of keyboards and the composition itself fantastically. Singer Corvaglia, again and again cleverly alternates between operatic bel canto and aggressive hard rock shouting.

The self-titled first song is superb, never losing it's intrigue and punch within its 20 minutes and 7 movements. This epic takes us through a symphonic story accompanied by brilliant keyboard sounds, great flute attacks, and vocals that unite all this. Constant eclectic outbursts and exploding riffs, with a sufficient dose of blues elements, in combination with the already mentioned styles, make this work a real pleasure for the ears. The compositions flow fantastically, a build-up with a wonderful Mellotron, piano and flute, and a bombastic section featuring Hammond, powerful bass and sparkling flute, deliver beautiful, bombastic and experimental music, which simply leaves you breathless.

 LuxAde by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.01 | 175 ratings

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LuxAde
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars La Machera Di Cera is a Genoese formation dedicated to the rediscovery and enhancement of the sound of the 70s, the dreamy and imaginative one of the great season of Italian rock. LuxAde, the group's third studio album, comes three years after the previous "Il Grande Labirinto". The general sound of the disc is the result of a mixture between an intriguing taste for Seventies atmospheres and an energy that looks at the current rock scenarios. A charming symphonic touch underlines the richness of musical writing. Album consists of seven tracks and ranges widely from dark to light and vice versa, offering brilliant moments and other introspective ones.

The style of Fabio Zuffanti's distorted bass is highlighted, which makes the overall sound even more particular, like a real trademark. Incredible virtuoso possibilities by Agostino Macor (Hammond & Crumar organs, Mellotron, grand piano, treated piano, Fender Rhodes), powerful drumming of Maurizio Di Tollo, add the contribution of Andrea Monetti on winds and Alessandro Corvaglia on vocals, and you certainly have an amazing group with among the best prog musicians around. The result is an intriguing and less derivative work than one might think: there are references to the seventies and the same group does nothing to hide them, but they are mediated with ideas and intuitions with a modern and current cut. Macor, who plays the whole range of prog-typical keyboard instruments, uses them excessively. But he does this very tastefully, so that despite this key overkill the album never seems overloaded or cheesy. Flautist and saxophonist Monetti also sets the special accents in the sound cosmos of La Maschera di Cera, very unconventional - expressionistic style of playing the flute and it gets even more extreme when he picks up the saxophone.

LA Maschera di Cera step on the gas, rise to anthemic bombast, but also set lyrical, atmospheric accents. All in all, a very colorful, varied revival of classic Prog in a contemporary sound guise.

 Il Grande Labirinto by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.07 | 183 ratings

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Il Grande Labirinto
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars One of the best bands in the prog world at the moment is definitely La Maschera Di Cera and with their second album they continued the quality and presented fantastic compositions to the world. Voluminous surfaces and mountains of synths alternate with whistling, squeaky solos that really let the "good old days" come back to life, but it all sounds authentic.

It is astonishing that La Maschera Di Cera manage without any guitar, as they did with their debut album. With all imaginable antique keyboard sounds from Fender Rhodes, Hammond, Minimoog to the indispensable Mellotron and flute as a second management instrument, this lack is by no means noticeable. The Italians take a lot of time to lovingly embellish their ideas and let them unfold in full. Sometimes it's symphonic, sometimes lyrical and dreamy, and sometimes there are brisk passages through to jazzy echoes. In addition to the capable instrumentalists, singer Alessandro Corvaglia demonstrates expressiveness and variability, convincingly closing the qualitative circle of all those involved.

"Il Viaggio Nell' Oceano Capovolto (parte 1)" - in which the harmonic and rhythmic games fit perfectly, between the bends of the distorted bass by Zuffanti and the skilful inventions of Macor on piano and mellotron. The title track "Il Grande Labirinto", features a very dark bass riff, followed by Monetti's mellotron and flute in the same direction. The arrangement is superfine as always, and certain dissonances are aggressive and original. "Il Canto Dell'inverno" represents the piano games of Macor, who then gives impressionistic sensations with the mellotron, followed by the melancholy oboe. "Il Viaggio Nell' Oceano Capovolto (parte 2)" - The voice-guitar-mellotron-flute prelude explodes in a very engaging rhythmic crescendo, you can only be moved in the presence of so much beauty. The beautiful squiggles of the moog, the semi-acoustic fords, the owerall sound, these are all factors that contribute in equal proportion to the sublime stature of the suite, which closes worthily with a theme reiterated by the oboe.

Brilliant album.

 Petali Di Fuoco by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.57 | 125 ratings

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Petali Di Fuoco
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars La Maschera Di Cera definitely represents one of the most influential and best bands that proudly continues the tradition of progressive rock.

Passages with a lot of pathos and bombast, stand alongside filigree, fragile, lyrical moments. Sometimes it wanders into the heavy prog sphere, all in all excellent dynamic instrumental work. It is important to mention the vocalist as well, because his voice proves to be very adaptable, which is extremely beneficial for the overall picture. Fabio Zuffanti shows that the bass is not just an accompaniment instrument, but with his twirling style, the bass is coming regularly as a melodic stand-alone instrument and gives great color to the composition.

Symphonic rock of great class, anchored to well-established stylistic elements from roots grown in the 70s, performed with skill, class and spontaneity. Keyboards and flutes constitute the core of the sound, but addition the of electric guitars, gives the sound a fantastic note of intensity but also the beautiful melodic/luminous sounds of a solo. Melancholy passages and pure progressive marvels, sophisticated arrangements and the amazing production which is modern, powerful and high quality make this album, even today, one of the brightest points of new prog rock.

 Le Porte Del Domani by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.01 | 322 ratings

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Le Porte Del Domani
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars La Maschera Di Cera released their fifth album in 2013 called Le Porte Del Domani aka The Gates Of Tomorrow, a beautifully written concept album. It is released with Italian and English vocal version's, but I prefer the Italian version much more.

This album represents a real tribute to the classic sound of RPI, but filled with great new ideas and fantastic musicianship. Vintage sounds go trough out this album and the way of composing seems to derive directly from that mythical 73, but brought to the present day. The disc consists of a suite of about forty-five minutes, a duration consistent with the reference period, divided into nine movements / songs and has a deliberately vintage sound.

Mellotron, organ, electric guitar, flute are all changing places as the lead focus of the music. Great vocals from Alessandro Corvaglia and high quality production also gives this 45 minute suite, true representation of a brilliant progressive rock album with strong melodies and powerful instrumental work.

4,5 stars

 S.E.I. by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.07 | 131 ratings

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S.E.I.
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars La Maschera Di Cera is a great band from Italy and their new album S.E.I. brings nothing less than epic prog music.

The album begins with Il Tempo Millionaire and it's an over 20 minute epic which begins with heavy and grand distorted bass and Hammond and flows into relaxing sounds of acoustic guitars, mellotrons, synths and flutes with some great sax moments. As the song goes forward it delivers various mood changes and it's all combined perfectly. When epics are composed the emotional world sometimes wanders on the verge of debauchery, the instrumental excursions are sometimes impeded in epic overload but this is exactly where the strength of La Maschera Di Cera lie, in their entirety the peaces are always convincing and the band can turn the corner at exactly the right moment and this is one of the reasons why this album is a masterpiece.

The three tracks on the album are very complex music pieces, combining compact, dark moments with an atmospheric feel. They deliver various styles of prog from symphonic, jazz to heavy all followed by great keyboard work, rhythmic patterns, and powerful distorted bass that makes up for the absence of the electric guitar.

This is one of the best releases of 2020.

 S.E.I. by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.07 | 131 ratings

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S.E.I.
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by *ChristianRO*

5 stars Rock Progressivo Italiano is my favourite prog rock genre and La Maschera Di Cera is my favourite RPI band. So when I have heard about this new album from them I was more excited than ever. And my expectation were highly rewarded. Although this new release is very different from their last release (Le Porte Del Domani) in terms of structure, SEI is equally good and rewarding. There are only three songs but epic ones, regarding the lenght, the shorter one being 10 minutes long and the first is about 22 minutes long. As you can guess, the album is full of grandiose vintage keyboards, great vocals and a perfect bass. Of course the italian language is compulsory for a RPI release. Separazione / Egolatria / Inganno is by far my favourite album of 2020 and it can be my favourite La Maschera Di Cera album. Time will tell. Strong five stars album!!
 S.E.I. by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.07 | 131 ratings

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S.E.I.
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Fabio Zuffanti is back with another release from his most successful prog project. While the band's previous release, 2013's La Porto di domini was, to my ears, a flop (especially for being the successor to LE ORME's highly acclaimed 1973 release, Felona e Sorona), the compositions, recording, and performances here are fairly strong.

1. "Il tempo millenario" (21:43) opens with a very familiar heavy feel and sound la their previous album, La porto di domini. At 1:20 it moves into a prettier, more laid-back pastoral flute-centric passage before reverting to bare bones for the vocal section to begin at the end of the third minute. The vocals are pretty good! At 4:00 we move back into an up tempo, rather ominous section until 4:30 when everything takes a surprising turn into a pulsing, PINK FLOYD-like jazz-rock passage--with even the saxophone and organ perpetuating the PF vibe. The toned down section beginning in the seventh minute is pretty with its sparsely populated drawn out instrumental spaciousness. I like this very much. Imagine a pregnant GENESIS passage with Peter Gabriel performing his theatric storytelling and then the instruments bursting out from their hiding places to punctuate the drama of PG's epic story. Piano and harpsichord lay out a new and different (more Il Balletto di Bronzo-like) motif in the twelfth minute before we move into a clavichord-supported and Mellotron-drenched vocal section. I don't care for these heavily affected vocals--but they quickly withdraw from these for a spell before shifting at 13:30 into high speed romp into Hammond and sax rock and roll. The power vocals here try to be theatric but feel a little over top (as the music is a bit under-the-top). Just weird Hammond play and solo (more like a Halloween parody). Even when the pace and sax redouble at the 16:00 mark I am distracted by the weird, almost comical Hammond--which, unfortunately, detracts from the power and force being attempted in the vocal in the early eighteenth minute. The pensive passage that follows is better--great drums and sax help to almost drown out the Hammond. At 18:27, then, we downshift into a floating soundscape that lends itself to the sensitivity of Alessandro's vocal--but then once again it breaks into a kind of triumphant celebratory passage at 18:20--very RPI and Genesisian (think La Coscienza di Zeno and Supper's Ready's As Sure as Eggs Is Eggs). There are definitely some great parts to this song--and a mastery of "classic" prog and RPI forms and palettes here--but not enough to make the whole stand out on its own as a new classic. (35.25/40): - i. L'anima in Rovina - ii. Nuvole Gonfie - iii. La Mia Condanna - iv. Scparazione - v. Del tempo sprecato

2. "Il cerchio del comando" (9:57) a very strong, stereotypic RPI song whose good quality and appeal, unfortunately, for me, drop significantly once the vocal joins in; the melody and performances in the choruses are just weak. The TULL-like passage around the 6:00 mark is its only saving grace. (17.25/20)

3. "Vacuo senso" (13:30) (27.25/30): - i. Prologo (3:35) (8.5/10) - ii. Dialogo (1:50) - gorgeous slow section with one of Alessandro's best vocals. (5/5) - iii. Nella rete dell'Inganno (3:05) - RENAISSANCE meets & plays COLTRANE's "My Favorite Things" (literally) and then turns into TRAFFIC jazz! Don Pullen! (4.75/5) - iv. Il risueglio di S (1:30) - some powerful IL BALLETTO bravura. (4.5/5) - v. Ascensione (3:10) all bass & 'tron Neo Prog cheese. Bring it home, boys! (even though it's been done a hundred times before). (4.5/5)

Total Time 42:41

Trying to overcome my usual biases against this band due to their past inconsistencies is a challenge--especially when the music on this album only serves to reinforce those biases. One GREAT song, two okay, all three long playing, two epic suites (my bandcamp version of "Vacuo senso" is 13:30.) Still, I have to agree with other reviewers that this band keeps getting better.

An excellent addition to any prog lover's music collection.

 S.E.I. by MASCHERA DI CERA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.07 | 131 ratings

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S.E.I.
La Maschera Di Cera Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by emisan

5 stars It seems that 2020 is a very good year for Italy. At least regarding the prog rock and more precisely, Rock Progressivo Italiano. Earlier this year we had the amazing "Sadako e le mille gru di carta" by LogoS and now it's time for S.E.I. to shine. La Maschera Di Cera gets better and better with every release and the latter one contains the band's most polished work. Astounding keyboards, delicate flute sounds, amazing vocals and the immortal mellotron are the key to success in RPI. And of course let's not forget about the ending of the album. When I first listened to "Il Grande Labirinto" I thought myself that you simply cannot have a better end for a great album. But hey, you can! S.E.I. ends equally impressive and it forces you to play the album again and again. Great album released in a great year for prog rock. Highly recommended 5-star album.
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