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Logos is an Italian prog band from Verona that was formed in 1996 by Luca Zerman (keyboards), Alessandro Perbellini (drums) and Fabio Gaspari (bass and guitar) as a cover band of Le Orme. Later guitarists Massimo Maoli and Andrea Dossi joined the band (although Andrea Dossi only for a short period) and they started to work on original compositions. In 1999 they released a first self produced eponymous album. In 2001 they released a second interesting self produced album, "Asrava". Their sound is clearly inspired by Italian classic prog bands like Le Orme, BMS, PFM but also by Genesis, King Crimson...

After many troubles and line-up changes they are working on a new album. The present line-up features Luca Zerman (keyboards), Fabio Gaspari (drums), Massimo Maoli (guitar) and Claudio Antolini (keyboards)

In 2014 they release their long anticipated 3rd album "L'enigma della vita".

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3.46 | 13 ratings
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1999
3.47 | 14 ratings
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2001
4.28 | 103 ratings
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2014

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 L' enigma della vita by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.28 | 103 ratings

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Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars I have to confess that unlike other reviews, in which I'm used to try interpreting the messages more or less hidden in an album, this time I've been helped by a band member. Catching the meaning behind the tracks was not easy even for an Italian speaking.

The band has released only 3 albums in about 20 years of activity and this one has been planned for more than ten. It's not a surprise then, that the arrangements are almost perfect, the tracks are quite complex and the album flows seamlessly from one moment to another. The genre, if this word means anything, is classic RPI, but I can hear, or think to hear, influences other than Le Orme, Genesis and Yes.

Now the concept: the album's title means "the enigma of life", and is a sort of travel from the Genesis (the biblic one, not the band) or the birth to the end of times or death, with the eternal question about "is there anything after?"

The first impact is Floydian. The keyboards layer and the guitar of "Antifona" reminded me to the intro of the last two Pink Floyd albums (excluding the new one which I haven't listened to yet). This impression ends suddenly when bass and drums enter slightly in 5/4, with a mood that more than Genesis is set to the best Camel. "Antifona" derives from Greek and could be literally translated as "voice from the front" which was typical in Gregorian choirs. The word was used to indicate the was a Psalm is spelled.

"Venivo da un Lungo Sonno" is what made me think to Camel. Of course I'm speaking of impressions only. The guitar sounds more like Hackett than like Latimer, but it's a very good classic prog song. About 4 minutes of instrumental intro, the last of which is filled by a slow guitar harping which introduces the main theme of the song. I have read somebody thinking that Zerman's vocals are the album's weakness. I disagree. Zerman is ok. The weakness is in the lyrics metric, but this is common to the Italian Prog. Pierrot Lunaire, Maxophone, even PFM have sometimes fought against the metrics to make their lyrics fit in the music. It can happen when the meaning of what you are writing is too important. Said so, "coming from a long sleep" represents the Birth, both intended as one's birth and the birth of Life or the Creation. The lyrics are the introduction to the following song. Waking up is not only coming to life. The instrumental coda is excellently driven bu the lead guitar.

"In Fuga" (Escaping) is the song which more impressed me at the first listen. The vintage sound of the keys, the mellotron and the lyrics inspired to a book that I've read many years ago about the Italian campaign in Russia during the II World War. It's highly dramatic and the dialogue between keys and guitar in the instrumental parts is at the level of the best Caravan (I mean Winter Wine or 9 Feet Underground). Italian or not it's great progressive rock.

"Alla Fine Dell'Ultimo Capitolo" (At the end of the Last Chapter) Is of course about Death and the moments preceding the passing away. I initially thought, following the previous song, that it could have been about Stalingrad or Hiroshima (The imagine of Men's figures impressed on a brick's wall). It's darker than the previous songs, based on minor chords with recurring accents and the high pitched guitar setting the mood in background while keys, drums and bass make the bigger part of the job. The fact that some passages bring to my mind albums like Snow Goose and Nude, from one of my favorite bands, is a plus.

"N.a.s." is the longest track. It's instrumental. I won't disclose what the meaning is. Basing on what a band member has written to me ,it's better leaving the interpretation to the listener. This is also the reason why the lyrics are not very explicit. Leaving the listener the possibility of creating his own story is one of the goodies in progressive music. Musically speaking, it's another dark track, with the bass pumping obsessively, some little dissonances in the chords, but still maintaining a melody and a symphonic (prog) structure. A track like this can justify the cost of the whole album.

The title track has probably the best lyrics of the album. Ok, if you can't read Italian, just trust me. The song is very particular. I can't relate it to anything else, maybe Steve Hackett, but it has a lot of things inside. It changes theme, signature and mood several times. The passages are everything but trivial, sometimes surprising, but without losing coherence or continuity. In this sense, the fact that the metric is almost absent is in line with the continuous changes of scale.

"In Principio" (In the beginning) starts from the Genesis to speak of "Life and Death". Mellotron and an acoustic guitar in the vein of Anthony Phillips are followed by a bluesy keyboard riff. Effectively, the instrumental parts are better than the sung ones, but it's not a singer's fault. It's that the music is so good that we could easily give up to lyrics, even when poetic as in this case.

"Completamente Estranei" (Totally Extraneous) starts with a high-pitched keybord harping, let's say in Goblin's style. It's another very good instrumental moment which lasts for three minutes until the vocals start. It's just a short interlude followed by another excellent instrumental part, full of variations. The song is about racism and "mental blindness" in general.

"In Quale Luogo Si Fermo' Il Mio Tempo" (Where Did My Time Stop?) is a piano solo with a classical mood but with some rock accents. Sad and dramatic but still very prog. It's where the influence of Le Orme appears.

"Pioggia In Campagna"(Rain in the Country) can be read with two different keys, like most of the lyrics of this album. It's about the passing of time, in the sense of a lifetime that goes with good and bad moments, but also as the passing of eages. Skeleton of cars with grass growing inside give the idea of Earth after Man. The song is divided in two well distinct moments: a proper song which is one of the most melodic moments of the album and an instrumental part which reminds me back to Camel. I must clarify that I don't consider this music derivative. Mentioning Le Orme, Camel, Genesis, is just to give the reader an idea about the kind of music that he will find in this album. It doesn't mean that the band is not original. The keyboards in the last two minutes sound not too far from Rick Wakeman's Six Wives, but it's question of sounds and instruments used, not of musical notes.

But the thing that I have liked the most is the closing track which is the darkest moment of the album. Like often happens in prog, it gives circularity to th e album. The lyrics start exactly with the same words of the first track. Like saying that the end can be a new beginning. The voice fits very well in the music. It's very atmospheric, the only bad thing is that it's too short. For my tastes the band could have fit a whole album with this track, but prog is normally not easy to sell, and sincerely hope that the band can gain at least what is needed for a new album, in less than ten years this time, possibly.

Classic RPI which doesn't have anything less than Orme, Banco or PFM. A strong concept, cryptic enough to give you the possibility of building your own story on it, and most of all a great musicianship. Another important album for the Italian prog. If you like any of the artists that I've mentioned as reference, you will surely appreciate this band, too.

A big thumb up from a usually non-RPI fan.

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4.28 | 103 ratings

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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5 stars Rock Progressive Italiano is a subgenre of Prog that boasts some of the greatest Prog bands of all time. One need only mention the likes of Premiata Forneria Marconi, Le Orme or Banco del Mutuo Soccorso to understand how important this genre is in the Prog community. Now in the modern era along comes Logos with their album "L'enigma della vita". 13 years in the making, and the third album for Logos, it is the epitome of all that encompasses the very best of RPI. The foursome consists of Fabio Gaspari on guitars, bass, and vocals, Luca Zerman on keyboards, and lead vocals, Claudio Antolini on piano, and keys, and Alessandro Perbelini on drums. The music Logos generate is nothing short of astonishing, executed with virtuoso finesse and structured with innovation and invention. It is such a pleasure to listen to an album where each track stands alone, an album of diversity so infused with passion and power during its entire 75 minutes running time.

It opens with ambient Pink Floyd strains and atmospheric fervour on 'Antifona, lucid and flowing with an organic soundscape. As the thunder rolls across the heavens the drums pick up and it moves into 'Venivo da un Lungo Sonno', replete with violining guitar and pastoral textures of keyboard pads. The vocals are brief and Italian in the traditional sense of homegrown RPI. The sound ignites with Hammond and mellotron vibrations, and melodic soaring guitar; generating symphonic grandeur. It is a wonderful 9 minute track that highlights the awesome dexterity of Logos, and we are only at the beginning.

'In Fuga' follows, glistening over with sumptuous mellotron and the glaze of spacey organ. The tranquil atmosphere is beautiful and then it erupts into synth bliss, and pulsating guitar picking similar to Pink Floyd's 'The Happiest Days of Our Lives' style. The vocals come in prominently until an interlude of heavy guitars keeping up with a fast keyboard phrase, sounding like Gryphon's medieval trademark sound. The shimmering organ is joined by a speedy lead guitar and it is capped off by a fractured rhythm; a great track with many layers.

'Alla Fine dell'ultimo Capitolo', fades up sounding decidedly different to previous tracks, especially the guitar phrases, processed with reverberating delay and a steady cadence on percussion. The vocals are harmonised nicely in places, and I wished I knew some Italian to pick up what the song was about. The guitar switches to a dynamic distortion, and there is a Hammond waiting round the bend to add flavour. A wah wah guitar chimes over, then staccato keyboards and some high pitched notes scream out. The song switches gears and becomes ominous in the next section. Vocals join in the quivering keys, and quick bursts of percussion and bass attacks. Another 9 minute delight shredding delightfully through my speakers.

'N.A.S.' is a fast paced excursion into explorations of urgent guitars battling an incessant organ. The guitar sound is a King Crimson sound ala 'Lark's Tongues in Aspic' and the bass is ready to back them. The swirling synths are vibrant and spaced out, and it is all driven by a thunderous drum rhythm. As an instrumental the track offers a prime example of how to maintain listener interest, with diversions into time signature switches, and a variety of instrumental sounds. It is a powerful rendition that resounds with powerhouse energy and innovation throughout its 7:43 running time.

'L'enigma della vita' is the title track and these tracks usually deliver wall to wall brilliance. The sound moves into electro-beats, startling after the previous tracks. It is a more commercial sound overall with echoing vocals, and funky bass motifs. The quavering keyboards have a crystal clear sound, over a multi layered symphonic foundation. I particularly like the guitars on this at about 4 minutes in, when the 3 chord riff dominates, merging into a lead guitar break. A saccharine fresh synth breaks through and it culminates in a choral sound with majesty and flourish.

'In Principio' runs to 11 minutes, and is a tour de force of instrumentation starting with trickling piano like rain falling down, cascading over with acoustic guitar trimmings. The vocals are melancholy, and guitars howl over adding to the sense of loss. It threatens to break out, building as we hear bird calls and then the spacey keyboards squelch through with percussion embellishments. Electric 70's organ sends out little flames and the flickering candle of shuddering synths are joined by more Italian vocals. There is a break in transmission then a major change in rhythm as a synth motif trembles, making way for jazz reflections on electric piano. A succulent guitar solo adds flavour to the banquet, and crashing cymbals and drums garnish the feast. The spacey synth sounds return to farewell this awe-inspiring track.

'Completamente Estranei' has a Twilight Zone-like synth motif, before launching into raucous guitars and organ layers. The bombastic choral voices enhance the mood, until staccato blasts of broken rhythms join the main melody. Mellotron chimes under some Floydian guitar picking, and then the vocals are heard. Again, the track delivers a wide range of styles and time changes. The band are given space to unleash their talents, including a glorious lead break and dazzling synth solos.

'In Quale Luogo si Fermo'il Mio Tempo' is a piano driven piece, in the tradition of the great composers, or more recently Keith Emerson's explorations on his side of "Works". It is a brief showcase for Antolini, the calm before the storm, being the next track.

'Pioggia in Campagna' is a 10 and a half minute symphonic prog workout, that fades up with a marching beat, reminding me of ELP. It has a soft guitar solo in one section, and then breaks out with a tempo change, gaining heaviness with guitar and keyboards in synch. There is an onslaught of twin barrelled keyboards trading off, and then the phased guitar solo adds spice. Another time change welcomes in lased edged synths, and guitar tones, prior to a new verse of lyrics. This is a glorious mini epic with inventiveness and an ever changing palette of instrumentation.

'Il Rumore dell'aria' is ushered in by dripping raindrops, and an ethereal narrative voice. The atmosphere is portentous and assumedly has deep meaning. And so ends the master work of Logos. The influences of Le Orme and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso are obvious and the band in their early days used to do covers of such RPI legends. "L'enigma della vita" is an outstanding album with music that never outstays its welcome. It deserves repeat listens and certainly sparkles with invention, vitality and dynamism. Every track drips with its own energy and all are as diverse as the next and still manage to generate a powerful unity. Logos have excelled on this album in every department and the encapsulating music resonated with my senses. A masterpiece that will gain the band recognition as they have produced one of the top ten albums of 2014!

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Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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5 stars L'enigma della vita (The enigma of Life) is the third album by Logos, an Italian prog band from Verona that was formed in 1996. It was released in 2014 on the independent label Andromeda Relix with a renewed line up featuring Luca Zerman (organ, Mellotron, synthesizer, vocals), Fabio Gaspari (drums, bass), Claudio Antolini (piano, keyboards, synthesizer) and Massimo Maoli (guitar) plus some special guests as Alessandro Perbellini (drums), Simone Bistaffa (guitar), Simone Chiampan (drums) and Gianbattista Bodei (narrative vocals). A long time has passed from their previous work Asrava, from 2001, but during all these years the band never stopped and kept on working on the new compositions, refining them, recording them without pressure nor hurry, with care, determination and love. The result is an excellent concept album conceived as a long suite about the life, nature and time passing by, a mature work where the band showcase great musicianship and personality blending vintage sounds, poetry and new ideas. Well, the beautiful artwork by Luca Zerman and all the images that you can find in the booklet perfectly fit the poetical strength of the lyrics and the evocative power of the music: probably they can help you to understand the concept better than all my words...

The dreamy opener "Antifona" is a short instrumental track that sets the atmosphere and fades in the following "Venivo da un lungo sonno" (I was awakening from a long sleep) where a pulsing rhythm conjures up the image of a night train running through dark shadows and ethereal, lunar landscapes. In a wagon a passenger wakes up at the noise provoked by a drought against the curtains. He emerges from a long sleep and can hear some people nearby speaking in a foreign, unknown language. It's still dark, the mysterious passenger has forgotten his destination and now he's on his way leading to nowhere, lost in the mist...

Next comes the disquieting "In fuga" (Running away) where the music and lyrics draw the image of some soldiers in the snow. They're running away from the battlefield seeking for freedom. Their life is hanging on a thin rope while around them the storm is raging... The following "Alla fine dell'ultimo capitolo" (At the end of the last chapter) is filled with tension and dark visions and depicts an empty town where a fugitive man looks for a shelter from the storm. He walks alone among ruins and crumbling walls but he can feel something in the air, the streets seem haunted by strange presences. Suddenly he sees a dim light glimmering through the dust, a pale flame of life and hope. A ghost gets close to him and tells him to keep that flame burning...

"N.A.S." is a charming instrumental track that every now and again reminds me of Le Orme and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and makes me think of a glider taking off towards distant planets where there are rivers of lava and creatures generated by earth and electricity. It leads to the ethereal, reflective title track, "L'enigma della vita" (The enigma of life), where the music and lyrics raise questions about the origin of life: was it just the result of vibrating atoms clashing against each other at random or rather the mathematical product of a superior maker? The answer is hidden inside every man but we can't catch it, we keep on running after forces that we can't understand and we are always left in doubt, wandering in the dark and trying to learn how to overcome our ignorance, in vain...

"In principio" (In the beginning) is a long, complex track about the mystery of creation and the relativity of time. It starts softly by an acoustic guitar arpeggio, then goes through many changes in mood and rhythm taking you on a mystical trip across the universe. Stars and planets come to life and die as the men who claim to be the masters of the universe. The wisdom of a superior hand carved and shaped indescribable forms and painted the deserts with infinite colours, gave life to rivers and human beings... In the beginning there was nothing, from nothing we came and we're bound to return to nought...

"Completamente estranei" (Completely aliens) takes us back to Earth. This track starts by painting haunting notes in deep red colours and conveying a strong sense of tension... Here the music and lyrics depict a little tunnel that opens on a side-walk corner. It's the entrance to the hidden part of the city where live the homeless and the poor. The people who pass every day by that place never notice it, they can see distant stars and planets but not the unfortunate men and children in rags who live underground. For them they're nothing but transparent aliens coming from another world...

"In quale luogo si ferma il mio tempo" (Where my time stops) is a melancholic, classically inspired instrumental track for piano solo that leads to the epic "Pioggia in campagna" (Rain in the country), a complex track that depicts in a very curious way the relationship between man and nature. The lyrics draw a parallelism between a man and a feather floating in the air that the first gust of wind will sweep away. He can hear what the leaves on the trees have to tell, he can see how the nature takes his revenge on the wrecks of old cars and trucks that are collapsing in a field, covered by grass and already half-swallowed by the marshy ground... No one can save men and their work from the imperceptible fury of time! The following "Il rumore dell'aria" (The noise of air) closes the circle. It's a short track featuring narrative vocals that takes you back to the starting point, to a man emerging from a long sleep. We can't say how long he had been sleeping, maybe centuries or millennia. We don't know where he fell asleep, maybe under an oak in springtime or on the bank of a river in winter. We can't say when time stopped, all we know is that it was the noise of the air to wake him up and that perhaps he had not been sleeping more than a minute...

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Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Utnapishtim

5 stars In search of the truth' sailing through unsafe thoughts in search of the knowledge that since the beginning of times it seems to vanish once reached it. A precious album for both listeners and musicians. A must have album which offers a balanced way to express the depth concept of RPI through memorable true progressive passages and questions that accompany the man in his evolution path. This is what a 'reborn' band which has its roots in 1996 try to interpret trough its music, telling it to us through 'Logos' word comes from Greek which means to tell; from Latin it means speech intended as the original meaning of the word. After a rough existence made by many line changing in the band, dreams and goals (which had anyway brought them to the self-production of their two previous albums) the project is carried on by the tenacity of the original member Luca Zerman which has maintained alive Logos and Fabio Gasparri, joined later by Claudio Antolini and Massimo Maoli. From 2006 to 2012 their musical experience started to take shape and substance, despite two self-production actually not bad.

'L'Enigma Della Vita' so comes from the mature side of the band. It represents a passepartout for a different level of Prog. The care for musical details here is conscious and mature and the good ideas comes in succession thanks also to Claudio Antolini (piano, keyboards, synth) and Massimo Maoli (guitar) that have given new vital energy to the band identifying its RPI boundaries. The result is an album charged of a dramatic nature which wants to represent (naturally as artistic interpretation) the truth concealed, strength that push the man to find the knowledge.

The band seems to follow 'Le Orme' with which has a special connection not just musically (Logos started playing Le Orme's covers) but for a local belonging as well, actually both come from Veneto in north Italy, despite divided from less than 70 miles. Is possible to find a lot of elements belonging to RPI tradition like the texts which treat themes depth and apparently with no answer and the use of two keyboards (BMS); the first track and the last that make a frame to all the album. Maybe is possible to find a pinch of autobiography in the song 'Venivo Da Un Lungo Sonno' (Coming From A Long Sleep). It could be considered as a metaphor of the band's waiting before to give to us this album.

A lot of good Prog moments articulated through mellotron and synth, Crimsonian atmospheres and excellent piano parts characterize the entire album, giving to the listeners an experience of sound essentially intimate and passionate. Guitars and keyboards that chase each other manifesting the musician's experience. Their sound sometimes seems to be almost spacey due to some Gilmourian guitar part (as the solo in 'Venivo Da Un Lungo Sonno'); sometimes dark and gloomy. One of the best song is with no doubts 'N.A.S', the more prog you can find in an album of the genre, close to King Crimson but anyway imbued with Italian Prog tradition.

Their ability to create their own 'new' sound it's easy to recognise in the title track 'L'enigma Della Vita with very interesting prog passages. Another emblematic song for the band's sound (and the one that let me love this album!!) is 'In Principio' (In The Beginning) a short interpretation of the genesis. A spacey/dreamy intro start a beautiful acoustic guitar, but it's just the beginning because the piece changes identity and becomes a triumph of keyboards and synth remembering some Le Orme's atmosphere, here enriched by an electric guitar, to come back to the main theme of the song. Special!

'Completamente Estranei' (Completely Stranger) has some connection to 'Genesis 1977 Era', in my opinion with an eclectic aptitude due to the electric guitar that remember me Robert Fripp style. Other typical RPI element is included in the song 'In Quale Luogo Si Ferm' Il Mio Tempo (In Which Place Did My Time Stopped). A beautiful piano song which has a double role: harks back to the conclusion of the 5th song N.A.S, here in a romantic version; plays as intro for the beautiful 'Pioggia In Campagna' (Rain In The Countryside). Beautiful Prog moment worthy of note despite its shortness.

'Pioggia In Campagna' is the last 'played' song of the album, in my opinion very representative for the band's sound, which includes the harmony between keyboard and guitar. Impressive!

Ends the album 'Il Rumore Dell'aria' (The Air Noise) which as the wind rustling through the trees creates a dark suggestive atmospheres in a never known night of a man which seems asking to himself what the future has in store for him.

An album mature and still alive in RPI tradition despite many years far from the bands that created the genre. An album full of pleasant surprises at every new listening which don't want to emulate any Prog Giant but express an original sound belonging just to them and demand its place in the Prog sphere after a long period far from this goal. So nobody knows what is the enigma of life, or maybe yes' Surely today we can enjoy this renewed come back!

5 Stars ' Well done

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Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by presdoug

4 stars LogoS are new to me, having been approached by the band to write a review of their latest album "L'enigma della vita", released in the spring of 2014. They have been creating music since 1996, and this most recent album took them 13 years to write and record. Some of the group's favorite bands are Genesis, King Crimson, Le Orme, and Banco, and it shows in their quite capable music of their own. The following is a breakdown, track by track, of L'enigma della vita, with some of my observations.

"Antifona"-This album intro is kind of spacey and dark, with a kind of foreboding vibe to it, and it grabs your attention right away.

"Venivo da un lungo sonno"-Now, when the drums and bass fully kick in, the band are playing tight, but full of feeling-the developing keys and guitar are layered in an almost architectural fashion. The vocals on this sort of remind of Latte e Miele's Marcello della Casa, a definite compliment, as he is a great vocalist! This song is great travelling music; there is great guitar and keys playing, with the guitar especially soaring to lofty heights.

"In fuga"-This starts in a laid back fashion, with keys playing full of feeling. The band all show their love for old school classic Italian progressive rock, but have a refreshing and bright take on it, as well. Both guitar and keys are given free reign to express themselves.

"All fine dell'ultimo"-This starts off a little more straightforward, and there are more vocals here, but things progress along to become more, great, "travelling music". There is some great, intricate bass work, with some nice synths in the last three minutes.

"N.a.s."-This starts with a strong beat, an almost Rush like intensity with both guitars and synths doing some inventive things-things are quite lyrical and powerfull. As the song progresses, there is some great guitar soloing, with the drummer creating quite the wall of sound, then there being some eloquent synth work-nice.

"L'enigma della vita"-There is great bass rhythm as the song progresses and unfolds-also some super vocals and beautiful synth work with some quirky time changes that are well played. At the end is a rising crescendo-perfect!

"In principio"-A lovely and beautiful intro with keys and acoustic guitar and vocals with so much feeling! This is my favorite track.It has some absolutely top notch keys work from the two players, with things evolving into a real Italian 70s prog rock vibe which is super nice. The different layers of sound creat quite a musical synergy which is quite remarkable. 8 minutes into things, the guitar really lets loose with some great drum work as well in the mix. Then things slow down, kind of atmospheric-cool!

"Completamente estranei"-A beautiful keys intro, and then bass and drums create a somewhat choppy but sustainable rhythm. Then there are some vocals in an almost Le Orme fashion. This song really travels! Lovely synth and guitar work throughout.

"In quale luogo si fermo il mio tempo"-This is a beautiful and eloquent piece for solo piano-reminiscent of Le Orme in a way.

"Pioggia in campagna"- Starting off with a rising march, there is a nice section for vocals with the rest of the band playing with their hearts open. Some great guitar and piano work throughout, spiced up with some well done organ work in between things, then ending with some great synths reminiscent of early solo Steve Hackett's band.

"Il rumore dell'aria"-A song with dripping water, and spoken word! And like the album's beginning, a kind of sinister foreboding.

I give them four stars, this album is an excellent addition!

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Review by Menswear
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4 stars Molto Bene!

I am always happy to discover new talents and again there is lots to chew when you dip into the Italian scene of progressive rock. The 70's gave us plenty (underline plenty) of acts that made an inprint of the concrete of art rock. Even now, the scene is alive and well with contenders that clearly ate their vegetables and did their push-ups: Logos.

Logos is a band with a certain experience as a Le Orme tribute group; and it shows. It's always good credentials when you gave attention to one of the best bands in the buisness, and Logos is clearly showing us that they're not small potatoes. They are not afraid to pack their opus with long songs that take their time to bring you where they want: the park on the cover. By the way, I immediately liked the art cover, leaving place to your imagination: what is the answer to life? Is it beyond those iron gates?

The songs will not leave you on your appetite, the keys solos are delicious (In Fuga and Completamente) and the guitar work is reminding me of a harder Hackett and sometimes Latimer. Long instrumental passages are always welcome, building up tension and showering vivid images in your mind. I love the modern approach of the title song that makes a change of pace and the simpler approach of In Principo that brought to me theatrical scenarios of foreign planets with strange fauna.

Overall, it's a well sang record with no vocal overboards. And frankly, I like it that way since the RPI genre suffered of over-the-top sentimentality. It's a good balance of old and new that will not be overshadowed by La Maschera di Cera or Il Tempio delle Clessidre.

A BIG round of applause to the band giving us listeners an obviously great album and painted us a dark and hauting canvas that is perfect for these autumn days!

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Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars Italian prog rockers LogoS have come up with a polished, well-produced album of mature prog compositions. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway/Trick of The Tail-era GENESIS sounds and loud and clear engineering make this, to my ears, more akin to the Neo-Prog vein than RPI. The drums, keys, recording techniques and song structures feel so much like GENESIS 1975.

1. "Antifona" (2:03) (9/10) sets the mood for the album with dark, ominous synths and incidentals before a volume pedal-controlled guitar lays down some nice play. The song then bleeds into song

#2. "Venivo da un lung sonno" (9:09). The addition of bass and drum rhythm section to the opening song's mood gives this a sound and feel like the foundation of "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging" only with the sometimes lead guitar of David Gilmour. At 3:30 the song goes through a nice little shift with arpeggiated electric guitar notes. At 4:15 the entrance of the vocals of Luca Zerman brings to mind the voices of Ira Davies of ICEHOUSE, BRIAN FERRY, and even a little of THE DOORS' Jim Morrison. At 5:30 it returns to its original instrumental format. It is a very nice, steady and engaging, mostly instrumental song. Nice guitar play and band support throughout. (9/10)

3. "In fuga" (5:41) is a pleasant if straightforward and repetitive instrumental with keys and guitars trading solos throughout. (7/10)

4. "Alla fine dell'ultimo capitol" (9:20) fades in just like a classic Lamb Lies Down on Broadway song--heavy in mellotron and volume controlled guitar. Once the intro has passed and the song enters into its lyric-supporting section it loses a bit of its edge and becomes somewhat "by the numbers" prog. The organ and guitar spurt beginning at 3:28 are "Watcher in The Skies" like for a second before devolving into support for a fairly straightforward blues way- pedal guitar solo. The rather slow straight-time base shifts but continues in a kind of plodding way until 6:32 when a slight shift allows the bass walking and guitar picking to weave and shine a bit. Nothing very compacted or exciting, though, even when the mellotron moves to the front and does a kind of ANEKDOTEN solo. The final minute is a rather simple synth supported vocal outro. Nothing too earth-shattering here. (8/10)

5. "N.A.S." (7:45) opens with a bouncy almost disco (bass line) rhythm foundation with some 'heavy' electric guitar power chords. At 1:28 the song slows down, settling into an industrial KC Red-like rhythmic foundation while an ARP-like synth solo slides around over the top. At 3:30 two guitars--one a FRIPP-like sustained, the other a light pizzicato jazz plucked--take over the leads. The Fripp-like guitar puts together an interesting, dissonant solo that takes us up to the five minute mark. Such PHIL COLLINS-like ("Supper's Ready/Fly on a Windshield") drumming! At 7:25 the song bursts into a mellotron crescendo of sound as the ARP-synth finishes its long solo. Odd song! (8/10)

6. "L'enigma della vita" (7:24) opens a bit like PHIDEAUX's "Thank You for The Evil" with a low bass line and hard-hitting spacious drum line. The vocals throughout this song sound very much like those of GREG LAKE. A tempo change at 3:40 brings it back into GENESIS/PHIL COLLINS territory. At 6:00 the song almost becomes a disco-fied 70s RPI song--but it quickly switches back to Phideaux/Genesis territory till its end. (8/10)

7. "In principio" (11:27) begins like a classic acoustic GENESIS/RENAISSANCE song with fast paced electronic keyboard arpeggios which then give way to 12-string guitar and synths supporting a male vocal. This vocal is strong--in the truest Italian sense. Nice bass line and steady drum line enter around 2:45 and 3:18, respectively. The shift at 3:45 to jazzy electronic piano keyboard is at first a bit odd but it works! At 8:00 we finally get the start of some action: electric guitar solo (Ó la TD's "Coldwater Canyon" by Edgar Froese) and interesting drum play. My favorite song on the album. (9/10)

8. "Completamente estranei" (7:06) begins almost like a slowed down version of the song "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" before heavier drums and guitar strums give it a kind of THE WHO/LOVERBOY power rock feel. At 2:35 a confident electric guitar defines an interesting melody. Another rather limp vocal ensues to take over for a little while until a dramatic shift occurs at 4:12. Faster, more driven, almost URIAH HEEP-like, until the ARP synth renders a nondescript melody which it then pursues over the heavy rhythm section to the songs end. (7/10)

9. "In quale luogo si ferm˛ il mio tempo" (2:32) is a nice, almost classical, piano solo. It could almost be a composition by CHOPIN, SATIE or some Russian pianist! (9/10)

10. "Pioggia in campagna" (10:28) opens with another GENESIS-like fadein (Ó la "The Knife"), building beneath several layers of keyboard sounds. At 1:31 there is a key shift, then all stops at 1:46 to make way for a very latin/RPI-like vocal with acoustic Spanish guitar section. Organ and flanged electric guitar add a prog feel to the song until at 2:51 several heavy electric guitar chords present an interesting jazz guitar solo. At 3:42 everything shifts again to a more complex chord sequence and tempo to support a decent 75 second organ solo, and then a minute of echoed- and synth emulated-guitar solo. At 6:18 we get another shift into some bluesy URIAH HEEP sounds before a shift back into the vocal section, this time supported by heavier electrified instruments. A PROCUL HARUM-like organ section appears in the ninth minute. The ARP synth finishes leading the way of this anthemic song for its last 90 seconds. Definitely the band's most complex and mature composition (on this album) but I'm not quite sure what it was intended to accomplish. (8/10)

11. "Il rumore dell'aria" (2:58) presents itself as a soundtrack support to a spoken narration. It is eery and perhaps even scary in an Edgar Allan Poe kind of way. Ties into the album's opening very effectively. (9/10)

A very pleasant listening experience that suffers a bit, however, from some lackluster vocals and rather simple song structures and instrumental performances. Also, the band seems to rely more on the use of a wide variety of sounds and emotion rather than very many impressive or virtuosic soli--which is okay--Pink Floyd got away with it, right?

Without a doubt L'enigma della vita is a solid album of high quality progressive rock music. Definitely a four star record. Solid four stars.

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Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. LOGOS were formed back in 1996 and subsequently released two studio albums in 1999 and 2001. Both have ratings that are average at best but something happened over the last 13 years as they have released an absolute stunner in 2014. All four guys from the previous album are back although the drummer is listed as a guest playing on the fourth track only. Fabio the bass player on the previous album still plays bass but is the main drummer now. The new guy is Claudio and he's the second keyboardist adding piano and synths to Luca's organ, mellotron and synths. Luca is also the vocalist and he really reminds me of Bryan Ferry at times. Anyway this is a keyboard driven album that has incredible depth to it. It's one of those albums that i've played a ton yet I feel i'm still getting to know it.

Things get started with "Antifona" a short instrumental full of atmosphere which is dark and spacey. "Venivo Da Un Lungo Sonno" continues with the same theme but drums and bass are added and the mood becomes more upbeat and brighter. A Symphonic beauty. It settles some before 4 minutes and the vocals join in. Simply gorgeous with those Ferry-like vocals. Relaxed guitar comes in around 5 1/2 minutes then it becomes more passionate. Excellent! "In Fuga" is an instrumental with lots of synths and keyboards. An uplifting Symphonic piece. "Alla Fine Dell'ultimo Capitolo" has a steady beat with intricate guitar as the vocals join in around 2 minutes. Some powerful guitar 3 minutes in then pulsating organ runs as the guitar plays over top. Synths to the fore 5 minutes in and vocals follow. It becomes repetitive late and I love it with those spacey synths. Mellotron follows then the vocals return once again. "N.A.S." has such a great sound to it around 1 1/2 minutes in as it becomes more powerful with synths playing over top. Then it's the guitar that becomes prominant until the synths return late.

"L'enigma Della Vita" has a nice beat to it with spacey keys. Vocals a minute in. I like when the tempo picks up before 4 minutes. A powerful tune. "In Principio" has a beautiful intro as reserved vocals join in before a minute. Awesome sound after 3 minutes, so much atmosphere. Vocals return later then check it out before 6 1/2 minutes as a more urgent rhythm kicks in. The guitar before 8 minutes is fantastic. "Completamente Estranei" has spacey synths and a beat to start. Vocals after 3 minutes then back to the instrumental work the rest of the way. "In Quale Luogo Si Fermo'il Mio Tempo" is a short piece with piano only. "Ploggia In Campagna" opens with the sounds of synths and drums as it builds. Vocals before 2 minutes as it calms right down. A nice instrumental section comes in at 3 minutes including mellotron and intricate guitar. It picks up before 4 minutes. Great sound! Love the organ here. Vocals 7 minutes in with a powerful soundscape. It settles back a minute later with organ then builds. "Il Rumore Dell'aria" is the haunting closer with the sounds of water dripping, an eerie atmosphere and spoken words.

A must for RPI fans, no doubt about that. This is adventerous Symphonic music with lots of depth.

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars First class symphonic prog rock from Italy. I was asked to provide a review for this CD and I was quite pleased with what I heard. I really didn┤t know about them and it seems that their first two albums they had at the beginning of the new millennium saw just limited release for I had not heard of any in all my years around here at the PA site. Anyway, L┤enigma Della Vita was a very strong work from a very good band. Clearly they are rooted in the tradition of those 70┤s giants from and out of Italy. And still they have enough modern influences in their music to not confound them with another retro band.

As one has to expect, their musicianship is superb and the the state of art production also helps their surprisingly strong songwriting skills. There is over 75 minutes of music, but none of the tracks is of lower quality than the other. In fact, my only gripe with this CD is the fact that they did not exactly mixed their several musical tendencies into a coherent whole. You know, a case of being too versatile for their own good maybe. You can hear just about everything here: from melodic neo prog traits complete with Gilmour-like solos of Venivo da un lungo sonno to a more avant guard instrumental loaded with frippertonic guitar (N.a.s.). From the classical piano solo of Pioggia in campagna to the acoustic pastoral intro of Il rumore dell'aria. And so it goes. After repeated spins I still get the feeling is that I┤m listening to several good bands playing on the same CD. However, this same feeling practically disappears on the vocal parts, where Luca Zerman┤s voice gives the group a more distinctive sound. Every time he opens his mouth we are given the impression of hearing something unique. Familiar, ok, but still unique..

Don┤t get me wrong: L┤enigma Della Vita is an excellent CD done by an excellent band. But it is also clear they can go much further when they will balance all their influences into a more personal style. With their brilliant technique, tasteful arrangements and songwriting capabilities I┤m sure it┤s be only a matter of time before they will have their very own, trademark signature. I┤m looking forward to hear their next release.

Rating: four strong stars. If you like Italian prog rock, this is a must have. If you love modern symphonic prog rock, you should at least give this CD a chance.

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Review by Nightfly
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4 stars Despite having formed in 1996 and releasing their first album in 1999, L'Enigma Della Vita is only the third album from Italian's Logos (their second came out in 2001). This may explain why, in spite of my love of Italian prog, they passed me by and hadn't heard them until recently. Better late than never though and on the strength of this album I'm really glad to have discovered them at last.

L'Enigma Della Vita is a highly accomplished piece of work - great musicianship for starters. Clearly a band who have spent years learning and perfecting their craft. The loss of guitarist Massimo Maoli and replacing him with second keyboard player Claudio Antolini alongside band leader/keyboards/vocalist Luca Zerman gives the band a lush symphonic sound. It is too simple to define Logos as a symphonic prog band however. Despite their RPI credentials Logos are on the modern edge of the genre and atmospheric psych touches sit alongside neo (I was even reminded of IQ here and there) too and with an up to date production placing it firmly in the current century.

Before you think that Logos may be sitting on the lighter side of RPI though, at this point I want to mention the powerful and inventive guitar work of Fabio Gaspari. Previously he'd been responsible for bass (which he still doubles up on) and acoustic guitar. His electric work while always tasteful adds a powerful edge in contrast to the many haunting and melodic passages. Drummer Alessandro Perbelini's unfussy style is spot on, aiding Gaspari in laying the foundations with a solid rhythm section though not lacking subtlety when required.

The eleven compositions are inventive, taking surprising turns here and there as they expertly weave new and old prog elements but one thing that ties it all together and raises the bar is the bands ear for strong melodies, something that sets it well above some of the disappointing (mentioning no names) new prog I've come across recently.

L'Enigma Della Vita should go down well with anyone looking for a modern equivalent of Le Orme played with more balls and is the best RPI album I've heard in quite a while. Certainly the best this year and I'd rate it highly against any prog album in any sub-genre I've heard this year also. Highly recommended.

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