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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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4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Logos emerged from 13 years of hibernation (at least as far as releases went) to present the world with this magnificent album. The band are clearly well-versed in their country's progressive rock tradition, with influences from a range of classic RPI bands like Banco, PFM and Le Orme creeping into their music, but far from being a nostalgia act they are able to craft a sound which stretches from the heady days of the 1970s all the way to the present and beyond, with some furiously foreboding moments here and there which sound far harder and heavier than anything the RPI bands of ages past unleashed on the world.
 L' Enigma Della Vita by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Italian band LOGOS was formed back in 1996, and released an initial two albums the next few years before entering a lengthy phase of inactivity as recording artists, and from what I understand much of this period consisted of the band going through numerous line-up changes. Some thirteen years later Logos marked their return with their third full length production, "L'enigma della Vita", which was released through Italian label Andromeda Relix in 2014.

Logos initially started out as a band performing covers of progressive rock from the golden age of Italian prog I understand, and at least their earlier albums have seen them placed inside the context of those bands as well, a small niche in the progressive rock scene where certain bands are described as Rock Progressivo Italiano, abbreviated as RPI. The defining features of the bands placed within that segment is that they tend to be vintage symphonic in expression, have an eclectic stylistic register, and that if vocals are present they convey lyrics in the Italian language. Logos as of 2014 isn't a perfect match for that particular context to my ears, as their style doesn't revolve around the vintage or classic era sound, but apart from that this album fits quite nicely into this minor niche.

The symphonic qualities of the material is a mainstay throughout, and the band does have an eclectic take on it too. Arguably with a different scope than others, and the eclectic tendencies mainly so within a symphonic context. This isn't a band that incorporates multiple and vastly different style details into their compositions, but they do incorporate multiple variations of symphonic progressive rock into their brew.

The most common expression is a dampened, dark variety revolving around careful dark toned guitars, vintage keyboards and organ, with strong similarities to Pink Floyd, a band mentioned by Logos as influential. They do explore this sound in a more jubilant and expressive manner as well, on those occasions ending up with a mood and atmosphere closer to what German band Eloy did in the late 70's, and on occasion modern synths and electronics flavor the arrangements in a manner that sounds closer to a band like Porcupine Tree. Another variation see the band use more atmospheric laden keyboards, at times supplemented with the good, old Mellotron, for an expression that to my ears is a bit closer to what a band like IQ have explored over the years. All of these subtle variations over a style foundation, without any dramatic differences between them, but with nuances of a less or more easily defined difference that invokes different associations.

There's also room for darker, more brooding arrangements of course, the classic progressive rock bands from Italy in the 70's were at times employed to produce the soundtrack to thriller and horror movies, and the musical legacies of that expression is another feature that occasionally appears on this album, most likely to the delight of fans of bands such as Goblin. That Logos also find room for a couple of jazz-oriented lead motifs one of those additional details that will further delight those with a soft spot for the more eclectic Italian progressive rock bands I imagine.

Logos have made a good job of developing material that are compelling too, the compositions smoothly moves between various phases and arrangements with a natural, organic flow, always with a good ear for when some minor variations or tweaks are needed and with plenty of room for engaging solo sequences of various kinds. Occasional flute soloing adds a lighter touch to the material as well, and there's a good balance between the delicate passages and ones with more of a majestic general expression. A well made album all in all, and a production that may well find favor among fans of symphonic progressive rock and neo progressive rock just as much as it does to those with a strong affection for bands sorted under the RPI niche.

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4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano


5 stars Despite its founding in 1996, Logos have released only three albums, the first two (1999 & 2001) being more or less some half-convincing apprenticeship. But we must pay tribute to their enduring persistence, because 13 years after their sophomore album, they offer us a king's (or queen's) delight : 76 min of first-class RPI. By the usual standards of Italian bands (Unreal City, Faveravola and Nodo Gordiano being noteworthy exceptions), an album of such a length is enough to warrant anyone's attention who has kept a close tab on the Italian Prog scene. And, in this age of speedy consumerism, if you think it might be too much music for your money (!) ? then it's high time you take a step back and enjoy the album for what it is, because there's much more to "L'Enigma Della Vita" than sheer length ! The liner notes, the lyrics and the booklet (splendid artwork) being in Italian, a language than I understand but a little, though it has always been music to my ears (wherever you are nowadays Michele, Cesare, Alfredo and Sofia, I thank you and hope you fare well !), I cannot discuss the themes of the songs. I can only suggest that L'enigma della vita means "The Mystery Of Life".

F. Gaspari (drums, bass), L. Zerman (organ, mellotron, synth, vocals), C. Antolini (piano, synth, keys) and M. Massimo (guitar) are given a hand by four friends (drums, guitar and narration) on Alla Fine Dell'Ultimo Capitolo (9:21), Venivo Da Un Lungo Sonno (9:11), In Principio (11:27) and Il Rumore Dell'Aria (2:58). (By the way, when you click on the album above, the line-up that shows up there is kind of mixed up compared to the liner notes of the physical album itself.) Now, it goes without saying that, in a band where two guys handle the keys, they're bound to be center stage? and, that, they do with gusto, ingenuity, but also with some restraint. For their part, guitars are not sidelined, but they don't often play the leading role ; they have some blazing moments but most of the time they're cast in a supporting role, more or less on a par with drums and bass. As for the vocals, it's kept back in the first songs, to the point where they're almost muted or even drowned in the background music. Mid-way through the album, starting in fact with the title song (7:24), it comes on the forefront. Zerman's vocal range is somewhat limited, but he uses his voice both with conviction and restraint, without any theatrics, but not without emotion when need be. There are 11 pieces on the album, three of which are fully instrumental : Antifona (2:03), N.A.S. (7:45) and In Quale Luogo Si Fermo' Il Mio Tempo (2:33), but it remains that Logos have delivered more of an instrumental album than a collection of songs, as there's always much more space granted to music than to the vocals in the latter.

I'd list the main features of the album as follows. 1 ? Intelligent structure (pieces contrasting between one another, but also complementing one another, and, in some cases, pieces answering to one another, such as the closing piece Il Rumore Dell'Aria (2:58) looping back to the opening one, Antifona) ; the thing is that contrasts aren't so much within the pieces themselves (there are some, but most often than not they're kept under thight control, never being too sudden or edgy), but rather between them : e.g. Antifona (spacey lament, a bit creepy with a sense of some vague menace lurking in the background) vs Venivo Da Un Lungo Sonno (lushly textured song with keys swirling in crescendos, muted vocals and blazing guitar licks), Completamente Estranei (7:08 of lavish panoramas coming to life through the full array of keyboards) vs In Quale Luogo Si Fermo' Il Mio Tempo (melancholic musing on piano), Pioggia In Campagna (10:28 with drums and bass setting the stage for a fiery cavalcade between keys et guitar) vs Il Rumore Dell'Aria (narration over spacey synths weaving a dramatic background). 2 ? The subtleness of textures (arrangements and layering of melodies, careful and soft transitions within the pieces). 3 ? The overall musicianship. 4 ? A taste for experimenting forays (flirts with dissonance and the occasional mixing of genres, all in true Prog demeanor). 5 ?A solid musical culture mastered with brio ; a few chords, a riff sequence, a melodic phrase, or a peculiar touch, atmosphere or twist will bring to mind Genesis, Pink Floyd, Eloy, Gilmour, Hackett, A. Phillips, Camel, Caravan, PFM, Le Orme, Banco, Spock's Beard and many others. All these influences are integrated so well within the compositions that it never feels as if Logos are imitating them all ; at best, they're merrily nods and winks to iconic references.

When compared to more or less recent releases from the "new wave" of RPI, I'd venture to say that Logos' musical ID as perceived through "L'Enigma Della Vita" is less urban than "Nous" (Nodo Gordiano, 2014) and less spirited and passionate than "La Crudeltà Di Aprile" and "Il Paese Del Tramonto" (Unreal City, 2013 & 2015) , but bolder than "Dedalo E Icaro" (Il Cerchio d'Oro, 2013) and more balanced than "In Hoc Signo" (Ingranaggi Della Valle, 2013) or "Deus Lo Vult" (Il Bacio Della Medusa, 2012) (I mention these last two releases together because they share common ground : both are based on the First Crusade (end of the 11th century).

4,5 clues rounded up to 5 for a full mystery

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4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars One day not long ago, I came to the PA homepage hungry for something new. Not like I really needed to hear anything new. I had already overshot my budget for CDs. But it was one of those moments which occur often, and I spied a review for "l'enigma della vita" by Logos which sounded like this was an album I should order. A couple of weeks later and shortly before my CD arrived, I saw that Logos had been voted third best album of 2014 by the PA collaborators. Wow!

Logos arrived along with a couple of other albums and so I first gave them a listen with a head already swimming with new sounds. I didn't catch anything other than that the lyrics were in Italian (as expected) and the music sounded pleasant enough. On the second listen through, I latched on to the "On the Run"-styled keyboard or electronica part in "in principio" and set that song aside for a potential mixed playlist (I love making mixed CDs!). After the third listen, I realized I wasn't really getting into the album, probably in part because I was listening to it on my way to work (by foot and by train) and not really paying attention, and also in part because the music wasn't really reaching me, grabbing me, and pulling my attention away from mundane thoughts such as why the truck drivers always throw their convenience store rubbish and porno mags into the ditch where crayfish and frogs live.

So the other day, I had a bit of a drive coming up, long enough to play the album through plus a little extra. Changing the listening environment to live sound rather than fed into the ears often helps me appreciate an album better. A true enough, this time I was able to formulate clear opinions about each track. In fact, I enjoyed what I heard enough that I listened to the entire album once more the next day, this time paying close attention.

Generally speaking, this album is quite evenly paced and neither aggressive nor slack. Electric guitar and synthesizer solos are in the spotlight while the vocals show up usually for a few lines or a couple of verses in between instrumentals and instrumental passages. There's a feeling of Pink Floyd at times, of Eloy or even Novalis at other times. Fabio Gaspari's vocals sound smooth and pleasant, a hint of distance lurks in their somewhere, a whisper of reaching out, but they never become impassioned or attempt to be the next big flavour.

After five full listens now plus a few songs chosen for repeat plays, I find myself enjoying parts of a few songs such as the instrumental theme after the lyrics in "in fuga", and some of the music in "completamente estranei", "pioggia in campagna" and the title track. Actually most of the songs have at least something that stands out and holds my attention. And I think "in principio" might be my favourite track, partly also because of the acoustic guitar which doesn't show up much on this album.

Most of the songs introduce some ear-catching musical theme which is built upon but soon carries on while the guitar and keyboards do their solo thing. I keep expecting something else interesting to happen but often the music continues for the lead instruments and then wraps up. The tempo doesn't vary much either, which means when the pace picks up a bit, that part stands out.

What I hear sounds very good, and for people who don't want anything too heavy, too weird, or too all-over-the- place, this is an easy album to appreciate. I'm not surprised that a few give it five stars. For my taste it's more of a 3.5 star album but the production and sound is very good so I'll round it up to four stars. Personally, I wouldn't say excellent addition but a very good addition to any prog collection.

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4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by omphaloskepsis

5 stars Italian Prog Masterpiece...Long time coming!

An unseen glacier calf's an iceberg. Ginormous waves of subsonic whale songs expand as Logos announces a new born, infant wet whale of a masterpiece of Italian Prog. Ominous hypnotic percussion propels the new born album thru delicate webs of a spidery plucked guitar riffs. Pompeian vocals ride over molten bass lines. Ghostly guitar riffs reminiscent of David Gilmour satiate the vampiric hunger of a sabertoothed progasaur. Namely me. Perhaps you? Oh the memories!

L'Enigma Della Vitta spews out inumerable memorable licks, opiate keyboard passages, melodies, coupled with an understated, yet a perfect fusion of modern retro Italian prog. Progarchives voters nailed it in 2014! IQ, Opeth, and Logos! Until I breathe my last breath I will remember 2014 for those three amazing albums! IQ's " The Road of Bones", Opeth's "Pale Communion, and last but not least...LogoS's "L'Enigma Della Vitta. All three albums contain song after memorable song. And that's the most retro thing about these Albums! Everything here is memorable!

I own all the major iconic Italian prog albums from the 70's. PFM, Goblin, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme, Area, and Osanna, along with the usual suspects. My husband and I have a weakness for Italian prog. Many great things have already been said by the Progachive connoisseurs and collaborators about L'Enigma Della Vitta, so I'll have very little to add except that in my feminine opinion...L'Enigma Della Vitta is the greatest Italian Prog album recorded since the mid 70's. LogoS makes me want to sip red vino from crystal cups and eat black olive bread with my man and get passionate...Profondo rosso amore!

Cons- I know it's over 70 minutes long. Too much of a good thing? Get over it prog people. If you can't handle a double album... Listen to the first half, next time listen to the second half. Or play L'Enigma Della Vitta on random. Do whatever it takes. But what ever you do, by crook, nook, or cranny get yourself a copy of this album.

My only regret? Although I know this album is a progressive rock classic, I probably won't be able to add one of the 100 limited editions of L'Enigma Della Vitta on colored vinyl... It's not that the limited edition is too expensive. It's just I would have to con my husband to splurge for a gramophone. "Record player is the layman's term for Gramophone." Ha ha...

5 shiny stars! An Essential masterpiece to any progressive rock collection.

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4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars Logos was a band formed in the mid 90's and that towards end of that decade and beginning of the next one released 2 albums. After that the band went into a hiatus of 13 years without any new release.

Many changings in its line up happened since then and their third album L'enigma Della Vita (2014) was released after 6 years of recording (Between 2006 and 2012) and 2 more till the album was finally released by Andromeda Relix/Lizard Records.

I knew the band because some years ago they were giving away their 2 first albums for free in their official website and I gave a try on Ásrava (2001) by that time. It didn~t really appealed to me so I pretty much forgot about the band. Last year they contacted me about a possible review and here I am.

L'enigma Della Vita (2014) is not a bad album, I gave the CD several spins in the last months but it happen to have 3 things that just doesn't work for me in Prog music:

1 - The sound of Logos is based on the Prog made in mid 90's and all sounds - specially the keyboards - reflect that quite well.

2 - Production wise the album feels like a demo in many moments. That added to the weak vocals become a turn off for me.

3 - The album is far too long. 76 minutes of music, for me, is way too much and some moments felt as big fillers instead of the killer tracks they could come up in this big period they took to record it.

Now, for me it's pretty clear that this is an album that has plenty of moments to appeal to a wide variety of Proggers and tracks like 'Venino Da Un Lungo Sonno', 'L'enigma Della Vita' and 'Pioggia In Campagna' show that! But then again, for me, those 3 points I mentioned killed it for me!

Still is worth listening to the album!

 L' Enigma Della Vita by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars This band was originally formed in 1996 and this is their third album, although it is the first since 2001. They are listed as an RPI band but the music is more retro-symph-prog than RPI (old or new). The vocals however are more in RPI territory and don't sound like most symph bands. Although a quartet, there are two keyboard players while one member does both the guitar and bass duties. "Antifona" is a spacey and electronic oriented instrumental opener. Vaguely Floydian sounding. This leads into..."Venivo da un Lungo Sonno" which is more Genesis sounding. The vocals start almost halfway but they don't sound anything like a British band. I like the guitar solo towards the end which sounds like a cross between Gilmour and Hackett.

"In Fuga" starts with some Rhodes piano playing that you would not find on any Genesis or Floyd album. Some mellotron and synth join in just before the rest of the band does. After some vocals the keyboards and guitar alternate doing mini-solos. "Alla Fine Dell'ultimo Capitolo" fades in on a Genesis vibe. Love the chorus/delay effect on the crosspicked guitar. Really nice key/chord changes just before the guitar solo (and during it). Later a very symph prog sounding synth solo. One of the more interesting songs on the album. "N.A.S." is an instrumental. Generally more dark and harder-edged than what came before. The synth soloing is very good and melodic.

The synth and guitar sounds/tones are really good in the title track. The music gets faster and more symphonic starting in the middle. Then the tempo slows back down and the vocals return. "In Principio" is one of the highlights for me. Opening with synth arpeggios and some lovely acoustic guitar. Some vaguely spacey synths can be heard in the background while the vocals are out front. After the drumming arrives the music gets slightly busier. Over halfway comes a menacing sounding synth which, along with the almost funky guitar playing, takes the whole track to a different level. The music continues to get intense with a sympathetic guitar solo.

"Pioggia in Campagna" fades in on a very Genesis sounding note. Eventually things gets more acoustic and RPI sounding. A very symph prog sounding organ solo before the middle. Overall the music is classic symph prog but the vocals are more RPI. "Il Rumore Dell'aria" ends the album on a dark, mysterious note. The sound of water drops and some spoken word creates an atmosphere of suspense when coupled with the dramatic and 'dark' sounding synths. Nothing on here which is truly origin or groundbreaking but the album is still enjoyable and consistent. Recommended to fans of retro-prog or the more retro leaning modern RPI stuff. I will give this a 3.5 but round it up to 4 stars.

 L' Enigma Della Vita by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars It took LOGOS thirteen long years to create their third album L' ENIGMA DELLA VITA (The enigma of life) but it was apparently worth the wait for this is one power house of an album. The only band member to survive into the current lineup is Luca Zerman who handles the keyboards and vocal duties. The album starts out in a spaced out ambient style that makes you wonder if you've just put on a Klaus Schulze album but then after a bit the drums kick in and take us into the realms of progressive rock and has a clearly inspired feel by the space rock arena of Pink Floyd with smooth and silky guitar lines. It only takes the addition of vocals sung in Italian to instantly break the spell and make you realize that this is indeed symphonic prog very much inspired by the greats of the 70s, namely PFM, Banco and even Genesis inspired neo-prog at times. Like all great Italian prog bands, the lyrics are in their native tongue and spell out a the concept of a journey across the universe with different tracks representing being human, love, loneliness or war. The album tackles the biggest quandary of all human history that is attempting to find the meaning of life itself.

This album is a major throwback to the 70s greats and has a sound solidly rooted in that golden decade of progressive sounds. There are roaring keyboard swirls and twirls that very much remind of PFM, space bass a la Floyd, pastoral soundscapes that can bring Genesis to mind and so forth and so on but this is an album that is of the modern era as well. The production has been absolutely perfected and illuminates every single little sound to its fullest. There are clear modern influences as well. For example "In Principio" has a clear electronic space sound that reminds me of "Moon Safari" tracks by the French band Air. The guitars are crisp and clean and tasty solos abound with a slight progressive metal edge but never really getting too far in that direction. The interplay between the musicians is always on the highest professional level and each compliments the other always creating a most satisfying sum of the parts.

The beauty of L'ENIGMA is that LOGOS are masters of the subtleties. They excel in developing the most pleasant of melodies and expounding upon them. They especially know how to magically morph from one passage to another and never string anything together in an awkward way. There are no sudden and unwarranted transitions. Everything is strung beautifully and gracefully together so brilliant it shines like a crazy diamond. The diversity of the sounds, tempos, timings and arrangements never once let you drift off in this album's lengthy 76:03 time frame. That is an achievement in my book since many an album of this length usually begins lose steam halfway through. This album is a remarkable achievement of modern prog that marries the best aspects of the classics with the cutting edge technology that now exists. This is one of the best new albums i've heard in a while and I really hope we don't have to wait another thirteen years for the next release! Highly recommended. One of the best albums of 2014.

 L' Enigma Della Vita by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
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.

 L' Enigma Della Vita by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 270 ratings

L' Enigma Della Vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

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!

Thanks to andrea for the artist addition.

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