Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

PANDORA

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Pandora picture
Pandora biography
"The band was born in September 2005, when Claudio Colombo (drummer) decided to start a musical project with keyboardists Beppe Colombo and Corrado Grappeggia. At first, their main inspiration came from the progressive rock of the 1970s - they wrote their own music drawing from groups such as Genesis, Yes, P. F. M, New Trolls, Dream Theater, etc....

So, Pandora began as a group dedicated to the composition of progressive pieces - giving life first to large pieces that espouse fantasy and research sounds and melodies. They show the harmony of a group that combines the emergance of Beppe's experience, the musical culture and composition of Corrado, and the talent of Claudio.

The band is open to cooperation with many musicians to ensure that their musical project reaches a good conclusion. In the first years, these collaborations will not lead mainly positive results for the inconsistencies of the musical ideas, but the project of Pandora will live on. The band has done some acoustic concerts that were pretty successful, maintaining the desire for the group to continue.

So begins the recent history of the band: in February 2008 after several concerts, Pandora signed their first recording contract with the record label Milanese AMS-BTF, specializing in the production and distribution of progressive rock. In the same month Pandora welcomed the young, talented guitar player Christian Dimasi into its lineup.

In 2008, the group registered their first CD entitled "Dramma di un Poeta Ubriaco "; it contains original songs that represent the path of Pandora's project. It does not contain "simple songs," but, through accourate research and attention to detail, the group wanted to explore various expressions of progressive rock: from hard rock to medieval compositions, jazz and symphonic melodies. The stories therein weave between personal problems and fantasy stories inspired by the symbol of Pandora's box.


The objective of the group has been to create music with an harmonic and original sound leaving the schemes that most of the music today has, avoiding the trivial and the foreseeable. The band has tried to reproduce a sound of the past in a modern key, trying to highlight the importance of music that is set aside today many times in favour of commerce.



-Claudio

Pandora official website

PANDORA MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

PANDORA forum topics / tours, shows & news


PANDORA forum topics Create a topic now
PANDORA tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "pandora"
Post an entries now

PANDORA Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all PANDORA videos (1) | Search and add more videos to PANDORA

Buy PANDORA Music


30 Exitos Insuperables [2 CD]30 Exitos Insuperables [2 CD]
Remastered
EMI Latin 2003
Audio CD$12.78
$7.89 (used)
Lo Mejor De...Lo Mejor De...
EMI Latin 2016
Audio CD$4.87
$5.10 (used)
Vuelve a Estar ConmigoVuelve a Estar Conmigo
EMI Latin 1999
Audio CD$6.95
$2.01 (used)
En VivoEn Vivo
EMI Latin 2005
Audio CD$15.98
$6.60 (used)
Con Amor Eterno, Vol. IICon Amor Eterno, Vol. II
Remastered
EMI Special Products 2000
Audio CD$2.54
$0.50 (used)
Pandora de PlataPandora de Plata
Sony U.S. Latin 2011
Audio CD$4.95
$4.19 (used)
En AcusticoEn Acustico
Sony U.S. Latin 2006
Audio CD$19.90
$14.54 (used)
PANDORA 30 PANDORA 30 "LA OTRA MUJER,QUIZAS SERA,BUENA SUERTE Y MAS.." [1 CD/IMPORT].
SONY MUSIC
Audio CD$18.86
$24.99 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Pandora - "Vuelve a Estar Conmigo" (Cassette, Jul-1999, EMI Music Distribution) USD $2.99 [0 bids]
USD $6.99 Buy It Now
2h 41m
NEW - Pandora 40 Exitos 2 CDs 40 Canciones BRAND NEW USD $15.99 Buy It Now 5h
Kerrang! Magazine UK n║ 258 (SEP 1989) PANDORA'S BOX, ANDY McCOY, WHIPLASH, FM USD $10.00 Buy It Now 5h 57m
AEROSMITH GEMS & PANDORA'S TOYS JAPAN REPLICA 2004 TITLES W/ORIGINAL STICKER SET USD $110.49 Buy It Now 6h 43m
Pandora Pandora CD USD $4.00 Buy It Now 6h 53m
(-0-) Rare AEROSMITH PANDORA'S BOX Advert LP CD MC EMI A4 ADVERT (-0-) USD $4.27 Buy It Now 8h 36m
RARE Pandora's Box CD Single by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (O.M.D.) 1991 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 9h 2m
PROCOL HARUM . PANDORA'S BOX . CLASSIC HIT .1975 USD $7.23 [0 bids]
9h 11m
Pandora's Kiss [CD 2], Louise, Very Good Single USD $1.43 Buy It Now 9h 24m
Pandora Scooter - Carpe Dyke [CD New] USD $17.44 Buy It Now 9h 29m
AEROSMITH -- PANDORA'S TOYS LIMITED EDITION DELUXE WOODEN CD BOX # 9118 USD $15.00 [0 bids]
10h 30m
The Association 45 PANDORA'S HEEBIE JEEBIES / STANDING STILL~VG+toVG++ pop psych USD $8.19 Buy It Now 11h 26m
Pandora - Blue (CD, Album) USD $5.68 Buy It Now 12h 5m
PROCOL HARUM Pandora's box TEST PRESSING USD $15.99 Buy It Now 12h 24m
12 Favoritas - Pandora New & Sealed CD-JEWEL CASE Free Shipping USD $7.65 Buy It Now 14h 5m
Pandora's Kiss, Louise, Very Good Single USD $1.43 Buy It Now 14h 20m
No. 3: Pandora's Pi?ata [Digipak] by Diablo Swing Orchestra (CD, May-2012,... USD $15.95 Buy It Now 15h 12m
e5765 CD - Pandora ?- Changes - 1996 EU PRESS - MCD 70031 w/LYRICS USD $4.99 Buy It Now 16h 18m
GUITAR-ER TRIO: Pandora -10 Jigen Iliad- (mini LP) CD (Japan) USD $55.96 Buy It Now 19h 12m
Aerosmith / Pandora's Toys / Japan Import / CD USD $17.50 Buy It Now 20h 29m
KARA - Pandora (5th Mini Album) KOREA CD *SEALED* USD $14.99 Buy It Now 23h 6m
Aerosmith - Pandora's Box NEW CD USD $15.77 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora - Pandora's Box - Japan CD - 16Tracks OBI USD $13.29 Buy It Now 1 day
Procol Harum - Pandora's Box 1975 7" Ex Chrysalis CHS2073 USD $3.61 Buy It Now 1 day
LOT 4 AEROSMITH CD's PANDORA'S BOX DISC 1 & 3 PERMANENT VACATION PUMP USD $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
IAN DURY 45 w/ps PROFOUNDLY IN LOVE WITH PANDORA / EUGENIUS ~ UK EMI VG+ USD $4.03 Buy It Now 1 day
BILL MUMY - Pandora's Box NEW CD USD $8.55 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora - Breathe JAPAN CD+2 Bonus Track #120-1 USD $2.99 Buy It Now 1 day
FERNANDA. UNA HISTORIA SIN MIEDO. PANDORA. CD ED. 1990 USD $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
3 Month Pandora One Internet Radio Subscription Card Code Coupon $15 value USA USD $6.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora - Otra Vez (2011) - Used - Compact Disc USD $134.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora's Box [Box] by Aerosmith (CD, Aug-2002, 3 Discs, Sony Music... USD $45.00 Buy It Now 1 day
3 IAN DURY & BLOCKHEADS UK 7" Singles HIT ME SUEPERMAN'S BIG SISTER LOVE PANDORA USD $5.72 [0 bids]
1 day
????????PANDORA?JAPAN RARE SAMPLE CD NM?UKCD-1149 (2014) USD $15.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora Ilegal 1992 Emi Cd RARE Press Mexican USD $13.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora Scooter - Intros Outros & In-Between: Pandora Scooter Live! [CD New] USD $23.60 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora Scooter - Outwordly Fabulous CD-R [CD New] USD $18.03 Buy It Now 1 day
PANDORA - SPACE AMAZON 1974 NYC GLAM SHOCK ROCK OBSCURITY SEALED ARF ARF CD USD $13.95 Buy It Now 1 day
(64T) Chasing Pandora, Time - DJ CD USD $4.33 Buy It Now 1 day
Vernon Sakata - Pandora's Box, 1999 CD, guitar virtuoso, mint disc USD $25.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora Vuelve a Estar Conmigo CD USD $8.48 Buy It Now 1 day
D.TRANCE 53/NEW EDITION 3 CD NEW+ - WILHELM VAN HANEGAN, PANDORA, BOOTH IAN USD $25.77 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora - 30 Exitos Insuperables [CD New] USD $18.02 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora's Box (CD - Brand New) Stacey Q USD $11.99 Buy It Now 1 day
AEROSMITH PANDORA'S BOX 2004 Japanese Flyer / mini Poster 10x7 inches USD $14.41 Buy It Now 1 day
RARE Pandora's Box soundtrack CD Jen Anderson (1993) USD $7.43 Buy It Now 1 day
Pandora's Box USD $3.99 Buy It Now 2 days
D'ERLANGER - PANDORA - Japan CD+DVD - J-POP USD $23.74 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX: 1946-1947 - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $13.46 Buy It Now 2 days
CD SILENT MOBIUS MEMORIAL BEST PANDORA DISC SXCR-614 1994 Japan USD $24.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Billy Butterfield And His O...-Pandora's Box 1946-47 CD NEW USD $14.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Pandora Hearts / ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK VOL.1 (Free shipping) USD $11.99 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX (US) Original Sin LP 14 Track Double In Gatefold Sleeve With Inner USD $15.91 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX (US) It's All Coming Back To Me Now 12" 4 Track Extended Version B USD $7.23 Buy It Now 2 days
PROCOL HARUM/PANDORA'S BOX CHS2073 NM CHRYSALIS 1975 45 USD $8.69 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA Smile N Shine 12" 4 Track 12 Inch Mix B/w United Nations Dub, United Nat USD $4.55 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX (US) Safe Sex When It Comes 2 Loving U 12" 4 Track B/w Pray Lewd, USD $7.23 Buy It Now 2 days
THE PANDORA ORCHESTRA - CHEEKYBIRD - 7" VINYL -COLUMBIA GREEN & WHITE LABEL DEMO USD $7.24 [1 bids]
2 days
Bap - Radio Pandora (Unplugged) [CD New] USD $25.54 Buy It Now 2 days
Smile N Shine by Pandora (Single Promo CD 1997) Imported *C03 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Pandora's Pinata (Vinyl) USD $54.50 Buy It Now 2 days
*LOT* Aerosmith Box of Fire - Pandora's Toys - Honkin' on Bobo - USD $120.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Musica Pa' Planchar 2 CD Set Pandora Pimpinela Yuri Romo Massiel Selena USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
PROCOL HARUM - PANDORA'S BOX - VINYL 45' RECORD 7inch USD $4.34 Buy It Now 2 days
PROCOL HARUM - PANDORA'S BOX - ROCK / POP USD $2.88 [0 bids]
2 days
PANDORA'S BOX - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $19.84 Buy It Now 2 days
AGE OF PANDORA - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $14.60 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $3.89 Buy It Now 2 days
Aerosmith Pandora's Box Cassette 3 Cassette Tape USD $5.95 Buy It Now 2 days
PROCOL HARUM - PANDORA'S BOX / THE PIPER'S TUNE - 1975 CHRYSALIS Single - VG/G USD $1.43 [0 bids]
2 days
PROCOL HARUM - PANDORA'S BOX - 7" VINYL 1975 CHRYSALIS USD $4.33 Buy It Now 2 days
CD - Pandora NEW Hoy Y Siempre En Vivo 1 CD & 1 DVD FAST SHIPPING ! USD $12.99 Buy It Now 2 days
CD - Pandora NEW En Vivo 2 CD's Includes El Noa Noa FAST SHIPPING ! USD $11.99 Buy It Now 2 days
CD - Pandora NEW XXV Anos En Vivo 2 CD's & 1 DVD FAST SHIPPING ! USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
CD - Pandora NEW En El Camino 1 DVD & 1 CD FAST SHIPPING ! USD $12.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Aerosmith Pandora's Box Cassette 1 Cassette Tape USD $5.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Pandora's Box by Aerosmith ~ Deluxe 3 CD Boxed Set ~ New / Partially Sealed USD $14.98 [0 bids]
USD $26.98 Buy It Now
2 days
Aerosmith Pandora's Box Cassette 2 Cassette Tape USD $5.95 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA Come On And Do It CD 3 Track Radio Edit B/w Funky Ride Version And Get Y USD $7.23 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX (US) Safe Sex When It Comes 2 Loving U CD 4 Track B/w Pray Lewd, R USD $7.23 Buy It Now 2 days
PROCOL HARUM Pandora's Box 7" B/w The Piper's Tune (6155048) Pic Sleeve BELGIAN USD $7.23 Buy It Now 2 days
BARRY PALADIN AND THE CHAMPIONS Muscle And Money 7" B/w Sometimes Pandora (wink1 USD $3.04 Buy It Now 2 days
VINYL LP - PANDORA - TOP TV THEMES - SRS 5143 USD $13.02 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA Marianne 7" B/w Gael's Song (osc1) UK Oscar 1981 USD $4.55 Buy It Now 2 days
PROCOL HARUM Pandora's Box 7" 4 Pronged Push Out Centre Label Design B/w Pipers USD $4.55 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX (US) Good Girls Go To Heaven 7" 3 Track B/w Requiem Metal And Pray USD $4.55 Buy It Now 2 days
DORIAN GRAY (90'S GROUP) Good Morning America 7" B/w Pandora's Box (6573067) Pic USD $4.55 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX (US) It's All Coming Back To Me Now 7" Edited Version B/w I've Bee USD $6.07 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA Marianne 7" B/w Gael's Song (osc2) UK Oscar 1981 USD $7.23 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX (US) Good Girls Go To Heaven 7" 3 Track B/w Requiem Metal And USD $3.03 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA'S BOX (US) Safe Sex When It Comes 2 Loving U 7" 3 Track B/w I've Been Dr USD $3.03 Buy It Now 2 days
INME 7 Weeks 7" Limited Pic Disc B/w Screaming In Circles (pb002nme7) UK Pandora USD $3.04 Buy It Now 2 days
POP Pandora con amor eterno Cassette EMI 1991 Mexico EX TESTED USD $3.89 Buy It Now 2 days
Shawn Mullins - Big Blue Sky (CD 1994) LATELY / PANDORA / TELLING YOU / HAWKSONG USD $11.22 Buy It Now 2 days
Reissue Pink Floyd- Pandora's Box 2 Disc Set/Aria USD $9.99 [1 bids]
2 days
PANDORA'S BOX - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $34.94 Buy It Now 2 days
Cosmic Pandora cd Yasue 1998 NEW Sealed OOP RCA USA 11tk Daisuke Hinata Ethnic USD $11.95 Buy It Now 2 days
PANDORA - USED - LIKE NEW CD USD $16.28 Buy It Now 2 days
Procol Harum Pandora's Box German 45 W/PS USD $24.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Pandora Imprescindibles CD 14 Exitos New Nuevo Sealed USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days


More places to buy PANDORA music online Buy PANDORA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for PANDORA DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

PANDORA shows & tickets


PANDORA has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

PANDORA discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

PANDORA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.19 | 58 ratings
Dramma di un Poeta Ubriaco
2008
3.82 | 92 ratings
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
2011
3.56 | 30 ratings
Alibi Filosofico
2013

PANDORA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

PANDORA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

PANDORA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

PANDORA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

PANDORA Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Alibi Filosofico by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.56 | 30 ratings

BUY
Alibi Filosofico
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Dr÷mmarenAdrian

3 stars Among all prog rock subgenres, the Italian one is one of my favourites and this one had a lot to deliver too. Pandora was created in 2005 and the Italian band has released three records: Dramma di un Poeta Ubriaco in the year 2008, Sempre E Ovungue Oltre Il Signo in the year 2011 and now 2013 the record "Alibi Filosofico". All of the Pandora records have fascinating art works. This thing has a wonderful picture of a person which eyes and mouth are kind of double. I like the colours there too, and this apperence of the cover gives the though of great coming music. Beppe Colombo plays keyboards, Corrado Grappeggia keyboard, vocals and chorus and Claudio Colombo drums, bass, guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro, keyboards, flute and chorus. The group has been helped by some great guests such as David Jackson from Van der Graaf Generator. His saxophones are very present here and among the best ingredients on this record.

Everything beside the music seems so good. Interesting track list, cover and musicians but the most important of course is the music. That, unfortunately wasn't so fantastic, according to my opinion. The music is brave, true progressive here and there and it changes all the time. I am sure people will like this, some of you more than I do. The title track, the long "Alibi Filosofico" is also the best, with a pleasant melody and a lot of good instrumental parts. This composition is very classical symphonic. The vocals are emotional but not so good. The record's very best track(8/10). Three more songs are worth naming for their attributes. The first song "Il Necromante, Khurastos e la Prossima Vittima" (7/10) is heavy, almost a metal song and the instruments work well together. Partially this is a funny piece. "La risalita" has attributes from the classical music and sounds interesting(7/10) and "Tony il Matto" has fantastic blow instruments; I guess it's Jackson's saxophones. The track is coherent and I like the melody(7/10).

The album's most lenghty bit: "Apollo" contains ingredients of great value and sometimes I just love it. As a whole though it's not very coherent and for me a bit too experimental. But it works and I will give the song 6/10. "Sempre con me" then sounds good but is too conventional (6/10) and "NÚ Titolo NÚ Parole" becomes quite a boring track. Over all though is the record very interesting and I love some of it. Parts of these songs really get me caught in the music. I like the fact that this band is vocal, but that is also the band's Achilles' heel. Pandora's third disc will get three stars from me(3,3).

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Pandora's debut was followed by some nice live gigs next to both Italian and foreign bands, such as Ubi Maior and Riverside, but according to the band's official site they had to face the departure of guitarist Christian Dimasi.Quite strange thing, as he is listed in the liner notes of the second album of the group with the romantic title ''Sempre e ovunque oltre il sogno''.This one was released in 2011 again on BTF/AMS.

Far from being romantic themselves, Pandora belong certainly among the heavier and more bombastic Italian Symphonic Rock acts, moving a bit away from the classic style of the Italian groups for a more virtuosic and technical approach with strong RICK WAKEMAN influences and similarities to JAIME ROSAS' works, while the guitar follows the long keyboard fanfares with powerful lead parts.The music has often a cinematic flavor with atmospheric dual synthesizers, which are also the leading instrument of the album, although great Hammond organ, piano and Mellotron washes appear quite frequently.Melodies are not absent either, coming mostly in a GENESIS style with delicate synth and piano lines, a couple of tracks even contain some mellow acoustic parts.Vocals are not appearing much, the moments they do the band comes very close to the LE ORME stylings yet in a much modern way.Compositions are quite tight and an attempt on their own prog journey is made by Pandora with the 23-min. long title-track, which comes as an amalgam of bombastic DREAM THEATER-like Progressive Rock/Metal with flashy keyboard parts and a very high level of technique with more laid-back moments, typical of Italian Prog, characterized by expressive vocals, acoustic lines and piano-based melodies.They get too excessive at some point with the extended keyboard instrumentals, still this is a pretty good track with changing moods between haunting and calmer soundscapes.

Keyboard freaks will love this work, which can also please fans of Prog Metal and Italian Prog.Dense and powerful Symphonic Rock with endless keyboard attacks, that sometimes needs a bit of refinement.Recommended overrall.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Review originally posted at www.therocktologist.com

Once again, Italy shows us their musical catalogue is wide and awesome, that is why I love their music. This time, the turn is for Pandora, a band that started back in 2005 with Claudio and Beppe Colombo, Corrado Grapeggia and Christian Dimasi. The music they play is a nice combination of 70s progressive rock with a fresh and new sound from the 00s. In 2011 they released their second studio album, entitled 'Sempre e ovunque oltre il sogno', which consists of eight compositions that make a total time of 57 minutes. Actually, the album could be divided in two halves, the first one composed by seven songs, while the second one finishes with a long epic.

It starts with 'Il re degli scemi', which is a wonderful instrumental introductory track that produces a symphonic sound inspired by classical music. The work of the keyboards here is excellent, creating different nuances and emotions. Here I imagine this music could be used as a film score, because I can see images while the seconds pass. Great first song! The following track is 'L'altare del sacrificio' which happens to be the shortest one of the album. Here drums appear with a solid and decisive sound, accompanying the cool keyboard passages and those nervous bass lines.

When we less expect it, we are already listening to 'L'incantesmo del druido' which has a nice piano sound that contrasts with the powerful drums. Here after a minute, vocals enter for the first time in the album, fortunately, with lyrics in Italian (I say fortunately because I love this language, and I always prefer the bands singing in their native languages). The voice is excellent, a perfect complement for the music, which has a nice mixture of some spacey effects, with heavy rock passages and the inherent symphonic touch. Before the third minute the music slows down and a soft spacey moment is offered; later it changes, the guitar produces a strong sound and the tune becomes a bit heavier. This is an excellent composition, one of the album's highlights!

'Discesa attraverso lo stige' starts with a water running sound, then it vanishes and acoustic guitar enter along with a mellotron as background. After a minute we can listen to some people's noises, creating a kind of desolated mood, which is contrasted with the acoustic guitar sound that puts a sense of hope.'Ade, sensazione di paura' starts with that delicate acoustic guitar, however here the nuances created mainly by keyboards are different- Here the track is purely instrumental and with a lot of textures and colors that let our imagination fly. I have once again the feeling that this track could be used for a movie soundtrack, there are moments that really work for it. In this track we can also appreciate the compositional skills of the band, because it is a complex song where we can listen to the heaviest sound of Pandora, and in other moments, to their softest.

'03.02.1974' has a more delicate sound that shows the beauty of their music. Here the vocals return and perfectly accompany the acoustic guitar. A minute later it begins to flow, progressing little by little until it reaches a climax. At half the song there is a significant change, the music slows down and keyboards, acoustic guitar and vocals return with their soft and mellow sound, but it only lasts for a moment, because later the intensity is increasing once again. This song is a rollercoaster of sounds and emotions.

And the album finishes with a 23-minute epic entitled 'Sempre e ovunque', a challenging composition that shows the pinnacle of Pandora. It starts with a instrumental symphonic- classical sound that once again, reminds of a movie. After a couple of minutes guitar enters along with a piano, creating a tense atmosphere that will become tenser when drums, bass and keyboards enter and implement a faster rhythm. After five minutes there is a new passage, first the music vanishes for some seconds and then a new structure begins, with nice keyboard melody and great guitars that make a heavy symphonic rock sound. What I love from Pandora is that capacity of making creating powerful moments and later transforms them into soft, mellow and delicate passages. In this long song we can appreciate that in several places. The voice is always great, emotional and transcendental for the music's success. This song has in fact different moments that may have their own sound, but that at the same time are necessary to complete the structure, I mean, these short passages are like jigsaws that together will complete the puzzle.

What a great album by Pandora, I quite like it and would like to recommend it to any progressive rock fans, mostly, to those like me love the Italian prog flavor.

Enjoy it!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In 2011 Pandora released their sophomore work on AMS/BTF, "Sempre ovunque oltre il sogno" (Always everywhere beyond the dream), with the same line up featuring Beppe Colombo (synth, organ, backing vocals), Claudio Colombo (drums, percussion, bass, acoustic guitar, synth), Corrado Grappeggia (vocals, synth, organ, piano) and Christian Dimasi (electric guitar, backing vocals). The overall sound of this second work is mellow and symphonic and every track is described in the booklet with a painting by the American artist Emoni Viruet (who now is Claudio Colombo's wife), almost a ghost member of the band. She is also the author of the art cover while Beppe Colombo painted the inlay picture titled "Sempre e ovunque".

The instrumental opener "Il re degli scemi" (The king of fools) is a solo performance by Claudio Colombo who composed the piece and played keyboards and percussion. According to an interview with the band it was inspired by a short story that his wife wrote after a dream. It tells of a powerful king who could impress his people with magic but who didn't know what's real love. This track reminds me of the soundtracks of some films of a genre called Sword-and-sandal, Italian low budget imitations of Hollywood historical epics that were in fashion in the early sixties...

The short instrumental "L'altare del sacrificio" (The altar of sacrifice) and the following "L'incantesimo del Druido" (The spell of the Druid) tell the story of a fantasy character, a Druid called Chad-Bat, who with his rites and his magic helps a king and his army to defeat their enemies... "There's no one like me / No one is greater than me...". Well, when listening to this track try to imagine the busy wizard at work...

"Discesa attraverso lo Stige" (Descent through the Styx) and "Ade, sensazione di paura" (Hades, feeling of fear) are two long, complex instrumental tracks linked together that describe the story of a woman who crosses the waters of the river Styx and enters the secret world of Hades. Follow her and you will see fire and ice dancing together, lost souls and demons dancing with Death in the wide hall of immensity... Eventually, if you are lucky, you'll find the way back!

"03.02.1974" (February 2, 1974) is about another kind of magic. The lyrics evoke the feelings and emotions provoked by a Genesis' concert in the seventies... "It wasn't just music that evening / It wasn't just a show in that moment... It was a magic touch flying away... They weren't just songs... Then The Knife broke in / Shouts, shivers, tears / It was the end for us... Even today I think of you / I can still feel the emotion and I cry...".

On "La formula finale di Chad-Bat" (The final formula of Chad-Bat) the busy Druid comes back to offer you his help. All in all there's no one like him to conjure a magical dream...

"Sempre e ovunque" (Always and everywhere) is a long suite in eight parts that concludes the album. It begins with a nice instrumental overture, full of symphonic suggestions to stir your fantasy... "Here I am, my young prince / I'm just back from the past... I'm back to give you all what I gathered in all this time / I'm back to give you the keys of my coffer / My young prince, here you are / That's the key of your empire...". The coffer is full of dreams and emotions, the same dreams and emotions that a father would like to pass on to his son. Opening the coffer you shiver, understanding the real value of that treasure you could be overwhelmed by emotion... "I have lived to give you my world / Here I am, my young prince / Look at your empire / Look where the past comes from, where the future begins... Take up in your hands all my emotions / And keep them with you, always and everywhere...". Now the son is the keeper of his father's dreams... Progressive rock will live on! Well, a great finale for a very good album...

After the album was released Christian Dimasi left the band and now Pandora are a trio again but don't worry, they won't stop...

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars While PANDORA's debut won me over easily with it's power and beauty this follow-up album is an altogether different beast. In fact it's a difficult one for me to actually enjoy and there is more of a classical vibe here with the odd orchestral flourishes.This certainly has it's moments but overall this is a disappointment when compared to their debut. It's like the things that I loved about the first one have all been scaled back or replaced with things i'm just not that into. My tastes of course.

I get off to a bad start with the first track "Il Re Degli Scemi" which is bombastic and orchestral in nature. I kept thinking this sounded like part of a soundtrack for a movie. It at least ends well. "L'Altare Del Sacrificio" has a good sounding rhythm section here as the guitar eventually comes in over top. It's a short instrumental.

"L'Incantestesimo Del Druido" is led by piano and drums early then the tempo picks up and vocals join in. A calm before 3 minutes then the drums start to lead. Organ joins in after 4 1/2 minutes. Guitar a minute later then it settles back after 6 minutes.Vocals are back late. "Discesa Attraverso Lo Stige" opens with nature sounds then acoustic guitar takes over with atmosphere.

"Ade,Sensazione Di Paura" is a top two song for me. More acoustic guitar then we get a heavy sound that takes over after 2 minutes. Synths and atmosphere before 3 1/2 minutes. It's heavy again before 5 minutes as contrasts continue. "03.02.1974" opens with acoustic guitar as reserved vocals join in. It kicks in as the tempo continues to shift on this one.

"La Formula Finale Di Chad-Bat" is my other top two. Spoken words to start then the guitar and a beat take over. Nice. Atmosphere after 2 1/2 minutes then it kicks in with the drums out front.Vocals follow. "Sempre E Ovunque" is the closing epic clocking in at 23 minutes. An orchestral-like intro before drums and synths kick in after 2 1/2 minutes. It turns jazzy after 4 1/2 minutes but not for long.The tempo and mood really change a lot on this one. Piano leads after 7 1/2 minutes then we get a calm with spoken words 8 1/2 minutes in. Great sound before 11 minutes as it gets heavier. Unfortunately that doesn't last long. Another calm after 13 minutes. It picks up before 18 minutes then turns heavier a minute later. It settles then gets heavier one last time.

A good album no doubt, but one that's missing that special RPI flavour that I love so much.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Italian band PANDORA was formed back in the autumn of 2005, instigated by Claudio Colombo with keyboardists Beppe and Corrado the first to opt in on this endeavor. After stabilizing as a four piece they were signed to AMS Records who released their initial production "Dramma di un Poeta Ubriaco" in 2008. "Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno" is their second album, and was released in early 2011.

If you generally enjoy music branded as symphonic progressive rock, Pandora is a band that you most likely should check out, especially if your tastes are liberal to the extent that listening to a band that blends the retro-oriented strains of the genre with elements of a more modern origin, first and foremost in the shape of metal guitar riffs, sounds like an interesting experience. A fine and well made album overall, sporting some of the best quality drum work I have encountered for some time as an additional bonus.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by m00girl

5 stars It's an eerie silence followed by the powerful blow of a gong that opens up Pandora's masterful Sempre e Ovunque Oltre il Sogno, their second studio album to date. An album that must be listened to more than once, not just because it causes you to do so, but because you will surely find something new with each listen. From the booklet one learns that much of this CD's birth is credited to Pandora's drummer and multi-instrumentalist, Claudio Colombo, the youngest musician.

Right of the bat, Il Re degli Scemi, makes for an excellent Intro start to this album, entirely orchestral and its entirely colossal entrance hints at a likewise incredible content that will follow. From the start there is a definitive sense of narration, almost as if it were cinematic. The moog is alive and well, showing up proudly towards the middle, joining the orchestra.

Another instrumental comes forward presenting us with the three-part mini saga: L'Altare del Sacrificio, L'Incantesimo del Druido, and La Formula Finale di Chad-Bat, the latter one showing up after another mini suite that takes us through the Dante's Styx river (I'm talk about Discesa Attraverso lo Stige and Ade, Sensazione di Paura, but I'll get to that later). According to some articles, they tell the story of a powerful Celtic priest or druid called Chad- Bat. L'Altare del Sacrificio in an instrumental song that immediately promises an epic battle. An outstanding "conversation" between keyboards and electric guitar creates a great sense of narration and conclusion for the sung L'Incantesimo del Druido, the second part to the mini saga. Incredible atmospheres and use of the drums here is mesmerizing to say the least. The third and final chapter of the saga is entitled La Formula Finale di Chad-Bat, the shortest track, wonderfully held by an captivating electric guitar solo that sums up our Celtic priest's victory and end of story. Pandora's themes are varied and fantastical, and just like with their Breve Storia di San Georges (2008), they successfully added yet another Fantasy- themed song, or in this case mini saga, capturing all the magic and imagination with their music.

Of course it isn't all fantasy for the group, as they show their cultural and mythological side with Discesa Attraverso lo Stige. The simplicity is what makes this track so intriguing and takes us right into the waters of the Styx river. The moans and anguish coming from the background are a good touch that creep through the spine and gives a sense of realness. Acoustic guitars and a mellotron is all it takes to journey through this emotional song, the final note fades away and is immediately followed by one of my favorite tracks, Ade, Sensazione di Paura, that still maintains the dark and gloomy atmosphere left by the previous track, and slides into an even darker side, accentuated by bass and drum work and the unmistakable moog that turns things up a notch transforming the environment into total chaos. In my opinion this is the most complex and experimental track, yet still finds a way to make a fine ode to Pink Floyd's Shine on You Crazy Diamond with David Gilmour's unforgettable four notes. The with a single moog note at the end is one of the most exciting moments in Pandora's music.

There is a song that quickly catches your eye entitled 03.02.1974 (February 3rd, 1974), the date of a historical event for Italians and all others that came to see Genesis' Selling England by the Pound tour at Turin, Italy. The dedication to the English band is evident by the nicely added hints of memorable songs such as The Cinema Show, Supper's Ready and bits that recall that Tour, especially those bits of recordings of Peter Gabriel's voice that echo through the song and makes you, for an instant, live a second of those glorious moments that made Progressive's history.

And now to the final track, the very potent and masterful Sempre e Ovunque, a 23 minute- long final suite that makes you travel through Progressive's past, present, and future. Upon doing some research, Sempre e Ovunque turns out to be the story that reflects the strong bond and relationship of a father and son, namely Claudio Colombo (drums, multi- instrumentalist, vocals) and his father Beppe Colombo (keyboards, vocals). The suite is divided into eight parts, containing a wide variety of melodies that transform and evolve as the song goes along. Once can compare it to Genesis' Supper's Ready, as far as its compositional placement and changes. A lot of the keyboards remind me of E.L.P., especially Tarkus. Hints of jazz, hints of hard rock, metal, symphonic melodies, all put together accompanied by mini guitar, drum, and keyboard solos, ranging from slow pace to fast pace, to happy, to sad, to victorious melodies, all full of instrumental moments that leaves one in awe at what music can still do nowadays. Of course a touch of Italian lyrics is another good element as well. Composed by Claudio Colombo, seems like an upgrade of his Salto nel Buio (2008).

Sempre e Ovunque Oltre il Sogno is double rainbow of musical inspirations and techniques that cross all borders and experiments with new idea yet keeping their style intact and stronger than ever, going beyond what your typical Italian-Prog band is all about, they are in fact an All-Prog band. Pandora surely shows what its capable of, with a successful debut album Dramma di un Poeta Ubriaco (2008), and now with the release of this second album. No instrument is left behind, as drums are fantastically musical and lively reminding me of Simon Phillips, 70's Carl Palmer, and Mike Portnoy. Incredible and varied electric guitar work reminding me of John Petrucci and sometimes of Steve Hackett and incredible keyboards that remind us of the legendary Keith Emerson and melodic Rick Wakeman. Pandora's vast musical culture, influences and genius are present and these elements work as an intense Prog lesson for any new and old fan. Italy has a group that will go on for the ages, and is for all ages. This is what Pandora is all about.

5/5 stars

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

5 stars The quality of their 2008 album was high enough to encourage me to get this cd. And they find a way to impress me again with this new release. What i like about this band is that they sound very modern and not like your typical italian band. They use not only symphonic music, but also heavy prog with a dark atmosphere, and sometimes they cross the prog metal sound for a brief moments. All the songs make a great transition with the soft and heavy parts. We can hear a wide variety of sounds especially when they play a more classical oriented song, like the first track and at the end. Also, it seems to me that i have heard the sound of a bell! There is a rip off of a Genesis's songs at some place, and i found a big neo prog influence in a lot of songs. The epic track at the end is full of contrast and mood and deliver some exquisite moments that put a great final touch to this remarkable cd, that does not contain a weak track, if not a weak moment.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars A very big mouthful, the new Pandora album is. It is like opening a pandora's box (sorry, I could not resist this pun...... shame on me !).

It has therefore taken me a long time to really digest this album. Mostly because this album is so complex (a big mouthful). The basis of this album is RPI. But this album also detours into symphonic prog. The Cinema Show extracts midway through the album really underlines the Genesis and Selling England By The Pound influences on this album. But you can also add a lot of really heavy ELP influences here in addition to a lot of fusion and prog metal influences too.

The songs here are both long and complex. They are also full of contrasts and colours. This album has the concept album feeling. But to my knowledge, it is not a concept album. The sound is modern and very much 2010-11. But the origins of this album is very much the 1970s and the early RPI scene.

It takes a long time to get under the skin on this album. But what then opens up is a great album and one I really treasure. The same goes for the elegant packaging, btw. I am not overawed by everything on this album. But the overall quality is great. So without further ado.....

4 stars

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno by PANDORA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 92 ratings

BUY
Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno
Pandora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Back in 2008 I discovered one of the most exciting Italian prog bands of recent years. Their debut album Dramma Di Un Poeta Ubriaco while clearly influenced by the golden era of Italian prog had one foot firmly in the present and was a captivating blend of symphonic and heavy prog with metal flourishes. Naturally I was intrigued to hear that a second album was now released and ordered it without hesitation.

Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno does not disappoint and is if anything a more adventurous and sophisicated piece of work than their debut. This is immediately apparent from the bombastic classical introduction that is Il Re Degli Scemi. A second instrumental follows - L'Altare Del Sacrificio and it's clear that Pandora's complex and exciting musical interplay is still intact. One quickly gets the impression that some sort of concept is at work here but frustratingly not speaking Italian I couldn't say for sure. Further investigation is clearly in order.

All the afore mentioned elements that make up Pandora's sound are still clearly in place but the band have gone out of their way to make sure that Sempre.... is a more dynamic and grandiose piece of work. They have undoubtedly succeeded and whether this is better than their debut is difficult to say. However it's certainly its equal as one memorable track follows another. The first track to feature vocals, L'Incantesimo Del Druido twists and turns through complex rhythmic changes, ambient moments, metallic riffs and memorable hooks and is an exhilarating ride. More sombre is following piece Discesa Attraverso Lo Stige with a haunting mellotron and acoustic guitar dominating.

Ade, Sensazione Di Paura is next and gives the best of both worlds from its melancholic organ drenched opening it's soon into busy trademark Pandora instrumental interplay and features some of the bands heaviest playing to date. To this point vocals haven't played a large part on the album and sure enough Ade, Sensazione Di Paura turns out to be another instrumental. This changes for 03-02-1974 as vocals return accompanied by beautiful guitar arpeggios. Intriguingly the picture accompanying this piece in the booklet shows a painting of what appears to be Peter Gabriel in his flower head costume and a quick musical reference to Genesis appears as the track develops. La Formula Finale Di Chad-Bat at less than 4 minutes is one of the shorter pieces and after a short vocal introduction develops into another largely instrumental track, vocals only briefly re- appearing it features some pleasingly searing guitar work.

Pandora save their longest piece until last and Sempre E Ovunque clocks in at a hefty 23 minutes. Running through classical and jazz themes, metallic riffs, flamenco guitar, symphonic keyboard work underscored by the busy and complex rhythm section it pretty much covers all the bases in Pandora's musical arsenal and it all makes for another exhilarating journey. A fine close to a fine album.

Overall then Pandora have excelled and proved they have it in them to grow and develop from a strong debut which was never going to be an easy act to follow. Anyone who enjoyed that release will undoubtedly be thrilled by Sempre E Ovunque Oltre Il Sogno and already we have an early contender for best RPI album of 2011.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Thanks to micky for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.71 seconds