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Alphataurus is one of those legendary RPI bands who are obscure in the annals of general progressive rock, but much appreciated by Italian prog fanatics who venture beyond the more well-known groups. Not much is known about the group from Milan who sprang on to the scene with a great album before vanishing in typical RPI fashion. A second album was partially recorded and later released by Mellow in the '90s as part of their archival projects. Our original site Bio summed them up like this:

"Expressive Heavy prog band from the classic early 70's Italian prog scene, very similar to MUSEO ROSENBACH and IL BALLETO DI BRONZO. Just like their contemporary 'sister' bands they mix very well the heavy parts with soft melodic passages, with exquisite contrasting strong voice. The keyboards are superb and their long thematic developments alone would merit an interest in their albums. They released two albums, the first one "Alphataurus" considered by many as a masterpiece of the 70's Italian scene. They are an unparallel heavy prog classic to my ears."

They did mix well the light and heavier sections and sometimes even a bluesy, jazzy, or spacey edge. I believe they probably had both English and Italian influences with the former being perhaps VDGG or even Deep Purple. I would say if you enjoy the heavier side of Italian, such as De De Lind, JET, or Museo Rosenbach, you will need to check out Alphataurus. Tragically the band split in 1974 while working on their second album, leaving it unfinished. It was released posthumously but was not even close to finished. Drummer Giorgio Santandrea went on to work briefly in Crystals, and Pietro Pellegrini collaborated with both Riccardo Zappa and PFM.

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4.09 | 237 ratings
Alphataurus
1973
2.82 | 51 ratings
Dietro l'Uragano
1992
3.99 | 90 ratings
AttosecondO
2012

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3.91 | 29 ratings
Live In Bloom
2012
2.96 | 5 ratings
Prime Numbers
2014

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 Prime Numbers by ALPHATAURUS album cover Live, 2014
2.96 | 5 ratings

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Prime Numbers
Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars RPI legends return with live CD/DVD

Alphataurus' many PA fans (looking at you John!) are going to be salivating as they crash the Villa. The legendary Alphataurus are treating fans to a unique limited edition release in the form of a live CD entitled "Prime Numbers", featuring three long cuts recorded live during their reunion performances of 2011-2012. There is also an edit of a studio cut that has not been released on album. Making this more exciting is the second disc, a live DVD of the 2010 Progvention event of a few years ago. A limited edition vinyl is also available for the vinyl hounds.

Reaching back to their first album is an extended long version of "Dopo L'uragano" with a tortured, wild violin guest spot by Mietek Glinkowski. Plenty of jamming key solos on this one as well. The short track "Gocce" is lovely with repeating piano motif and some gorgeous vocal work. A buoyant and ascending keyboard part fills this out, it is uptempo and engaging, would be a great prog "single." The meat of the disc comes from the second album oddly, which is the album that was left unfinished when Alphataurus dissolved in 1974. Here they sound finished and fleshed out, finally coming to life as they were intended to back in the day. "Claudette" finds the band in top form, effortlessly blending their chops across the finely aged if somewhat typical "prog rock". I love some of the richly layered keyboard parts here, and again, Falcone's vocas are more than an able substitution for Michele Bavaro. "Valigie di terra" begins with a spirited drum solo and some spacey guitar that in a few mysterious places remind me of Tales snippets. Then the warm vocals enter again followed by a melodic chorus section. Even some jazzy piano and a wicked bass solo, this eclectic track is my favorite in this set as it takes more chances. It's a welcome return from an old friend and despite them not being my favorite RPI band by a long shot, it is really a treat to have them together again and still performing.

I've not viewed the DVD so I cannot comment on the sound/picture there but the CD portions sounds very good. I may edit this review later if I get a chance to view the DVD portion. Go get it John!

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 Alphataurus by ALPHATAURUS album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.09 | 237 ratings

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Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars Yet some more inspired Italian prog manifests itself in Alphataurus' eponymous debut. Like most RPI albums at the time, the music strongly recognizes the importance of drama, intensity, and melody as musical elements. Taking influence from Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, the band reaches heaviness typical of the genre. Fortunately, this stunning debut is able to balance this with some superb and innovative melodies, deep atmospheres, and generally dynamic sound.

The opening track is evidence for this enough, containing slow bits, fast bits, gentle interludes between heavy metal riffing madness, and strong vocal melodies all while portraying a solid song structure.

'Dopo L'Uragono' showcases the more classic rock/heavy metal aspect of the album, with some riffs that could have been coined by Black Sabbath. 'Croma,' however, utilizes keyboards to great effect to create a simple, but flowing, beautiful melody.

'Le Mente' is surely the highlight of the album. Opening with a laid back, rhythmically lead motif, it slowly develops and builds over the course of four minutes into what I could only describe as one of the best atmospheric build-ups I have ever heard. But it doesn't disappoint thereafter, cycling through memorable vocal melodies and creative riffs with gradual tempo changes and solid instrumental work sprinkled on top.

'Ombra Muta' is a fitting closer to a great album, encapsulating the general sounds and styles heard throughout the album.

Alphataurus is certainly one of the strongest debut albums in all of progressive rock, and unfortunately, like many of strongest albums in the genre, their output doesn't extend far beyond this. Regardless, this perfect addition to any RPI collection, and shouldn't fail to impress.

8/10

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 AttosecondO by ALPHATAURUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.99 | 90 ratings

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Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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5 stars Alphataurus began life in Milan in the early seventies and in 1973 released an excellent eponymous début album on the independent label Magma Records. Unfortunately, soon after their first work was released and while they were working on a second album, they split up. The result of the unachieved recording sessions was released by Mellow Records in 1992, under the name "Dietro l'uragano", but this can be hardly considered an official album. In fact, it wasn't until 2008 that two of the original members decided to have a new start and gathered a new line up to complete what they had begun long time before. In 2010 the band began playing live again and in 2012 released a new studio album on the independent label AMS/BTF, "Attosecondo", with a line up featuring, along with the two veterans Pietro Pellegrini (organ, synth) and Guido Wasserman (guitars, keyboards, vocals), new members Fabio Rigamonti (bass, vocals), Claudio Falcone (vocals), Andrea Guizzetti (piano, synth, vocals) and Alessandro Rossi (drums, percussion).

The art cover was painted by the old friend Adriano Maragoni, the same painter who was in charge of the wonderful art cover of their début album. It tries to catch the spirit of this new work, rooted in the past and projected towards the future with a sense of rebirth and perpetual change. The album was produced with the help of the off-stage Alphataurus' member Gianpaolo Santandrea who also contributed to the song-writing of two tracks. In my opinion the result is excellent, the overall sound perfectly blends vintage instruments and new technologies, good musicianship and genuine feelings.

The opener "Progressiva-mente" (Progressive Mind / Progressively) is a kind of manifesto of Alphataurus' new deal and invites you to look for new rules and to leave behind the old clichés and the ideas that someone else chose for you. The music alternates some aggressive parts with delicate, dreamy passages and a strong sense of melody. If you can avoid all the thoughts that can make you feel uncomfortable you might overcome obstacles such as false ideologies and religions and you will be able to climb up on you personal stairway to heaven... "It is not easy, it never will / Just live it at the right speed... Progressively you'll become aware / Suddenly you'll recognize yourself... Progressive mind, open mind that creates, imagines, improvises...".

The following "Gocce" (Drops) deals with environmental issues. It draws in music and words an apocalyptic picture featuring dark colours and some touches of hope. You're lying under a starry sky and you feel helpless in front of the immense power of nature, you have never felt so small before and you reflect about the merciless greediness of the human race. Melodic vocals soar like a prayer... "Mother earth, sooner or later you will collapse under the blows of your children / We are drops in the sea of immensity, the wasted sweat of civilizations / We are the blood of a world that doesn't have a soul any more...". To overcome this sense of loss you have to fight. But now it could be too late and perhaps you would have better to think of leaving this planet and embark on an interstellar journey through the stars to find a new source of life, a stream that would make you strong.

Next comes "Ripensando e..." (Rethinking and...), a beautiful instrumental track, a bright collage of musical colours and classical evocations that takes you back to the seventies on the footsteps of the days when it was originally composed. It leads to "Claudette", a long, complex track describes in music and words a dialogue between an old man and a little child. It begins softly, the mood is dreamy and melancholic... "I would like to be like you, go back to your age / A clean mind that sees everything for what it is / But life will forcefully change us / If I could save you from the truth!...". But you can never go back in time, you have to grow up quickly while the contrary winds of life rage on you. The rhythm rises while the music underlines how ever changing is everything on this earth. You have to deal with all the challenges of life while the ideal world of the fairy-tales crumbles around you. You have to learn, you have to study, everyday you become more and more conscious of what reality is. Finally you'll understand that you can't change a destiny already written and you'll follow the mercilessly rules of power. But even then, you would had better to remember the purity of your childhood.

The music of the last track, "Valigie di terra" (Suitcases of land), tells in music and words the need to set off following a dream to live, the need to move on breaking the borders of a unsatisfying reality looking for a new life and a spiritual rebirth. Now you're on the road again with nothing but a few suitcases containing your past, land for your roots. But you might have to buy other suitcases along your journey because you know that the future will give you better things to care for... "I won't stay here / I made up my mind, this is not my reality / I will follow the way that will stir my emotions / So I will come to a new life...". Well, a great conclusion for an excellent album!

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 Dietro l'Uragano by ALPHATAURUS album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.82 | 51 ratings

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Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by coasterzombie

2 stars This collection of unfinished demos from 1973 demonstrates the potential Alphataurus possessed, but the absence of vocals and poor sound quality relegate Dietro L'Uragano to collector-only status. The majority of these song structures would finally be fully realized some forty years later on AttosecondO, which also lacks the vocal duties of Michele Bavaro; his iconic wail is the main attraction of Alphataurus' stunning debut, and one which this flawed release is sorely missing. Dietro L'Uragano is about half as good as that debut album, and earns two stars accordingly.

Though far from bootleg standards, Dietro L'Uragano is not exactly studio quality either, the first half sounding slightly more listenable than the second. To make matters worse, these recordings were sullied with the use of NoNoise Sonic Solutions, a digital noise reduction tool which has notably compromised the catalogs of David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, among others. This 1992 archival release had the life sucked completely out of it, but you cannot degrade its importance or historical value because of these mastering choices. If anything, Ciro Perrino is to be applauded for his tireless attention and hard work for Mellow Records in the 1990s and beyond, salvaging and publishing many such recordings. On the flip-side, these releases were usually limited in nature, and the now-ridiculously-rare and overly expensive Dietro L'Uragano would not be a worthwhile pursuit for the average prog fan, or even the casual RPI fan.

Regarding the actual music: "Ripensando E..." is the most complete of the four tracks, not suffering terribly from lack of vocals; this actually allows more space around the instruments, particularly keyboards, and permits the band to shine on its own merits. Although the songwriting is not quite the same caliber as on the self-titled album, there are definitely some good ideas here. "Valigie di Terra" is less successful, taking almost five minutes to find a groove before finally capturing that elusive Alphataurus magic. I especially love the nasty cluster chord, previously used in "Peccato D'Orglio," courtesy of organist Pietro Pellegrini. Unfortunately "Idea Incompiuta" and "Claudette" do nothing for me, despite the appearance of vocals in the latter. Dietro L'Uragano displays a group at the peak of its powers, and though I still prefer these original recordings to the studio versions on AttosecondO, I can't really recommend either.

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Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Offering up a heavier than average brand of Italian prog, it's no surprise that Alphataurus' debut album was a comparative success in an Italian market which back in 1973 was crammed with high-quality releases - alas, they split partway through the process of making their second album, though happily they seem to have made a triumphant comeback. The sound here reminds me of some of the more energetic moments of Meddle/Dark Side of the Moon-era Pink Floyd combined with a bit of organ-based bombast from Pietro Pellegrini which manages to avoid ELP-esque showboating whilst still being a raw and dangerous presence. Definitely one for fans of heavy Italian prog such as Il Balletto di Bronzo, this album presents a fascinating contrast to the more pastoral side of the Italian scene.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Alphataurus' - Alphataurus (8/10)

With the release of a long-overdue sequel just recently, it seems as good a time as any to review this classic. Released in 1973, Alphataurus offered their self-titled debut in the midst of the so-called Italian Progressive renaissance. The musical quality was certainly there, but the quintet never achieved the same exposure and fanbase as the scene's bigger names, largely as a result of the band splitting up shortly after the album was released. Although a follow-up album was technically released, the sophomoric "Dietro L'Uragano" was left rough and incomplete. In other words, "Alphataurus" remained a solitary gem in the Italian prog rock canon for close to forty years, until the band finally rekindled spirits for a true-to-form follow-up in 2012 with "AttoSecondO". This history aside, Alphataurus' original contribution to the Italian scene remains fresh and memorable. With talent, skill, and an experimental flair shared by few within the peak RPI crowd, Alphataurus' debut is a remarkable album, made disappointing only by the fact that the band never went any farther with it.

Although the recent "AttoSecondO" followed a more traditional RPI approach, "Alphataurus" is defined within the Italian progressive scene by a sense of adventure and bending conventions that were already in firm place in the scene by the time 1973 rolled around. At their heart, Alphataurus carry the 'Rock Progressivo Italiano' flag with pride. Bombastic vocals (performed here by Michele Bavaro), a heavy synth presence and theatrical atmosphere are all present within Alphataurus' sound. Although scene legends like Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso and PFM made do with these conventions and perfected them within their sound, Alphataurus deliver a more eclectic angle.

They don't achieve the refined precision of either band, but the relatively experimental attitude makes "Alphataurus" that much more of an interesting album than many in the scene. This is not to say that Alphataurus take the Italian progressive sound to the verge of avant-garde; rather, Alphataurus are consciously working with RPI staples and fusing them with sounds and variety that you wouldn't normally hear in the style. For instance, "Dopo L'uragano" contrasts familiar, warm and sophisticated vocals with doomy metal riffs that could have been ripped from the Black Sabbath canon. The album's wonderful highlight "La Mente Vola" opens with a hypnotic introduction that could have been on one of Tangerine Dream's more rock-oriented albums. Listeners who haven't heard much from the Italian progressive scene before probably won't identify these elements as being unconventional for RPI, but there is no denying the sheer variety Alphataurus bring to the table with this debut.

Of course, the downside to this variety and stretching of the RPI genre's boundaries is that the album's flow can come across as a little rough. While each composition is impressive on its own (with the mini-classical instrumental "Croma" and the ever-amazing "La Mente Vola" taking their spots as the album's best), "Alphataurus" lacks the masterful album-craft that some of the better-known Italian bands enjoyed through their glory days. Although a solid production and impressive musicianship give Alphataurus an impression of skill and experience, I get the sense here that the band had some room to improve on the next album. Had their inspiration and creative chemistry kept up, it's very possible that we would have had an even better follow-up album on our hands, possibly taking the band's penchant for experimentation down a more cohesive route. Alas, we were left with "Dietro L'Uragano" as a consolation prize, and while the arrival of "AttoSecondO" has answered many an RPI lover's silent prayers, I don't think anything could have replaced another full album by the band in their heyday. Regardless, "Alphataurus" deserves its place in Italian progressive canon, and anyone who has ever once had the outsider's common complaint that Italian progressive rock 'all tends to sound the same' would do well to check this record out. It's excellent stuff.

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 AttosecondO by ALPHATAURUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'AttosecondO' - Alphataurus (8/10)

Almost forty years ago, a little-known band called Alphataurus released their self-titled debut to the world. Although they are still arguably little-known (largely due to the fact that they called it quits after an half and a half), "Alphataurus" is one of the wonderful gems of the Italian progressive rock scene. Alphataurus essentially perfected their sound on their first try, and with that in mind, it's an even bigger shame that they split up so soon after. While it's conceivable Alphataurus would have come out with several more great albums throughout the 70's, the band is now making up for lost time. Just earlier this year, they released "Live in Bloom", a remarkable and charismatic concert recording taken from their Progvention appearance. If that wasn't enough to indicate Alphataurus are back on their feet, they have done something that quite a few RPI fans had hoped for ages. Keeping in mind that the work-in-progress "Dietro l'Uragano" isn't considered a proper album to begin with, "Alphataurus" finally has a successor worthy of its name. "AttosecondO" may not add much upon the sound of the original, but for a scene that's still largely trying to recreate the magic that the original Italian progressive legends such as they kindled, Alphataurus sound as strong as ever.

Stylewise, it's as if Alphataurus have been frozen in time. Although the production standard enjoys the conveniences of modern technology and a lifetime of experience, Alphataurus are in essence the band they were when they left the public ear decades ago. While the stagnation of style would normally mean artistic death for a band, Alphataurus sound ear and enthusiastic. The music is a feast of vintage synths, quirky time signatures and phonic exploitation of the rich Italian language. Although the debut sounded more experimental in its context, "AttosecondO" sounds just as thoughtful. Claudio Falcone's vocals add a wonderful touch to the fleshy arrangements. Although not as theatrical a performance as some of the other Italian prog coming out these days, he has a powerful resonance to his voice. As is the case for most Italian prog, Anglophones will be left in the dark as far as lyrics go, although the emotion is certainly there.

Although Alphataurus enjoy a well-rounded sound and one of the most professional mixes I've heard in progressive rock this year, "AttosecondO" is most definitely a keyboard-oriented album. Considering that the band sports two keyboardists (Andre Guizzetti and Pietro Pellegrini) with a third on call (guitarist Guido Wassermann), this shouldn't be too much of a surprise. Alphataurus still manages to sound rich and even heavy by RPI standards however, the synth and organ textures they choose are always a joy to hear. The organs tend to add texture to the rhythm and understated guitar riffs, whereas the moog-ish synths play some bright lead work. Although the dramatic, symphonic RPI staple sound is ubiquitous throughout "AttosecondO", Alphataurus use this well-worn formula to traverse an impressive span of emotional ground. "Progressiva-Mente" kicks off the album on an upbeat, enthusiastic note, but by the time "Claudette" rolls around, Alphataurus have fallen to a melancholic depth, and though I cannot understand the Italian lyrics, the mood and mournful tone of the voice sounds like the speaker has lost someone dear to them.

Alphataurus tend to stick to the predetermined instruments and tricks of Italian prog, and they're able to do this while keeping the emotions fresh and evocative. It builds proudly upon an already-excellent Italian progressive tradition, and while it may never have the same far- reaching influence within the scene as the eponymous debut, "AttosecondO" still rates as one of the strongest RPI records to come out in a while. Their age regardless, Alphataurus have proven that their sound- and by extension, the sound of Italian progressive rock- is timeless, and that is quite an accomplishment in of itself.

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 AttosecondO by ALPHATAURUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.99 | 90 ratings

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AttosecondO
Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars The one and only album, until now (not including the unfinished Dietro U'Ragano) from Italian's Alphataurus, released in 1973 is one of the classics of the RPI genre. At the heavier end of the RPI spectrum it held a captivating amalgamation of bluesy heavy rock and trippy prog. Now almost 40 years later, after releasing earlier this year the excellent Live in Bloom, they are back with a new studio album, AttosecondO. Not surprisingly, it's not the complete original line-up but Pietro Pellegrini (keyboard's) and Guido Wassermann (guitar) are here from the seventies incarnation. Reformation's of old bands often fall flat and disappoint but bolstered by the standard of playing on Live In Bloom I had high hopes for this.

Despite being a new studio album, a large proportion of AttosecondO comprises of reworking's of the unfinished Dietro U'Ragano, now presented presumably how they were intended to sound in the first place. I'm pleased to say it's an unmitigated success. The sound of AttosecondO is not surprisingly slicker than their 40 year old debut, better played too. They still retain a few of the hard rock edges in places but in truth AttosecondO could be the work of an entirely different band. This is not meant in any way as a criticism - it would be ridiculous to expect a band to return after such a length and sound the same. It's much more symphonic in sound than the original band, more complex too. Those who've enjoyed the comeback album's over recent years by Delirium and Latte E Miele are certainly advised to check this out but Alphataurus rock harder than either and despite my fondness for the former two bands better for it. There's the obligatory nod to the classic seventies band's here but in truth the new Alphataurus have more in common with, though not necessarily sounding like the new breed of RPI such as Il Tempio Delle Clessidre, La Coscienza Di Zeno and Ubi Maior to name a few.

This is a great album from start to finish - only five tracks with only one under eight minutes giving them plenty of opportunity to stretch out, the powerful rhythm section laying the foundation's for some impressive instrumental work, including some great organ which shifts through many changes as this sort of prog should. Always put off by the fact that Dietro U'Ragano was unfinished I never got it or heard it but would have welcomed the chance to compare these songs.

While AttosecondO may not have the originality of their eponymous debut and lacks its quirky warts and all charm, it is nevertheless one of the better RPI albums of this and even recent years. A great success.

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 Dietro l'Uragano by ALPHATAURUS album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.82 | 51 ratings

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Dietro l'Uragano
Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars During the second half of 1973 Alphataurus entered their studio to prepare the follow-up of their fantastic self-titled debut.Unfortunately due to family issues the band had to break up during the recording sessions.In 1992 Mellow Records collected the tapes of these unfinished rehearsals and released them under the title ''Dietro l'uragano''.

At the time the band performed a mostly instrumental Progressive Rock without the presence of singer Michele Bavaro and their sound was now heavily keyboard-driven with an even more symphonic sound.Actually the opening ''Ripensando e'' contains strong LE ORME influences with Classical references and long moog solos in a very haunting mood.The following ''Valigie di terra'' is a great piece of moog/organ-driven Symphonic/Heavy Rock with stronger links to the band's debut, spacey synth waves until the middle and next come somes excellent Hammond organ runs with a pounding rhythm section.''Idea incompiuta'' is a short theme with a jazzy flavor in the guitar and drum parts, followed by the 14-min. ''Claudette''.Another nice piece of keyboard-based Progressive Rock with fiery organs, good interplays, massive synthesizers and even a sweet piano theme supported by the smooth vocals of drummer Giorgio Santandrea.The ending theme of the track is Alphataurus' at their best.Grandiose, nervous synth-drenched outro with a very intense and powerful atmosphere.

While Alphataurus' debut is more of a complete work, these early rehearsals of the band indicate that a possible sophomore record would have been propably another great Italian masterpiece.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 AttosecondO by ALPHATAURUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.99 | 90 ratings

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AttosecondO
Alphataurus Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by progbaby

4 stars 4.5 - really. For my ears, a tad slightly better than their 1973 debut and that's saying a lot considering I'm a huge fan of 1970's RPI and prefer 1970's prog over today's prog (although there's excellent new prog as well so I'm not saying new prog is bad). This is a new album in 2012 with a crisp clear sound in the studio but the style is still vintage 70's.

2 years in the waiting. It did not disappoint. I remember finding out over 2 years ago that Alphataurus was working on a new album. It was mentioned that it would possibly be ready sometime in 2010. It was not released until last month. I am not sure of all the reasons for it but I am glad that their 2nd "official" studio album (the incomplete "Dietro L'Uragano" not being included) was released.

In this day and age, it is so nice/refreshing to hear an album like this that works hard to sound nostalgic and so 70's like. The members may be pushing 60 (so what!!!) and it may have been almost 40 years since they're last studio album (wow!!!) but this album sounds like it could have been made 1 year after their classic 1973 s/t.

For the singer Claudio Falcone, I do not consider him to be a step down from the singer on the 1973 s/t album. I consider Claudio Falcone to be a positive addition to the group considering Michele Bavaro was not available. Claudio fills in perfectly and is a very important part of the Alphataurus team. Vocal styles similar to Bavaro but Claudio has his own unique touch and I consider both Bavaro and Falcone as equally important to Alphataurus' history. They made an excellent choice in Claudio!!

Musically, the band has not digressed at all in talent. They added some new band members and both the original and new band members gel together along with the singer for an end result being an album that is pretty much as good/on-par as the 1973 album.

The 1974 album "Dietro L'Urangano" by them was an "incomplete" album that was mostly instrumental with 4 tracks that had potential (Claudette being the best). It was released around 1993 or so as a "never before released and stuck in the archives" album that Mellow Records released. I enjoyed this album too but it was obvious that the group had to "shelve" this. None- the-less, it contained some good stuff but the album "begged to be done" someday even if the group had to reform some 40 years later...

And that's exactly what happened :-) Besides the (1:52) track "Idea Imcompuita" track from Dietro, the other 3 tracks were "redone" back in the studio some 40 years later with the reformation of Alphataurus. And they were done brilliantly with energy and drive. Not to mention the superb sound quality but now you have the addition of vocals in the forefront (not done on the original Dietro album).

And it's not over there. The album opens up with new material in 2 tracks which total close to 20 minutes. The Progressiva Mente reminds me of Locanda Delle Fate's classic album (including the vocals) and the 2nd track Gocce is dark and sinister and has all the qualities of good/solid italian progressive rock. The keyboards and synths bring back that 70's nostalgic sound well. I could be wrong but I think I'm hearing analogue keyboards rather than the modern digital stuff that you hear so much of these days.

All and all, this album was worth the weight and it was an all out well-done effort by Alphataurus. They proved to me they had something to say even 40 years later. And they said it with energy and vigor.

I sure like some of the new albums done by 70's progressive bands. I was quite happy with the new albums by Delirium, Locanda Delle Fate, New Trolls (Seven Seasons), Murple, etc... Now adding to that list, we have Alphataurus. 70's Osanna, "Are you out there somewhere getting ready to do Palepoli part 2? Il Volo? Alusa Falla? Maxophone?".

As Tommy used to say on his Forest of Progressive Rock web site in the late 90's: "You're sure to like this if you like italian progressive rock", I'm echoing his comment: "You're sure to like this new Alphataurus album if you like 70's italian progressive rock".

In many ways, this album may be more progressive than their 1973 debut. The debut was excellent but had some non-progressive music (ie, hard rocking blues, etc..) in as well. This album is 100% progressive!!

If you like Alphataurus' first album (or even their 2nd incomplete album released by Mellow) and have concerns about this one (because it is in the modern times) as to whether or not it's worth buying: please wipe those concerns away as there's really no reason to not get this album!!!

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