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BAROCK PROJECT

Neo-Prog • Italy


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The BAROCK PROJECT idea generates from a desire to deliver the finest and perfect structure of classical music (mainly baroque music) with a rock-style and a little bit of jazz harmony, supported by a pop framework with the intention to revamp the appeal of '70s progressive-rock.

The project founder, pianist and composer Luca Zabbini, states that his passion for the music of famous keyboardist Keith Emerson (ELP), has fuelled his desire to compose and play a full range of styles, from classical to rock and jazz.

In the summer of 2004, Giambattista "GB" Giorgi, a young bassist influenced by rock sounds with big passion for jazz, and drummer Giacomo Calabria joined the band.

After a long European tour with "Children of the Damned" and Iron Maiden's singer Paul Di'Anno, Luca Pancaldi joins the band as lead vocals in 2002.

In January 2007 the band performs live in Bologna (Italy) with a string quartet. All arrangements are written by Luca Zabbini and they release the performance as a DVD called "Rock in Theater".

In December 2007, published by Musea Records, the first album "Misteriose Voci" makes a great impact with very good reviews and media coverage from all over the world ("Passion Progressive" France ; "Progressive World.net" USA ; "ProgNosis" USA ; "MovimentiProg" Italy ; "Raw and Wild Magazine" Italy ; "Manticornio" Mexico ; "Prog Nose" Belgium ; "PRPM" Brazil ; "ProgWereld" Netherlands .)

In the summer 2009 the band releases the second album "Rebus" with the Italian label Mellow Records, again with very good reviews from all over the world.

In March 2012, published by French label Musea Records, the band releases the third album "Coffee In Neukölln", with all lyrics in English.

In the summer 2014 the band welcomes on board two new members, Eric Ombelli (drums) and Marco Mazzuoccolo (guitar) and begins recording sessions for their 4th and most complex album. Towards the end of 2014 bass player Giambattista Giorgi leaves the project leaving Luca Zabbini to play and re-record the bass lines on the forthcoming album.

January 2015, Barock Project sign a management contract with Stars of Italy and immediately after announce their 4th album, Skyline.

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3.28 | 36 ratings
Misteriose Voci
2007
4.00 | 53 ratings
Rebus
2009
4.11 | 187 ratings
Coffee In Neukölln
2012
4.01 | 289 ratings
Skyline
2015
4.43 | 98 ratings
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2017

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4.66 | 29 ratings
Vivo
2016

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3.50 | 4 ratings
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4.43 | 98 ratings

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Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars Many years ago, long before the days of progressive rock being back in fashion and being discussed in the mainstream, I had been at a gig in London. Afterwards the normal band of hardcore progheads had gathered together, and there was only one topic that everyone wanted to talk about, "Had anyone else heard this amazing debut album that had been released in the States?". The album was 'The Light', and the band was of course Spock's Beard, and it amazed me firstly that everyone knew about it when it was yet to be made available properly in the UK but also that we all felt the same way. Fast forward to 2017 and I was in conversation with Artur at MLWZ in Poland asking him he thought of the new Cast album, and while he loved it he wanted to know what I thought of the new Barock Project release as it was amazing. The following week I asked Windhawk up in Norway the same question, and received the same response, which got me thinking that if two of my greatest progressive friends both thought the same thing I really ought to get onto it.

A short time later and I had this, their fifth release, playing and I immediately knew exactly what all the fuss is about: this is incredible. It is music like this that first got me into progressive rock ? it is complex, it is magical, it keeps jumping into unexpected musical places, all with a sense of joy and happiness. I'm not going to bother trying to pick out all the musical clues and keys to their influences as they are many and diverse, but they have put them together in a way that is new and different, yet also incredibly melodic and the whole album is immediately accessible the very first time it is played.

The four-piece band of Luca Zabbini (lead vocals, keyboards, guitars (electric, acoustic & 12-string), mixing & mastering), Marco Mazzuoccolo (electric guitar), Francesco Caliendo (bass) and Eric Ombelli (drums, percussion) have been joined by three additional singers in Alex Mari, Ludovica Zanasi and Peter Jones and the vocals are wonderful, but it is the diversity of the music and how it is performed that keeps the listener glued to the speakers. I can't pick a favourite song, as whatever is playing is always the one I want to listen to most, whether it is with vocals and just a simple piano, or harpsichord, or something that is way more bombastic and over the top. These guys are masters of all the styles, and I am having a hard time understanding that they have been around for years yet it is the first time I have ever come across them.

That is something I am going to have to get on top of it, as if the rest of their output is even half as good as this then they are all essential. There have already been some incredible albums released this year, and this one may just be the best of the lot. This is indispensable. When it comes to progressive rock, it just doesn't get any better than this.

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4.43 | 98 ratings

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Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by King Manuel

5 stars Happy to see Barock Project have progressed but still managed to stay true to their unique style. The new album sounds more modern, more diverse, more varied, and even at times heavier than the previous outputs. It's a flawless musical delivery in composition, execution and production. The album works when paying undivided attention to its many details, but it also works quite well in the background (I was cooking dinner when I gave it the first spin) providing a very pleasant and uplifting soundtrack.

For those amongst you who are not yet familiar with this Band, I struggle like on their preceding albums to draw comparisons to other bands. Barock Project somehow have defined their own genre of very melodic and uplifting 'symphonic-neo-barock-retro-folk-crossover Prog' ;-) Again like on the last album 'Skyline', Jethro Tull here and there springs to mind, but only momentarily. If I have to come up with another comparison, I am sometimes reminded of Big Big Train but with much more oomph, dynamic and variation.

So how do I rate this album? I personally don't hesitate to give big fat 5 stars as I haven't found a boring minute on this album plus the fact that the band progressed further but still sounds pleasurably familiar. Because I am really a kind of a fanboy since their Coffee in Neuk'lln album I guess, I need to subtract half a star to make up for my potential subjectivity. That gives you 4.5 stars which rounds up to five stars! Get this album is all I can say!

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4.01 | 289 ratings

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Skyline
Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is actually an Italian crew, but I didn't realise this when I first heard the album - this feels more like the product of a Kansas-tinged American neo-prog tradition, like early Echolyn. I wasn't sure about this one at first, finding some of the vocal harmonies a bit cheesy, but over time Barock Project eventually won me over thanks to all the intricate little hidden twosts this album has stashed away in its depths. Much like the unzipping sky on the cover art, Barock Project's music presents a facade of simplicity at times, but don't be fooled - it'll take you to some wild places once you dig into it.
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4.01 | 289 ratings

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Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars This is a well-made album with complex compositions and very competent performances on all instruments but, like Dan Brittan's various highly regarded projects, the music of Skyline simply fails to lure me in. I do like it that Barock's songs have a distinct if slightly JTULL sound to them, but, like last year's impressive FREDDEGREDDE album, complexity does not always make for enjoyable or engaging listening. The problem here with Skyline is that even with repeated listens over months none of the songs are making their way into my brain, none of these songs are songs that I want to seek out or push repeat for. Once again: Maybe if I were more lyric oriented . . . .

3.5 stars rated up for impressive composition, performance, and production.

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4.01 | 289 ratings

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Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by omphaloskepsis

5 stars Edit- 96/100 Gawd, this album gets better every I listen. I've upped my old rating of 82 to 90 and now 96. Total Masterpiece. I was wrong and now I'm glad I was wrong. Puts me in my place.

For background info, refer to band bio's and further reviews so that you can glean all you can about the Barock Progect. I'll tell you one thing for sure. I'm glad this handsome bunch of talented men didn't defect to POP Music. Don't doubt it for a moment. These guys could be the bee's knees of popular Italian groove pop! But no! The boys of Barock Project stayed true to their souls. Speaking of righting wrongs, Skyline is my first experience with Barock Project, and I had a wonderful time checking out an outstanding Neo-Prog band.

Early Bird reviewers have already christened Skyline a masterpiece! I understand how songs like "Silence of Our Wake" and "Skyline" would have Neo-proggers chanting Masterpiece! Masterpiece!

Other songs float in the ether between amazing and ho-hum and hum some more, when suddenly off screen charges a flute like a medieval knight on mescaline mare to rescue Repunzel from the Mundane dark corners of wedding beds profaned! Groovy bass lines swooped in devouring ice scream drums and decadent dreams on cusps of buttercups, bunions, and banshees.

After further trips I realized I must reassess my rating. Skyline is 90 stories high. Is Skyline a Masterpiece. Yes and no. If you are a Neo-Proglodyte? Yes!!! Yes, A resounding Yes! Skyline is a futuristic neo-prog masterpiece!

However, if Death Growls increase your listening enjoyment , then I advise you to steer clear of Barock Project's resplendent vocals, weaving stories of the longest sighs, intertwining swirling guitars in between luxurious and velvety keyboards.

Prog-Police will spy sniplets of Skyline Songs reminiscent of lineups of the usual suspects of Caveman Prog. Round up ELP, Tull, and Yes... But no! The usual suspects don't overstay their welcome.

I don't know much about other projects by Barock Project but I do know...This album is ORIGINAL! 95% of the time I couldn't put my finger on who Barock Project reminded me of.

I asked friends to guess "The Band"...Nobody could, nobody did!... It's not that my friends are devoid of Prog Rock Pedigrees! My friends got their papers, yet they barked back at me,

" Too original to hazard a guess...Must we go thru this again? I don't want to guess anymore, just put one of those CD's in my Christmas stocking...Oh Omphaloskepsis, dash off and get me a decadent blue cheese stuffed olive martini! Omphaloskepsis? As if that's your name. "

In my original review I gave Skyline a 82/100, but after further listenings I correct myself. 90/100!

Best songs "Spinning Away", "Tired", "Skyline", and " Silence of Our Wake"

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4.01 | 289 ratings

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Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by King Manuel

5 stars I am at a stage in my life where I feel I have saturated my acquisitions of new prog rock acts to my collection as I often feel I have so much good stuff to listen to, but hardly enough time to do so. Also after years of mostly buying and listening to prog rock, I feel it's time to invest a bit more into other genres. But then and now I see a name of an unknown band on the Prog Archives and out of curiosity, I utelise the internet to quickly listen to some excerpts just to see if I am missing out on something. Mostly I notice, no, I am not missing out. Sometimes however I stumble upon something where I immediately know, I have to get this. This happened about a month or two ago when I noticed the Name Barock Project in a news snippet on PA announcing a new album coming up. I checked out the band on iTunes with their predecessor to Skyline, Coffe in Neukölln, and without hesitation clicked on Buy. I fell in love with the beautiful Coffee album and when Skyline came out, I decided I need this too. This time I also ordered the album as CD.

Skyline delivers a great sounding, fresh and uplifting melange of musical styles, genres and influences. I find the classification under "Neo-Prog" on this site a bit misleading. Sure, there are Neo-Prog elements to be found, but it's definitely not the dominating sound or style which the four young maestros deliver here, nor on their previous album. For the sake of putting Barock Project into a sub-genre box, I would rather chose "Crossover-Prog".

What is delivered on Skyline is Prog Rock with classical or barock influences, some jazz intermezzos, some hard rock, some symphonic, some folk, and neo-prog signatures. ELP and Jethro Tull influences on the band can be heard and the vocals remind me a lot of two German bands, Everon and Alias Eye. But despite those influences and comparisons the band sounds quite original and unique. The overall feeling of the music is positive and uplifting and very melodious. Although this is definitely not an album to prove: "Look, how many note we can play in a second", there is no denying that something musically mature and virtuosic is happening here. As much as the instrumental skills (and I am including the flawless vocal delivery here) are evident, the four Italians demonstrate to an almost higher level their ability of compositional skills. I cannot find any weak track here, every track in itself is a little captivating piece of art that entertains and moves me.

As far as 2015 concerned my favourite Prog release this year and I am sure in the long run, this will remain an album I will return to with great regularity as it represents a perfect example of what good, melodious, excellently performed and well arranged Prog should sound.

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4.01 | 289 ratings

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Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by thesmokingman

4 stars If Echolyn and Man on Fire got together for a romantic evening of hot prog action, Barock Project's Skyline would be the offspring. Well, that's at least what came to mind upon my initial listen. Yeah, I know that's weird. Don't judge me.

This album has a lot going on -- Great harmonies, jazzy progressions, thick orchestral composition, and a nice use of space to paint pastoral landscapes and forge more emotional connections between explosions of noodly excess. There are Dream Theatery moments of technicality, fanciful echoes of early era Genesis, A.C.T. style musical pageantry, and "Ayreon meets Jethro Tull" acoustic folkiness all woven together with common threads of unique musical sensibility and well-developed technique.

Clocking in at a fat 70 minutes however, many listeners may find it hard to properly connect during casual listening, save for "Gold" and "Spinning Away", which I would consider to be the "singles" of the album. Both songs showcase a bit of everything that comprises Barock Project's sound. Unfortunately, there are moments in the rest of the album that, if taken separately from the whole, are a bit unengaging despite being well-crafted.

The bottom line is Skyline is still a fantastic album which demands your undivided attention if you are going to have any chance of fully digesting all the lovely intricacies, so strap on a pair of headphones and enjoy the ride.

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4.01 | 289 ratings

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Skyline
Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by Platy2112

5 stars Well now. I'm amazed. Seriously.

I had a hunch something interesting was going down when the band began to push the new album on their FB page way before the release date. They clearly seemed genuinely excited about what they had created, and that's always a strong signal. I just loved Coffee In Neukölln, an album that took me totally by surprise and bowled me over, so I tuned my radar to the BP frequency with high hopes.

The news: Skyline goes and exceeds its predecessor. Kudos, guys, congratulazioni!

The two things I found most remakarable about Cofffee... are very much present here as well: the band's strong own identity (they sound like no one else, which is a medium sized miracle these days) and the stunning self- assurance in their musicianship. This is not a flashy prog metal virtuoso stance, it's more a steady "yes we can - and we will" kind of attitude.

So, during the course of the album we're treated to myriads of moods and styles, and I absolutely love the way they can shift from classic prog to hard rock to classical to piano jazz within a song and still keep the song coherent and together all the way. Sometimes they take conscious risks of going overboard with this multi-genre approach, but those moments (e.g. "Overture") are so joyous and in-your-face bold that I cannot but be delighted with every musical logic defying stunt. Waiter, I'll have what they're having, please...

The entire effort is so focused and so well produced (the soundscape is alive and vibrant enough to please even the analogue enthusiasts) I get a sense I'm listening to a concert instead of an album. And that's a compliment, a very strong one.

To summarize: Skyline continues where Coffee... left off. The basic style is pretty much the same but there's much more variation, the band's confidence has gone through the ceiling, the string arrangements are simply gorgeous and the distinctly Italian melodic sense is the icing on the cake.

If this is not a classic-to-be, I have pretty much misunderstood prog.

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4.01 | 289 ratings

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Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by Barocknroll

5 stars The most complete progressive symphonic rock album of 2015, 70 minutes of pure joy and never served in the same style. An elegant and vibrant composing and performing by this amazing Italian band. Precious special guests such as Vittorio De Scalzi of New Trolls and a cover designed by Paul Whitehead. Maturity reached and definetly the band's masterpiece. All lyrics in English, a must have for every prog lover and rock enthusiast. Recording and production very good in perfect balance with the elegance of the music inside. Luca Zabbini, mastermind and composer of Barock Project, is serving his tasty and perfectly filling main course! Barock Project are showing every young musician how to create THE total prog album. Simple ingredients: they are virtuosos at playing their instruments and an innate talent for combining so many musical elements into each of these ten wonderful compositions. This is one of those albums that if it was written and published back in the 70's... would have been a record breaking sale and possibly last a few decades.
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4.11 | 187 ratings

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Coffee In Neukölln
Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by Progulator
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Wow, if there was ever an album where the cover totally gave me a wrong impression about what the music would be like, Barock Project's Coffee in Neukolln is that album. The title Coffee in Neukolln, combined with a picture of three normal looking dudes walking down the street in a black and white photo gave about as much of an impression of 'generic pop album' as an album cover could possibly give. However, it didn't take more than a few seconds to realize that my mind was going to get blown, as the album kicked off with "Back to You," providing really great sounding synths performing awesome folky prog. These guys are all over the map in terms of giving you a variety of music, delivering great bits of folk, classical, jazz, modern, and classic prog. The thing that stands out isn't so much that Barock Project breaks any new ground (they don't), but they push take the level of perfection in composition and enjoyability up several notches. Just about every moment of this album is a gem. Every melody is incredibly enjoyable, every performance, from vocals to keyboards, kicks my butt with the perfect combination of tastefulness and skill, combining the proggy pretentiousness with accessible vocals and melodies in a way that really grabbed. It came to no surprise when I found out that Luca Zabbini has undergone many years of music and composition studies. All I can say is that you should seriously check this album out!
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