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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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3.21 | 25 ratings
Misteriosevoci
2007
4.04 | 32 ratings
Rebus
2009
4.16 | 140 ratings
Coffee In Neuk?lln
2012
4.03 | 207 ratings
Skyline
2015

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 Skyline by BAROCK PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.03 | 207 ratings

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Skyline
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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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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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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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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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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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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4.16 | 140 ratings

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Coffee In Neuk?lln
Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by Progulator
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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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Coffee In Neuk?lln
Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by Platy2112

5 stars I just bumped into Barock Project for the first time and I have to say I'm most impressed with this, their 3rd album. I took a quick listen of their first, much more conventional prog outing, and this one is light years ahead of the debut effort. Simply gorgeous stuff!

I guess I'd call this Crossover Prog, since there's a lot of proggish material here instead of outright prog. Most of it is frankly uncategorizable but it's all vibrant, fun (re: "Sreets of Berlin" or "Starfull Jack" that for some reason brings Joe Jackson ca. 1984-87 to my mind), inventive and colorful, and that's just the way I like it...

This is right up there with the current It Bites, RWPL, Unitopia and other excellent bands who seem to do what they please and disregard all the unnecessary labels. What a lovely surprise - cheers guys and keep it coming!

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 Misteriosevoci by BAROCK PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.21 | 25 ratings

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Misteriosevoci
Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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2 stars IItalian Barock Project from Bologna was an idea of keyboardist Luca Zabbini, who found the act in 2003 at the age of 19.In summer 04' he was joined by Giambattista Giorgi on bass and Giacomo Calabria on drums and a little later Zabbini recruited singer Luca Pancaldi and guitarist Vincenzo Pastano.This five-piece line-up recorded the band's self-titled demo in 2005 with Pastano leaving soon after.The remaining four members went on to prepare the first album of the band.''Misteriosevoci'' was eventually released in 2007 on Musea Records with Zabbini taking care of the guitar work as well.

Despite being influenced by Classical Music and Progressive Rock, Zabbani chose a more refined and radio-friendly style for this work, where almost all compositions have a slight Classical base on the piano parts and are characterized by a certain artistic attitude, but the majority of them are centered around simple song structures and the catchy vocals of singer Luca Pancaldi.Additionally Zabbani decided to throw in a few surypy ballads, reminiscent of the current Italian Pop scene than of anything close to prog, not bad at all but not exactly what you expect from a musician influenced by ELP.So, most of the tracks are presented with accesible grooves, typical song-based formats and a few keyboard solos (mostly synthesizers and organ) in a modern Neo/Symphonic style with little adventure and filled with rather forgettable tunes, a couple of them even having an evident but indifferent funky base.But when Zabbani decides to offer his progressive nature on the forefront, the result is very good.''Premonizioni'' is an excellent example.Great keyboard/piano-based Symphonic Rock in the vein of LE ORME with distorted vocals and nice organ solos.The closing ''Un altro mondo'' has more or less the same atmosphere with organ and piano in evidence and some catchy but fiery guitar soloing.But these just leave the listener praying for some more of the style.

Decent debut for Barock Project, but pretty accesible, mostly in an Art-Rock than Progressive Rock vein, with the true talent of Zabbani hidden behind mediocre compositions.Recommended only for prog amateurs or fans of easy-listening progressive material...2.5 stars.

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 Coffee In Neuk?lln by BAROCK PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.16 | 140 ratings

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Coffee In Neuk?lln
Barock Project Neo-Prog

Review by RoB

4 stars I must admit I have been following this band for a while, and I had been waiting for this album with great expectation. To my ears Misteriosevoci and Rebus are really good albums that have been out of the spotlight and have not received the recognition they deserve.

Speaking of the music in Coffee in Neukölln, The mix among symphonic passages, rock, metal, and prog is still there as in BP previous albums - I'd say this album brings more symphonic arrangements than the others though. One difference I noticed is that the construction of the compositions sounds more consistent and this is definitely an improvement!

There are more than a couple of tracks that deserve special attention, but my favorites are: Fools Epilogue, Inside the Dreamer's Eye 2 and The Lives of Others.

I would've liked to have at least a couple of tracks in Italian but I assume the target of the band in this moment is to gain more audience. Without any doubt this album is meant to be one of 2012 best Italian prog albums.

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