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Il Tempio delle Clessidre are an Italian prog band from Genova and were formed in 2006 on the initiative of Elisa Montaldo and Gabriele Guidi Colombi (two young musicians who previously had been both members of a band called Hidebehind) who met with veteran Stefano "Lupo" Galifi, vocalist on famous Museo Rosenbach's album "Zarathustra" and later rock-blues singer in local cover bands. The first line up was completed by Massimiliano Costacurta and Corrado Bronzato. The name of the band was inspired by the title of a part of the suite "Zarathustra" and the initial idea of the musicians was to play on stage the whole album "Zarathustra" with the original singer using vintage sounds a new arrangements, then turn to the composition of original pieces in the same vein.

After some line up changes, in September 2010 the band released an eponymous debut album on the independent label Black Widow Records containing only original pieces. The present line up fatures Elisa Montaldo (keyboards), Stefano "Lupo" Galifi (vocals), Fabio Gremo (bass), Giulio Canepa (guitars) and Paolo Tixi (drums). The main sources of inspirations of the band are the prog masters of Rock Progrssivo Italiano, not only Museo Rosenbach but also Banco del Muto Soccorso, Locanda delle Fate and Il Balletto di Bronzo, just to name a few. Elisa Montaldo and Fabio Gremo collaborate also in other projects like Daedalus and Ianva.

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4.02 | 301 ratings
Il Tempio delle Clessidre
2010
4.02 | 145 ratings
alieNatura
2013

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 Live in Seoul by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover DVD/Video, 2014
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Live in Seoul
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This new Italian band released a DVD after only one album, and because of this, they decided to play the complete "Zarathustra" suite of Museo Rosenbach,one of the best song coming from the Italian scene. This is a logical decision when you know that the original singer Stefano "Lupo" Galifi is with the band. What we got here is a complete new version of that song that is a symphonic prog rock epic with a playing that is rough with heavier guitar riffs and a solid rhythm section with Palo Tixi on drums. This song being inspired by the work of Nietzsche has some dark atmosphere with long instrumental passage that coexist with some lighter atmosphere with the delicate piano of Elisa Montaldo. Like i said, because the band has only one album, the 2 DVD contains the album "Zarathustra" in the act 1 of The Seoul performance and on the encore as a medley. The second disk has also some excerpts of this song, but who is going to complaint to hear that song with a modern new sound and arrangements. This second DVD is a collection of various appearance in Italy and in Nearfest in USA. The sound quality is not the best, but better than some bootlegs material. The act II of the main concert is the original songs of the band from their first album and it's in the vein of "Zarathustra", if you enjoy bands like Banco or Il Balletto Di Bronzo, you will enjoy this band.

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Live in Seoul
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Review originally posted at www.therocktologist.com

Awesome! In this new century we have been lucky enough to witness a wave of new and great classic-inspired modern Italian progressive rock bands; the names of Il Bacio della Medusa, Egonon, La Conscienza di Zeno and of course Il Tempio delle Clessidre have been knocking hard in our ear-doors and have entered with solid offerings to this unique musical realm. Me, as an RPI lover am truly enthusiastic regarding these (and others) bands which have released excellent albums and now in this case, DVDs.

Il Tempio delle Clessidre released their first live DVD in 2014 through Black Widow Records, the title is "Live in Seoul" and is a 2-DVD set that shows amazing performances. This band was born thanks to keyboard player Elisa Montaldo whose love for Museo Rosenbach's Zarathustra made her start a band in which "Lupo" Galiffi (from Museo) was the main vocalist. Fabio Gremo on bass, Paolo Tixi on drums and Giulio Canepa on guitars complement this 5-piece outstanding band.

Well, though I must be honest, the video quality is not what I would call the best, but after all, it is not that important because the music and the performances are the main elements. The first DVD contains a two-hour concert from Seoul, recorded on October 8th, 2011. It is divided in two acts. The first one is called "Il Museo" and as you can imagine, a full performance of Zarathustra is given, and though the voice is from the original singer and that is a relevant point, the music and the performance are not the same, I mean, it is not a copycat, because Il Tempio introduces different arrangements, figures and performances, they also add some instrumental passages that made the version of their own, so it is Il Tempio's Zarathustra.

It is evident that this new band loves vintage prog and they really enjoy playing it, we can watch how passionate they perform, how they live the music and how they transmit it to the audience, in spite Japanese people do not show their emotions so easily. I remember when I see Museo Rosenbach at Baja Prog 2014, me and other friends were so excited singing, moving our bodies and becoming crazy, because how won't you go crazy with such a powerful music and performance? Elisa Montaldo is a terrific keyboard player, her dress, voice and sensuality adds even more cadence to the already exquisite music, while the other guys are equally important, each one doing their best with their instrument and acting like gods.

The second act is entitled "Il Tempio", and it shows a full performance of their first and self-titled album. So now the vintage becomes new, because they offer first class RPI with an amazing fresh sound that makes us feel alive and kicking. It excites me a lot because I really love Italian prog, so to know there are bands like this one doing extraordinary music is worth getting excited. In this second set there are moments where Lupo does not sing, there are amazing instrumental passages and curious symphonic, dark atmospheres that are wonderfully complemented by some performance details like in "Danza Esoterica di Datura", when Montaldo spread datura (like a perfume) to the audience. Later the musicians go out with masks, so it produces a drama scenario, like being in a literary play. There is an encore at the end, a bit repetitive, but enjoyable anyways, it is called Zarathustra Medley, so go figure.

That concert is just an example of how great this band is and how I would love to see them live sometime soon. The first DVD is enough to spend great time and to buy this release. However, there is also a second DVD! It might be repetitive, but I think it is a great additional feature, because we can see the band in different concerts, from their very first live show in 2009, to the one at NEARFest Apocalypse in 2012. I repeat, talking strictly about video recording, it is not superb, but when you listen to the music and see them performing, wow, you just have to love it.

Highly recommendable! Enjoy it!

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Live in Seoul
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars Emerging from the modern Italian prog scene back in 2009, Il Tempio delle Clessidre initially came together due to the desire of female keyboard player Elisa Montaldo to perform the classic Italian progressive album `Zarathustra' alongside the original vocalist Stefano "Lupo" Galifi. With the addition of more players, writing sessions soon produced an album of original compositions which formed the basis for their self-titled debut release in 2010. To some (myself included), the album was a bit of a modern Italian classic, and as good word of mouth spread, the band were also able to commence live performances. `Live in Seoul' is a two DVD set from Black Widow Records, containing a complete two hour show featuring the band performing the bulk of their debut album, as well as a daring (and risky) interpreatation of a particular work that can only be considered one of the most important and defining vintage Italian progressive albums.

The first disc is devoted to a 2011 performance of the entire Museo Rosenbach classic from 1973 `Zarathustra', however, to call it a `cover version' would be hugely dismissive and somewhat insulting. Instead, the Il Tempio band take the arrangement of the original work and then completely reinvent it. All the familiar themes still show up, but they're woven between new and alternate passages, instrumental improvisations and fresh vocal arrangements. The following fifty minute performance is played with such a wild energy by a group of musicians utterly passionate about the revered vintage RPI work, and it stands completely on its own merits. Compared to the original, the drumming, bass and electric guitars have an added attacking heavy power (some older fans and prog-snobs will likely have a tough time with this part), and plenty of focus is placed on gothic priestess Elisa Montaldo's evocative and dazzling keyboard atmospheres. Stefano "Lupo" Galifi's lead vocals sound just as strong and commanding as they did on the original work, and the thirty-odd years since then have not weakened his voice even slightly. An element that immediately lifts the piece even higher are new duet vocal passages between Stefano and Elisa, and she even takes several solo spots herself, absolutely enchanting and hypnotic.

The second set from the band has them performing most of their debut album, a strongly theatrical performance dominated by dark queen Montaldo, but all the other members charging the material with a wilder force compared to the studio album versions. There's also footage from various progressive music related festivals such as 2 Days and Nearfest Apocalypse, their first live performance in Genova from 2009, various behind the scenes bonuses, reviews and a photo gallery.

Big changes would come for Il Tempio delle Clessidre soon after the Seoul performance. A proper reunion of the original Museo Rosenbach from the Seventies would see Lupo depart to rejoin his old band, resulting in them releasing a new album `Barbarica' in 2013. Il Tempio would (thankfully) carry on with a new vocalist Francesco Ciapica to release `Alienatura' in 2013, an exciting and varied album that proved they were not simply some group of imitators, and it builds even more on the talent that was instantly displayed right from their superb debut album, whilst also allowing them to forge their own identity without relying on high profile connections. But that's the next chapter currently being written...!

Museo Rosenbach and `Zarathustra' fans, please do not be alarmed by the decision of the band to play this beloved vintage Italian release. Personally speaking, `Zarathustra' is one of my absolute favourite RPI albums that I have listened to endlessly over the years, one that I also instantly think of to recommend to listeners wanting to investigate the vintage Italian prog era for the first time. I myself approached this part of the live DVD with apprehension and some suspicion, so to witness Il Telpio delle Clessidre perform it with utmost respect to the original, but also implementing their own skill, passion and clever musical ideas is hugely satisfying and frequently thrilling. I hope diehard Italian prog fans will give it a chance and hopefully be just as won over by it as I was.

Almost four hours of concert footage, powerful live performances from a talented group of charismatic musicians, and a colourful variety of theatrical flair, `Live in Seoul' is an essential live document of Il Tempio delle Clessidre, one of the most exciting and distinctive modern RPI bands, so take the opportunity to allow Lady Elisa Montaldo and her male guard to cast their spell on you.

Five stars.

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 alieNatura by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.02 | 145 ratings

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alieNatura
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Italian band IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE was formed in Genoa, Italy, back in 2006, at the time representing an ensemble of young, talented musicians joined by former Museo Rosenbach vocalist Stefano Galifi. Following their 2010 self-titled debut album Galifi decided to leave the band, who subsequently recruited Francesco Ciapica as their new singer. "AlieNatura" is the band's second full-length album, and their first with Ciapica as vocalist. It was released by Black Widow Records in 2013.

Symphonic progressive rock with a distinct vintage sound and quality to it is the chosen style for this Italian band, a style of music they explore with a high degree of excellence throughout. A strong and well made production, and while it does explore musical grounds rather thoroughly explored by other before them, they do in such an excellent manner that the end result is a powerful and compelling one anyhow. A production well worth spending some time with if you have a soft spot for vintage symphonic progressive rock, and in particular if you fancy music of that kind with Italian vocals.

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alieNatura
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Alienatura is the second album by Il Tempio delle Clessidre and was released in 2013 on the independent label Black Widow Records with a renewed line up featuring Elisa Montaldo (keyboards, vocals), Fabio Gremo (bass, classical guitar, backing vocals), Giulio Canepa (electric and acustic guitar, backing vocals), Paolo Tixi (dums, backing vocals) and Francesco Ciapica (vocals). After the excellent eponymous debut album, the old vocalist Lupo Galifi left the band to join the reformed Museo Rosenbach and Francesco Ciapica stepped in proving that in Italy there's no shortage of excellent singers. All the good qualities of the band's previous album are confirmed here, the overall sound is a wonderful mix of vintage sounds and new ideas and all the compositions are convincing and well performed. Somehow the beautiful art cover by Alessandro Sala depicts in a very effective way the content of the music and lyrics inviting you to wander under the moon, looking for the right balance between your every day life and an alien nature that the contemporary society can't understand.

The beautiful opener "Kaze" sets the atmosphere. It's an instrumental track with a touch of exotic mysticism where you can hear lost, distant sounds and voices still blowing in the wind. In fact, kaze is a Japanese word that means wind and the music flows away with many changes, carrying you from east to west, from Oriental waves to echoes of native American rites... By the way, on this track you can hear for a moment the voice of Yoshiko Kase, a Japanese friend of the band and a passionate prog fan.

Next comes "Senza colori" (Colourless) that depicts in music and words a man on the edge of a deep personal crises who reflects about his past errors. Slowly part of him gets lost in the spiral of time, his memories get blurred and his hopes melt, suffocated by an oppressive reality. The mood is dark, but never say never! Even when his world seems crumbling down his inner will is still pulsing and pushes him to find a balance to repair what's wrong and to look for that kind of madness that's called Truth...

"Il passo" (The step) is another great track that describes a man who's falling down, betrayed by his self confidence and his desire of adventures. He was walking in the mountains, now he can remember nothing but the sound of his steps in the void and the wind blowing around him. He's scared and the night is coming down. Nobody will find him, lost in a solitary ravine, injured, surrounded by the desperate roots of the trees and naked rocks. His rage burns inside his chest as he shouts for the last time... Oh, what a lucky man he was!

"Fino alla vetta" (Up to the mountain top) is about hiking in the Alps and tells in music and words about the spiritual experience of a day spent in touch with beautiful, breathtaking panoramas, far from the daily grind. At dawn you can walk to the top breathing fresh air and listening to the melodic sound of soft rain drops falling on the trees until you get lost under a spell, led by the moon, free from the chains of civilization, in harmony with Mother Nature...

On the dark, nightmarish "Onirica possessione" (Oneiric possession) the music and lyrics describe in a theatrical way a very troubled night. As the veil of darkness comes down you fall asleep in a vortex of obscure thoughts, then your mind begins to fly across scary, bleak landscapes. You're filled with a strong sense of fear and risk to get lost, eternal prisoner of your madness and of your ill dreams. Then you see a creek in a wood and clear water flowing. Maybe there's another reality, you try to go forward to touch the illusion of a life after death while your thoughts fall down like autumn leaves... But soon you realize that your feet are sinking in the quicksand, the burden of your pain makes you heavy, the curtain opens and a crazy, dramatic play begins... In the last section you can hear the suggestive call of a demon and his false promises interpreted by Elisa Montaldo.

"Notturna" (Nocturnal) is a short, dreamy piece where you can fully appreciate Elisa Montaldo lead vocals. Here the music and lyrics depict arcane rites of cosmic harmony under the moon and a myriad of dancing stars, an ethereal celebration in honour of a pagan goddess who speaks of mountains, trees, rocks and of a world where your soul is free to fly high...

The magnificent epic "Il cacciatore" (The Hunter) concludes this excellent work in a perfect way. It's divided into five parts and tells the story of a hunter who gets lost in the forest following the tracks of his pray. He's tired, stranded, injured. Who is the pray now? When he meets a wolf he's almost helpless, ha can't use his bow and arrow anymore. But the wolf is merciful and protects him. At last he repents, he understand that shooting down an innocent life is pointless and cruel. So, he becomes a new man who's finally aware of the importance of living in a perfect balance with Mother Nature... Well, a nice fable and another great track!

On the whole, this is really a wonderful album, full of passionate melodies, mellow symphonic passages and a pinch of melodramma. I think that this is a real must for every prog lover!

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 alieNatura by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
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alieNatura
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by brainsuccasurgery

3 stars Here is a band from Genova that addresses the test of the second album, the Italian progressive rock's golden registered in his genes ... (sic). With alieNatura, has Il Tempio Delle Clessidre managed the same feat that with their surprising debut album in 2010? The band of Elisa Montaldo (keyboards) and Fabio Gremo, the 2 main songwriters, has been joined by a new singer to replace our biggest regret veteran Stefano "Lupo" Galifi (formerly Museo Rosenbach ). alieNatura is the album of the change, but this change is letting us doubtful! The young singer Francesco Ciapica doesn't leave us indifferent, but despite a stamp similar to that of voice Lupo, it seems too inexperienced and too used to achieve proper tone, emotion, ease, fluency in risk-taking, and the subtle intensity of its predecessor. Another disappointment: Elisa, who signed explosively half of the compositions of the first album, (e.g. the excellent "Danza Di NNatura Esoterica" and "Faldistorium"), here seems less involved (she has only brought three titles for a total of 20 minutes, too small for my taste), including at the level of orchestration and keyboards arrangements, less varied than before (many harmonies on piano and Hammond organ, few synth solos ). Besides this, she seems more interested in singing, accompaniment or soloist ("Onirica Possessione"). Perhaps less involved but especially less inspired: at any time, songs reaches the exceptional level of her brilliant "Antodoto Sottile" in 2010. Posing on the photo as a enthusiast young priestess of the god Pan, Elisa has beautiful reminders of how the esoteric aspect of nature draws ("Onirica Possessione" between pagan and gothic Sabbath carousel, ŕ la Tim Burton), but musically Elisa has more trouble convincing us. His "Notturna" solo piano, yet short enough (2:30), is charming even partially missed, bringing too little emotion and mystery. Fortunately, the true revelation of this album is the perfect Fabio Gremo whose compositions have gained relevance in Beauty (crafted melodies on "Fino Alla Vetta") and complexity. Gremo starts by surprising us in the introduction ("Kaze") who looks like playing by a young Japanese group, quite far from progressive music sponge cake. Continuing with a tempo between Ange at his best and the dark bolted metal Black Sabbath ("Senza Colori"). And culminating in the achievement of the final bravery piece, a fantastic epic ride "Il Cacciatore" (14:50), driven by the singer who finally seems to have filled gaps and adjusted its approximations, traversed by a huge organ Hammond solo, leaving the way for an exquisite concert piano piece (wonderful arpeggios, a real piano lesson), where we finally found the great Elisa Montaldo. Mainly due to the compositions of Gremo and talent of the musicians, alieNatura remains a globally successful album and enjoyable but with one or two tracks below the precedent. Tirelessly, as the sand slipping away in the precious hourglass, I will await the next album with tenfold increase by the slight disappointment due to alieNatura.

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Live in Seoul
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Son.of.Tiresias

5 stars The Legend continues

This story began in 1973 when Museo Rosenbach recorded their magnificent debut album Zarathustra that still is one of the boldest and most beautiful work in Classic Italian Prog and in contemporary music in general. And now nearly forty years later this new Italian band Il Tempio delle Clessidre (name taken from one song on the Zarathustra suite) performs the Zarathustra album in its entirety and most importantly and luckily, they perform it with respect to the original feel with original (obviously true analog sound I guess) and don´t try to change it to today´s "standards" in any way, with exception of some jamming that features nice Moog soloing from the great Elisa Montaldo on Superuomo. She´s also a great vocalist and is another lead voice on the Zarathustra, with Stefano "Lupo" Califi the original vocalist in Museo Rosenbach. And yet the sound is their very own, it´s just a bit different in colour. Actually their performance of Zarathustra is so mature in everything that I couldn´t have had believed to expect. If an inexperienced listener doesn´t know Museo Rosenbach ever existed he/she would be completely fooled by Elisa & boys as playing their very own music, they are that good. Bravo ! What a nice surprise. The band gives the very best and Zarathustra revisited is a superb performance and does honor and does justice to legendary band Museo Rosenbach.

Il Tempio delle Clessidre is an incredible debut album and for me is like a continuation to the Zarathustra epic, in a way. It represents the softer, female side of the subject, of course thanks to Elisa´s compositions and performance. Don´t get me wrong, it is far from mellow or dull passages. On the contrary, it contains some very heavy moments, like all great music does. The music of both Rosenbach and Clessidre have the power, grandeur and, most importantly emotion as the best Italian (prog) music always is so very special of. Clessidre is a bold evidence that RPI is very alive and kicking, so to speak. Because music is foremost and most importantly emotion, in the positive sense and that´s the essence of all .

Oh yes, the second part of the show features they own songs from the superb eponymous first album. Elisa Montaldo is the main composer and I just can´t stop admiring her enthusiasm for classic Italian prog that is so clear in her compositions. She is the most important female instrumentalist and writer in Prog of today. There are many good prog bands in modern Italian scene but Clessidre is very hard to surpass, both musically and as a performing unit. They are unique in modern Italian rock and in Prog Rock in general, they create a universe of their very own. There are not so many bands lead by a female, particularly in Prog and especially in Italian scene. Incredible young woman she is..... With the vocalist of Museo Rosenbach, Stefano "Lupo" Califi and the lovely lady Elisa this is a magical line-up.

Needles to say there´s no single dull moment. This is a fine document of a very special band in modern prog, namely the "Lupo" Califi era Clessidre. Alongside the Italian Prog Exhibition (4 DVD set from 2010) and the triumphant return of Alphataurus the Dove later that year, this is the very best DVD release in modern prog rock music so far, obviously a very hard job for any band to make better, particularly musically. Il Tempio delle Clessidre nicely represents the New Generation of Italian Prog and reigns supreme.

Another nice surprise, their very first live show, in Genova they hometown in 2009 with very good sound & picture quality is in the second disc.

Italian is the perfect language for symphonic progressive music, it just suits beautifully. And it´s so great to see the veteran proghead enjoying performing with his young companions who respect and prefer the origins of progressive rock, the symphonic way. They seem to understand that it´s only the music who is the true protagonist. No dull solos or other pompous and self indulgent moments, but a bit of rock theater and drama to fit this fantastic musical experience. This is a perfect union of the old & the new. This is a victory to new Italian Prog and today´s rock music itself. Rock is interesting again and so fun although their music is very serious. This all is so wonderful and extraordinary beautiful. Thank you so much, Elisa & boys.

Grazie !

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Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Ensouled

4 stars AlieNatura is Italian progressive rock at its best. Reading the biography of Il Tempio delle Clessidre you asume their music will be something between Museo Rosenbach and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, and yes you are quite right but that is not all, there is a lot more to be excited about this band.

An album about how humanity looses their bond with nature is a great concept, I really like finding albums such as alieNatura where the work that has been done is very serious, not only music wise but concept and lyric wise. The cover art is also pretty good.

Elisa Montaldo as a keyboardist, vocalist and founder of the band has been an interesting discovery to me, I do not know many progressive rock female leaders, I am not being sexist, its a fact when it comes to my collection and It made me search for more bands driven by a female musician.

Other reviewers already pointed that the job Francesco Ciapica (replacement for vocals) isn't the best but nonetheless is quite impressive, I think that if the band progresses into mixing Francesco and Elisa vocal sections with more parity the result will be more than satisfactory. I have listened to "Il Centro Sottile" and I enjoyed alieNatura a lot more and even after reading specialists and collaborators reviews I still think that alieNatura is better.

Guitars and drums sounds VERY 70's but what is great about this is that keyboards on the other hand sounds modern; mastering nowadays permits electronic sounds to blend a lot better with guitars than it used to be in the past so I am happy to be able to grasp a sound from the past "updated" to 2014!

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 Il Tempio delle Clessidre by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.02 | 301 ratings

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Il Tempio delle Clessidre
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Utnapishtim

5 stars When a good wine is really good, is nice to taste it with an old friend. But when the wine ages is even more pleasant to savor it in solitude nights, maybe with a guitar close to a warm fire in winter, when that good wine became a good old friend. Inevitably in this case a man, a thinker that don't dislike solitude, starts to fluctuate back in time, maybe digging into the human essence, the human condition. These themes are often source of inspiration (and I don't deny, even for my writings) for many 70s RPI bands and artist like BMS, PFM, Museo Rosenbach, Alusa Fallax, Il Paese Dei Balocchi, Lucio Battisti (with the writings of Mogol), which gave us pearl of rare beauty. So looking for something exiting, I came across in several bands from several names. Among the many I was attracted by one them with name "Il Tempio Delle Clessidre". After one year I opened my "not yet heard folder" and I start to listen them. I don't know nothing about their story, and I was immediately impressed by the voice. An old acquaintance? Absolutely yes. Stefano "Lupo" Galifi!

The band has its root in Genova, a city of great Prog Artists as New Trolls, Delirium, Latte E Miele, Finisterre, but also songwriters as De Andrè, Lauzi, the Great Nicolò Paganini violinist and compositor, ecc... Their name chain them with a blood bond to Museo Rosenbach. In fact the project born in 2006 by an idea of Elisa Montaldo (the real driving force of the band) with the "old wolf" (LUPO) Stefano Galifi, legendary voice of Museo Rosenbach. In the beginning the project was created to play live the entire Zarathustra Opera, but later the band with "Lupo" decided to work for an album. The real surprise of the band is Elisa Montaldo. Behind that sensual and obscure figure hides a great keyboardist, compositor and Prog Lover, intelligent and creative. The rest of the band comes up with Giulio Canepa on guitar, Fabio Gremo on bass guitar and Paolo Tixi on drums. A classic Prog formation dominated by keyboards. The band sound play as the "good old RPI" of the best tradition of 70s, such great band as Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Museo Rosenbach (especially for vocals style naturally), but also as King Crimson and sometimes as Van Der Graaf Generator.

The album opens with "Verso l'Alba", a very classic RPI intro good structured, which gives to the listener an idea of which "material" the work is made. The same power characterizes the intro of keyboard and guitar together in "Insolita Parte Di Me" (my favorite song that I sing very loud as an adolescent happy). After a short flight on this intro, remembering "Degli Uomini" by Museo, starts "Lupo" voice. A dip into the past!! So with splendid passages and solos of guitar and keyboard, the song ends the reflections typical of entire album.

Is possible to appreciate the skills of musicians in piece as "Bocadesse", with sophisticated Prog passages and sudden changes of time elaborated and precise. A good song finely crafted, perfectly with the unique vocals. The ambiguity of a thinking mind is well expressed in "Le Due MetĂ  Di Una Notte", deep and uncanny.

In this phase the album play calm and thoughtful, and as an intimate confession begins "La Stanza Nascosta" (The Hidden Room). Under the sound of a slow piano the poetry of the search of themselves, this song offers us moments of rare beauty. The musicality of this thoughts, between piano, violin and classic guitar accompanies the listener until the end of the song.

Someone walk in a little watercourse or something like that where there is water. Dark and gloomy atmospheres opens "Danza Esoterica Di Datora" sudden time changes and then female voices confused. Here is possible to appreciate Elisa Montaldo ability with piano and keyboards. A deep knowledge of RPI. After an intermezzo of piano that remember me ELP or BMS, starts with crackling guitars and then a fantastic female voice accompanies the "Danza" which appears really esoteric! This song continues with the next "Faldistorum", so these two songs are a little suite. It goes more or less as the progress of the previous musical theme, whit an organ that remember the organ in cathedrals. In fact the atmospheres here are characterized by a sort of orations, as if it was a sort of ritual.

"L'Attesa", another example of cohesion between the members of the band, precedes another little suite. So starts "Il Cento Sottile", personally the best Galifi's vocal performances in this album. It sounds perfectly in line with Zarathustra Opera, as if the song was its continuation or a missing track, but enriched with new elements. Maybe the Elisa's touch? Yes, it is so. Here might end the album, but they has add the beauty "Antidoto Mentale" (Mental Antidote), to taste for a little bit the band. The choise to add this track is similar to the last song in L'Estate di San Martino album, "Talsete di Marsantino (an acronym of the band).

Bass and drum did in an excellent way the "dirty work", scanning the time and giving the rhythms to the wonderful atmospheres created. I think this could be a surprise for every RPI lover. An original sound despite they are inevitably bond to Museo Rosenbach. Thanks to Elisa which has embarked on this adventure with an old sea "Lupo" giving to us a masterpiece and a new band to appreciate RPI.

5 Stars - Necessary

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 alieNatura by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.02 | 145 ratings

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alieNatura
Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This is the second album by Il Tempio Delle Clessidre, following on from their debut in 2010. Since then they have gained a new singer, but I haven't heard the previous album so can't comment as to what impact he has had to the sound. What I do know, is that I am going to have to go back and search out the debut as yet again this is a superb release from Black Widow. At just under an hour long, this brings together orchestration and harmony in a way this definitely reminiscent of the early Seventies Italian Prog Scene, along with early Genesis, but somehow brought up to date with some driving guitar although the mellotron is never too far away. As well as the main lead male vocal, their keyboard player Eliza also has a fine voice which allows the band to totally change the scene when they wish to.

The album commences with the sound of wind and gentle acoustic guitar and percussion before moving into a much more Oriental feel, which is actually at musical odds with what follows but somehow sets the scene very nicely indeed. 'Alienatura' is in itself a word that the band have invented themselves to describe the intersection of the words alien and nature. This is very much a complete piece of work, again hearkening back to the early Seventies, where the album art is very much part of the complete picture. Here Nature is depicted ripping a curtain and invading the homes and villages while the lyrics tell how we often forget our bond with nature.

So, a complete piece of work, and even though it is hard for the non-Italian speaker to understand the full concept without notes, there is so much going on that this is a sheer delight from start to end. If you enjoy classic prog, whatever the form or language, then this is something that you ought to seek out. www.blackwidow.it

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