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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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 alieNatura by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.02 | 128 ratings

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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!

Highly Recommended!

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 Il Tempio delle Clessidre by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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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 Metà 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
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Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

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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Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

5 stars Il Tempio Delle Clessidre is an Italian band formed in 2006 in the Genoa city. The band initially had Stefano 'Lupo' Galifi (original vocalist from Museo Rosenbach), but after the departure of Stefano that went band to reunite with his former band they convened Francesco Ciapica for his place. The rest of the band is still the same, Elisa Montaldo (keyboards and vocals), Fabio Gremo (bass), Giulio Canepa (guitars) and Paolo Tixi (drums). The band have released their second album AlieNatura (2013) by Black Widow Records earlier this year.

Black Widow is a specialized label which pretty much focuses on what I like to call 'dark Prog'. If you have no idea what I'm talking about I'll make it easier for you: Gothic influenced Prog. This is their specialty.

I started my listening with the nice booklet in hands and when the opening track 'Kaze' begins one can hear strong and well recorded music out of the speakers. This makes you sit down and pay attention immediately. The Japanese sounds that come out of the track are quite hypnotic. The moment of truth comes with the following song 'Senza Colori', the first track of AlieNatura (2013) with vocals. As I mentioned, the Gothic and somber moments are all around here, but at the same time the band has a strong root on the Symphonic Italian style too.

The continuation, 'Il Passo', is even more atmospheric and full of little details. Its Symphonic apex lies on the double guitars and a number of great keyboards. Amazing track! The acoustic 'Fino Alla Vetta' is the next piece of music. It's basically a ballad with acoustic guitars till around the 3rd minute of the song. After that it gets a bit heavier, especially because of the organs of Elisa Montaldo. That's when it gets really interesting.

'Onirica Possessione' is a damn strong track! Classic Genesis meets Italian 70's Prog at its best moments. Powerful vocals melodies by Francesco Ciapica and the Symphonic side of Prog Rock speaking really loud. One of the best tracks of the AlieNatura (2013). Weird last part though! 'Notturna' is a smaller interlude with a nature kind of feeling to it, basically commanded by keyboards and Elisa vocals. Beautiful piece of music!

The last track on the album is an almost 15 minutes suite with 5 parts called 'Il Cacciatore'. This last song is full of heavy guitars riffs and grim keyboards, that's how it starts really. It's great how they used the vocals between the verses. It helps create a really powerful mood in their music. 'Il Cacciatore' is all about changes and beautiful yet melancholic music. You have to listen with attention but still, you will bang your head with the riffs!

Il Tempio Delle Clessidre came as a big surprise to me as I didn't listen their debut album and knew nothing about them. Now I can honestly say that AlieNatura (2013) is one of the most powerful releases of the year! Perfect musicianship, great production and songwriting with a fresh sound. The album is powerful and melodic at the same time as the great Prog albums should be!

Progshine recommends it!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Back in 2010 I was blown away by the debut album of Il Tempio Delle Clessidre. Not only did I consider it the best Italian prog album of the year but also my favourite album of the year overall. Three years later and they're back with Alienatura, another brilliant piece of work. Since their debut vocalist Stefano "Lupo" Galifi has jumped ship and returned to Museo Rosenbach to be replaced by Francesco Ciapica. His register is lower but after some initial reservations I've come round to the conclusion that he's an inspired chice. Thankfully the rest of this highly talented band remains from the debut.

Alienatura doesn't show any great leaps stylistically but if it ain't broke why fix it? It's a natural successor to their eponymous debut containing similarly beautifully crafted symphonic prog. The sound is rich, warm and full with some incredibly powerful moments alongside the more reflective elements. After a few plays the sometimes subtle and complex melodies really grab you. It's not always immediate but persevere and you'll be rewarded with a fantastic body of work. Like their debut it's a very cohesive album with excellent musicianship from all with the keyboard work of the beautiful and incredibly talented Elisa Montaldo particularly shining through. They save the best until last - the powerful and dynamic Il Cacciatore almost reaching fifteen minutes encapsulates everything that's great about this band in one song.

It seems impossible to review an Italian prog band without comparing them to the golden seventies period. Il Tempio Delle Clessidre proved on their debut that they could match the best of it. With their follow up they prove it was no flash in the pan. Alienatura might not blow me away as much as their debut did but it's not far short. They are easily my favourite of the new wave of RPI bands. 4 stars.

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Review by DrmmarenAdrian

5 stars Sometimes music really makes me happy, for exemple when I listen to Beatles, Genesis or Caravan and this morning when I discovered the Italian group Il tempio delle Clessidre. The band comes from Genova in Liguria and has been around since 2006. They made theri first record 2010 and now 2013 they released "Alienatura" which is their second one. As often when I hear music in this subgenre I didn't get disappointed with this one. The cover is colourful and exciting even if the picture here at ProgOrchives isn't sharp enough. The record features Elisa Montaldo(voice, keyboards, piano, organ, concertina), Giulio Canepa(guitars), Paolo Tixi (drums), Fabio Gremo (bass) and Francesco Ciapica(voice).

The full album is totally lovely. It starts with "Kaze(Ci che il vento porta con s)"(10/10) which is vital, unique and exciting. It happens so much in this music and the world seems to be so rich in instruments and colours. "Senza colori"(9/10) proves the vocalist is competent and I love the organ and guitar. "Il passo" (10/10) is a lovely symphonic piece and very varied and "Fino alla vetta"(8/10) is almost as good. "Onirica Possessione"(10/10) has a curious and very exciting sound. "Notturna" has feminine vocals and is lovely sung(9/10). The closer "Il Cacciatore" (10/10) is also one of the best tracks. You can't be tired of it when it happens new intriguing things all the time.

When the music contains everything I want with music I can't let it pass away without screaming out that I love it. When don't understanding Italian one can almost just image what they're singing about, but they're doing it very well. It's perfect they are singing in Italian, it's so weird when people from outside Britain or USA sings in English. I totally love the English language but why let that love kill the love for all the other languages. This is one of 2013's best records so far. Very recommended and five stars!

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Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by progpromoter

4 stars THE TEMPLARS ARE BACK !

After about 3 years, and a lot of disappointing circumstances, our bold Templars are back with a great new release and a new singer.

"alieNatura" is a word which includes in it the terms "alieno" (alien in english) and "natura" (nature in english). The meaning of this strange new word is: "we continue to think we can manage Nature's power, but there will be a future when Nature will take its advantage on human errors". And really the whole mood of the album is pervaded by this kind of pathos.

What is immediatly clear by listening the album is that the main composers Elisa Montaldo and Fabio Gremo are grown. They have more confidence with their ability to transpose in music their feelings and sensations and we can enjoy it! But also the other founder members of the band Giulio Canepa and Paolo Tixi have reached more powerful expressivity and this is best reflected on the whole album.

The new singer Francesco Ciapica needs to be treated apart. It was not so simple to substitute such an icon of RPI as 'Lupo' Galifi (who has recently reformed Museo Rosenbach with a new release) and honesty, when you listen to Francesco's warm tune for the very first time you may be a litle disappointed. But Francesco's great acting power, added with his powerful vocal extension, makes the miracle possible!

The album opens with the instrumental surprising "Kaze (ci che il vento porta con s)" (Kaze - what the wind takes away and brings wit it), with that wind blowing, the classic guitar and the smell of oriental sounds which leave the stage to a powerful and captivating riff which we will find another time at the end of the album.

As before mentioned when Francesco starts to sing in "Senza Colori" (without colors) you may be a bit surprised by his vocal tune, but immediatly he gives shivers with his intense vocalism.

The album flows with great moments in the RPI manner, with the Elisa's sublime touch on the keyboards, the Fabio's powerful bass patterns well supported by the instincitive and sophisticated Paolo's drumming, and the limpid energy of Giulio's guitars, finding its best in "Onirica Possessione" (Oniric Possession) and the final suite "Il Cacciatore" (The Hunter).

While "Il Cacciatore" is more confident with the aims of RPI, and develops as an epic one, with its solemnity and powerful instrumental parts, "Onirica Possessione" needs a discussion apart because, on the astonishing and in some cases surprising musical carpet, Francesco plays his best jumping up and down with his vocal extension. But this is only the basic part, because the power of the track is in the alternating vocalism from the Francesco's one, first warm and passionated and then leading to craziness, to the Elisa's one, first a bit mocking and pompous and then edgy and acid! Really a dramatic, intense and beautiful track! We may say that if "Il Cacciatore" is the album pearl, "Onirica Possessione" is the diamond one!

Il Tempio delle Clessidre is an RPI keyboard oriented band, just like the great Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso. And there's a lot of echoes of Banco's music, especially in the keyboards work and in the guitar tuning. But Banco had also a great acting singer as Francesco Di Giacomo, who didn't only sing the songs, but also interpretate them. Maybe <> Il Tempio has found its own "Francesco" and we hope they can reach the highest as their predecessors!

4 Stars, not less.

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 Il Tempio delle Clessidre by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Female keyboard wizard Elisa Montaldo was the person that started the whole Il Tempio delle Clessidre project in Genoa back in 2006 next to former Museo Rosenbach singer Stefano "Lupo" Galifi.Named after the eponymous piece of the classic Museo Rosenbach opus ''Zarathustra'', the group soon became stable with Fabio Gremo on bass, Giulio Canepa on guitar and Paolo Tixi on drums.Abandoning the covers and working on original ideas, they were discovered by Black Widow Records and in 2010 they released their self-titled debut both on vinyl and CD formats.

With Il Tempio delle Clessidre and such a story behind the band's origins, a prog fan is sure what to expect.Vintage-styled Italian Symphonic Rock with long instrumental themes, virtuosic solos, complex breaks and haunting lyrical parts.A much wiser and mature Stefano Galifi now uses his voice with control with hardly any of the rougher singing from his years with MUSEO ROSENBACH.Musically the band sounds very close to Galifi's former band with also strong resemblances to LA MASHERA DI CERA, LA TORRE DELL'ALCHIMISTA and LA CONSIENZA DI CENO.Even veterans LE ORME spring to mind here and there.Ten balanced tracks of well-written Classic Italian Prog with a good balance between lyrics and music offer a nice listening experience.Most of them are centered around the work of Montaldo on keyboards and piano with cinematic Mellotrons, powerful organs but also mellow Classical interludes and atmospheric synthesizers.The harder and most bombastic tracks contain also complex guitar moves with the organs and Mellotron in evidence, alternating between grandiose instrumental interplays and heavy, pounding rhythmic parts.But Il Tempio delle Clessidre have also chosen to keep the decibel in balance as well, throwing in a few smoother and more song-based pieces with light piano, dreamy melodies and good performance by Galifi.The music is far from anything original, but the good execution and the diversity in moods are definitely rewarding.

Another tasty fruit on the modern Italian Prog tree.''Il Tempio delle Clessidre'' is by no means a shocking album, but it would be a crime to be left out by the collection of anyone respecting Italian Prog.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
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5 stars Il Tempio delle Clessidre is an Italian prog band from Genova that began life in 2006 on the initiative of Elisa Montaldo and Gabriele Guidi Colombi (two 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 means "the temple of the hourglasses" and was inspired by the title of a part of Museo Rosenbach's suite "Zarathustra". The initial idea of the band was to play on stage the whole album "Zarathustra" with the original singer using vintage sounds and 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 features 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 Progressivo Italiano, not only Museo Rosenbach but Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Locanda delle Fate and Il Balletto di Bronzo as well (just to name a few!), but the album is very rich in ideas and in my opinion sounds fresh an convincing. The art cover by Maurilio Tavormina in some way describes the content of the music and lyrics drawing a surreal panorama where time and space are blended with dreams and hopes.

The short, sumptuous instrumental opener "Verso l'alba" (Towards the sunrise) sets the atmosphere describing in music a restless night and leads to "Insolita parte di me" (Unusual part of me), a piece about the risks of an escape from reality. The warm, heartfelt voice of Lupo Galifi draws a dreamy landscape under a crescent moon, a dark road that drives a struggling soul right down into reality. But reality can be unpleasant and you are tempted to go back into the world of dreams thanks to absinthe or other substances, crossing the doors of perception... "As if my mind was running at light-speed / I go over the present and I enter the unknown...". Soon you realize that all you can feel is filtered by deception and by the ambiguity of your brain, then the rhythm rises while slapping keyboard waves suggest anxiety and confusion. "I'm overwhelmed by incomprehension / Everything vanishes into the nothingness of empty glances...". You can't escape from reality and all your efforts are vain. Who can't live can't be happy and if you keep on trying to overcome reality you risk to loose yourself.

Next comes "Boccadasse", an amazing track inspired by a beautiful place. In fact, Boccadasse is the name of a picturesque old mariners' neighbourhood in Genoa... "Suddenly the sunrise lights up / The fresh breeze is lightened by the pale sun...". At dawn the panorama is magnificent and your eyes are caressed by the colours of the tiny houses and of the narrow alleys. A sail on the sea becomes a metaphor of your feelings, then comes the rain and you can listen to its sound and to the cries of the seagulls. Time passes by and you can't move until dusk when the small beach shelters the people who look for an inspiring place to let their thoughts run free... "The sail flows / It ploughs the sea coming up to you / Its wake paints your soul and runs after your memories...".

"Le due met di una notte" (The two halves of a night) begins softly. The atmosphere is dreamy and calm. The night is falling down while the last rays of sun shine like slivers of opal in the dark. Reality slowly fades out while sweet dreams start dancing around you... "Now magic keeps the spell of every moment written into the eyes / My heart is shivering inside me...". The sun rises, it slowly creeps in... "Come on, run fast, follow me / Don't be scared, trust me / We shine like stars in the sky / While we are waiting for the sun, my life...". Then the rhythm rises and the music brings in a positive energy painting the colours of the day.

"La stanza nascosta" (The hidden room) is an introspective track where memories slowly flow covering time and space. Under an imaginary curtain you try hard to find out what your mind can't discover. Your eyes shine like fire into the mirror while you observe the leftover of your mediocrity fading away. You try to pursue your spiritual experience and your mind takes off running after dark planets of crazy ideas. You can find what you have always been looking for in a hidden room that lies just one step beyond reality... "There are different dimensions / Their doors are invisible / A few people know / Many people dream suffocating in worn-out pages...".

"Danza esoterica di Datura" (Esoteric dance of Datura) and "Faldistorum" form a Gothic suite that tries to evoke a Sabbath with witches singing and dancing in the night. The first part is instrumental but in the booklet you'll find some verses taken from William Shakespeare's Macbeth that help to explain what the music is about... "Double, double toil and trouble / Fire burn and cauldron bubble / Cool it with a baboon's blood / Then the charm is firm and good...". The second part features a narrative part provided by the special guest Max Manfredi, a well known singer songwriter from Genoa... "In the end the sky lights up / The dance transform the souls into light... This is the night / This is Samhain!". An impressive church organ solo concludes the suite.

"L'attesa" (The waiting) is tense and dark. It's about the need to wait for something better. "Lost in time / I live every moment looking for order, lucidity / I'm hanging on, I'm shaking in the void of this darkness without ideas...". Sometimes a bit of poetry or a dream of freedom that comes true can change your mood and you can see the light of a new day shining in the dark... "A raw torment burns in my heart / My desires feed it / But as if it was rising from the dust / A thought lights up in me from oblivion / It spreads out, it grows with me...".

The long, complex "Il centro sottile" (The thin centre) begins with a delicate piano pattern. The atmosphere is dark but full of nuances. Time passes by, day after day, night after night. Every time at night the darkness seems to erase the deceptions of reality but after the night there comes another day and nothing changes, there's no way out... "I'm losing my soul tonight...".

The last track, Antidoto mentale" (Mental antidote), is featured as a bonus track and you can find it on the vinyl version of the album. It's a short and joyful melodic track that concludes this excellent work with a gust of optimism... "I've understood that to run away I have to trust the wind, the music and my soul / Now it's time to live again everything I lost / And to smile at all the things that don't have any power against me any more...".

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 Il Tempio delle Clessidre by TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE, IL album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Il Tempio delle Clessidre Rock Progressivo Italiano

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2 stars Downfall of modern RPI

I should love this - I really should. I've been returning to this album more than a dozen times now to see if I had gotten it wrong, heard it whilst drunk or sleepwalking, but alas there is just something about this release that completely fails to engage me.

Mind you, these are some highly skilled musicians whether you choose to lend an ear to the Banco inspired classical fountains of piano - or you lean towards the heavy notes of guitar and pumping drums. All of these people are up there with the best of them, and furthermore, like many reviewers here also have mentioned, the masculine and quite endemic vocals of the now legendary Stefano "Lupo" Galifi roam throughout the playing time of the album. He still sounds as powerful and insisting as ever, and you wouldn't know that he by now is in his 60s.

There are a fair few fingerprints of the original RPI wave, and I hear traces of the aforementioned Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Quella Vecchia Locanda and of course Museo Rosenbach - Lupo's original band. Then you get some modern touches akin to Anglagrd and the reformed Van der Graff Generator - all mixed together with what genuinely sounds like a bit of Dream Theater. I maybe loosing it a bit, but that's what I hear.

One of my biggest gripes with this release, is the total lack of dynamics in the production. I constantly feel like I'm listening to the second cousin of Vapor Trails. One big pounding wall of sound, that keeps things loud and distinguishable - crystal clear and audible - everything in its right place.... Now would that be such a bad thing then? Well sometimes it isn't, but on here it makes me loose focus and interest, when all musical excursions seem to be at the same level, resulting in a flat expression - levelling all valleys and peaks to one great big pan cake. It kills me, because I can hear the brilliant songwriting and the chops of these guys, but I just can't help it. Feels like it was recorded in a lab - seems oddly sterile and cold - even if the music bears strong resemblance to the warmer and more romantic side of the Italian scene. Personally I just loose track somewhere in the album and then forget to listen. The times I've heard this all the way through felt like a chore, and that is no way to feel about music... This is actually a big problem for me with most of the modern RPI releases, and this is essentially what sets them aside from the acts of the good old days. It's why I don't get the Fabio Zuffanti projects as well as most of the other new kids on the block. They sound bland to me - without the warmth and soul power of the original wave that with poor means and a small cupboard to record in, managed to create something audacious and vibrant. Something with life and dynamics, which sadly are the two ingredients I lack in this outing.

I realise that I am just about the only descending voice here, but then again, if you feel enamoured by the current recording productions a la Dream Theater, IQ, Yes, Haken and Rush, then by all means climb on board this ride - you're most likely going to love it!

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