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S91 was born in 2006 from the meeting of the bass player Giacomo MANFREDI and the guitarist Alessandro BAGGIANI at Montecarlo (Lucca's Country). They decided to create a band playing rock music with a Christian message. Afterwards the two singers Tania PETRONE and Sefora BONACCORSI joined in the band, and then Francesco LONDINO (keyboards) and Maria LONDINO (as third singer).

The band worked for some years writing songs, and then in 2009 the lineup was completed with the new guitar player Francesco ROMEGGINI. That year they released the first Ep called Sto Per Tornare, followed by a number of live gigs. The music style moved into progressive metal-psychedelic rock. In 2010, the founding member and guitar player Alessandro BAGGIANI left the band. One year later, on 15 July 2011 the first full-length album was released: VolontÓ Legata. The album was more metal then the debut, with long and complex songwriting.

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 VolontÓ Legata by S91 album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.49 | 3 ratings

VolontÓ Legata
S91 Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars S91 from Italy was a nice discovery for me somewhere in summer last year while searching for some new bands to discover from bandcamp page. These italians really made an more then ok album, at least for me. This is the first full lenght album issued in 2011 named Volonta Legata, they had an EP released in 2009. So, what about the music, to my ears it sounds like a metalized version of italian symphonic prog, really inspired and complicated songwriting in many parts. The music is overall progressive metal not far from DT school or alike but is melted so well with symphonic prog passages, that in the end these two genres works very well. The band has two female voice working together or separatly + a male voice, all three integrated very well in this type of sound. Very solid musicianship, sprecially I like a lot the keyboards, pieces like title track or the mini epic The Seal Of The Living God clocking around 18 to me are quite excellent, even the origibality lacks. A band that gone under the radar in prog metal circles, this is a fairly good debut that must be praised little more, S91 has plenty of talent to go further and crating some even better album then Volonta legata. Since then to me is a 4 star album, nice art work, album available on their bandcamp page digital or CD.


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 VolontÓ Legata by S91 album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.49 | 3 ratings

VolontÓ Legata
S91 Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'VolontÓ Legata' - S91 (6/10)

Progressive metal has been running strong ever since a band called Dream Theater released an album called 'Images & Words'; some might even argue that the style was up and going years before that, as well. Italian act S91 seeks to uphold the legacy of music by taking the sound and mission of progressive metal, and combining it with the signature sound of their country's monstrous prog scene. While this is a combination of sounds that sparks interest in me at first, the band's debut 'VolontÓ Legata' is faster to inspire a sense of indifference over anything else, despite demonstrating some solid potential throughout the course of this album.

'VolontÓ Legata' is not the first thing that S91 has recorded, but it witnesses a stark move towards more drawn out compositions, and somewhat heavier performance. As far as metal goes, S91 are actually quite conservative in terms of heaviness, and instead seek to flesh out their sound through harmonies and keyboard textures. Truth be told, it's a formula that has already been done to death, and S91 does little to juice the sound up into something new or fresh. What 'VolontÓ Legata' passes me as is a generic symphonic metal album, sans the symphonic aspect.. The female vocals only further the comparison to bands like Lacuna Coil or Delain. To their credit though, S91 have done something that I do not think I have heard much in progressive metal, that is to combine the sounds of Italian prog with the done-to-death Dream Theater formula. While the usual suspects that make up the progressive metal sound are certainly here in the sort of doses one might expect from a tame record of the sound, I am also hearing Premiata Forneria Marconi, and while this stylistic fusion isn't done with as much conviction as I would have liked, it is certanly a promising step that could see the band break out of their rather generic ground in the future.

Being a metal band, it should be mentioned that S91 revolves their music around Christian concepts, and some listeners may have a bone to pick with that. Being an English-speaking listener not (yet) fluent in the Italian language, I can only understand bits and pieces of what the soft voice of Maria Londino sings, and the phonetics of the language work very well all the same. Christian lyrics are usually not an issue- after all, if it's what inspires someone to create art, than it's as good as anything- and even if I could not directly relate to what is being sung here, it shouldn't deter from the listening enjoyment. There is some very good musicianship here, particularly a Petrucci-esque guitar solo on the album's centerpiece, 'The Seal Of The Living God'. S91 do not entirely impress me with this album, but they have enough promise as a group to keep me interested in checking out whatever they may release in the future.


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