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Rooted in the 70s symphonic rock tradition, three of the the five members got together in the 90s. The 2001 line-up consists of Ivan Capraro (vocals, percussions, guitars), Ronny Tittoto (lead guitars), Giovanni Panno (keyboards), Gianluca Lombardi (bass), and Alberto Bazzaco (drums). Together, they began to compose a concept album, based on some episodes and characters of the Gospels. In 2002, Syndéresi was among the finalists of the competition "Una suite per un anno" (A suite for a year). The song that they entered, "Questo calice", is partially included on the demo EP "I.N.R.H." that the band realized in 2003. Soon after having sent the EP to labels and fanzines, Syndéresi disbanded. Currently, the drummer Bazzaco plays in the band Safarà.

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 I.N.R.H. by SYNDÉRESI album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.67 | 4 ratings

Syndéresi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Having disbanded many years ago, Synderesi were brought to attention through bandcamp, where they exposed their demo ''I.N.R.H.''.This Italian group from late-90's hailed from the small town of Pederobba in the Treviso region and featured Giovanni Panno on keyboards/flute, Ronny Tittoto on guitar, Alberto Bazzaco on drums, Ivan Capraro on vocals/percussion and Gianluca Lombardi on bass.They gained some publicity through the 2002 "Una suite per un anno" prog competition (winners of which were Floating State) and in May 2003 they recorded the demo ''I.N.R.H.''.

Their sole release was a mix of soft vocal-driven Italian Progressive Rock with light doses of Jazz, Folk and Heavy Prog at moments, which seems very nice written on paper, but the truth is it lacks consistency.For the most of its part this demo is loaded with deep background synthesizers, light Mellotron parts and smooth, psychedelic guitar-based grooves with vocals playing the basic role.The overall approach is highly atmospheric and lyrical, but musically the themes sound abstract and rather uninspired with a few good instrumental moments.A couple of tracks contain some folkish flute work, percussion and acoustic guitars, but these moments are limited and mediocre, '' La parabola del seminatore'' even sounds a lot like ALAN SORRENTI's more experimental stuff.I guess the more decent tracks are the opening ''Annunciazione'' with a nice KING CRIMSON-esque middle part, based on the nice guitar work of Tittoto, and the closing ''Ultima cena'' with his delicate Italian Symphonic Rock approach, containing some great instrumental madness and lovely shifting moods.

It seems that the press did not respond well to Synderesi's self-produced demo and the group dissolved soon after ''I.N.R.H.'' with drummer Alberto Bazzaco appearing several years later in the line-up of a new Italian band, Safara.Synderesi's only release sounds to me as a sparse collection of mellow Prog-related music, but anyway the album is a free download from the band's bandcamp site.

 I.N.R.H. by SYNDÉRESI album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.67 | 4 ratings

Syndéresi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Syndéresi come from the province of Treviso and were formed in the late nineties. The name of the band means Synderesis, a philosophical term that defines the natural capacity or disposition of the practical reason to apprehend intuitively the universal first principles of human action. After some line up changes, in 2001 they started to work on a debut album, a conceptual work inspired by the gospels with a line up featuring Ivan Capraro (vocals, percussion), Ronny Tittoto (guitars, vocals), Giovanni Panno (piano, keyboards, flute), Gianluca Lombardi (bass) and Alberto Bazzaco (drums). In 2003 they finally released a self produced debut album titled I.N.R.H. that, according to the band, was meant just as a demo. Unluckily they didn't find a deal with any label and soon after the release of the "demo" they split up. It's a real pity, because I.N.R.H. is a very promising work.

The acronym I.N.R.I. (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum) represents the Latin inscription which in English reads as "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews" that was put on Christ's cross and the album was titled I.N.R.H. (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Hominum) to underline the human side of Jesus. However, Syndéresi's album has nothing to do with woks such as Jesus Christ Superstar, it was not conceived as a lecture about the Gospels or to reinterpret them or to exalt religion. The lyrics were written by Alberto Bazzaco and were inspired by the gospels (canonical and apocryphal) but they deal in a poetical way with issues such as fate, omens, the relationship between men and time, feelings. The music recalls the Italian prog masters of the seventies and is built upon the lyrics adding colorful, evocative touches to the concept.

The opener "Annunciazione" (Annunciation) is a kind of disquieting, psychedelic dream where the meeting between the archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary provokes an emotional vortex. There's no happiness, the atmosphere is dark and some passages in the central section recall Il Balletto di Bronzo's "Ys". Mary sees in a play of shadows the reclined dying face of Jesus and the Annunciation here becomes almost an ominous presage for the future of her son.

"Natività" (Nativity) features a mysterious atmopshere and some Oriental flavours. This track was inspired by a scene narrated in the apocryphal Gospel of James. As Joseph goes out to look for a midwife to help his young bride to give birth to Jesus, Time suddenly stops. Joseph invokes God asking him to let Time flow again... "He looks astounded up to the sky / Please, let the vertex unbind the hourglass from its stagnation...".

"Deserto" (Desert) is a nice, ironic track inspired by the meeting between Jesus and Satan in the desert. The rhythm is slow, the sun shines on the dunes, the musical colours are evocative and full of nuances. The devil is tempting Jesus with false promises but he replies that it would be easier tempting him elsewhere, not in a desert where the illusions of the world are covered by the sand... "Come back when my feet will be washed by clear waters / Bring with you wider fishnets...". A mocking nursery rhyme sung by some children concludes the piece.

"Il discorso della montagna" (Sermon on the mount) is divided in two parts. The first part is an instrumental introduction featuring a delicate, dreamy atmosphere, then the rhythm section and the guitar come in adding new colours. This piece was inspired by the Sermon on the Mount, one of the most widely quoted elements of the canonical Gospels but it's prevalently instrumental. "Dig an abyss of want and set you foundation in it...".

"La parabola del seminatore" (The parable of the sower) is a particular acoustic track settled on a street and according to the band they played it as buskers to set the right atmosphere. It was inspired by the Parable of the Sower and in some way tells about another presage. The last part features a narrative vocal part taken from the Gospel of St. Mark... "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!" (Mark 4, 10-12).

"Maddalena" (Magdalene) is a delicate acoustic ballad inspired by the character of St. Mary Magdalene. The mood is romantic, the lyrics are hermetic... The memory of a kiss comes to mind in a stormy night as a vortex! The excellent last track "Ultima cena" (Last supper) recalls BMS and was inspired by the Last Supper, the final meal that Jesus shared with his apostles before his crucifixion. A very good conclusion for an interesting work. Of course, the production is not perfect and there are many ingenuities but the overall result is not bad at all. The album is available in free legal download, so have a try and judge by yourselves.

 I.N.R.H. by SYNDÉRESI album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.67 | 4 ratings

Syndéresi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars A tad disorienting, in a good way

Synderesi were a five-piece from Treviso who came together in the late 90s. In the early 2000s they began to compose a conceptual album based on elements of the Gospel, and entered into a contest. Such contests seem quite popular in Italy as often winners will win some valuable studio time in addition to other prizes. While I.N.R.H. is said to be a "demo" that was not fully realized in the eyes of the musicians, it today comes across as a more than satisfying RPI album. The only hints that the album may not have been fully cooked are some occasionally thin or awkward sounding moments in the production, but the cool thing is, in my view this undercooked feel actually works to the advantage of the material. There is a definite avant-garde spirit to what the musicians consider a symphonic prog album and I believe that whatever they considered unfinished in the production adds to a somewhat mysterious, unsettling, and pleasantly disorienting haze. It's really quite a cool vibe that reminds me of other strange and oddly beautiful works like Adharma and Una Volta Eravamo In Sette.

This is dreamy and gorgeous sounding music from some very talented people, what a tragedy this project did not continue. The material itself sounds as intriguing as many bands who have garnered label support. Much of the album is adorned in stately piano with a classical feel, often with a mellotron like presence behind them, some kind of synthesized strings for atmosphere. Dramatic and quite good male Italian vocals tell the stories. Bringing things up a notch from the traditional keyboard heavy prog is a good guitar presence, both electric and acoustic. Some really fine acoustic playing in particular, again the classical feel with some odd chord choices. The electric guitars are also more about texture, you won't find the usual cliched solos. Behind the players is a sophisticated rhythm section with some jazzy flair, never overpowering, quite nuanced. Around these performances are the occasional strange sound effects which add to the unsettled feel. Some hand percussion and flute are used for exotic flavoring. There are very natural and understated vocal harmonies present. While much of the album is on the mellower side there are occasional bursts of manic edge, particularly the last track. A variety of moods and interesting twists make for very satisfying listening. I love this. Sadly the band disbanded shortly after recording this work.

I would kill to have this on CD, thank God the album is on bandcamp so people have a chance to hear it. Take note RPI fans, if you love the slightly strange ones, don't miss this. (The link on their artist page will take you where you can stream or download.) And if the band members read this, please guys, reunite and give us another one!! Talk to Lizard and give us a CD in 2013!

Thanks to todd for the artist addition.

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