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The original idea for LE PORTE NON APERTE came about in 2007 although it wasn't until 2010 that the project finally materialised and the band played its first major gig as the support act for IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA. Fast-forward to 2012 and a year of mixed fortunes for the band. Firstly they suffered what would prove to be the ongoing setback of being without a regular bassist when founding member Daniele Cancellara quit the band. However this wasn't before he and the others had recorded the tracks that would make up the group's debut album. They also got their big break around this time when they appeared on the same bill as OSANNA and David JACKSON, which in turn led to them being signed to the Ma.Ra.Cash label. More recently the band featured at the Firenze Suona Prog festival in January 2013 along with other Florentine acts GOAD and SPETTRI, and, from Genoa, IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE.

The turn of the year also saw the release of the ''Golem'' debut album, a conceptual work inspired by a group of pro-anarchist intellectuals active in Tuscany during the 1960s-70s. These anarchists were open to spontaneous, unpredictable organic growth in their aim to regain control over their future; similarly, the idea behind ''Golem'' is to reconcile the demands of the protagonist's condition with the random element of chance, or unpredictability. The mythological golem was a semi-conscious shadow being and appropriately enough the tracks here are set in the dark world of dreams. While the central theme is chance, Greek mythology and the science fiction of Isaac Asimov provide further inspiration. The music feeds off a lush terrain of airy flute and in-your-face vocals, space-filled piano pieces and brutish psychedelic riffs, and it's the combined strength of these elements that really makes the band tick.

The group is already working on a follow-up album but in the meantime ''Golem'' is a promising debut that's based firmly within the heavier end of the RPI tradition. It's currently available as a download and in CD format.

- seventhsojourn

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 Golem by PORTE NON APERTE, LE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.56 | 23 ratings

Le Porte Non Aperte Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars La Porte non Aperte is one of the new bands from italian prog rock school. Every body knowns that italian school is very prolific for more then 40 decades offering bands from great to excellent in this scene. This new entry on the scene is this young band who delivers a fairly decent heavy prog to my ears. From the brilliant art work of the digipack, beautiful gatefold cover drawings to the music La Porte non Aperte really makes an enjoyble release from start to finish. I was kinda surprised to see how low rated is this album is named Golem issued in january 2013 on Ma.Ra.Cash records. First of all this is a concept album as liner notes said and is inspired by a group of pro-anarchists intellectuals who were active in Italy in 60s-70's, aswell the band was inspired by greeg mythology and the science fiction provided by famous Isaac Asimov. Second, the lyrics are quite pertinent and well written, and third the music is well balanced and has some fine moments overall. The sound is very vintage with nice hammond and flute breaks, but the whole thing is made by the guitars and unusual yet great vocal parts. To many listeners as I saw on other pages the voice of Sandro Parrinello is an aquaring taste, and the music can little chaotic in places, but after several spinigs it turning to be quite diffrent. Some psychedelic passages interfear here and there giving a very old, vintage sound, nice flute parts, crunchy guitars, keyboards and all works very well here. No complains from me. This is to my ears pure heavy prog and it sounds like he was made in 1976 not 2013, but is not a problem at all for me to be inspired from old school of prog. All in all I like what I've hered here, I don't find the low parts everybody complains about, ok is not a masterpiece but is more then decent. 3.5 stars rounded to 4 because of the marvelous art work.

 Golem by PORTE NON APERTE, LE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.56 | 23 ratings

Le Porte Non Aperte Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by seventhsojourn
Special Collaborator RPI

3 stars Italian prog rock bands seem to have a great appetite for the weird and wonderful concept album, and from that great Mediterranean storehouse comes the recently released debut by Le Porte Non Aperte. It's a real doozy.

The album works on some peculiar levels. The golem of myth was a cloddish conjuration of magician-priests who desired to emulate God by creating living beings - the Kabbalists believed that nothing could be left to chance in this undertaking so they used a secret formula to create an artificial man to carry out menial tasks. This contrasts with the manifesto of chance, or unpredictability, adopted by a group of Italian pro-anarchists during the 1960s-70s who embraced the phenomenon as a vehicle for social change. Le Porte Non Aperte's debut album hangs its hat on this concept of chance, personified by the golem, and it even throws in some Greek mythology and Asimovian science fiction to help develop the idea - the gloomy 'Nemesi' takes its name from the goddess of Retribution but the track is deliberately oriented to an Asimov novel, and the story is ultimately resolved when the protagonist meets a cybernetic turtle! With me so far?

Okay, so how do these guys try to sell this idea? Well, to complicate matters even further the tracks take the form of a dream cycle and the short piano instrumental that opens the album prepares us for the protagonist's transition into the unconscious. There are in fact several self-contained piano pieces spread across the album. In addition to providing variation these minimalist pieces help to rekindle the dreamy atmosphere at regular intervals, with wind-down moments between the periods of high arousal evident on other tracks. For example after entering the mind-metropolis of 'La Cittą Delle Terrazze', all spellbinding flute and mood swings, the protagonist's journey to distant locations of his psyche is elaborated on the runaway train of 'Binario 8' - perhaps signifying the golem running amok in the ghetto. And in keeping with the theme of chance the protagonist is later confronted with his alter ego, the junk dealer of broken dreams ('Rigattiere Dei Sogni Infranti').

The music is clearly enlivened by an admiration for UK bands of the seventies; I suspect that Deep Purple and ELP are held in particular esteem. Another trend worth noting is the interplay between the flute and vocals, so characteristic of Italian prog, which in this case seems to reflect the conflicts of will within the protagonist. The album is largely activated by a feverish tension between gobby vocal remonstrances and islands of airy flute, all on top of debauched heavy riffs. And on 'Il Re Del Niente' more than any other track is this mode evident. The protagonist, the king of nothing and master of his own loveless realm, enters a dreamworld yet paradoxically awakens from his stupor like the mud-formed beast. This mutual engagement between concept and music continues throughout the album as elemental laughter and murmurings run in parallel with the splitting of the protagonist's personality.

Like its mythological counterpart 'Golem' is somewhat rudely fashioned but, unlike the lifeless creature of the title, the album is full of panache - it's nowhere near as dry as my description doubtless makes it sound. Recommended if you like your RPI on the wild side, but to listen to the album in full just follow the link to the band's site via its PA bandpage.

Thanks to seventhsojourn for the artist addition.

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