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INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE are a young Roman band created with the goal of evoking the sound and atmospheres of the historical Progressive Rock of the 70s, creating their own music open to fusion, ethnic and jazz-rock influences. The 2013 debut album "In Hoc Signo" is the representative manifesto of their music and philosophy.

The project, conceived by Mattia Liberati (keyboards) and Flavio Gonnellini (guitar), already members of the funk/jazz-rock trio The Big Chill, began in December 2010, with Edoardo Arrigo (multi-instrumentalist) on the electric bass; Marco Gennarini (violin) entered the line-up only in June 2011, after the choice of making a concept album set in the First Crusade was made.

During the finalization of the concept album, the band had a long and meticulous selection to find a front man with brilliant vocal, creative and theatrical skills. Only in February 2012 Igor Leone (singer) joined the group. Although Simone Massimi played bass on the majority of the album, the role of the bassist is now filled full-time by Marco Bruno, a friend of the band who played on the album track Cavalcata. Shanti Colucci mans drums and percussion. Also, to round out the sound of the band live, another friend of the band, Edoardo Arrigo, who also played bass and sang some of the backup vocals on the album, is currently with the band playing mellotron, synth, and guitar.

After the creative phase, including recording a demo EP in 2011 which garnered the interest of Black Widow Records, the band began recording their first album, In Hoc Signo, in September 2012, at the Roman recording studio Point Of View Records of Paolo Pierelli (sound engineer). The band was pleased to have as a guest in Rome the renowned Mattias Olsson (ÄNGLAGARD), with whom they recorded the track Jangala Mem; other distinguished guests include the singer Angelica Sauprel Scutti and the great David Jackson (VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR) on the track Finale.

On May 10, 2013, Black Widow Records released their debut album "In Hoc Signo" in CD format, with the painting "In Hoc Signo" by Marcello Toma as cover artwork. A limited edition vinyl is also planned.


Between 2014 and 2015 more than 3000 album were printed and the band played a lot of concerts in italy (FIM, Progressive Live Experiment, Newintage Prog Festival). In this period 3 new member joined the band: Alessandro Di Sciullo (guitars and keyboards), Antonio Coronato...
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2013
4.45 | 18 ratings
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Warm Spaced Blue
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars Warm Spaced Blue is the band's sophomore release from a group of young Italian virtuoso musicians who are drawn to create progressive rock music in the tradition of their RPI forefathers. Here is a band that has fulfilled the promise shown in its debut album. Ingranaggi della Valle burst onto the prog scene in 2013 with their amazingly mature concept album, In hoc signo. That album served notice that seriously talented musicians in Italy of a new generation were desirous of creating serious progressive rock music. Whatever reason impels them to do this is unknown to me. I just know I am exceedingly happy that they do.

1. "Call For Cthulhu: Orison" (9:24) opens up this album with a wonderful display of the growth and maturity these musicians have achieved--especially in the compostitional department as the band here uses much more use of space and slower development than In hoc signo. I have to admit to being rather surprised that the band chose to open with what is, for all intents and purposes, an instrumental like this (the first seven minutes) as the voice of lead singer Davide Savarese is one of the things I look forward to most. Still, a great song with a great sustained buildup and climax. (9.5/10)

2. "Inntal" (10:34) opens slowly, almost delicately, even as the song moves into full-band mode, but the dynamic build up is there, they're just taking their time. By the break and ensuing slow down at 2:25 they have established a solid foundation--one that was considerably lighter than what follows as a dark, heavy YUGEN-like feel emerges with the second section. As things amp up, Mellotron vocals and violin taking leads. The meaning and significance of the recording of spoken German in the sixth minute is lost upon me, as is the vocal that follows, but it flows. Nice guitar solo in the ninth minute. Great drums throughout, as usual. (This guy is a god!) (9/10)

3. "Call For Cthulhu: Through The Stars" (3:13) opens with ominous sounds of distorted, heavily treated bells and organ which are eventually joined by slow treated/distorted piano notes. More ambiguous than scary. (I don't know what their intended effect was.) (7.5/10)

4. "Lada Niva" (8:49) a complex song that displays this band's amazing compositional skills (as well as drummer Shanti Colucci's extraordinary skills). the only flaw with this song is that the vocal feels somehow unfinished. Untreated, it feels as if it should have a little something to help it fit into the song. (10/10)

5. "Ayida Wedo" (5:52) opens with what sounds like a fast paced electronic sequence which is quickly joined by heavily riffing guitars, bass, and drums before Mellotron signals a change. Everything drops down to bass and drums before unhurried electric piano and electric guitar arpeggi join in. This is the drummer's showtime. (And he is impressive!) Then at 2:30 things quite down again for a little bridge from the vibes before a new set of instruments--synths and heavily treated guitars--take over the previously established melody (and add some really beautiful stuff to it). (It's still the drummer on display, though.) Another quiet interlude at 4:20 sets up the final run-- which includes a repetitive bass and synth sequence playing steadily while the drums and other incidentals add their wildness. Interesting and cool song in a NOT A GOOD SIGN way. (9/10)

6. "Call For Cthulhu: Promise" (6:44) a surprisingly simple and emotional beginning to the album's final song (the drums don't even appear until the 1:30 mark!) with acoustic guitar and organ supporting Davide's plaintive vocal. It's trying to be eery but it's failing (for me). It's also like it's trying to be a Zeuhl song. After the soundscape really fills up around the 3:40 mark it finally begins to succeed in expressing the heaviness of its theme. And then there are some subtle shifts starting at the five minute mark--little individual inputs, each admitted one at a time, which turn the song's mood into a more positive, hopeful feel. The ending section saves the song! (8.5/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music. Not quite fulfilling the promise and potential shown in their debut but I do consider this a step forward. I look forward to seeing/hearing more vocals and dynamic variation in the future (and as much Shanti Colucci as possible, of course!).

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In Hoc Signo
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by poslednijat_colobar
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5 stars Exceptional piece of art

Every time I put In Hoc Signo on I feel a kind of a magic around me. The debut album of Ingranaggi della Valle is an exceptional piece of art with an inimitable style. Each composition has its own handwriting, but as a whole piece of art all of them are connected in elegant style. This album carries the spirit of far- off days. The blend of styles and instruments is balanced and precisely determined. An anthology of so many beautiful things in music and art as whole. The blend of jazz-rock and symphonic rock is executed without any even average moments. The only way to listen to this wonderful album is on one breath, experiencing every single moment and note coming after another precisely and without any compromise with the art. If I just say this is "one in a thousand" album it would not be enough. The musicianship provided by this 20-years old musicians is just incredible in every single aspect. It is easily a top ten album in my all time list and the most favourite outside the 70s. Probably one of the greatest prog albums of all time and I am sure the test of time will prove it over and over again! Extremely highly recommended for profound prog listeners who prefer dynamic fusion style of prog music.

 Warm Spaced Blue by INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.45 | 18 ratings

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Warm Spaced Blue
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by poslednijat_colobar
Prog Reviewer

5 stars The talented Roman band Ingranaggi della Valle changed their direction with their second album totally. That should annoys the fans of the first album like me /it is my top 10 all time album/. However, this has not happened at all. I was just shocked throughout the first listening of the album. The direction is completely different of what i had expected before that. Their dynamic avant-garde jazz-rock style with symphonic hints is fully dissolved into dark slow eclectic profound sound with strong Anglagard influence. I haven't seen such a difference ever before between band's first and second album without this being a mistake. Ingranaggi della Valle maintain their extremely high level of professional, energetic and profound approach in building top ranged progressive music. Definitely one of the best young musicians in the worldwide scene still in their 20s. Highly recommended to all.
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In Hoc Signo
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by saboliver

4 stars Italian progressive rock has maintained a very high standard in recent years, with a few absolutely stunning albums. In Hoc Signo, at this time the only album released thus far by Ingranaggi Della Valle, is one such piece. It is a restless, intricate, every-changing and yet very cohesive album, heavily influenced by fusion, with a heavy edge but with jazz sensibilities. A lot of classic RPI themes and instrumentation are prominent, but there are also touches of early-to-mid Santana throughout with maybe even a hint or two of Mahavishnu Orchestra. The band has very much its own sound, one which sounds so we developed and confident that it is hard to believe that this is a debut.

Cavalcata bristles with energy, at times restrained - even the stillness of the middle section has tension until the beautiful vocals enter - at times unleashed. Organ runs are used liberally, giving way a fusion guitars as the song takes flight again towards the end. The song is a taste of things to come.

Mare in Tempesta opens with an almost heroic theme on the synth, on suggestive of a journey to be embarked upon perhaps, which gives way to a gentle verse. Those might be waves lapping as the cymbals sound. The understated opening quickly yields to busier drums and an exchange of violin and guitar leads before the synth takes the centre stage. The instrumental section typifies this album with each musician contributing significantly to a cohesive whole. The song lasts for little more than three minutes but covers a lot of ground, with the violin reviving the opening theme, this time a little more reflectively and with a touch of melancholy.

Via Engatia opens with a slower pace and a heartfelt guitar solo with a bluesy, Gimour-esque feel. The drums, a high point throughout the album, signal a change to something with a little less of a sense of stillness for the first verse. The drummer brings Nick D'Vigilio to mind at times. There is a busy-ness and restlessness to the playing that particularly appeals to me. The drum set is as important an instrument as any other, not simply the rhythmic backbone to the song. Jazz and fusion sensibilities are present everywhere. As many of the songs on In Hoc Signo do, this one builds, before taking a sideways step with a more classical, Spanish guitar and violin section with shades of Rodrigo in a rustic mood.

The opening three songs carry a thematic unity and feel very cohesive and yet they also cover quite a wide range of ground musically. After a few seconds of rolling toms, L'Assesio di Antiocha opens with a bright organ figure and a rapid almost military snare pattern before getting a little heavier for the verses. The violin is every present here and contributes to heavier riffs just as much as providing soaring melodic line. As with every performer the singer gives a sterling performance, passion and energy in his voice. No one section ever lasts for long and a slightly funky section gives space for some soloing on the organ. Anyone who likes classic instruments will enjoy the way in which they are liberally sprinkled throughout the album even if solo spots are rarely extended. Ingranaggi Della Valle cram a lot of musical ideas into a three minute song, so eight minute provides a very broad canvas. The vocals over the stabbing violins about five minute in, bring the listener to the edge before stillness returns again. The contrasts and changes of pace are extremely well handled throughout the album contributing to its cohesiveness. Due to this consistency it is hard to think of particular songs or moments that stick out.

Fuga da Amman, an instrumental, opens with an aggressive synth, quickly progressing to a tense, biting riff. This in turn lasts only seconds before a lilting and melancholic violin takes over before soloing over a hypnotic pattern that could have sustained an early Santana album. Kairuv'an starts with the omnipresent busy drums and more slightly jazzy bass, with the organ yielding to a piano lead. It is the jazz and fusion heart of the band that makes this such a good album. The performances are excellent and gel together well. After about two minutes the song becomes a classic piece, highly reminiscent of the early seventies. This wouldn't be out of place on a Premiata Forneria Marconi album. The the dark, quiet guitar pattern that comes in just before three minutes is one of the best parts of the album to me. There is such a range on this one song, as there is through the whole album, that it is captivating listening, though it can also be fatiguing at times if not in the right mood. Find the right mood and this is a superb album. There is always something interesting happening. The violin solo that follows is exhilarating.

Musqat opens in slightly edgy 5/4 time with gritty guitars and violin, before slowing down then accelerating into a bass and violin section. The violin is very prominent throughout the album and is an essential ingredient in the sound. A piano takes up the main theme before getting a little more chaotic and playful. A fuller fusion sound follows with organ and lead guitar. Santana comes to mind again, in a very positive way. Vocals are used economically and sung passages do not follow the standard verse/chorus structure; they appear where they fit. The singer has an expressive voice. Jangala Mem has a more mystical opening and drifts slightly into atonality and ring modulation before flitting between themes, never settling for long on one.

Il Vento del Tempo begins with chimes and intimations of the wind. A muezzin-like call is heard and there is a Middle-Eastern influence embedded in places. A slower tempo an sparser arrangement allows room for the vocals to shine. Finale is probably the highlight of the album - as befits the longest song - with a captivating opening, with its dark, folk theme which almost immediately disintegrates to a jazzy section with vocals to follow. The middle section starts hesitantly and then accelerates, maintaining an barely-controlled edge to it, before the opening theme returns. The intensity grows with saxophone outbursts. The song and album ends with an uplifting violin and flute duet.

This is a truly excellent album, one of the highlights of recent RPI. To fully appreciate it you need to have a liking for fusion and heavy jazz influences. Someone who enjoys classic RPI, early-to-mid Santana and Mahavishnu Orchestra will delight in In Hoc Signo.

 In Hoc Signo by INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE album cover Studio Album, 2013
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In Hoc Signo
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars Unreal! Right up there with La Maschera di Cera's Le Porte del Domani, new Italian prog that can hold its own with the very best out of the 1970s, and I can't believe I'm actually saying this! I think a lot of bands in recent years have learned from past mistakes (mistakes too many bands did in the past was nasty digital contemporary production, which many didn't have the knack, and often ended up sterile, and most of all the habit of cramming as much music on one CD as possible so quality control has gone astray and often made for a tedious listen). Ingranaggi della Valle is an incredible band of fusion and prog, in fact this band could have easily fit the Jazz Rock/Fusion category as Rock Progressive Italiano. Incredible energetic prog and fusion, with keyboards, violin, guitar, bass, and drums, and Italian vocals. They combine the high energy fusion of the likes of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Arti & Mestieri and Area (but with more normal vocals and less avant guard inclinations) and give elements of symphonic prog. There are some Allan Holdsworth type guitar fusion moments, with keyboards including piano, organ, Mellotron (or sampled Mellotron), and synths. They have a number of guests, including none other than David Jackson from Van der Graaf Generator (and even Osanna's Prog Family) and Mattias Olsson from Änglagård. I've been waiting for prog like this! It's hard to believe that Black Widow Records is leading the new Italian prog renaissance, and I'm ever thankful for that (it's strange, because Black Widow originally specialized in heavy metal), and it's Black Widow responsible for the release of In Hoc Signo. Totally essential prog that 's truly five star worthy!
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In Hoc Signo
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by MELNIBONÉ

3 stars Young band from Rome Ingranaggi Della Valle is part of the New Wave of Italian progressive rockers? although some might dispute labelling them RPI, since their debut album veers quite often to Fusion and flirts with Metal and Funk. On the other hand, it doesn't mean that IDV ignore altogether what they owe to their symphonic forebears from the previous century. As a matter of fact, it would almost be impossible to do so, given the number of musicians featured on "In Hoc Signo". First, there's the band itself : I. Leone (vocals) M. Liberati (keys). F. Gonnellini (guitars & vocals), M. Gennarini (violin & vocals) S, Colucci (drums & percussion). Then come the guests appearing on certain pieces : M. Bruno (bass), E. Arrigo (vocals & bass), S. Massimi (various types of bass), L. Colucci (speech), F. Projetti (classical guitar) and B. Miglietta (vocals). And then, we have the "special" guests : M. Olsson from Anglagard (drums, percussion, synth & noises), D. Jackson from VdGG (sax & flute) and pop singer A. S. Scutti (vocals). By any standards, when there are so many musicians and/or vocalists on an album, it usually means that we're in for a treat, in that the music on display will most surely feature a rich and wide palette.

That said, before getting into the musical core of the album, I must say that the concept explored in "In Hoc Signo" is not necessarily one that I would've expected on a new band's first release. The album refers to historical facts surrounding the launching of the first Crusade (1096-1099) ; "In Hoc Signo" is Latin meaning "By this sign (the Cross, you shall win)", even though the Norman knights of the times would have said it in low Latin: "Deus lo vult" ("God Wills It"). From the notes (the only ones that are written in English) within the booklet, we learn that the songs are not about the mustering of armies, the long journey from Italian shores to the Holy Land and the walls of Jerusalem, but they are rather focused on "the development of a modern social conscience in a period dominated by a savage and intolerant individualism. A time where a "Deus Lo Vult" hid more than a heroic action of defense or a sacrifice in the sign of the Cross. A time that's not so far away." All of which make for quite an intriguing and challenging lyrical endeavour? but one that you won't access to unless you understand Italian (which I do not, at least not enough to get a clear picture of the exact content of each song).

The album offers a bit more than an hour (63:55) of music. Apart from the "Introduzione" (0:15) and "Fuga da Amman" (5:56), the nine other pieces are songs. That said, the lyrics within some of them are relatively short as is the case with "Mare in Tempesta" (3:17), "Kairuv'an" (6:09), "Masqat" (5:16) and "Jangala Mem" (6:47), leaving therefore ample space for the music to expand. The other songs range from 5:49 ("Cavalcata") to 9:34 ("Finale"), with "Via Ignatia" clocking at 5:41, "L'Assedio di Antiochia" at 8:11 and "Il vento del tempo" at 7:00. So, all in all, despite the serious and dramatic "concept" (we might even say "context" in this case) underlining the album, IDV have given themselves plenty of elbow room to create, develop and offer us a meaningful opus, where words have their rightful place, but not to the expense of music.

Since other reviewers have been through each songs thoroughly enough, it would be a waste of time and space to go through that all over again. So I'll move right away to my conclusions. "In Hoc Signo" is modern RPI, in that it's edgy, often heavy, with frequent jazz frenzy, so dense dense at times that you might be wondering where it will lead to. Tempo changes abound, in par with a wide range of atmospheres from delicate to frantic, from almost metal to eerie, and melodically romantic to power funk. Here and there, there are echoes of iconic Italian bands of the '70s (even those that were short-lived), but IDV are no copy cats. There's a feel throughout that connects these young musicians to their forebears, but it's more a matter of attitude and a desire to push the envelope than producing (or re-producing) the readily identifiable sound of a bygone era.

"In Hoc Signo" is good from start to finish, and very good at times. But, overall, Ingranaggi Della Valle has still some work to do in order to achieve a distinctive, original sound they can call their own, whatever means or direction this may imply. Granted, their debut album is more than promising, but still the band's musical identity must be refined. We'll see how it will all turn out on their next album. And I really hope there will be a follow-up to that brilliant start.

3 well oiled cogs

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In Hoc Signo
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
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3 stars Ingranaggi della Valle were formed in Rome at the end of 2010, when Mattia Liberati (keyboards) and Flavio Gonnellini (guitar), both playing in the Jazz Rock act The Big Chill, joined forces with drummer Shanti Colucci and bassist Edoardo Arrigo.In June Marco Gennarini enters the band on violin and with the help of their friend and singer Leonardo Pandolfo they recorded a demo EP in November of the same year.Enough of a good work to be approached by Black Widow, so the searching for a full-time singer begun, resulting to the hiring of Igor Leone in 2012.By the time of their debut ''In hoc signo'' Arrigo appears only as a guest with Simone Massimi playing most of the bass parts.Several guests appear on the album, but the names of Van der Graaf Generator David Jackson and Änglagård's Mattias Olsson shine through.This one came out in 2013 both in vinyl and CD format.

The name of the game here is very dense Italian Prog with a Fusion aura and enough vintage echoes to get goosebumps to lovers of the Classic Prog era, just do not expect the strong Classical tastes of the old groups, although there are plenty of them, cause Ingranaggi della Valle are more of a Prog Fusion band, the mass of quirky, schizophenic interplays, the display of strong jazzy components and the tireless soloing on various instruments are certain proofs of their direction.Considering that, they are much closer to ARTI E MESTIERI or AREA, while the jazzier period of PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI still springs to mind.Now, the music is perhaps on the jazzier side of Prog Rock, but the vocals have this flawless expression, warmth and romanticism of Italian Prog singers, excellent work by Igor Leone.The performance of the group comes at a professional level with a full-time violin player and a wide array of vintage keys like Mellotron, Hammond B3, Moog synthesizer and a Rhodes electric piano.Closer look from the recent bands could be DEUS EX MACHINA, heavy instrumental music with power and passion all over the place, rhythmic lines and odd time signatures, surprising breaks into varied tempos and a fascinating palette of different protagonists with each minute passing by.At times the music gets a bit chaotic and too complex with constantly changing rhythms and everpopping solos, but the general taste is more than positive, material with an unmet virtuosity and even some flavor from the theatrical side of Prog Rock.

Extremely talented band.Great instrumental work and marvelous vocals all the way.I think that consistency is the matter of discussion for the future of this group.Still a pretty amazing debut by this bunch of Italian youngsters, one of those groups deserving a really close look.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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In Hoc Signo
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

5 stars 2013 was an astonishing year for Italian Progressive Rock. The year gave us some superb albums like Sensitivitā (La Coscienza Di Zeno), AlieNatura (Il Tempio Delle Clessidre), You Have A Chance (Camelias Garden), PFM In Classic (Premiata Forneria Marconi), Barbarica (Museo Rosenbach), just to name a few. All of those albums were qualified to a Top10 list. Unfortunately, I got the album I'm reviewing right in 2014, but as they say, better late than never.

In Hocno Signo (2013) is the debut album of Ingranaggi Della Valle and here we have all the ingredients that Italian Prog Rock lovers could want but without sounding dated and old. In Hoc Signo (2013) is the contemporary answer to the great classics!

Ingranaggi Della Valle is a quintet formed in Roma by the young musicians Igor Leoni (vocals), Mattia Liberati (keyboards), Flavio Gonnellini (guitars), Marco Gennarini (violin and vocals) and Shanti Colucci (drums and percussion). And I can honestly say that the band recorded a modern classic when it comes to In Hocno Signo (2013)!

Let's begin with Igor Leoni vocals which are absolutely fantastic and shine strongly in 'Cavalcata'. The fact that the band use the violin in its line-up and loads of vintage keyboards makes tracks like 'Mare In Tempesta' and 'Via Egnatia' become so strong and powerful that it is impossible to just stand still. In 'L'Assedio Di Antiochia' the band unite all their elements in a single and powerful track full of vocals and killer riffs. This power continues shining mercilessly in the instrumental 'Fuga Da Amman' and it keeps going on in the jazzy tracks 'Kairuv'An' and 'Masqat', in this last one Flavio's guitar speaks loud and well. Then in 'Jangala Mem' we have a bit of psychedelia in a more experimental sound with varied and different parts.

The previous experimentation continues , initially in 'Il Vento Del Tempo', but next to first minute of the song we come back to the signature sound of the band. To finish the great album that In Hoc Signo (2013) is we have 'Finale' and its 9'33. We have a special touch on this track, the participation of David Jackson from Osanna playing saxophones and flutes with a frantic musical background to them.

Resuming, In Hoc Sogno (2013) is simply essential. You're a fan of Progressive Rock, right? So make a favor to yourself and buy this album asap!

I would like to give a huge thank you to Black Widow Records for releasing this album and for Ingranaggi Della Valle for existing!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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In Hoc Signo
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE's debut "In Hoc Signo" certainly caused a stir among RPI fans last year, in fact it was on many people's top ten for 2013. They are a five piece band out of Italy and have nine guests helping out so we get a wide variety of instruments here on this expansive recording. I was surprised after listening to this many times last week to find out yesterday after reading the liner notes that David Jackson(VDGG) and Mattias Olsson(ANGLAGARD) are two of the nine guests. Interesting because two of my favourite sections involve these two men not so surprisingly. There is a lot to like here but I must admit the violin and lead vocals both of which are very prominant on this album don't do a lot for me, hence my 3 star rating(ducks). Still as I just mentioned there are some spine tingling moments regardless of my musical tastes.

Funny though that after one listen I knew this wasn't quite for me and many spins later I still feel the same way. After a very brief intro track of mellow guitar and melancholic violin it blends into "Cavalcata" where it kicks into a full sound with violin playing over top and leading the way. Piano then vocals lead a minute in then it kicks in again with violin. It's fairly heavy here until a calm arrives before 2 1/2 minutes. It's full again before 5 minutes to the end. An okay tune. "Mare In Tempesta" has lots of synths and drums to start as vocals join in. Violin and guitar take over when the vocals stop. "Via Egnatia" sounds good early with the atmosphere and soaring guitar. Violin and vocals take over before 2 minutes then it picks up but the mood and tempo continues to shift. Vocal melodies and violin end it. Not bad. "L'assedio Di Antiochia" has some great sounding organ early on as the violin joins in and leads. It becomes fuller then the vocals join in as well. I like the instrumental sections on this one, especially 4 1/2 minutes in. Not a fan of the vocals that follow though. A calm 5 1/2 minutes in then it slowly builds until we get this great sound that starts before 7 minutes.

"Fuga Da Amman" is probably my favourite tune and it's an instrumental. Best part is the guitar that comes in around 3 minutes. "Kairuv'an" reminds me of DFA early on and yes it's really good. Vocals come in then it settles before picking back up. "Masqat" is led by drums and violin until it settles down well before a minute. Piano before 2 minutes as it starts to pick back up, nice bass too. A heavy sound after 4 1/2 minutes. "Jangala Mem" is the track Mattias plays drums on and he's outstanding as usual. There's this eerie vibe after 1 1/2 minutes. I like it ! That mood changes as we get some impressive instrumental workouts. "Il Vento Del Tempo" has this intro that is quite dark and Mattias is credited with adding "weird noises" on this song. It kicks in before settling back quickly with reserved vocals, mellotron follows. I really like how themes are repeated on this one. "Finale" is the longest song at around 9 1/2 minutes. Violin leads early then it becomes fuller. Nice. Not a fan of the vocals before 4 minutes but I like the mellotron. Sax(David Jackson) before 6 minutes then the piano leads. Adventerous sounding sax follows before it turns mellow with relaxed vocals. Violin takes over 8 minutes in followed by flute.

Man talk about an epic debut, these guys really impressed me with such an ambitious work here, I just wished I liked it more.

 In Hoc Signo by INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE album cover Studio Album, 2013
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In Hoc Signo
Ingranaggi della Valle Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

3 stars I've listened to this album a huge number of times before writing this review. Its a good album showing excellent musicianship, it has a good concept and shows an excellent knowledge of history by the lyricists, it has all the ingredients to be a masterpiece but there's something wrong.

Several times I've tried to understand what I don't like in it, why I'm unable to get it.

After repeated listens I think I have found the reason. There are bands which have repeated almost the same song for ages: in the pop world I think to R.E.M or Dire Straits. I can enjoy one or two of their songs, but at the third I'm bored, it's always the same song.

For Ingranaggi Della Valle it's different: they don't repeat the same song, their compositions are very well arranged and orchestrated, I really like the vocalist, but what doesn't change it's the mood. "Cavalcata" and "L'Assedio Di Antiochia" are excellent songs, but I can rarely resist to listen to the whole album in one shot.

It's very likely my issue, not theirs. I'm sure that I'm failing to enter into this album, it's not the album failing to catch my interest.

Anyway, the band deserves attention and I'll be happy to hear their future outputs. This "In Hoc Signo" has some very good moments, a keyboardist whose skill is somewhere between Emerson and Wakeman, they have the vintage sounds that I usually like, they have violin, flute, ethnic instruments... well, it's possible that sooner or later I'll completely rewrite this review. This album has everything it needs to be called progressive, all the required ingredients...why it doesn't make for me it's still a mistery.

But it's good. I can not like it, but from an overall and detached point of view I must say that it's a good album and most of the prog, and in particular, RPI fans will love it.

Thanks to Todd for the artist addition.

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