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PROPHEXY started off life in 1999 as a metal band and, aside from an early demo, their first release ''Enforce Evolve'' focused on straightforward rock. However, some changes of personnel and a couple of demos either side of their collaboration on the Mellow Records project ''The Letters: An Italian unconditional guide to King Crimson'' in 2004 saw the band embracing aspects of prog and experimental rock.

A few more years down the line and the potential trauma of further departures and arrivals of group members saw the band continue to grow and change. They self-released their second full-length album ''Alconauta'' in 2008, although it got its official release on CD in the following year. Heaviness was still deeply embedded in the material and in fact the band coined the term ''Pro-Aggressive Rock'' to describe their sound. Propulsive rhythms, haphazard tempo changes and noise were the main trademarks although the prominent use of flute added a touch of refinement to their music.

Their sound continued to evolve in line with yet more line-up changes and their recent album ''Improvviso'' (2013) marked the culmination of their years of genre shifting. It's a live recording, from March 2012, featuring new songs and revised versions of old material; included as bonus tracks are two CARAVAN classics recorded with Richard SINCLAIR. Discordant, jarring sounds and fragmented technique remain at the core of their inventions although the new pieces display a greater concentration on composition and melody. They have played as the support act for ANEKDOTEN, LE ORME and LA MASCHERA DI CERA among others; this has clearly galvanised their live performances and ''Improvviso'' is their most persuasive work to date.

PROPHEXY are an unusual band who bear little relation to the Italian symphonic prog, being a product of the wilder, more eclectic and off the wall type of RPI.

- seventhsojourn

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 Improvviso by PROPHEXY album cover Live, 2013
3.05 | 3 ratings

PropheXy Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Italian band PROPHEXY started out back in 1999, and was then a band focusing on metal as their genre of choice. As the band developed and its line-up with it they would soon start seeking out territories of a somewhat different kind however, and by the time their second album "Alconauta" was released in 2008 they had settled firmly within a progressive rock context. "Improvviso" is the band's third full length album, and was released through Musea Records' imprint Musea Parallele in 2013.

Prophexy is an entity that should appeal to those with a taste for variety, unpredictable developments, improvisational details and material that fairly easily merits a description as challenging. A certain taste for the avant-garde is probably needed, as should an appreciation for a band that occasionally pairs the challenging off with accessible details far removed from any avant with or without garde. A suggested key audience might be those who enjoy their Gong or Jethro Tull just as much as a band like Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.

 Alconauta by PROPHEXY album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.95 | 2 ratings

PropheXy Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars PROPHEXY is an Italian band who issued their first album back in 2003. One year later they appeared on a King Crimson tribute album released by Italian label Mellow Records and got positive reactions for their contribution to this project. When the band issued an EP in 2006 it lead to them winning a contest hosted by the "Acid Jazz" magazine. Come 2008 and Prophexy self-released their debut full length album "Alconauta", presumably anticipated by many. Later they were signed by UK Division Records, who will officially release "Alconauta" in July 2009.

It's easy to see why this band have made a name for themselves. They cover most musical bases, mixing in everything and the kitchen sink in a spicy musical gumbo, yielding quite a few surprises and with many innovative features. Experimental art rock following in the trail King Crimson have spearheaded in their career is some sort of a foundation here; with disharmonic and dissonant elements utilized as effects alongside arrhythmical sounding segments and unexpected compositional developments. A plethora of different styles are mixed in to this more or less basic structure, from folk-tinged elements a la Jethro Tull to organ heavy excursions Deep Purple style, from space-tinged elements closer to Hawkwind in sound to flurries of punk-inspired moments and even some brief visits to Iron Maiden-inspired moments. And not unexpectedly; there's quite a few jazz-tinged elements in these ventures too.

Two aspects of this album quaffs my enthusiasm for the final product though. First and foremost, the songs are generally too chaotic. Normally I really like tracks that move from segment to segment, especially when the flow of the composition is as well done as in this case. However, I do like to get a chance to get to listen to a segment or a theme before the next one appears; and on this production the band too often for my liking choose to move on rather too quickly, introducing the next part of a track while the approach made in the one just played out barely has had the time to register. Secondly, the vocals tend to distract too much at times. Matteo Bonazza has a generally strong and melodic voice; but tends to dip into melodramatic, almost operatic delivery on occasion - reminding me of a young Bruce Dickinson but with less restraint. This latter aspect of the music served is an element quite often found in Italian rock though; and is arguably more of a local cultural aspect than a peculiarity of this act alone. Still, it's a distracting element for me; and one I don't think fits in well on quite a few of the occasions when it is utilized.

Overall this makes for songs pretty aggressive in approach; frantic and chaotic in sound and overall style as well as development. Experimental art rock with a punk attitude if you like.

Prophexy is an act that have gathered all the right elements to be able to make wonderful and innovative music; but lack the compositions that allows them to utilize them in an interesting enough manner. When that is said, I can see that this will be a production that will have an audience appreciating it. Fans of the more aggressive side of avant garde art rock may find this album interesting; and I find it probable that the sheer aggression of this production might make it appealing to fans of prog metal as well; in particular those who are fond of the more complex excursions of that genre.

Thanks to seventhsojourn for the artist addition.

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