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The band was founded in 2009 in Reggio Emillia, Italy by musicians that has the desire to experiment with progressive rock music that mix and blend influences of various kinds including a spice of blues and vintage hard rock. The keyboard player Luca ORLANDINI has just graduated with eloquence from the Conservatory after the graduation of the guitar player Alessio GAMBARELLI. The line-up is completed by Andrea GIBERTI (vocals, harmonica, synths), Massimiliano BRAGLIA (guitar, drums), Riccardo VECCHI (bass)and Nicholas CORANDINI (guitar, drums). The name of the band refers to the Ancient Greek and evoyer a hard march uphill. After some live activity the band released in 2014, his first self-titled album.

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Anabasi Road Heavy Prog

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars "Ages" is an Ep that was released by Anabasi Road in 2016, two years after their eponymous full length album. The line up is the same of their previous work and features Andrea Giberti (vocals, harmonica), Massimiliano Braglia (electric and acoustic guitar), Alessio Gambarelli (guitar, flute, backing vocals), Riccardo Vecchi (bass, backing vocals), Luca Orlandini (keyboards, organ, piano, synth) and Nicholas Corradini (drums, guitar, backing vocals) but a string quartet contributed to enrich the sound during the recording sessions with good results. The overall sound is a mix of vintage prog, hard rock, classical influences and blues expressed with enthusiasm and passion. The beautiful drawings by Giulia Tubertini for the art cover and booklet try to give you an idea of the colourful musical content...

In fact, all the tracks of this EP are linked together and form a long suite divided into four parts where the music and lyrics tell of a personal crises with its traumas, doubts and hopes depicted with vivid colours and surreal images. The first part, "What Does It Mean?", describes the point of no return with the deterioration of the family routine and the desire to escape and experience a new way of life. For this section of the suite the band shot a video that you can find on YT or as a bonus on the CD.

"Bridge To Another Rainbow, Part I: Sunset Prelude" is an instrumental section with the string quartet in the forefront and melancholic, evocative passages melting into the tormented "Bridge To Another Rainbow, Part II: Morning Comes" that describes a time of difficult choices and challenges where fears and forgotten hopes emerge and you have to look deeply into your soul to break free and find again your self-esteem... The powerful, reassuring section entitled "The Dream Machine", is about the daily fight to affirm your ideals and personality and ends the suite with its positive energy.

On the whole, a nice work that deserves a try.

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Anabasi Road
Anabasi Road Heavy Prog

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Anabasi Road are a young band from Reggio Emilia that came to life in 2009 with the aim of blending prog, hard rock and blues with a touch of freshness and a great passion for vintage sounds. The name of the band refers to the Ancient Greek and evokes a hard march uphill. After a good live activity on the local scene, in 2014 they self-released an interesting eponymous album with a line up featuring Andrea Giberti (vocals, harmonica, keyboards), Massimiliano Braglia (guitar, drums), Alessio Gambarelli (guitar), Riccardo Vecchi (bass), Luca Orlandini (keyboards, organ, piano) and Nicholas Corradini (drums, guitar). Although they can't be considered the most original band on the rich current Italian prog scene, Anabasi Road are a talented bunch of musicians and on their debut album they showcase a good potential. If you like bands such as Wicked Minds or Psycho Praxis I'm sure you will appreciate this work as well.

The opener "Pleasure In Me" starts by nervous electric guitar riffs and dark organ waves. The music and lyrics describe a haunting presence and an insane, dangerous passion that rises like dust on the road while a strange, silent feeling sets hope and time on fire. The following "Clashing Stars" is a kind of wild prayer to the sky for a new life and tells about a desperate, merciless need for vendetta in an endless war where there's no room for respect and pity.

Next comes the disquieting "Dreaming For You" where the music and lyrics describe a strange experience: a restless dream, a fall into a windy grave, a lapse of reason with blind lies whirling inside your mind... It leads to the long psychedelic blues "Say Man", haunted by the ghost of Jim Morrison.

"Guerra Mondiale" (World War) is the only track sung in Italian on the album and I think that it's a real pity that the band didn't exploit more their native language. It begins by a delicate piano pattern, then the music and lyrics describe the feelings of a soldier in a dark, wet night before the battle... There's blood on the ground and on the hearts, you can hear cries and shouts, marching men and bombs falling all around... A great track!

The following "Maybe Tomorrow" is full of rebellious energy and invites you to fight against the people who try to manipulate your conscience and your mind. It leads to the long, dark "I Walk Alone" that depicts in deep red colours a man possessed by a haunting vision who looks at him through a shining glass. Filled with pain and rage, with no hope nor God, now he walks toward his new dark Lord... The bluesy "Requiem" concludes the album with no prayers, no cries and no shouts but a great electric guitar solo.

On the whole, a good album for classic rock lovers. Anyway, you can listen to the complete album in streaming on bandcamp: have a try and judge by yourselves.

Thanks to rdtprog for the artist addition.

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