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Italian band BORNIDOL was formed in 2006 by Paul Gatti (keyboards, piano and vocals) and David Garletti (drums). With additional musicians that would come and go from the band over the next several years, the band initially played hard and heavy rock music (resulting in an EP back in 2007) and cover versions live in the local club scene, but original music was also being worked on at this time. Whilst retaining the heavy sound, their influences also came to include prog rock from the Seventies and especially the Italian R.P.I bands from that era, and 2014 finally saw the release of their first full-length debut `2'.

RPI lovers - proceed with caution! Bornidol may just represent the gutsiest, heaviest interpretation of the Italian prog sound to date! Although traces of the expected classical elements and a dominance of piano and Hammond organ are to be found on their proper debut album, it's backed up by heavy grooving hard-rock riffs, boisterous vocals and aggressive drumming, and this combination means the vintage sounds of the Seventies are presented in a very modern setting, truly a progressive kind of prog! Make no mistake, this is not your Dad's RPI, but it does offer an exciting glimpse at one of the directions the sub-genre may head in, and BORNIDOL are a talented and powerful new band to lead the way!

Biography by MIchael H (Aussie-Byrd-Brother)

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Bornidol Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Aggressive, almost metal-like rock and sophisticated vintage Italian prog - not something you'd expect to see in the one sentence, nor the two styles mixed together on an actual album! But young Italian band Bornidol make it work perfectly, and the results are conflicting, challenging, but absolutely addictive! Although the title of this proper debut album `2' might be taking into consideration an original EP from an earlier version of the band back in 2007, there's an interesting alternate way to interpret it. The band take both the Seventies sounds of classic Italian R.P.I bands and set it against heavy grooving modern hard rock music, these two forces butting heads and locked in constant battle with each-other, and the intense cover art perfectly captures that!

Opener `Mezzaluna' is the most straightforward track on the disc, a snarling heavy rocker with lashings of Paul Gatti's whirring Hammond organ throughout, and he delivers a bold, boisterous lead vocal as well. `Demoni' also features pummelling drums and plodding slab-like heavy riffs over Hammond organ grinding. Instrumental `Prologo' is a solo fuzzy and moody classical Hammond interlude, leading right into `La Temesta', with its mix of careful ambient synth atmospheres, constantly building drums and droning sighing harmonies that more recalls Polish prog-metal band Riverside than anything Italian.

But with glistening pretty piano, spiralling Moog and a wounded romantic vocal, `War' is the first of several pieces scattered around the disc that actually come across as a gutsier take on a style that popular younger modern RPI band Unreal City deliver. `War' and `I Banchettatori di Corte' are quickly bombarded back and forth with devilish Hammond and David Garletti's fiery drumming, with nicely strangled guitar soloing from Massimo Colosio a highlight as well. There's plenty of emotion throughout `Sognare...Viaggiare...', an introspective and very melodic tune that again reminds of Unreal City, with a confident lead vocal and subtle playing that reveals a sophistication and maturity that the band can achieve when they tone down all the bluster!

`2' is sure to be a controversial Italian release, likely to be as loved as it is dismissed by different groups of listeners. Purists (older listeners?!) may be horrified at the heavy rocking youthful ballsy power added to some fine vintage Italian prog flavours, but that danger, that unpredictability is exactly what many true RPI fans should hope for. At this point, Bornidol are not quite nearly as ambitious as Italian artists and albums that twist and distort the established RPI traits to thrilling results, but listeners will still discover what a wonderfully confident and defiant statement of intent to do things differently `2' is.

Three and a half stars rounded up to Four for a very exciting and promising new Italian band!

Thanks to aussie-byrd-brother for the artist addition.

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