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PANTHER & C

Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


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Unlike many Italian prog acts that initially began as a covers group, the curiously named PANTHER & C, formed in Genova in 2003, have worked away on their own original material for over thirteen years now, resulting in a wonderful Italian language vinyl-length debut album `L'Epoca di un Altro' in August 2015.

A difficult addition to the RPI category of the Prog Archives site, Panther & C, like other recent Italian groups such as MARCHESI SCARMORZA, borrow substantially from English symphonic groups such as Genesis and little elements of the Neo-Prog acts, but the purer traits of theatrical crooning vocals, classical piano, energetic flute and wilder noise that came to be associated with many of the vintage Italian groups frequently reveals itself, with the band carefully delivering their own original and personal sound in teasing little passages. Often their music is romantic in the swooning tradition of LOCANDA DELLE FATE, a popular band amongst RPI purists.

In addition to touring with other notable modern Italian acts such as La Coscienza di Zeno and Merry Go Round, the future of Panther & C is very promising!

Biography by Michael H (Aussie-Byrd-Brother).

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4.07 | 8 ratings
L'Epoca di un Altro...
2015
4.08 | 23 ratings
Il Giusto Equilibrio
2017

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 Il Giusto Equilibrio by PANTHER & C album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.08 | 23 ratings

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Il Giusto Equilibrio
Panther & C Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by CeeJayGee

4 stars This is a delightful album. The band Panther & C is new to me and I must search out their debut album L'epoca Di Un Altro... released in 2014 as I am mightily impressed by their 2017 release Il Giusto Equilibrio. The album has five tracks with three over 10 minutes long and the other two just under five minutes long. What struck me most on listening to the album was the long and strongly melodic instrumentals, reminiscent of early Genesis. There are also some lovely guitar solos that reminded me of Steve Rothery at his best. There are vocals but they are used sparingly. I have been listening to the album on repeat for some time and recommend anyone to give it a try. I rate it a strong four stars.
 Il Giusto Equilibrio by PANTHER & C album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.08 | 23 ratings

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Il Giusto Equilibrio
Panther & C Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4½ stars really! Here's another discovery from the Black Widow Records' catalogue, the second album of an RPI group from Genova. I don't like the cover art at all, but that's the only bad thing on the whole album. For the very first minute when I listened to it, I felt a bit prejudiced: the familiar intensity in playing, and a totally uncultivated vocalist who sings in a nearly shouting manner. These features are too often present in modern RPI. However, pretty soon the opening track progresses in a much more enjoyable direction, and the flute raises a happy smile on my face. Also the vocals turn out to be more nuanced than at the very beginning. The band's excellently produced sound is keyboard oriented and has a good dose of Neo Prog reminding clarity. Within a same song there may be a moment resembling the classic 70's bands (ELP, Genesis) and after that an emotionally loaded, melodic section in the style of Marillion and such.

Three of the five tracks are between 11 and 14 minutes in length, two being 4½ minutes; the highly progressive compositions are well crafted, and the balance between instrumentality and the appearance of vocals is perfect. For example 'Giusto equilibrio' (13:30) has, after the fast beginning, a gorgeous slow vocal section with Neo-ish synth orientation, followed by several tempo changes, a classically flavoured keyboard solo, reappearance of vocals, and finally a great, pretty much Marillion-like electric guitar solo. If there was also the flute absent on this track, nothing could be better.

'Oric' is a ballad-like song with less progression (except for the Genesis-reminding instrumental tail featuring flute), which only makes the whole more dynamic and varied. 'Fuga dal Lago' (11:27) is an instrumental with many turns. I really love it, with all the soloing for keys, flute and guitar, and the soft, Camel-like melodicism. The long final track starts slowly, building the expectations of epicness that are luxuriously filled. I'm really happy to find out that this album sounds better with each subsequent listening. If you're into melodic symph prog as well as Neo Prog, and have a friendly attitude towards several influences shining through, this is to you. I'm sure that Il Guesto Equilibrio will appear on my list of the year's best albums.

 L'Epoca di un Altro... by PANTHER & C album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.07 | 8 ratings

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L'Epoca di un Altro...
Panther & C Rock Progressivo Italiano

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

4 stars Not much is known about the background of Italian group Panther & C at this point, but one thing instantly certain is that they've released a highly enjoyable modern Italian prog debut that will prove to be a reliable listen for lovers of symphonic prog. A difficult addition to the RPI category of the Prog Archives site, Panther & C borrow substantially from English symphonic groups such as Genesis and little elements of the Neo-Prog acts, but the purer traits of theatrical vocals, classical piano, racing flute and wilder noise that came to be associated with many of the vintage Italian groups frequently reveals itself, with the band carefully delivering their own original and personal sound in teasing little passages.

`L'Epoca di un Altro...' is a collection of unrelated works with shorter pieces in-between two lengthy epics that begin and close the disc. Eleven minute opener `Conto Alla Rovescia' rumbles with atmosphere and energetic bursts, an extended instrumental introduction full of racing scratchy guitars, huffing flute and piano that moves between doomed romance and dazzling prettiness. It soon introduces a twinkling addictive synth line in unison with a catchy and powerful repeated chorus (perhaps one of the best to appear on a recent Italian prog disc!) with intricate and warm harmonies, and a pretty flute solo will instantly remind RPI listeners of the romance of Locanda delle Fate. The two-part `Mariam' is sweeter with fleeting near lullaby-like moments of dreamy chiming guitars before prancing into an all-instrumental Genesis-like regal pomp of Moog- driven dashes, lush Mellotron veils and gliding electric guitar soloing, and the dramatically vocal heavy `Dik' is wistful with twisting guitar-work.

But best of all is the almost thirteen-minute closer `La Leggenda Di Arenberg' where Panther & C embrace their Italian prog heritage more fully. It offers boisterous group vocals, constant drifting flute darting in and out of the piece that is reflective one second, huffing and wild the next in the true RPI manner, with thick upfront bass murmuring seductively, extravagant drumming rattling with purpose and sleek PFM-like synth runs racing to the finish. With plentiful and constant instrumental passages weaving around some of the strongest vocal moments of the disc (plus some surprisingly funky passages and reggae-like diversions!), the piece is the most original, lively and spontaneous track here, so hopefully the group offer even more like this on their next album!

Some might be a little disappointed at the brisk 37 minute running time (but it should be noted that the shorter length calls to mind plenty of compact vintage Italian prog works from the Seventies!), but Panther & C perhaps might prove to be a good `gateway' group for listeners wanting to look into the exciting range of true RPI-flavoured Italian groups but who feel intimidated not knowing where to start. Panther and C bridge the gap between the English Symphonic Prog bands and proper ravishing RPI groups, and `L'Epoca di un Altro...' is a stylish and professional first musical statement from a promising and highly skilled new group.

Four stars.

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

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