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Weren't Homunculus Res supposed to release an album in 2017? I need more Italian pork for my AOTY list! Oh well my top contender is Italian so maybe that is enough...
Other than that ZU album though I am struggling to find great Italian 2017 releases.
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Weren't Homunculus Res supposed to release an album in 2017? I need more Italian pork for my AOTY list! Oh well my top contender is Italian so maybe that is enough...
Other than that ZU album though I am struggling to find great Italian 2017 releases.
 
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That Acqua Fragile album `A New Chant' really is surprisingly very good! OK, so they still sing mostly in English, but the tracks have so many fancy details, and the album isn't afraid to make a bit of noise here and there. It's actually probably the best album they've ever done!
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Italy's Verganti supposedly formed over their theory that Darwin was wrong and Aliens started it all.   I don't speak Italian but after perusing Verganti's 2017 debut Atlas' song titles, I surmised Verganti's-Atlas addresses their Alien theory of life. 

I don't endorse Verganti's pseudo science and I'm not heralding the birth of a new PFM, however I don't believe Verganti is on Progarchives.   To my inexperienced ears they sound RPI, even if their video visuals remind me of 80's MTV cheese.  Personally, not my cup of vino but I thought I'd put it out there...Wink

Verganti's debut album is available on Progsteaming.

http://progstreaming.nl/pages/play-album.php?activeAlbum=2017-10-27-05 - Verganti - Atlas




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Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

That Acqua Fragile album `A New Chant' ... It's actually probably the best album they've ever done!  

I think you're right. Although I like their other albums more than you do.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Todd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2018 at 16:21
^^ Cindy, thanks for the heads up! This one passed me by.

I don't love it either, though it has nice moments, but it certainly warrants official evaluation. 

Grazie!
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My updated and final fifteen favorite Italian albums of 2017.  From my perspective, a deep year for Italian Prog. In addition to modern RPI, you'll find symphonic, jazz fusion, neo-ish, and stoner albums.  I listened to every album at least four times.  Ended up purchasing 13/15.  Almost half are instrumental.     

1. Barock Project- "Detachment" ( Keyboard wizard "Luca Zabbini" wields Baroque genius, catchy song craft, and finishes in a three way tie for my most listened to 2017 album along with Wobbler and BBT-Grimspound )

2. Panther & C- "Il Giusto Equilibrio" (  addictive velvet, bittersuite, luxurious Italian distant cousin of neo prog)  RPI Collaborator Todd's top 2017 Italian album

3. Unreal City- "Frammenti Notturi"  (Smidgeon more mellow the previous two albums, RPI juggernaut Unreal City doesn't disappoint )  Progrock.com MIW 2017 winner "Best Prog Album" and "Best Prog Song"

4.Astrolabio- "I Paralumi della Ragione" ( 21st century eccentric smirks and winks, stripped of fancy frills, fragile ivory keyboard frenzies, bottom dwelling bass stalks drum, swelling toes tap out Bonham beats "bare knuckle" brash raspy guitar creaks)

5.Maxophone- "La fabbrica delle nuvole" ( fragrant spicy vocals, plenty of instrument separation, eclectic, delicate, and organic, drizzled with a sprinkling of madrigal harmonies, surprising follow up to a classic)

6. Accordo Dei Contrari - "Violato Intatto" ( Mesmerizing heavy-prog jazz fusion, garlicy antipasto, magnifico guitar caterwaul, screaming sax. Warning! Not your uncle Guido's pastoral Italian prog)
 
7L'Albero Del Veleno- " Tale of a Dark Fate"   ( Instrumental Italian horror in Goblin's vein) 

8. il Cerchio D'oro-  "il Fuoco Sotto la Cenere"   ( 3rd strong album in a row, intriguing icy harmonies immersed in merlot soaked acoustic and electric guitars, dramatic keys, traditional but with a twist ) 

9. Cantina Sociale - "Caosfera" (Mediterranean style, Area influenced jumbled cacophony of emotion)

10. Taproban- "Per Aspera Ad Astera" ( swirling keys ala Banks/Kaye, Rickenbacker bass/guitar and drums retro RPI trio)  

11. Magnolia- "Con Fuoco" ( Social justice warrior Chiara Gironi's mezzo soprano dominates Magnolia's mid tempo aggressive "heart on sleeve" attack-against-the-machine, interspersed English and Italian PBS radio broadcasts propel the narrative) 

12. Plurima Mundi - "Percorsi" ( silky violins, crystalline piano, avian opaline arias ricochet from classical to jazz into Sicilian chandeliers)

13. Quarto Vuoto - "Illusioni" (cinematic atmospheric keys, guitar, bass, and drums with heavy doses of jazz fusion, guest tenor sax and violin, Nicola D'Amico's eclectic drum style stands out )

14. The Rome Pro(g)ject- "Exegi Monvmentvm Aere Perennivs"- (Keyboardist composer Vincenzo Ricca leads  Steve Hackett, David Cross, David Jackson (VDGG-Sax) and other Englishmen on an instrumental symphonic odyssey)  

15. Muffx- "L'ora di Tutti" ( Black Widow Records delivers a mid tempo stoner instrumental, inspired by 500 year old Ottoman Empire invasion... conjuring magic lonely, dusty desert scenes .)



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Great list, Cindy!

I'm very pleasantly surprised to see that Muffx one here! I had that arrive about a week ago, and despite the first track perhaps being the least interesting thing on it, everything after that is absolutely superb!

I still have to submit my top 20 vote for the `Best of 2017 releases Collaborator' voting, but that L'Albero del Valeno one is going to feature very highly on my list. To me it's a perfect fusion of ravishing Italian theatrical and classic pomp with the darker qualities I love.
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