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Il Giardino Onirico


Crossover Prog

3.68 | 52 ratings

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3 stars The journey of Italians Il Giardino Onirico begins in September 2008 in Civita Castellana, near Rome, with their formation by keyboardist Emanuele Telli, guitarist Stefano Avigliana, bassist Ettore Mazzarini and drummer Massimo Moscatelli, all having different musical backgrounds.They were joined in 2009 by Dario Hakim, who was responsible for the band's sound effects and ambiances.They recorded the demo ''Complesso K'' in 2010, immediately followed by the arrival of poet and painter Marco Marini, who gave the band an extra dimension with his expressive narrations.July 2012 finds the band completing the debut ''Perigeo'', received and officially released a few months later by the Italian Prog label Lizard.

The name of the group is pretty ethereal, but do not expect a walk in dreamy gardens by Il Giardino Onirico, neither you will find a testimony of Italian Prog in ''Perigeo''.What you get with this album is instant, fairly complex and ultra-powerful Heavy Prog with spacey overtones and different variations, split in five long tracks, where the only vocals appearing are Marini's unique narration parts and some female choirs.However ''Perigeo'' it is not only about striking grooves and virtuosic solos.Sure, there are lots of extreme, passionate, guitar-driven moods with often an almost DREAM THEATER vibe and punchy rhythmic lines characteristic of the genre's fundamentals, but there are lot of things going on in the long, trippy instrumentals with a sound crossing the borders of OZRIC TENTACLES and QUANTUM FANTAY, featuring nice organ moves and extended synth lines...or the deep, cinematic, strongly orchestral, VANGELIS-like Electronic explorations with Hakim's great work on effects and loops.Fans of more melodic textures won't be dissapointed either.Moments of ''Perigeo'' are surrounded by beautiful and sensitive electric solos or laid-back synth-based themes with an emotional aura.This could end up characterized as a Fusion album in fact, as Il Giardino Onirico's debut contains a diverse, instrumental Progressive Rock, starting from typical heavy tunes and ending up in a mix of spacey landscapes, symphonic arrangements and acoustic crescendos.

Great band and great debut.Very atmospheric still powerful music for lovers of intense and deep instrumental adventures.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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