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3 stars After several line-up changes and almost twenty years of honing their craft, 2014 finally sees Italian band Lineateorica properly enter the R.P.I scene with a promising 25 minute self-titled EP, and the results already suggest a band to start keeping an eye on. One thing that makes the band instantly stand out is that none of the members play keyboards, definitely a strange decision considering the grand tradition of keyboard sophistication present on endless beloved Italian prog classics! It's not to worry, though, as the band have an exciting, energetic and thoughtful set of compositions to offer listeners here.

Tightly written pieces favouring expertly executed instumental flourishes instead of bloated soloing with heartfelt vocals is what Lineateorica excell at. Fiery acoustic guitar and guest flutist Luca De Marchis help bring a vintage 70's Italian prog flavour, but much of the band is about a contemporary sound played with surety and maturity.

`L'ipocrita' opens the E.P with a slow-burn hypnotic intensity. Dreamy Pink Floyd-like mellow passages weave around faraway flute, sighed group harmonies and searing electric guitar runs inside impossibly tight and twisting tempo-changes. Nello D'Agonstino's voice rises and falls throughout the piece with a passionate instensity, and the track gets the disc off to a fine start. `B- Friend' is a brooding rocker with nice spiky lead electric guitar heaviness over acoustic-led verses perhaps like recent Porcupine Tree works. Nello's voice takes on a snarling theatrical roll in a few spots, and there's a nice extended instrumental build in the second half overloaded with danger thanks to some galloping bass, strangled guitar attacks and a relentless drum-beat.

`Non c'č Pių Veleno' is a catchy, confident and slightly melancholic tune that seamlessly jumps back and forth in tempo, with trilling flute, ragged electric guitar soloing and punchy drumming that sounds like a call-to-arms. `Un'altra Avventura di Kohn' is also a lesson in contrasting sounds. The vocals are sadly reflective and full of wounded longing one moment, then domineering the next. Uneasy acoustic guitar turns reckless and forceful, and wistful flute suddenly unleashes in a ferocious darting manner, in the best vintage Italian prog tradition.

Lineateorica should be very proud of what they've delivered here. It's a shorter album full of charismatic vocals, melodic tunes, exciting playing and dangerous instrumental passages, that you just want to keep playing over and over. The possibilties of what the band could achieve on a proper long-play album is very promising and exciting.

Three and a half stars! This E.P gets the band off to a great start, and I feel the best is yet to come!

Aussie-Byrd-Brother | 3/5 |


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