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Höstsonaten - The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner - Chapter One CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.86 | 188 ratings

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3 stars Time and time again I am realizing that Zuffanti is as good as gold. With so many projects that span so many different styles, it's hard to get bored when plunging into his discography. What he offers us with his newest Hostonaten release is an epic concept album based on Colerige's classic poem that is jammed packed with most everything you could want. The arrangements and instrumentations are amazing, bringing everything from classical guitar, to piano, violin, and of course, tons and tons of mellotron used in the most effective of ways. But, what makes this album stand out for me is the masterful use of melody and theatricality. The vocals and narrative approach remind me a bit of Ainur mixed with a lot of Peter Gabriel era genesis, however, this is no Genesis rip off. With Hostsonaten, Zuffanti combines the early Genesis feel with the best of classic Italian prog and what I consider to be a Scandinavian type sensibility for the mellotron (even though he's Italian). Once again, a huge applause to Mr. Zuffanti for yet another great album; I'd imagine most symphonic prog fans will love this. Plus, for those Iron Maiden fanboys out there looking for some more Rime of the Ancient Mariner, here's where you stop looking and start basking in the glory.
Progulator | 3/5 |


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