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Ingranaggi Della Valle


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.07 | 207 ratings

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5 stars Warmed Space Blue, the second release by this Italian band Ingranaggi Della Valle had left me completely speechless, in a completely unexpected manner, I expected them to continue on the jazz rock styles of Area and Arti & Mestieri, but instead go for a much more complex brand of eclectic prog of the more extreme end that borders on RIO at times. Really it's a giant leap forward for the band. The violin and vocals have been reduced, what vocals there are are usually in English. The Mellotron makes a bigger presence than before. What you basically get here is challenging prog in the vein of King Crimson, Änglagård, and even RIO. The music frequently takes on a darker, more sinister vibe, which is always a plus for me. On In Hoc Sogno, the band sounds positively like they're playing it safe in comparison to this! While that one featured Mattias Olsson from Änglagård and David Jackson from Van der Graaf Generator and the recent Osanna as guests, Warmed Space Blue features Fabio Pignatelli, of Goblin guesting on the opening cut. This was completely unexpected for me! Isn't the reason for prog rock is to challenge listeners and even their expectations? Well Ingranaggi Della Valle did just that! This could very well be one of the finest prog releases I've heard of the 2010s! To think of the musical progress, think of if Yes started off with their debut in 1969 and then make their following release Close to the Edge, but to be fair, Yes had three years to get to that point, and so did Ingranaggi Della Valle, the major difference was Yes had three albums released between their debut and Close to the Endge, and Ingranaggi had no albums released between those three years, but it still allowed them time to progress to where they are now. I just love it when new prog bands show their potential on their debut, but then really make that major leap on their next release. That's what IDV does here. But if you like the more jazz rock leanings of In Hoc Signo, Warm Spaced Blue would me a more rough ride. For those wanting new prog that's quite complex and challenging, there's no reason not to own a copy, this is essential!
Progfan97402 | 5/5 |


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