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3.14 | 11 ratings

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3 stars Cool Sci-Fi concept album for 90s/00s Neo-prog fans

Imagin'aria (from Alessandria) are another quality modern progressive band that is hard to pin one label on. You have some very talented musicians here who are injecting symphonic progressive rock with the influence of prog-metal, electronica, pop music, and neo-progressive. The band reminds me a bit of The Gourishankar in their chameleon ways, but whereas that band was simply musically out-of-control to the point of annoyance, Imagin'Aria does a better job of satisfying.putting cohesion above flash. It's a tremendously mysterious and beguiling little album that will get under your skin if you let it. Apparently this is a conceptual album with a Sci-Fi storyline about and end-of-world scenario and what takes place.

I'm not even sure how to describe the songs of "Progretto" other than to say variety is the spice of life. In the three-part opener "S.O. Seji" alone, they will deliver a Wall-era Floydian guitar atmosphere with female wordless operatic vocals over electronica, pulsing rhythms and even acoustic guitars. Most vocals on the album however are traditionally sung male vocals of very good quality. "Tela Bianca" crosses right over into pop music with sing along melodies and twangy clean electric guitars. They will go instrumental mode for "Il nostro delore" balancing lighter piano sections with some very heavy guitar and bass. "Il volo di Ledeo" toys with prog-metal blast drumming and heavy chugs. One of the album's highlights is surely the longest song "Fusione" at just over 8 minutes, which moves a turbulent and heavy first half into a more contemplative second half with melancholic lead guitar notes accenting the fine acoustic guitar work, and emotional, pleasant vocals. Several tracks are also quite fond of the blips and blurps sounds and rave beats you might associate with Bjork, yet there is usually more going on above and below the beats, sometimes spacey synths, flute, or strings. The compositional quality of the album is very good and the performances even better. These guys know what they're doing-I've a feeling we've not heard the last of Imagin'Aria!

I actually believe the fans who would most appreciate Imagin'Aria are the Neo-prog fans. This album, with its melodic but harder-edged modern prog sound should appeal to fans of many recent Neo-prog bands (as opposed to Genesis style 80s neo like Script), and reminds me more of high quality Neo than it does Italian Symphonic or Heavy Prog. To me there are only passing references to '70s Italian prog though the band cites it as an influence...they also cite funk, electronic, and folk. In any case this is an album with much appeal. The booklet is quite modest but features lyrics and some nice drawings. 7/10

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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