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L'ULTIMO VIAGGIO

Nuova Era

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.69 | 65 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars NUOVA ERA are one of my favourite Italian bands, in part because they were one of the first Italian bands that I ever heard, but mostly because I love their energetic and fiery music.

"Eterna Sconfitta" opens with vocal melodies and powerful organ runs before drums and piano take over. Vocals follow and they sound amazing. I especially like them 1 1/2 minutes in as he sings with passion and confidence. Check out the organ solo as bass throbs and drums pound. Great drum work before 3 1/2 minutes. Vocals are back 4 minutes in. Just a fabulous tune. "L'Ultimo Viaggio" is the longest track at almost 13 minutes. It's spacey to begin with until we get this pleasant melody after 1 1/2 minutes with reserved vocals. Guitar 2 1/2 minutes as more passionate vocals come in. Pulsating synths and pounding drums continue. Just a pleasure to listen to this music. Vocals return 5 minutes in. A ripping guitar solo a minute later. Oh my ! It settles a little 7 minutes in with some nice drumming and more laid back vocals. A calm before 9 minutes and then it starts to build. Guitar becomes prominant then a full sound.

"Cattivi Pensieri I" opens with drums and lots of synths. The tempo picks up and then guitar joins in 1 1/2 minutes. "Cattivi Pensieri II" is an instrumental like the last song (Part I). Full speed ahead right off the bat. More killer synths and aggressive drumming like the last one. Guitar 2 1/2 minutes in lights it up. Nice bass lines. "La Tua Morte Parla" is experimental to begin with as bass comes in and builds. Drums follow, then guitar after 2 minutes. Lots of synths again. A calm 4 minutes in as it becomes solemn with vocals to match. DOORS-like organ after 6 1/2 minutes. Kicks into gear before 8 1/2 minutes. "Ritorno Alla Vita" is spacey to open before keys, drums and guitar take over. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in as synths continue in the background. "Epilogo" opens with some solid drums and organ work. It settles quickly with organ before the vocals come in softly at first, then they get passionate 1 1/2 minutes in. Nice. Lots of synths and pounding drums.

Not as good as their final album, but I like how raw and powerful this one is at times.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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