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Symphonic Prog

3.78 | 39 ratings

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4 stars I started to appreciate this band with their previous release "Antiche Impressioni". A pleasant Italian symphonic prog work IMO.

It sounds as if the band is going to prolong the good experience while I listen to one of the epics form "Transizione". Cavaliere Del Destino is some twenty-six minutes of ambient themes, symphonic grandeur (even if pompous at times) and melodic instrumental parts. Mainly keyboards oriented, but not only. And this is probably what is making the difference in comparison with their early albums.

There are more people involved in the recording of the music, and even if the album remain solidly anchored on the keys (and its Emerson-like style), it is much more varied and interesting thanks to the presence of several guest instrumentalist (flute, violin) as well as vocalists. Massimo Farina is again present and delivers another fine performance.

The music is not only symphonic: there are short jazzy and more complex breaks (towards the end), but not too long. Some part sounds very much as "Trespass". From one of my dearest band (I guess you know of which one I am talking about). The finale is just majestic and truly passionate: as the magnificent Italian genre can be. This is a great piece of music which should please any lover of the fantastic seventies era. To which I belong.

The shortest track combines fine and early "Genesis" oriented music with heavier and darker sounds. One has to notice the excellent work from Nico Di Gia on the lead guitar. It is an enjoyable yet simple song. "Luce Ed Ombra" is by no means a filler. It has its own merit even if it can't be compared with "Cavaliere Del Destino".

The third (and last) song is another long piece of symphonic music which features another vocalist (female this time). I am not so thrilled about the voice of Luisa Ladu, but it is compensated by excellent and wonderful music. It is made of several distinctive sections yet flowing nicely into one another. The guitar is again the highlight IMO: so moving. The choir featured in the finale is another poignant moment.

I like this album very much. It is even better than "Impressioni" and I rate it with four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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