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Osage Tribe


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.09 | 44 ratings

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3 stars This little known Italian band plays different music than its glorious contemporaries.

When I listen to the opening track Hajenhanhowa it starts as a psychedelic and "loaded" number (if you see what I mean). It turns into some sort of world music song once the main and repetitive theme "Hajenhanhowa" starts. I have to say that the contrast is quite a shock. A tribal song played by an Italian band: why not? Still, I'm rather perplexed.

The title track is strongly in the heavy genre. "Arrow Head" features a wild beat: drumming is absolutely impressive and I reckon that the psychedelic atmosphere is not alien to this song either. The bass play is really amazing as well. Even if production is not the best asset of this track, it is rather a good heavy rock moment.

This album also features some jazzy influences during the chaotic "Cerchio Di Luce". This track sounds more as a jam session amongst friends than a structured prog Italian song. I really don't fancy such moments. But jazz has never been my cup of tea.

"Osage Tribe" are digging the heavy rock territories even more during the longest track of this album: "Soffici Bianchi Veli" is nothing else than heavy guitar mixed with a serious attraction for jamming. I basically have no problem with this; except that it has noting to do with the soft, melodic and passionate Italian genre I love so much.

But since I'm also a found lover of the heavy sounds of the early seventies, I am not too much lost in here. Still, the loose, experimental and self indulgent part is just average. The long and closing number is not very different: "Orizzonti Senza Fine" features the same and heavy music which is not too bad to listen to actually.

The CD version also features their only single release. I have to be honest and say that "Un Falco Nel Cielo" is almost laughable. Some sort of Indian chant sung in Italian. I don't want to be disrespectful but this is very close to be ridiculous. B-side is the same song but in English. It is just as poor.

Three stars for this heavy-prog album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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