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3.90 | 21 ratings

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4 stars Rather uncommon, as this Rock Progressivo Italiano album has hit me right with the first contact, the first minute. Compositional skills, symphonic touches, strings, the folk impression due to the flute, impressive guitar chords and diversified keyboards all over. Thus I would say 'The Experience', even being totally instrumental on this occasion, turns out to be a very typical genre album nevertheless. And then, according to a prog listener's view maybe, also perfectly suitable for a first contact concerning foreign beings arriving from another planet? This brings us closer to the album's concept now. Which actually deals with Galbat, an imaginary entity, who has decided to explore our physical world, for what reason ever.

Compared to the prior album bass player Paolo Perilli does not sing anymore. Why? Communication not feasible through words? And I have serious problems to deal with the cover image, rather ugly for my impression. As one might expect, this probably is reflecting distressed experiences with some exemplars of human beings that creature has encountered. That would also mean that this nice piece of music wasn't enough to convince Galbat in the end? Anyway, the detailed story may reveal more, is included in the CD booklet, which I do not have at hand yet. LAVIĀNTICA obviously intend to provide food for thought. And a lovely atmosphere throughout furthermore, for example you also will stumble upon some interspersed sea rushing, birds twittering and ambient patterns again and again.

Daniele Sorrenti has joined, who will add more richness to the sound due to flute, vibraphone and minimoog. Keyboards are prominent anyway, as Luciano Stendardi and Paolo Musolino furthermore both are serving for lots of piano lines, organ swirls and symphonic patterns. The Journey marks a perfect opener crossing the ten minute mark. They are processing a varied and very charming kind of prog, warm, melodic, though not chumming up to mainstream on the other hand. 'The Experience' represents a real RPI highlight, an album which easily meets my preference. This works at best in one go, as the songs are fading into each other. Confirms my preference on bands hailing from Italy.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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