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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.07 | 250 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Like PFM did earlier, BANCO decided to put out an English language version of select songs from their previous albums. In this case from their first and third records plus a previously unreleased track. I'll be the first to say that I prefer a band sing in their own native language, especially if it's Italian, but i'll also admit i'm not a big fan of compilation or greatest hits albums. And while my intention in light of this was to offer up 3 stars for this record, I just found it impossible to do so. Sure the charm and romance of the Italian language is missing but this is just too incredible to give anything less than 4 stars.

"Chorale" has atmosphere galore to open.The dual keyboards of the Nocenzi brothers take over the rest of the song to create an interesting soundscape to say the least. "L'albero Del Pane" hits the ground running as vocals join in. A nice variety of keyboards on this one as well. "Metamorphosis" is just an amazing display of talent. Fantastic track ! It's uptempo to start and and so impressive instrumentally. It settles before 2 minutes with some great sounding piano melodies. Drums go wild 4 minutes in and then piano is back leading the way as synths join in. A full sound 8 1/2 minutes in which is just a great section ! A calm 11 minutes in. The sound is so majestic 13 minutes in as Fransesco comes in vocally.

"Outside" is uptempo with vocals to open. I like the piano/guitar interlude 2 minutes in. Drums and synths start to dominate and vocals return 4 1/2 minutes in. It settles after 5 minutes. Beautiful. "Leave Me Alone" opens with acoustic guitar and bass as fragile vocals join in. It's celebration time after 1 1/2 minutes then it settles again as contrasts continue. "Nothing's The Same" has this catchy intro as vocals come in. It's almost spacey 2 1/2 minutes in as it settles. I really like the melancholic synths 3 minutes in and later before 9 minutes. Some Howe-like guitar after 4 minutes when it kicks back in. "Traccia II" opens with piano as synths join in. A fuller sound 1 1/2 minutes in.

My favourite three tracks on here are "Metamorphosis", "Leave Me Alone" and "Nothing's The Same".

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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