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Phoenix Again



4.08 | 6 ratings

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4 stars One can say, they really have the prog in their blood. I am referring to the Lorandi family altogether first and foremost, which always has supplied the band's core since they started in 1981. On that early occasion yet under the moniker PHOENIX, featuring brothers Claudio, Antonio and Sergio. They disbanded in 1988, but then it was the tragic death of Claudio in 2007 which finally challenged them to reanimate the band and to go further. Anyway, the line up, which is present here in the Netherlands at Parkvilla Theatre, consists of founding member Antonio, his two sons Marco and Giorgio, plus drummer Silvano Silva and Andrea Piccinelli on the keyboards. Now that was a short excursion touching some of the finest Italian surnames, or what?

I hear momentary glimpses of Genesis, Yes, Focus in between, though can assure you that we have a well harmonised self-reliant band playing here. They are celebrating more than 2 hours of symphonic progressive rock at its best, enriched with some psychedelic and folk vibe here and there. Lyrics are in English, the focus is on the instrumental flow anyhow. Just take the thriving The Bridge Of Geese and Whisky showing some wonderful keyboard and guitar interaction. Let me also emphasize the instrumental Valle Della Luna, which shows two faces. The very empathic mainframe, featuring nice piano lines and acoustic guitars, contrasted by a lively and tricky middle part. Bravissimo! Released as a double compact disc this is an outstanding album really when thinking in prog terms. Highly recommended.

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