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New Trolls


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.85 | 136 ratings

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4 stars After having released such a disparate double album (half studio, half live) with a serious heavy sound, the band offers quite a symphonic piece of Italian music. The type that I like?

Wonderful keyboards (mainly piano) during the opener, the influence will be more jazzy for "XXII Starda". But this was a general influence within most of the prog giants from the early seventies in Italy. One more thing to add: the deep influence of ELP on this track.

Nothing really surprising that "Cavalieri Del Lago Dell'Ontario" opens on some martial rhythm (which are precursory of "The Battle Of Epping Forest" from whom you might know. Vocal are also very pleasant and the sustained beat is quite remarkable. So, the paternity of the great intro of this well known song is either the conception of "The New Trolls" or from "Ange" is their great song "La Dignité" featured on their debut also release din 1972.

The mood is very much linked to the ISP I love so much. But even during such a delicate and moving track as "Nato Adesso", the band will add some nice heavy and jazzy depths. Again, there is little abnormal here?(well maybe the heavy part). The guitar play sounds quite like some "Santana" ones as well. But, can they be blamed for this???

The heavy infrastructure developed during "C' È Troppa Guerra" combined with psychedelic parts is probably showing the different musical approach of the members which will lead to their split into two different entities. It is amazing to hear these two influences in one track. And a very one indeed. Almost Hendrix at times!

Needless to say that the wonderful soft ballad "Paolo e Francesca" is quite a pleasant tune: melodic as Italian prog can be (believe me), it offers a fine moment of relaxation. The guitar work sounds again like the great Carlos one. Did I say that I like it?

The closing and passionate "Chi Mi Può Capire" is definitely throwing this album into the four stars category. A sweet piece indeed which shows the dilemma of the band. Their best piece of work so far.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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