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Mad Fellaz


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3.90 | 160 ratings

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4 stars "Mad Fellaz III" is the third album by Mad Fellaz and was self-released in 2019 with a renewed line up featuring Paolo Busatto (electric and acoustic guitar), Marco Busatto (drums), Ruggero Burigo (electric guitar, electric sitar), Carlo Passuello (bass), Enrico Brunelli (electric and acoustic piano, synthesizers, Hammond organ, Mellotron), Rudy Zilio (flute, sax, synthesizers, backing vocals), Lorenzo Todesco (percussion) and Luca Brighi (lead and backing vocals) plus some guests such as Luca Ardini (sax), Davide Baratto (12 string acoustic guitar), Jacopo Mazzarolo (oboe), Mattia Marangon (French horn), Sergio Orso (violin), Louise Antonello (violin), Elena Ceccato (viola) and Rolando Moro (cello). During the recording sessions they were helped by producer Fabio Trentini (Moonbound, Le Orme) and the result is a rich, colourful and refined sound that emphasizes the skills of the musicians. In some way this work can be considered a concept album telling the story of a man who tries to fight against his madness. All the pieces follow a thread and the artwork by Marco Tosin could give a clue of its musical and lyrical content...

The opener 'Es / Frozen Side' starts by a frenzied instrumental section, then the mood becomes dark as the music and lyrics evoke the inner voices haunting the protagonist, invasive ghosts tormenting him, sneaking into his dreams in the frozen side of his brain. He can't stand it any more, he tries to escape but there's no way out, his inner demons want to take control of him and surround his consciousness suggesting to surrender with soothing words... All in all, madness is a friend!

The melancholic 'Leaf' describes the protagonist wandering around like a leaf lost in the wind, a broken man waiting for his chance but with no master plan to escape... Then the following 'Liquid Bliss' with its Latin rock influences and an electric guitar solo that could recall Santana conjures up subtle, diabolical temptations... Have a drink and relax! But alcohol addiction or the use of other chemical substances can't save the protagonist from his inner ghosts...

Next comes 'Fumes From The Ruins', an excellent short instrumental track with a melancholic, dreamy atmosphere that leads to the folksy 'Under These Clouds', a beautiful piece that begins by a soft acoustic guitar arpeggio, then soaring vocals and a good flute work depict a growing inner emptiness that makes the protagonist cry and feel terribly bad... He's stuck under grey clouds of sadness, his world seems nasty, he left behind his memories, he lost everything, and now there's no one that can rescue him...

The dramatic 'Frost' begins with a mysterious mood and an Oriental flavour, then the pace accelerates as anger blurs the sight... The protagonist wants to escape but he can't. A softer, dreamy middle section follows but the dream soon turns into nightmare and the rhythm rises again, faster and faster, he's falling down, breaking down. When the rhythm calms down he realizes that we're all passengers on a train that somebody calls life. Now he feels cold, he can't tell anguish from happiness, all the bridges have been burnt and now he's alone and cries his eyes out because he doesn't want to die...

'Sweet Silent Oblivion' starts by acoustic guitar and flute. The mood is dreamy, memories fade away. The protagonist got out of control, his mind opened to the evil waves and he was dragged down... Then the rhythm rises announcing a last desperate struggling to survive but a spectral marching beat leads to a finale where you can guess who the winner is... 'Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win...' (quote from Stephen King, "The Shining").

On the whole, a very good work!

andrea | 4/5 |


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