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Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4 stars The band RANESTRANE is consisting of experienced musicians who are residing in Roma, Italy. They are well known for the preference to produce concept albums, and hereby being obviously specialized in picking up diverse film classics. Thus this one is drawing references to the US crime taking place in Vietnam during the last century. In particular refering to the famous movie 'Apocalypse Now' starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, that was produced by Francis Ford Coppola. No need to warm up the context in the further course. The movie itself is a superlative from a technical point of view, no doubt, but turns out to be another conspicuous attempt to justify the war on the backs of the Vietnamese people in the end.

Constant band members are Riccardo Romano (keyboards), currently also underway on solo paths with a new appealing album, Massimo Pomo (guitars) and Maurizio Meo (bass). Finally also drummer Daniele Pomo, who, you'll find this a rather rare case, also provides the lead vocals. And so Saigon appears to be a wonderful opener, where his voice is backed by melancholic piano lines or sensitive guitar presence. Lyric-wise the band is using a blend of English and Italian language, with the preference on the latter. Rock Progressivo Italiano at its best. The core piece marks the monumental statement Napalm which has a total length of twenty minutes playing time. Excellent. I would say this marks the best RANESTRANE effort so far. Come on, get your own impression. Kudos to MaraCash Records especially, they are covering some real jewels in their portfolio again and again.

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