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Il Tempio Delle Clessidre


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.05 | 374 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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5 stars Now it's my turn. But what could I say more than other reviewers said?

Well, I'd start saying it's unusual for a new album to become a classic only after few weeks from its release. And that's what happened to Il Tempio delle Clessidre.

To be honest, at first I wasn't totally enthousiast. But after five-six times the album has grown on me like I couldn't even imagine... oooh, hearing Stefano "Lupo" Galifi's warm singing after almost 40 years from ZARATHUSTRA is priceless... especially considering he kept unaltered his voice.

I don't think there are many MUSEO ROSENBACH's references though... music is more modern sounding and less heavy, with unespected brief flashes of light as in Danza Esoterica di Datura (the ooh female choruses after the 4th mn). Dreamy and aching at times, as in La stanza Nascosta. Shady for the most part.

Sound is generally complex with many shifting moods, exciting ad strong (with excellent electric guitar as in Faldistorum, L'Attesa, Boccadasse, Insolita Parte di Me et cetera). Musicians are all very competent. Keyboards are rich (piano, mellotron, synth and even chirch organ) but not played in virtuoso style.

To be mentioned: the band is headed by a she-keyboardist, Elisa Montaldo, who also wrote most part of the tracks. There aren't too many in prog history.

The best record of the year. Easily. 4.5 stars rounded up to five.

Andrea Cortese | 5/5 |


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