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Il Ballo delle Castagne


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.40 | 22 ratings

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3 stars Hmmmmmm........

I once liked a band called Type O Negative. A band which really redefined dark rock. Italy has always had a great love for dark rock. That explains New Order and Van Der Graaf Generator's popularity there. Black Widow Records has released dark rock for ages. And yes, that's where you find this band and this album too. Black Widow Records has blackened the soundwaves again with this album.

Others than me has explained the Ballo Delle Castagne's background so I will not go there. I will though review the music. Music which is most definate dark rock. Dark rock with roots in the depressive rock scene (and that's the name of this scene) in England back in the 1980s, VDGG, space rock bands like Hawkwind, some blues and the Italian dark rock scene. Well, I am sure the band will deny those influences in the interview with them, but that is what I get out of their sound. Those are my references. So dark rock it is.

The quality is good throughout. The opening track Passioni Diaboliche is the best track of the album with it's Type O Negative and VDGG associations. I do feel the album is loosing it's way towards the end though. The two final tracks Omega and Ballo delle Castagne does not do it for me with their blues connotations.

I am not denying that this album is a fascinating journey though, and this has been a long journey in my case. But in my books; this is not a fully great album. But check it out and make up your own mind.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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