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Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4 stars The title of this album should explain it all as it could easily scare an unprepared poor sucker off with ease and contains some of the weirdest sounds made by this (awesome) band; the freejazz influence is far more prominent and the mood very experimental in general. Apart from the fantastic rhythmsection of Giulio Capiozzo and newcomer Ares Tavolazzi, a brilliant bassist that couldn't be any better for this band, the almost alien keyboard experiments within all the chaos present a whole new dimension to Area's music unlike anything else from that time, check out "ZYG" and "Mirage" for evidence. Opening the record in their typical fast'n'furious arabic influenced way (similarly to 'Arbeit' and 'Crac!') with the brilliant "Cometa Rossa" the albums grows progressively more insane every minute until a final ear lobotomy in "Lobotomia", a track I won't spoil but recommend playing at highest volume possible. I think this is Area at their explosive best, and while not necessarly pleasant I won't have it that way either. Being first released in 1974 this stuff is definitely ahead of it's time in terms of experimentation like this and fans of wild experimental avant fusion should pick it up, and if it grows enough on me then "Mirage" should be played at my funeral, if possible of course.. 4.25/5
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