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aka "RPI"


"So it's an established fact that in Italy during the period between 1971-1974, a music movement existed where bands would challenge each other to see who could be the most imaginative, who could create the album for the ages. They were all painters and sculptors just as in Renaissance Italy." -Tom Hayes/Gnosis


1. The background
As the 60s drew to an end, Italy experienced a wave of new ideas and ideals which coincided with the new musical era being born. It would not be exaggeration to state that the 70s were a watershed period in the history of the country. Even though the 60s are generally remembered as the years of the 'economic boom', it was only in the following decade that Italy made the long, difficult change from a relatively poor, traditional country into a fully developed Western society. A look at any timeline for 70s Italy will show an incredible concentration of events that changed the fabric of Italian society irrevocably: laws and acts were passed which affected worker's rights, family and divorce law, and women's rights and reproductive health. In a country where the physical presence of the Catholic Church has always been impossible to overlook, not least because of its open intervention in the country's political affairs, the introduction of such radical changes was no small feat.

Most of those changes were made possible by the presence of a strong left-wing component in Italian political life, even if regarded with extreme suspicion by both the Church and Italy's main ally, the United States. Though the existence of a party that openly called itself Communist was not exclusive to Italy, at the time the PCI (Partito Comunista Italiano) was considered more of a danger than, for instance, its French equivalent - mainly due to Italy's strategic position in the Mediterranean area, as well as the party's obvious connection with the Soviet Union. Such a peculiar, potentially explosive situation sadly became a breeding ground for a number of extremist groups, who were responsible for the season of violence and unrest commonly known as the 'Anni di piombo' ('years of lead'), which lasted well into the first half of the Eighties. The number of casualties due to terror acts and rioting was quite high, involving people from all walks of life. However, the defining episode of the decade was the kidnapping and subsequent murder of well-known politician Aldo Moro (a left-leaning Christian Democrat) by the notorious Brigate Rosse ('Red Brigades') in the spring of 1978.


2. The birth of a movement
The turbulent times affected countless musicians looking for something new-some way to parallel the political climate through artistic media. Ranging from highly educated conservatory students to local singer-songwriters, this spirit managed to captivate an entire country within a few short years. Young people were restless, bursting with a burning desire to change the staid, suffocating atmosphere of Italian society starting with one of its symbols, its venerable musical tradition. Most musicians had more or less strong left-wing leanings (the prime example being Area), while the few examples of openly right-wing bands never managed to break out of obscurity, or gain more than a strictly cult following.

Without a strong rock tradition in the 60s Italy had mainly produced beat bands of varying quality, as well as singers well-versed in the long-standing canzone tradition of the country. As the tidal wave of counter-culture swept in, it brought revolution not only in the form of progressive rock, but also differing forms of heavier, continental rock which was establishing itself around the same time. Psychedelic influences and the incorporation of classical music may have been the same stepping stones used by most other progressive scenes around the globe during the same period, but even at this embryonic stage there was a whiff of something else in the air. In the late 60s when the beat scene was already heading towards a decline, a number of bands formed, some of them releasing singles (or even albums) that bridged the gap between beat, conventional Italian easy listening music (musica leggera), and the new ideas coming from Great Britain - among them, New Trolls, Le Orme, Panna Fredda, I Quelli (later to become Premiata Forneria Marconi), Il Mucchio, and Fabio Celi e gli Infermieri.

"We wanted to put some improvisations between the singing parts and we had to make up our minds about the style to follow... After having been to the Isle of Wight festival, it was clear to all of us that we couldn't keep on playing the usual songs with verses and refrains." -Toni Pagliuca, Le Orme


3. The golden years
The beginning of the new decade saw the rise of a countless number of bands and artists, some of whom would go on to become successful acts. PFM, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Osanna, Il Balletto di Bronzo, Quella Vecchia Locanda belong to this group, with all but the latter being still active at the time of writing. Some others only managed to release one album (or even just a handful of singles) before they disbanded. The prog-rock bug became so widespread in Italy that some experts say every artist and band in Italy produced at least one progressive album during this time. A number of well-known mainstream artists started their career with a prog album, like singer-songwriters Riccardo Cocciante (with Mu) and Ivano Fossati (with the first Delirium album, Dolce acqua). Or, like Lucio Battisti or Fabrizio De André, they released strongly prog-influenced albums when the movement was at its height.

During the peak years of the RPI movement in the early 70s, countless bands showcased their talent in the many pop festivals organized throughout Italy. The festivals were often free of charge and boasted a level artistic freedom and competition seldom seen in popular music. Fans witnessed bands rise from obscurity to compete on the same stage as the heavy hitters. This musical competition created something of an upward spiral; everyone tried to outdo each other, producing unique sounds and incorporating disparate influences into their music. The variety of the music went through the roof, with every band sharing the same aspirations, though seldom the same sound. It must also be made clear that despite the beliefs of those who write off Italian prog as simply a British counterfeit, many of these bands were creating music that was phenomenally original, experimental, free-spirited, and creatively successful. While bands from abroad helped influence and inspire Italian bands, Italy's young bands quickly took the ball and ran with it. It is ludicrous to suggest the scene a mere imitation. The upward spiral also meant an over saturated market, in which many bands only managed to put out one or two releases with minimal budget and intense recording. Some of the best, most genuine and treasured albums of Rock Progressivo Italiano can be found in this group: Semiramis' "Dedicato a Frazz", Pholas Dactylus' "Concerto delle menti", Raccomandata Ricevuta di Ritorno's "Per un mondo di cristallo", Museo Rosenbach's "Zarathustra", and Balletto di Bronzo's "Ys" to name just a few.

"We had to tackle this tradition, we had to fight against the conventions and refuse to be integrated. The New Sounds hadn't arrived yet, there was no music for the young people, there was nothing, you had to invent and build up your space. Perhaps this was the mainspring that unchained such a creative strength." -Gianni Leone

With time some of the biggest bands achieved international success, with PFM as the best-known example. Lyricist Peter Sinfield, known from his work with giants like King Crimson and ELP, even wrote for the band, while Peter Hammill provided English lyrics for Le Orme's "Felona e Sorona". Ironically this success often meant a detour from the roots of the RPI sounds, making these albums more aligned to the British scene than the bulk of the artists and albums in the archives. Look beneath the surface in order to discover hidden (or not so hidden) gems. While the oft-mentioned big 3 of Italian prog (PFM, Banco, and Le Orme) are conveniently considered the peak by those casually mentioning this scene, RPI enthusiasts know the river runs so much deeper, and many of our personal favourites are found outside of these popular groups. Those who search beyond the surface will discover that the most daring and provocative works were often made by more obscure groups who released one fantastic album and then vanished into thin air. This common syndrome of Italian "one-shot" bands became the bane of many RPI fans.

Since so many different musicians experimented with the progressive format, you will also find a broad musical scope within RPI, something which has kept the subgenre fresh and vital over time. Examples include Franco Battiato (still a very successful artist in Italy), Picchio dal Pozzo, Opus Avantra, Stormy Six and Area, who each in their own individual way, show a more cosmopolitan flavour and range of influences than most other acts.

After its explosive development in the early 70s, the movement followed the same path as other progressive musical movements around the world as the 80s approached. Some influential artists continued to release new albums though never with the same success as in the halcyon days. Others changed with the times and became highly successful mainstream artists both in Italy and internationally. As elsewhere in the prog universe the quantity and quality of RPI began to dry up a bit in the late 70s and early 80s, although there were some quality releases from that period. These titles tended to be more melodic and less brashly avant-garde than the classic period but were respectable nonetheless. To name but a few there were Locanda Delle Fate, Stefano Testa, Pierpaolo Bibbo, and L'Estate de San Martino. Area, Stormy Six, and PFM had a good title or two left in them as well.


4. Musical features of RPI
Italian symphonic prog is notable for the prominence of classical influences, often providing the driving force behind the music. The new listener will discover that this particular branch of RPI feels more like classical music in a rock setting as opposed to occasional classical influences on top of the rock format. Furthermore, the rich, diverse musical traditions of Italy permeate the albums, creating a strong national and even regional character. The "textbook" RPI groups can usually be identified by a pervasive sense of romantic melancholy and earthy flair, sometimes enhanced by baroque elements, sometimes by more ethnic ones. Other distinctive features include overt opera and operetta influences, wild and uncontrolled storytelling, and as a general rule, bold and highly emotional vocals. There is extroverted, operatic gallantry and panache or mellow balladry; exciting use of all sorts of keyboards, with sounds heard nowhere else but in this particular scene; exotic instruments such as aggeggi, ottavino, mandoloncello, clavicembalo- names that tickle the imagination and leave their distinct mark on the music. There is a uniquely magical marriage of the traditional to the modern, of the warm to the wild. The combination of flute, piano and violin is often encountered, and the interplay between the first two instruments in particular supplies the subgenre with a fair share of its identity and flavour.

Though the symphonic element is indeed the most common in RPI, the genre would be better characterized as eclectic. Jazz-fusion, folk, hard rock riffing à la Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, intense drama a la Van der Graaf Generator (whose albums were revered in Italy), singer-songwriter, proto-metal, blues, avant tendencies, pop, psych, dark/occult, electronic-the list goes on. Even more amazing, these differences in style can often be found to varying degrees on one album, and still feel natural in the distinct stylistic framework mentioned above.

No overview of RPI would be complete without mentioning the use of the Italian language, by many considered one of the most musical languages in the world. It could be safely stated that the use of Italian is inherent to the soul of RPI, a critical component to the full appreciation of the subgenre. In fact, even if some key RPI albums were translated into English in an attempt to gain international recognition, most of them fail to impress. They feel as if one of the basic ingredients of what makes RPI such a successful concoction is missing. While most serious RPI fans consider Italian vocals essential to their listening experience, it is fair to say that some believe English lyrics are not so detrimental-even if in most cases the odd phrasing, incorrect emphasis, and heavy Italian accent of the singers detract significantly from an authentic overall effect. While some prog fans can find the gregarious Italian vocal style challenging at first, newbies are encouraged to simply stick with it for a while. With only a modest effort any RPI newbie will soon find they cannot imagine this music without traditional Italian vocals-they truly are the icing on the cake.

One common misconception that must be addressed is the belief that any prog band from Italy is an RPI band. There are bands from Italy more appropriate for other genres. As an example, a pure and obvious post-rock band who just happen to be from Rome are going to be in the post-rock sub, not RPI. A pure jazz-fusion band with no RPI characteristics to their sound could be easily placed in the Jazz/Fusion subgenre. The RPI team will work hard to evaluate bands that fit the characteristics and the feel of the subgenre, and those whose primary sound is more suited for another sub are recommended to them.

"Progressive is basically a blending of three elements: the song, the improvisation inspired by jazz and the composition in classical style. This cocktail is interpreted in different ways in every country: in England, for instance, Celtic, rock and blues influences prevail. In Italy we have to cope with our classical tradition: the melodramma, Respighi, Puccini, Mascagni but also all the contemporary classical composers. It's in this legacy, in my opinion, that the specificity of the Italian Progressive Rock is concealed." -Franco Mussida, PFM


5. RPI in the new century
As recently as the 90s and early 2000s RPI again proved its longevity to the prog community. Scores of the classic albums were re-pressed in Japan, then specialized independent labels such as BTF, Mellow and Black Widow (the latter responsible for rescuing the likes of Jacula and Antonius Rex from oblivion) started to re-issue many of the classic albums. As a consequence RPI has not only reached a new generation of fans, but the increased interest and appreciation have led to new material being released. Artists whose recordings have never been in circulation, bands that are as new to our ears as they are to many of those who were there when it happened, now have a new-found audience creating an ironic worm-hole effect: brand new music straight from prog's golden years.

With the revival clearly under way the 90s produced some stellar Italian albums and the beginning of CD reissue fever. In the 2000s the trend has continued to a much more successful degree. RPI is back and fan interest has exploded for both the classic period and the new bands of today like Il Bacio Della Medusa, Pandora, Lagartija, Conqueror, Il Ruscello, Senza Nome, Coral Caves, J'Accuse, Ubi Maior, and the projects of Fabio Zuffanti to name just a few. Italian progressive rock today covers a wide range of styles and influences, but many of the bands ground a portion of their sound in the RPI tradition. Moreover, this first decade of the 21st century has seen a new round of publications (both in print and in electronic format) covering various aspects of Italian prog, as well as the creation of a number of excellent websites dedicated to the subgenre, which are extremely influential as regards the promotion of new bands and artists.

The commercial success of RPI has always been modest compared to the big bands from other countries. However, the quality of the music past and present, from its unique compositions to fiercely independent spirit, has earned the RPI subgenre some of prog's most loyal followers.

By:
Raffaella Berry
Michael Berry
Ryan Olsen
Jim Russell
Linus Wikström
Todd Dudley

For the Mick.
29 July 2009



Current RPI Team
Todd
Aussie-Byrd-Brother (Michael)
rdtprog (Louis)
zeuhl1 (Paul)




Additional information:
Italian Prog - A dedicated RPI site
http://www.italianprog.com

Italian Prog Map - A superb blog by RPI writer Andrea Parentin
http://italianprogmap.blogspot.com/

Andrea Parentin's history of RPI (essential reading)
http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=33377&PID=2345095#2345095

Andrea Parentin's contemporary Italian prog (newer bands)
http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=62150&FID=58

Movimenti Prog
http://www.movimentiprog.net

Centro Studi per il Progressive Italiano
http://www.centrostudiprogitaliano.it

John's Classic RPI blog - Another good blog on the "classic" era
http://classikrock.blogspot.com/

Arlequins - A prog rock webzine with much RPI content
http://www.arlequins.it/gb/index.asp


Where to buy Italian prog
Syn-phonic (USA) - http://www.synphonicmusic.com
Doug Larson (USA) - http://www.douglarsonimports.com
Kinesis (USA) - http://www.kinesiscd.com/index.html
Wayside (USA) - http://www.waysidemusic.com/
Mellow Records (Italy) - http://www.mellowrecords.com
BTF (Italy) - http://www.btf.it
Black Widow Records (Italy) - http://www.blackwidow.it
Camelot Music Store (Italy) - http://www.semanticweb.it/camelotstore/
Discogs - www.discogs.com

Rock Progressivo Italiano Top Albums


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4.40 | 1749 ratings
PER UN AMICO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.38 | 1208 ratings
DARWIN!
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.38 | 1105 ratings
IO SONO NATO LIBERO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.34 | 1390 ratings
STORIA DI UN MINUTO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.31 | 914 ratings
ZARATHUSTRA
Museo Rosenbach
4.29 | 923 ratings
BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.27 | 680 ratings
ARBEIT MACHT FREI
Area
4.24 | 977 ratings
FELONA E SORONA
Orme, Le
4.27 | 508 ratings
MAXOPHONE
Maxophone
4.24 | 609 ratings
YS
Balletto Di Bronzo, Il
4.22 | 891 ratings
L'ISOLA DI NIENTE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.21 | 697 ratings
UOMO DI PEZZA
Orme, Le
4.25 | 416 ratings
PALEPOLI
Osanna
4.25 | 377 ratings
CRAC !
Area
4.23 | 333 ratings
DISCESA AGL'INFERI D'UN GIOVANE AMANTE
Bacio Della Medusa, Il
4.18 | 355 ratings
L' ENIGMA DELLA VITA
Logos
4.17 | 322 ratings
CONTAMINAZIONE
Rovescio Della Medaglia, Il
4.25 | 182 ratings
SADAKO E LE MILLE GRU DI CARTA
Logos
4.14 | 355 ratings
QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA
Quella Vecchia Locanda
4.16 | 310 ratings
CELESTE [AKA: PRINCIPE DI UN GIORNO]
Celeste

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STORIE DI UOMINI E NON
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BUON VECCHIO CHARLIE
Buon Vecchio Charlie
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Goblin
LA DIVINA COMMEDIA
Giro Strano, Il

Latest Rock Progressivo Italiano Music Reviews


 Asrava by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.52 | 23 ratings

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Asrava
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Logos album ASRAVA was released in 2001 and it represents a masterful work of symphonic-oriented Progressive Rock.

It starts with -Prologio- a five minute atmospheric and orchestral synth introduction which leads to "Ezra pound" an eclectic/symphonic composition that is followed by a fantastic guitar riff and keyboard. The tempo slows down and it leads to a fantastic bass line and a dreamy key sound. Funky bass part at the five minute mark gives a fantastic groove. The song ends victoriously with the guitar and Hammond play along and the main riff.

All of the tracks are fascinating, splendid Italian-flavored melodies, bombastic moments with keyboard/guitar interplays, plenty of tempo switches all brought by balanced, instrumental team. The album delivers acoustic segments, some dark church organ and a Medieval tone, symphonic sections and heavy openings.

 Sul Confine by ALIANTE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.94 | 26 ratings

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Sul Confine
Aliante Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Aliante is an Italian instrumental band and they released their second effort called Sul Confine in 2019. After the release of their first album Forme Libere in 2017 they had big shoes to fill being that this album was one of the best prog albums of the year.

From the first tones of the album -Viaggio nel Vento- I emmediatly knew that this will be another fantastic prog ride. Smooth keyboard dominates at the beggining featuring soft bass lines and great drumming. All of this combined makes this a realy fantastic journey trough tranquility base.

Metzada begines with a nice piano only to introduce fantastic rithm section and Hammond that will emidiatly take you to the grand sounds of symphonic/heavy prog. It is amazing how much brilliance this song delivers. This three piece band really composed a fantastic prog album.

The sound is flawless. The performances of all players are full of color and life and it's followed by a constant change of atmosphere and tempo. By combining various styles of prog and jazz they made this piece an unforgettable ride and an album that will speak to every lover of music.

 A Space Odyssey, Final Part - Starchild by RANESTRANE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.90 | 108 ratings

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A Space Odyssey, Final Part - Starchild
RanestRane Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars The final part of RanestRane trilogy called "A Space Odyssey, Final Part Starchild" was released in 2018 and it represents a magnificent end to this story, passion and emotions together with true excellent musicianship. The band musically continues to deliver melodic, high-quality symphonic/Space prog which is pleasant, but with a lot of atmosphere and bombastic parts.

Like in the previous albums you can hear their very own sound, extremely independent musically and not to be compared with any band.

This album is more on the symphonic side which can be noticed from the beginning of the album with "L'insieme delle case". "Sognero' Mai" delivers a true heavy prog jam, an amazing Hammond organ solo which takes you to another world.

Stargate is an almost 15 minute epic and this piece delivers all of the bands glory and presenting highly accomplished way of delivering a true prog jewel. This composition has many different moods and tempo parts, which of course works perfectly to tell the story.

With this trilogy the band crafted a fantastic series of artistic music and on this ride you have space, heavy, symphonic prog, it lets you travel from a safe place to the edge and back, a must have.

 A Space Odyssey, Part Two - H.A.L. by RANESTRANE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.97 | 88 ratings

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A Space Odyssey, Part Two - H.A.L.
RanestRane Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars A SPACE ODYSSEY, PART TWO - H.A.L. starts with Jupiter mission a really dreamy piece with keyboards followed by an operatic voice and leads us to Discovery One a really cool tune which at the beginning delivers a textbook space prog but it builds up to a RanestRane style of writing compositions.

What is really important to say is that this band goes beyond your standard space/psych prog and RPI. Throughout this album and the first part of SPACE ODYSSEY they really deliver a very different vibe of both space rock and RPI. Yes the elements are there, but the presentation of the pieces is really different and it sounds like nothing I have heard in this particular style.

Majestic keyboard and guitar playing, the high level of musicianship throughout, introduction of some operatic and other style female vocals really compliments this concept beautifully.

This album is a great continuation of the story, computer sounds and spoken parts are used to 'visualize' the story and it's an obligatory part of the concept, each and every composition is a must listen to, no weak tracks at all

 A Space Odyssey, Part One - Monolith by RANESTRANE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.99 | 85 ratings

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A Space Odyssey, Part One - Monolith
RanestRane Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars RanestRane released theyr A SPACE ODYSSEY, PART ONE - MONOLITH in 2013.

The album starst with a 18 minute epic "Semi" that consists of seven parts. This piece of music is a real treat for the ears. Beautifly presented prog filled with ambiental space music combined together with the heavy drum sounds, fantastic bass, keyboards and guitar parts. The entire piece is composed in such a masterful manner and it takes you on an unforgettable ride. From a place of tranquillity to unsettling feeling and back, followed by various styles of music from space, heavy to jazz all presented by brilliant musicianship and a fantastic vocal performance.

Materna Luna continues in the same manner, but this time electric guitar takes the role of the leader, just great guitar work.

Beautiful "Clavius" leads us to "Il Monolito DI Tycho" a heavy nine minute tune, great modern take of guitar/Hammond riffing, heavy prog on the verge of metal. Heaviness is interrupted by a cheerful and carefree part. Second part of the song jet again gives us that trademark sound of the album.

This album is a fantastic showcase of the band that knows how to mix various styles and it's highly recommended.

 Io Sono Nato Libero by BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.38 | 1105 ratings

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Io Sono Nato Libero
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Lots of flavors.

Like a huge banquet, this album by The Bank Of Mutual Relief is composed of many tasty dishes: ELP/Triumvirat synths, exotic acoustic guitars, majestic grand piano, passionate vocals, uptempo rhythms and bongos (at least in the first song) and baroquish approach. I do see more dynamism and energy in Banco than say, PFM. And this is where I hop on the Banco bus: more fire. Yes, without being heavy, Banco raises more hell than Marconi Bakery.

I find their delivery more in-your-face, less romantic, more rock n' roll and to me, this is more appealing than the eternal romantism that the Italian scene is known for. The keys are upfront, varied and catchy. So if you're into rich, pompous keyboard palette with baroque grand piano segments, you'll like this record for sure.

Flowing effortlessly from start to finish (and what a finale with Traccia II) this is some grandiose music. Yummers!

 Apoteosi by APOTEOSI album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.91 | 179 ratings

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Apoteosi
Apoteosi Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

5 stars A well-deserved name!

The introduction of a person into the rank of the Gods is called an apotheosis. In this case, this is not a sin of pride, this band deserves to be introduced with the greats like Le Orme and underdogs kings like Rovescio della Megdalia or Quella Vecchia Locanda.

Feels good to hear their rich yet easy songs to get into. After hearing Cervello (who didn't blew me away), Apoteosi is more concise, betting more on melody than complexity. Everybody is doing a splendid job but the medals go to bass and keys. The bass is inventive, rapidly fired, hypnotic at times (think Eloy). The keys are varied with grand piano, a very good use of Eminent (like Beau Dommage or Novalis) and ARP synth who gives us great lines of melodic waves. The vocals are sparse, both male and female but in a typical RPI delivery: mostly intense.

Complexity mixed with hypnotic melody and succulent, thick keys solo make this one a sure value if you think you heard it all. A pleasant surprise that could become a new addition in your favorite list.

Between 4,5 and 5 stars, can't decide yet.

 Seme* by BACIO DELLA MEDUSA, IL album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.79 | 49 ratings

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Seme*
Il Bacio Della Medusa Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Il Bacio della Medusa is one of the best "modern" bands that came from Italy. Throughout the years, starting with their self titled album (2004) to their masterpiece Discesa Agl'Inferi D'Un Giovane Amante from 2008 and fantastic Deus Lo Vult from 2012 they have delivered masterful pieces of music combining classic prog sound with jazz, heavy prog and other various musical genres, which made them real music exploring prog band in a true meaning of the word.

The same can be said for their latest release SEME* from 2018, it took the band six years to deliver a new album and they deliver a true gold.

The album starts heavy with Seme which is a fantastic rocking tune, elements of hard rock/metal with sax complimenting this piece brilliantly and giving it a cool factor.

La Sonda is a totally different story than the first tune, a really laid back song, emotional flute gives this song a dreamy feel, later on a fantastic keyboard solo with sax giving it that original factor.

5 E 1/4? Fuori Dalla Finestra Il Tempo è Dispari is a brilliant prog tune and a true showcase of the bands abbility to deliver various stiles into a song and make it out of this world expiriance. It really paints a prefect prog picture combibing jazz, a Spanish feel acoustic guitar solo, time and mood changes, eclectic moments and really emotional electric guitar solo.

Sveglia is a real suprise on the album a really fun song wich gives a country rock feel. What makes this song great is a fantastic melodic/feel good sax and guitar solo.

This album is just one surprise after the other, and Animatronica Platonica delivers electronic music trougtout. Sudamerica is a some kind of ambient prog song follower by a great sax trough the entire tune, fantastic acoustic guitar solo and a cool jazz part.

Utopia? IL Non Logo is a manly keyboard driven 2 minute instrumental which takes us to IL sentiero di luce a song that gives that classic RPI feel. Animaemotica is a space rock song a really great addition to this album.

 Scolopendra by ALLUMINOGENI, GLI album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.90 | 54 ratings

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Scolopendra
Gli Alluminogeni Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

1 stars Recorded in an appliance cardboard box?

You guessed it, the production is straight from the crap-o-studio with potatoes as microphones, coffee cans as drums and guitars that don't produce anything than zing-a-ling lines. Well, they're not the first album with a bad production, but if the music is uninspired, the whole process of listening is soon tedious.

Where to begin? The songs are boogie oriented, with organ slides to make it more rock n' roll, with inaudible bass lines and generic singing. It's like a swinging version of ELP without punch and virtuosity, and a bit of follerie would certainly spruce things up. It's flat on a good portion, like a band clearly outwitted by their ambition. The shorter songs are poppy and french 60's poppy, not the good kind. The musical arsenal is limited to organ, bass, a wee bit of guitar and the infamous drums made out of Folgers cans. Oh, there is some strings elements in some numbers, giving a more dramatic touch but nothing to write to your mother.

The only thing that got me interested is the album cover, a true commercial suicide that made me laugh the second I saw it. No other reason to listen to this but the sake of owning obscure prog records.

Good God, run while you can.

 Melos by CERVELLO album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.12 | 225 ratings

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Melos
Cervello Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Tough to get into.

Cervello is not letting you easily into their world of craziness: no real hooks, lots of time changes, hard-to-see-through atmosphere, disjointed sax, woodwind frenzyness and lots more. This album is categorized as « not easy », and it's definitely a left field release, even in the prog world. It's that schizo feeling that got me first, and then drew me away after a spin. Cervello is indeed a good word describing them (cervello meaning brain), because your frontal cortex will hurt after a few minutes. Nose bleeds and all.

I'm pretty sure it's a rewarding record after like 6 years of daily playing, but life's too short to try to « get » them so I'll pass.

For those seeking a real challenge, if Balletto di Bronzo wasn't schizophrenic enough for you.

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Rock Progressivo Italiano bands/artists list

Bands/Artists Country
A PIEDI NUDI Italy
A.S.T.R.A Italy
ABISSI INFINITI Italy
ABSENTHIA Italy
ACQUA FRAGILE Italy
AD MAIORA Italy
ADHARMA Italy
AELEMENTI Italy
STEFANO AGNINI Italy
AINUR Italy
AKRON Italy
L' ALBERO DEL VELENO Italy
ALGEBRA Italy
ALIANTE Italy
ALESSANDRO ALISCIONI Italy
ALLEGRI LEPROTTI Italy
GLI ALLUMINOGENI Italy
ALPHATAURUS Italy
ALTARE THOTEMICO Italy
ALUSA FALLAX Italy
AMMINISTRAZIONE CAOS POPOLARE Italy
ANACONDIA Italy
ANCESTRY Italy
ANCIENT VEIL Italy
ANTONIUS REX Italy
GLI APOSTHOLI Italy
APOTEOSI Italy
APRYL Italy
ARCAMIRI Italy
ARCHITRAVE INDIPENDENTE Italy
AREA Italy
ARIES Italy
ARJUNA Italy
ARMONITE Italy
ARPIA Italy
ARS NOVA (ITA) Italy
ASSEMBLEA MUSICALE TEATRALE Italy
ASSENZIO Italy
ASTROLABIO / ELETTROSMOG Italy
ATON'S Italy
ATTI PUBBLICI IN LUOGO OSCENO Italy
ATTO IV Italy
AUDIO Italy
AURORA LUNARE Italy
AVALON LEGEND Italy
B-RAIN Italy
IL BABAU & I MALEDETTI CRETINI Italy
SOPHYA BACCINI Italy
IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA Italy
THE BADGE Italy
BALLETTIROSADIMACCHIA Italy
IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO Italy
IL BALLO DELLE CASTAGNE Italy
THE BALMUNG Italy
LA BAMBIBANDA E MELODIE Italy
BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO Italy
BANDA BELZONI Italy
BARABBA Italy
MARIO BARBAJA Italy
BARO PROG-JETS Italy
BAROQUE Italy
BARROCK Italy
LUCIANO BASSO Italy
LA BATTERIA Italy
FRANCO BATTIATO Italy
PIERPAOLO BIBBO Italy
BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO Italy
BLOCCO MENTALE Italy
LA BOCCA DELLA VERITÀ Italy
BONDAGE Italy
BORNIDOL Italy
LA BOTTEGA DELL'ARTE Italy
BRAEN'S MACHINE Italy
BRAINDEAD Italy
ANGELO BRANDUARDI Italy
BRIGHT HORIZON Italy
BUON VECCHIO CHARLIE Italy
BUTTERFLY SYSTEM Italy
CAGE Italy
I CALIFFI Italy
CALLIOPE Italy
CAMERA ASTRALIS Italy
JURI CAMISASCA Italy
CAMPO DI MARTE Italy
CANTINA SOCIALE Italy
CAPITOLO 6 Italy
CAPRICORN COLLEGE Italy
CAPSICUM RED Italy
ENZO CAPUANO Italy
CARPINETA Italy
IL CASTELLO DELLE UOVA Italy
IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE Italy
CAVALLI COCCHI.LANZETTI.ROVERSI Italy
CELESTE Italy
IL CERCHIO D'ORO Italy
CERVELLO Italy
CHERRY FIVE Italy
CHIAVE DI VOLTA Italy
CHRISTADORO Italy
LUCIANO CILIO Italy
THE CINEMA SHOW Italy
CIRCLE OF FAIRIES Italy
CITTÀ FRONTALE Italy
CIVICO 23 Italy
CLEPSYDRA Italy
I COCAI Italy
ROBERTO COLOMBO Italy
CONDOR Italy
CONQUEROR Italy
CONSORZIO ACQUA POTABILE Italy
MICHELE CONTA Italy
CONTRAPPUNTO Italy
CONTROTEMPO Italy
COOPERATIVA DEL LATTE Italy
CORAL CAVES Italy
CORMORANO Italy
CORPORESANO Italy
EMANUELE CORREANI Italy
CORTE AULICA Italy
CORTE DEI MIRACOLI Italy
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO Italy
MARIO COTTARELLI Italy
COURT Italy
CRYSTALS Italy
LA CURVA DI LESMO Italy
GINO D'ELISO Italy
GIANNI D'ERRICO Italy
DALLAGLIO Italy
DALTON Italy
DE DE LIND Italy
DELIRIUM Italy
MAURIZIO DI TOLLO Italy
I DIK DIK Italy
DISEQUAZIONE Italy
DISTILLERIE DI MALTO Italy
DIVAE Italy
LA DOTTRINA DEGLI OPPOSTI Italy
DUEMILA12 Italy
ECFONETICA Italy
ECLISSE Italy
EDERA Italy
EDGAR ALLAN POE Italy
EGO Italy
EGONON Italy
ELISIR D'AMBROSIA Italy
EMPIRE Italy
ENEIDE Italy
ENIMA Italy
ENTITY Italy
EPISCOPIO VISTARAMA Italy
EQUIPE 84 Italy
ERA DI ACQUARIO Italy
ERIS PLUVIA Italy
ERRATA CORRIGE Italy
L' ESTATE DI SAN MARTINO Italy
EURASIA Italy
EUTHYMIA Italy
EXPLOIT Italy
LA FABBRICA DELL'ASSOLUTO Italy
FABIO CELI E GLI INFERMIERI Italy
FALENA Italy
IL FEDELISSIMO BRACCO BRANCO Italy
FEM PROG BAND / FORZA ELETTROMOTRICE Italy
FESTA MOBILE Italy
FILARMONICA MUNICIPALE LACRISI Italy
FILORITMIA Italy
FINISTERRE Italy
FLEA Italy
FLOATING STATE Italy
RICCARDO FOGLI Italy
FOGLIE DI VETRO Italy
FONETICA Italy
FORMULA 3 Italy
THE FORTY DAYS Italy
FOSCHIA Italy
FABIO FRIZZI Italy
CLAUDIO FUCCI Italy
FUFLUNS Italy
GAN EDEN - IL GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE Italy
GARYBALDI Italy
GENCO PURO & CO. Italy
THE GENERATION Italy
GENFUOCO Italy
GERMINALE Italy
FRANCO MARIA GIANNINI Italy
GIARDINI D'AUTUNNO Italy
I GIGANTI Italy
GIGI PASCAL E LA POP COMPAGNIA MECCANICA Italy
IL GIRO STRANO Italy
GLEEMEN Italy
GOBLIN Italy
GOBLIN REBIRTH Italy
GRAN TURISMO VELOCE Italy
GREENWALL Italy
GRIMALKIN Italy
GRUPPO 2001 Italy
GUERCIA Italy
H2O Italy
HOPO Italy
HORUS Italy
HÖSTSONATEN Italy
HUMANA PROG Italy
HUNKA MUNKA Italy
IANVA Italy
IBIS Italy
INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE Italy
ISPROJECT Italy
J.E.T. Italy
JACULA Italy
JANUS Italy
JESTER'S JOKE Italy
JET LAG Italy
JUMBO Italy
JUS PRIMAE NOCTIS Italy
KALISANTROPE Italy
KUNDALINI SHAKTI DEVI Italy
IL LABIRINTO DI ALICE Italy
LABIRINTO DI SPECCHI Italy
LAGARTIJA Italy
LAPERA Italy
LASER Italy
LATTE E MIELE Italy
LUCIANO LAURINI Italy
LEO NERO Italy
I LEONI Italy
LETHE Italy
LIBRA Italy
LINEATEORICA Italy
LOCANDA DELLE FATE Italy
EMILIO LOCURCIO Italy
LOCUS AMOENUS Italy
LOGOS Italy
LOST TALES Italy
LOTHLORIEN Italy
MACCHINA PNEUMATICA Italy
MACROSCREAM Italy
MAD CRAYON Italy
MADRUGADA Italy
MAGNOLIA Italy
MALAAVIA Italy
MALIBRAN Italy
MALLEUS Italy
MANGALA VALLIS Italy
LE MANI Italy
MARCHESI SCAMORZA Italy
LA MASCHERA DI CERA Italy
MAURY E I PRONOMI / AQUAEL Italy
MAXOPHONE Italy
MEDITERRANEA Italy
MELLONTA TAUTA Italy
MELTING CLOCK Italy
MESSAGGIO 73 Italy
METAMORFOSI Italy
MINDFLOWER Italy
MINSTREL Italy
MIRAGE Italy
MO.DO. Italy
MÖBIUS PROJECT Italy
I MODIUM Italy
LORENZO MONNI Italy
MONTEFELTRO Italy
MOSAICO Italy
IL MUCCHIO Italy
MURPLE Italy
MUSEO ROSENBACH Italy
FRANCO MUSSIDA Italy
MYROS Italy
LA N.A.V.E. Italy
NARROW PASS Italy
NASCITA DELLA SFERA Italy
NATHAN Italy
NEW TROLLS Italy
NEW TROLLS ATOMIC SYSTEM Italy
NICOSIA & C. INDUSTRIA MUSICALE Italy
NODO GORDIANO Italy
NOTABENE Italy
I NUMI Italy
NUOVA ERA Italy
NUOVA IDEA Italy
OBSCURA Italy
THE ODEJA Italy
ODISSEA Italy
OFFICINA MECCANICA Italy
L' OMBRA DELLA SERA Italy
OMBRALUCE Italy
OPHICINA Italy
OPRA MEDITERRANEA Italy
ANDREA ORLANDO Italy
LE ORME Italy
ORNITHOS Italy
OSAGE TRIBE Italy
OSANNA Italy
OSCILLAZIONI ALCHEMICO KREATIVE (O.A.K.) Italy
OVERTURE Italy
IL PAESE DEI BALOCCHI Italy
MAURO PAGANI Italy
PANDA FIGHT CLUB Italy
PANDORA Italy
PANE Italy
PANGEA Italy
PANNA FREDDA Italy
MARIO PANSERI Italy
PANTHER & C. Italy
PARADISO A BASSO PREZZO Italy
IL PARADISO DEGLI ORCHI Italy
NICOLA PARDINI Italy
MAURO PELOSI Italy
I PENNELLI DI VERMEER Italy
LA PENTOLA DI PAPIN Italy
PERDIO Italy
PERIFERIA DEL MONDO Italy
PERIPLO Italy
PERSIMFANS Italy
PHAEDRA Italy
PHOLAS DACTYLUS Italy
GIORGIO FICO PIAZZA Italy
GIAN PIERETTI Italy
PIERO E I COTTONFIELDS Italy
PIERO EZIO E TINO Italy
PLANETARIUM Italy
PLENILUNIO Italy
PLURIMA MUNDI Italy
LE PORTE NON APERTE Italy
POSTO BLOCCO 19 Italy
PREGHIERA DI SASSO Italy
PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) Italy
PRESENCE Italy
PROCESSION Italy
PROGENESI Italy
PROMENADE Italy
PROMETHEO Italy
PROPHEXY Italy
PROTOCOLLO C Italy
PROWLERS Italy
PSICOSUONO Italy
PSYCHO PRAXIS Italy
QIRSH Italy
QUARTO VUOTO Italy
QUASAR LUX SYMPHONIAE Italy
QUEL CHE DISSE IL TUONO Italy
QUEL GIORNO DI UVE ROSSE Italy
QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA Italy
RACCOMANDATA RICEVUTA RITORNO Italy
I RAMINGHI Italy
RANDONE Italy
RANESTRANE Italy
REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA Italy
THE REBUS / IL FAUNO DI MARMO Italy
RES GESTA Italy
RICORDI D'INFANZIA Italy
CLAUDIO ROCCHI Italy
ROCKY'S FILJ Italy
IL ROVESCIO DELLA MEDAGLIA Italy
IL RUMORE BIANCO Italy
IL RUSCELLO Italy
RUSTICHELLI & BORDINI Italy
SACKA Italy
SALIS Italy
SAMADHI Italy
SAMSARA Italy
TITO JR. SCHIPA Italy
LA SECONDA GENESI Italy
SECRET TALES Italy
IL SEGNO DEL COMANDO Italy
SELDON Italy
SEMIRAMIS Italy
LE SENSAZIONI Italy
SENSITIVA IMMAGINE Italy
IL SENTIERO DI TAUS Italy
SENZA NOME Italy
SEZIONE FRENANTE Italy
SFARATTHONS Italy
SHOWMEN 2 Italy
PAOLO SIANI FT. NUOVA IDEA Italy
SIDE C Italy
SINTESI DEL VIAGGIO DI ES Italy
SINTONIA DISTORTA Italy
IL SISTEMA Italy
SITHONIA Italy
SLOGANS Italy
LA SORGENTE Italy
ALAN SORRENTI Italy
ST.-TROPEZ Italy
UNA STAGIONE ALL' INFERNO Italy
LA STAZIONE DELLE FREQUENZE Italy
LE STELLE DI MARIO SCHIFANO Italy
STRANAFONIA Italy
DEMETRIO STRATOS Italy
SUBMARINE SILENCE Italy
SUNSCAPE Italy
SYNDÉRESI Italy
SYNDONE Italy
TACITA INTESA Italy
TAPROBAN Italy
IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE Italy
TENEBRAE Italy
I TEOREMI Italy
STEFANO TESTA Italy
THREE MONKS Italy
TILION Italy
TOTO TORQUATI Italy
LA TORRE DELL'ALCHIMISTA Italy
TRIADE Italy
THE TRIP Italy
IL TRONO DEI RICORDI Italy
TUGS Italy
UBI MAIOR Italy
ULTIMA SPIAGGIA Italy
UNA VOLTA ERAVAMO IN SETTE Italy
UNO Italy
UNREAL CITY Italy
L' UOVO DI COLOMBO Italy
VEDDA TRIBE Italy
VERGANTI Italy
VIEUX CARRE Italy
VITTORIO DE SCALZI - LA STORIA DEI NEW TROLLS Italy
IL VOLO DI ICARO Italy
IL VOLO Italy
VUOTI A RENDERE Italy
RICCARDO ZAPPA Italy
ZAUM Italy

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