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ROCK PROGRESSIVO ITALIANO

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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
Nightfly (Paul)
SeventhSojourn (Chris)
Aussie-Byrd-Brother (Michael)




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

Mats Italian Prog Site
http://www.italianprogrock.com/index.php

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.synphonic.8m.com/index.htm
Doug Larson (USA) - http://www.hicom.net/~dlarson/
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/

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4.42 | 1094 ratings
PER UN AMICO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.41 | 690 ratings
IO SONO NATO LIBERO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.37 | 845 ratings
STORIA DI UN MINUTO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.37 | 737 ratings
DARWIN!
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.29 | 533 ratings
ZARATHUSTRA
Museo Rosenbach
4.28 | 558 ratings
BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.26 | 621 ratings
FELONA E SORONA
Orme, Le
4.28 | 416 ratings
ARBEIT MACHT FREI
Area
4.25 | 534 ratings
L'ISOLA DI NIENTE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.22 | 482 ratings
UOMO DI PEZZA
Orme, Le
4.19 | 398 ratings
YS
Balletto di Bronzo, Il
4.23 | 255 ratings
CRAC !
Area
4.20 | 320 ratings
MAXOPHONE
Maxophone
4.21 | 267 ratings
PALEPOLI
Osanna
4.22 | 225 ratings
DISCESA AGL'INFERI D'UN GIOVANE AMANTE
Bacio Della Medusa, Il
4.17 | 216 ratings
CONTAMINAZIONE
Rovescio Della Medaglia, Il
4.09 | 369 ratings
PHOTOS OF GHOSTS
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.13 | 207 ratings
PRINCIPE DI UN GIORNO
Celeste
4.07 | 327 ratings
STATI DI IMMAGINAZIONE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.14 | 189 ratings
BANCO (1975)
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 Elementi by ORME, LE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.86 | 115 ratings

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Elementi
Le Orme Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by FXM

4 stars "Elementi" is an excellent release by Le Orme from 2001 which I have only recently acquired. It is the second release in a trilogy that started with "Il Fiume" and marks a triumphant return to form after some poor albums in the 1980's and early 1990's.

There has been changes to the line-up and only Aldo Tagliapietra and drummer Michi Dei Rossi remain from the 1970's. Michele Bon who first appeared on their previous album is back on keyboards and is joined by newcomer Andrea Bassato also on keyboards and violin. The new guys have injected a freshness to the music, given it more vitality. In places there is almost a hint of neo prog in the keyboard and guitar playing. I don't mean that in any derogatory way, it just gives the music a more contemporary feel, so rather than rehash the Le Orme sound of the 1970's they have evolved, progressed even.

Aldo Tagliapietra's voice is in fine form. As I don't speak Italian that vocals just become part of the music for me. The musicanship is first class, outstanding keyboard work, superb drumming, and great sitar playing on track 9 "Dove Tutto E'!" gives an eastern flavour to that track. This is followed by a majestic keyboard sound on next track.

The individual tracks on the album (all 14 of them) are short but the music seems to flow along almost seamlessly across many of the tracks so it doesn't sound like a collection of short pieces at all.

Overall the album has a joyous uplifting mood. It is one of the best releases by Le Orme in a long time. Maybe not quite a masterpiece but nevertheless it is a superb piece of music.

 Ad Maiora! by AD MAIORA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.71 | 25 ratings

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Ad Maiora!
Ad Maiora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by tmay102436

4 stars Very nice first album from yet another impressive Italian band. The music is derivative of other groups, only in that it is a culmination of years of listening, observing and absorbing the progressive rock genre. Some slight ELP/Genesis influences for sure, but only in that the main stream of Italian prog comes from those fountains. And this is very romantically progressive Italian music at its best.

The overall recording is quite good, again especially for a freshman offering. The vocals (if I recall correctly) are sung in English, and although not very much vocals, quite good. In fact, if I had a complaint, I wish there was more singing. But, I fall into the minority, as I really like vocals in progland.

The keyboards are the highlight here, and they are (at least to my ears) all original, analogue keys. There might be a touch of Yamaha DX7, but for the most part, the Hammond, synth stuff seems quite "golden era" keyboards.

Possibly the only slight let down, is the song "Summertime" as it's the jazz standard, but even here we are offered a quite unique, totally proggy rendition of the classic piece. The rest of the music is all original, and all very well executed with real emotion.

The Italian prog scene continues to pour out quite impressive, original works of art, and this first gift from Ad Maiora is a wonderful example of the wonderful, continual expansion on the traditional progressive rock from such a rich landscape of art.

 Neo by TORRE DELL ALCHIMISTA, LA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.88 | 54 ratings

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Neo
La Torre Dell Alchimista Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by progpig66 (arnold)

5 stars It has become easy. You just follow the sad two star rating trail of proggophobic morons, consisting of heroes like daemacho, waeguk, vagabond1, marfish and so on and they will lead you infallibly to progressive rock masterpieces. I don't know what's the matter with these guys. Isn't there a nice hip hop site for them to visit? I love listening to the albums I like and I forget about the ones I didn't. Not everyone has the same taste.

Having listened a couple of times in a row, to Neo, I got more and more impressed. La Torre Del'Alchimista is a fantastic band, well led by keyboard player, Michele Muti, a true virtuoso and a prolific composer. Those who love their keyboard sounds vintage, are well served on this album. The vocals, performed by Michele Giardino, are as with most Italian bands, sung in Italian and that adds to the music. The band is mainly a keyboard, bass & drums line up, but there are some excellent participations of guest players on a flute, sax, violin and guitars.

The music is quite complex, but never loses sense of harmony and first class melodies. I think Neo is one of the finest products of the "new Italian progrock school" and I won't hesitate to call it a masterpiece, which will enter my cd player many more times.

progpig66.

 L'ultima Illusione by EUTHYMIA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.37 | 8 ratings

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L'ultima Illusione
Euthymia Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Summer 2008, in Torino three young musicians, all born in the eponymous province, set up Euthymia, a project combining elements from Symphonic Rock, Opera and theater.Alan Brunetta is the drummer, Umberto Poli is responisble for the lyrics and texts and Dario Mecca Aleina is the keyboardist.The trio writes a concept entitled ''L'ultima illusione'' and was helped by Beppe Crovella regarding the production values.This work would become complete with the presence of Simone Bellavia on bass, female singer Chiara Raggi and actors Sax Nicosia and Fabio Marchisio.It was released in 2010 on Crovella's Electromantic label.

The concept deals with a young man, who has a romantic approach to life, but soon becomes uncertain about his life's point of view after meeting a stranger, who was determined to change all of his proven-wrong illusions.It is divided in six acts, which function as bridges between storytelling, interludes and instrumental Progressive Rock of the E.L.P./LE ORME/TRIADE keyboard-led tradition.Of course the Italian flavor is more than evident, all lyrics are written and performed in Italian and the melodies are typical of the sensitive side of Italian Prog.The first half is heavily driven by spoken texts, slightly improvised backgrounds on organ and synths with a few bits from tight, keyboard-based Prog, featuring instrumental virtuosity and grandieur.The second part of the third act, the long ''Oblio'' seems to be the turning point of the whole album.This is beautiful, sentimental but also dramatic Symphonic Rock with an excellent performance by Raggi on vocals and various sections, ranging from flashy, DORACOR-like parts to more sinister themes, mostly performed on organ.The structure of the album somewhat changes from this point on.More music and less spoken words with the piano and keyboards in evidence, offering Classical nuances and old-school keyboard pyrotechnics, the combination of organ and synths works very nice.Another highlight is the melancholic closer ''Morte'' with the romantic vocals of Raggi and the intense, farewell keyboard section.

Euthymia's sound should work extremely well on stage, I am more than certain for that.On tape some of the concept's magic is lost, as the listener should have knowledge of the Italian language to fully appreciate the story.Put this aside and you still have a fine, keyboard-led Symphonic Rock album for worldwide distribution.Essential for fans of LE ORME, LATTE E MIELLE and MINSTREL.

 Ad Maiora! by AD MAIORA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.71 | 25 ratings

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Ad Maiora!
Ad Maiora Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars "Ad Maiola" is a modern Italian prog band from Milano which this year has released its first album with the name "Ad Maiora!". I listened to it because I am interested in to see and hear how this year's music sounds and also becuase I am especially fond of Italian prog. I like the cover picture which seems like it's written on an anciant ruin or something. There are five men in the band Ad Maiora which play drums, guitar, bass and keyboards.

The band has only vocals or four track, I think I remember, so the main memory of this is an instrumental band. There's a lot of jazz in this music. Not pure jazz but in fusion with other styles so this band is absolutely eclectic. I though thought that it often sounded like the music didn't know its direction and I didn't noticed its specific patterns really. Ad Maiola is more of jazz than symphonic themes. My favourite song on the album is a fine example of symphonic prog though: "Corolla" which is both joyfull and melancholic. I also hear glimpses of Genesis there(8/10). The closing track "No more war" is also very touching with a clear bass(8/10).

I must say I miss the Italian lyrics but some times the English are good here. "Summertime" is an interesting and pleasant piece, close to the Louis Armstrong' "Summertime" but still another song. "Eclessi orientale" and "Diatriba" are two other interesting tracks which I recommend(7/10). I liked what I heard on this record, the music is well performed but I miss the real golden hits here. I doesn't touch me deepest feelings but I do enjoy it a lot. I will give the record three stars of five and I recommend it for fanatic fans of the subgenre.

 Inca by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.00 | 13 ratings

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Inca
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars There was no time to be thrown away just like this for Syndone and the Italian band revisited Beppe Crovella's studios for the recordings of a second album, which was to be released under the title ''Inca''.It seems that the trio had recruited a fresh member, keyboardist Edo Rogani on piano, Moog synth, synthesizers and Hammond organ with Nik Comoglio handling the same instruments plus the acoustic guitar.The album was released in 1993.

The arrival of a new keyboardist led Syndone straight to a full-blown E.L.P. sound with less emphasis on jazzy leanings and an obvious turn to bombastic, virtuosic, keyboard-driven semi-Symphonic Rock, which still retained some Fusion lines, sounding at moments a bit like NIACIN.With a heavy vintage array the style is quite close to the 70's, especially when the Hammond organ and Moog synth come in the forefront, while the music is very dense, technical and quirky with endless twists and complex themes, which often flirt with a jamming approach.The sweet, Italian vocals, which appear every now and then, remind me of LA TORRE DE ALCHIMISTA's lead singer Michele Giardino.They still seem not be actually fond of the melodic lines, as the album contains very few of them and appears to be strongly based on the technical accomplishment of the keyboard duo, while originality is an issue as well.But this is far from a dissapointing release.Good use of dual analog keyboards and a tremendous energy at moments are definitely rewarding, while some atmospheric synth flashes are also quite nice.

E.L.P.-like Symph/Fusion with a powerful tone and a heaven for all freaks of analog keyboards.The vocals are also pretty beautiful, as a result this is a more than decent release from the 90's.Recommended.

 Opera Prima by RUSTICHELLI & BORDINI album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.76 | 56 ratings

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Opera Prima
Rustichelli & Bordini Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars The roots of this duo can be found in the Roman group Cammello Buck, found in 1971 by guitarist Pino Belardinelli, bassist Mauro Morlacchi, drummer Carlo Bordini and teenager keyboardist Paolo Rustichelli, son of Film Score composer Carlo Rustichelli.The group played in May 72' at the first Villa Pamphili Pop Festival and was signed later by the Delta label, featuring new bassist Pasquale Cavallo from Panna Fredda.Story says the management forced them to continued as a keyboard/drum duo and that's what happened, but the only album of the remaining Rustichelli and Bordini came out on RCA in 1973 with the title ''Opera prima''.

The duo sounded actually a bit like LE ORME circa-''Felona e Sorona'', playing a muddy, dark, symphonic-oriented Prog Rock and having obviously a keyboard-centered sound with strong Classical influences and occasional E.L.P.-like jazzy flashes.Rustichelli was armoured apparently with a Hammond organ, a Mellotron (which sounds often like a string synth among the mess of dual and triple keyboard exercises), an acoustic piano and a couple of synthesizers.Now, you won't even care about the absence of a bassist or a guitarist, because Rustichelli has been the central figure of a dense and emphatic album, full of organ solos, Mellotron waves and synth flashes.Other good reference points could be LATTE E MIELE during the softer moments and even IL BALLETO DI BRONZO, especially in the album's more complex keyboard/piano instrumentals.Do not expect an instrumental release, Paolo Rustichelli was also responsible for the harsh vocals appearing every now and then, another reason the album had a haunting atmosphere, except for some poetic singing lines at a couple of Classical preludes and interludes.The tracks are mostly long with some impressive Classical melodies, plenty of twists and complex ideas and, of course, some bombastic symphonic movements, always led by no less than two keyboard instruments and a solid drumming.Rustichelli was about 18 years old during the album's recordings and his fantastic performance along with his mid-aged, already mature voice make this whole work a pleasant surprise.

After playing in Napoli and Rome, the duo faded away.Bordini went on to join Oliver, which became Cherry Five, releasing one album with the band, before working as a session drummer.Rustichelli released some solo, keyboard-centered albums during his career, but his activities mainly focused on composing Film Score Music, as his father did before him.

Grandiose Italian Symphonic Rock with bombastic keyboard parts in the vein of LE ORME, CORTE DEI MIRACOLI and LATTE E MIELLE...but only performed on keyboards and drums.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione by ALUSA FALLAX album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.01 | 143 ratings

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Intorno Alla Mia Cattiva Educazione
Alusa Fallax Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Siren05

4 stars This is an interesting album that was not intended to be an album at all. It was a series of musical scenes written to be performed for an opera or a concert, however it has become a bit of a beacon within the vault of the 'Rock Progressivo Italiano' archives. A mix of fluttery flutes and busy bass lines with a synthesized, symphonic approach, which is characteristic of the Italian prog sound and features heavily on this record. A great listen. Some beautifully orchestrated transitions which mark the sections or scenes of the story. The junctures of traditional styles with Progressive/Avant-Guard Rock makes it an interesting listen. Although i recognize the comparisons drawn to other Progressive rock artists from the UK, i try and keep my mind open to the notion that these musicians were exploring the sounds available to them. And given the time and place, this is an extraordinarily creative album and offers a weighty contribution to Italian Progressive Rock. Fantastic gravelly vocals, great brass and flute sections. A couple of tedious and predictable moments let this one down a little and prevent it from being truly groundbreaking amongst its contemporaries but overall, a gem!
 L' enigma della vita by LOGOS album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.27 | 51 ratings

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L' enigma della vita
Logos Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. LOGOS were formed back in 1996 and subsequently released two studio albums in 1999 and 2001. Both have ratings that are average at best but something happened over the last 13 years as they have released an absolute stunner in 2014. All four guys from the previous album are back although the drummer is listed as a guest playing on the fourth track only. Fabio the bass player on the previous album still plays bass but is the main drummer now. The new guy is Claudio and he's the second keyboardist adding piano and synths to Luca's organ, mellotron and synths. Luca is also the vocalist and he really reminds me of Bryan Ferry at times. Anyway this is a keyboard driven album that has incredible depth to it. It's one of those albums that i've played a ton yet I feel i'm still getting to know it.

Things get started with "Antifona" a short instrumental full of atmosphere which is dark and spacey. "Venivo Da Un Lungo Sonno" continues with the same theme but drums and bass are added and the mood becomes more upbeat and brighter. A Symphonic beauty. It settles some before 4 minutes and the vocals join in. Simply gorgeous with those Ferry-like vocals. Relaxed guitar comes in around 5 1/2 minutes then it becomes more passionate. Excellent! "In Fuga" is an instrumental with lots of synths and keyboards. An uplifting Symphonic piece. "Alla Fine Dell'ultimo Capitolo" has a steady beat with intricate guitar as the vocals join in around 2 minutes. Some powerful guitar 3 minutes in then pulsating organ runs as the guitar plays over top. Synths to the fore 5 minutes in and vocals follow. It becomes repetitive late and I love it with those spacey synths. Mellotron follows then the vocals return once again. "N.A.S." has such a great sound to it around 1 1/2 minutes in as it becomes more powerful with synths playing over top. Then it's the guitar that becomes prominant until the synths return late.

"L'enigma Della Vita" has a nice beat to it with spacey keys. Vocals a minute in. I like when the tempo picks up before 4 minutes. A powerful tune. "In Principio" has a beautiful intro as reserved vocals join in before a minute. Awesome sound after 3 minutes, so much atmosphere. Vocals return later then check it out before 6 1/2 minutes as a more urgent rhythm kicks in. The guitar before 8 minutes is fantastic. "Completamente Estranei" has spacey synths and a beat to start. Vocals after 3 minutes then back to the instrumental work the rest of the way. "In Quale Luogo Si Fermo'il Mio Tempo" is a short piece with piano only. "Ploggia In Campagna" opens with the sounds of synths and drums as it builds. Vocals before 2 minutes as it calms right down. A nice instrumental section comes in at 3 minutes including mellotron and intricate guitar. It picks up before 4 minutes. Great sound! Love the organ here. Vocals 7 minutes in with a powerful soundscape. It settles back a minute later with organ then builds. "Il Rumore Dell'aria" is the haunting closer with the sounds of water dripping, an eerie atmosphere and spoken words.

A must for RPI fans, no doubt about that. This is adventerous Symphonic music with lots of depth.

 Sulla Bolla Di Sapone by FEM PROG BAND album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.59 | 41 ratings

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Sulla Bolla Di Sapone
FEM Prog Band Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Among prog sub genres, I am especially fond of the Italian prog which seems to get air from its own sphere and I have noticed that I easy use to like this music. Because it is that they sing in their own language that is so geunine, the though of not doing that is just stupid. Forza Elettro Motrice which FEM stands for is a new prog band which record "Sulla Bolla di Sapone" is the next record for me to encounter. I have heard it twice and most say I like it.

They are five guys in the band and I most say the music is quite keyboard and guitar driven. The music is similar to pop prog as The Flower Kings with catchy symphonic lines in particular performed through the keyboard. The cover of this 2014's record is quite nice with a landscape we see in a bubble. I also like the sign of FEM, I don't think the similarity with PFM is a coincidence.

But how to value this record? Yes, It is lengthy, contains a lot of music and the material is ambitious. I notice that the band has worked a lot with it and all the songs are parts of an easy flow. I think Massimo Sabbatini is the lead vocalist and he does a great job. His voice is powerful and rocky. Even if melodies are there and they are fine, do I find all the songs perhaps a bit too similar. They don't challenge me and don't get the deep interest, to be honest. It is fine material for sure so if you like modern symphonic prog, this is certainly something for you. I'd say it is worth three stars!

"Il peso della Conoscenza" is one of the record's best tracks and one that I would recommend as well as "Un viaggio lungo un instante" or "Ritorno al Giardino".

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