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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/

Rock Progressivo Italiano Top Albums


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4.42 | 1065 ratings
PER UN AMICO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.41 | 665 ratings
IO SONO NATO LIBERO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.38 | 819 ratings
STORIA DI UN MINUTO
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.37 | 715 ratings
DARWIN!
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.29 | 517 ratings
ZARATHUSTRA
Museo Rosenbach
4.28 | 536 ratings
BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.29 | 400 ratings
ARBEIT MACHT FREI
Area
4.26 | 600 ratings
FELONA E SORONA
Orme, Le
4.26 | 516 ratings
L'ISOLA DI NIENTE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.23 | 467 ratings
UOMO DI PEZZA
Orme, Le
4.22 | 306 ratings
MAXOPHONE
Maxophone
4.26 | 212 ratings
DISCESA AGL'INFERI D'UN GIOVANE AMANTE
Bacio Della Medusa, Il
4.24 | 240 ratings
CRAC !
Area
4.19 | 381 ratings
YS
Balletto di Bronzo, Il
4.22 | 257 ratings
PALEPOLI
Osanna
4.19 | 206 ratings
CONTAMINAZIONE
Rovescio Della Medaglia, Il
4.09 | 351 ratings
PHOTOS OF GHOSTS
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.15 | 196 ratings
PRINCIPE DI UN GIORNO
Celeste
4.09 | 314 ratings
STATI DI IMMAGINAZIONE
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.25 | 109 ratings
RISVEGLIO
Egonon
4.14 | 176 ratings
BANCO (1975)
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.08 | 288 ratings
FORSE LE LUCCIOLE NON SI AMANO PIÙ
Locanda delle Fate
4.09 | 233 ratings
ALPHATAURUS
Alphataurus
4.12 | 168 ratings
LA CRUDELTÀ DI APRILE
Unreal City
4.13 | 150 ratings
IL PASSO DEL SOLDATO
Nuova Era
4.15 | 138 ratings
MELOS
Cervello
4.09 | 189 ratings
BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO
Biglietto Per L'Inferno
4.07 | 211 ratings
IL TEMPO DELLA GIOIA
Quella Vecchia Locanda
4.05 | 217 ratings
QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA
Quella Vecchia Locanda
4.13 | 118 ratings
REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA
Reale Accademia Di Musica
4.11 | 126 ratings
IL GRANDE LABIRINTO
Maschera Di Cera, La
4.01 | 237 ratings
THE WORLD BECAME THE WORLD
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
3.99 | 295 ratings
IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE
Tempio delle Clessidre, Il
4.13 | 106 ratings
IL NOME DEL VENTO
Delirium
4.23 | 73 ratings
TERRA IN BOCCA
Giganti, I
4.05 | 162 ratings
ROLLER
Goblin
4.02 | 197 ratings
DEDICATO A FRAZZ
Semiramis
4.03 | 157 ratings
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO
Coscienza di Zeno, La
4.09 | 104 ratings
VIETATO AI MINORI DI 18 ANNI
Jumbo
4.01 | 171 ratings
COME IN UN'ULTIMA CENA
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
3.94 | 321 ratings
CHOCOLATE KINGS
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)
4.02 | 137 ratings
INTORNO ALLA MIA CATTIVA EDUCAZIONE
Alusa Fallax
3.95 | 230 ratings
LE PORTE DEL DOMANI
Maschera Di Cera, La
3.93 | 260 ratings
SUMMEREVE
Hostsonaten
3.98 | 164 ratings
INFERNO
Metamorfosi
4.01 | 130 ratings
MALEDETTI
Area
4.00 | 133 ratings
LUXADE
Maschera Di Cera, La
4.10 | 78 ratings
IL TRONO DEI RICORDI
Trono Dei Ricordi, Il
3.95 | 166 ratings
IN HOC SIGNO
Ingranaggi della Valle
4.01 | 106 ratings
WINTERTHROUGH
Hostsonaten
4.03 | 94 ratings
SULLE CORDE DI ARIES
Battiato, Franco
3.92 | 184 ratings
CONTRAPPUNTI
Orme, Le
4.10 | 69 ratings
DELIRIUM III (VIAGGIO NEGLI ARCIPELAGHI DEL TEMPO)
Delirium
4.06 | 77 ratings
CAPITOLO 7 - TRA LE ANTICHE MURA
Castello Di Atlante, Il
3.92 | 157 ratings
SENSITIVITÀ
Coscienza di Zeno, La
3.97 | 117 ratings
LA MASCHERA DI CERA
Maschera Di Cera, La
3.95 | 119 ratings
TALSETE DI MARSANTINO
Estate di San Martino, L'
3.91 | 142 ratings
CAUTION RADIATION AREA
Area
3.94 | 113 ratings
1978 GLI DEI SE NE VANNO, GLI ARRABBIATI RESTANO
Area
3.92 | 123 ratings
CHERRY FIVE
Cherry Five
3.93 | 108 ratings
APOTEOSI
Apoteosi
4.08 | 57 ratings
DRAMMA DI UN POETA UBRIACO
Pandora
3.86 | 156 ratings
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER - CHAPTER ONE
Hostsonaten
3.93 | 96 ratings
ATTOSECONDO
Alphataurus
3.91 | 106 ratings
PASSIO SECUNDUM MATTHEUM
Latte e Miele
3.82 | 211 ratings
COLLAGE
Orme, Le
3.87 | 136 ratings
ALIENATURA
Tempio delle Clessidre, Il
4.03 | 58 ratings
HYBLA ACT 1
Randone
3.91 | 94 ratings
DI CARNE, DI ANIMA
Gran Turismo Veloce
3.93 | 87 ratings
AUTUMN SYMPHONY
Hostsonaten
3.89 | 101 ratings
IO SONO MURPLE
Murple
3.88 | 106 ratings
ELEMENTI
Orme, Le
3.96 | 70 ratings
DIARIO DI VIAGGIO DELLA FESTA MOBILE
Festa Mobile
4.14 | 41 ratings
UNA VITA UNA BALENA BIANCA E ALTRE COSE
Testa, Stefano
3.88 | 106 ratings
ESSERE O NON ESSERE?
Volo, Il
3.88 | 102 ratings
PROFONDO ROSSO O.S.T.
Goblin
3.89 | 91 ratings
ULISSE: L'ALFIERE NERO
Progenesi
3.90 | 82 ratings
DNA
Jumbo
3.94 | 63 ratings
STRIGMA
Taproban
3.90 | 75 ratings
CONCERTO GROSSO, THE SEVEN SEASONS
New Trolls
4.05 | 44 ratings
VOCI
Basso, Luciano
3.88 | 82 ratings
ARIA
Sorrenti, Alan
3.80 | 128 ratings
CAMPO DI MARTE
Campo di Marte
4.09 | 37 ratings
FRONTIERA
Procession
3.85 | 87 ratings
IL VOLO
Volo, Il
3.94 | 58 ratings
LA TORRE DELL'ALCHIMISTA
Torre Dell Alchimista, La
4.09 | 36 ratings
STORIE DI UOMINI E NON
Rocky's Filj
4.10 | 35 ratings
E TUTTO COMINCIO COSI '76
Sensitiva Immagine
3.82 | 96 ratings
UT
New Trolls
3.97 | 50 ratings
LE PORTE DEL SILENZIO
Malibran
4.19 | 28 ratings
FAUST
Minstrel
4.01 | 42 ratings
THE LEGEND OF THE HOLY CIRCLE
Three Monks
3.86 | 74 ratings
SUN SUPREME
Ibis
3.83 | 81 ratings
IL PITTORE VOLANTE
Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno
3.81 | 87 ratings
PER... UN MONDO DI CRISTALLO
Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno
3.80 | 91 ratings
SEMPRE E OVUNQUE OLTRE IL SOGNO
Pandora
3.83 | 76 ratings
SPRINGSONG
Hostsonaten
3.83 | 70 ratings
POA
Blocco Mentale
3.75 | 115 ratings
CANTO DI PRIMAVERA
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
4.05 | 33 ratings
NEOGOTHIC PROGRESSIVE TOCCATAS
Three Monks

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 Libra by LIBRA album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.91 | 2 ratings

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Libra
Libra Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by presdoug

5 stars "Close your eyes, and then whirl on back in time"

I truly love this record, and this is one of the few instances where with an RPI recording, I actually prefer the English sung album over the Italian version. (the other instance being RDM's "Contamination")

Not that there is anything wrong with the Musica e Parole debut (see my 5 star review), but this English sung version of the debut was the first Libra music I had and loved, finding a used lp copy in a store in Montreal in the early 1990s, so it has a special, sentimental place in my heart. Musician/singer/songwriter the late Federico D'Andrea does a superb job with the vocals here; he has somewhat of an accent, but that is never a detriment, and it adds to the charm and appeal of this record.

It is a neat thing to be able to understand what is being sung-my English being a lot better than my Italian. The tales D'Andrea sings about are both thoughtful and thought-provoking-in songs like Born Today and Beyond The Fence, for example, the listener is free to "read between the lines" with the almost philosophical take on things. I will not repeat my impressions of the music itself, as it is identical to what I previously reviewed in Libra's Musica e Parole record.

It must have been quite an experience for Libra to storm the portals of America and tour there in ernest promoting "Libra-Libra". This album is definitely a product of it's era, and it is like a time trip listening to it. Federico's vocal style is always passionate and embracing, and you can make out very easily what he is singing about. He doesn't scream or shreik like a lot of rock singers do, but has you captivated all the way through things without a need for that. I feel that this album, though overlooked as it is, should be essential listening for any 70s prog fan-5 stars.

 Odysséas by SYNDONE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.78 | 31 ratings

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Odysséas
Syndone Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by MAURY

4 stars Syndone is one of the best reality of Italian Prog. They comes out from various experiences and their leader Nik Comoglio is one of the well prepared musicians of the whole panorama of Prog. It's a worth description because their sound deserves attention worldwide and it's a pity the fact that this band is not present at the highest festivals of the world. As mature and accomplished musicians You can listen for solutions and arrangements that sometimes are better than ELP's best albums. This last album, "Odyssèas" sound like a masterpiece. Ruggeri is a compelling vocalist and seeing him on stage you can see a modern frontman having a right taste of sex-appeal. Comoglio is a balanced leader, great musician and powerful keyboardist not affected by self-indulgent behaviours. Although on records is the main instrumentist, he is happy to be joined from other keyboardist and musicians everytime the band is performing live. If You like Symphonic Prog Rock created and performed with the same seriousity of "Deutsche Grammophon" classic musicians mixed to a modern and fresh sound....Syndone is the Best band to listen!
 Aurora Lunare by AURORA LUNARE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.96 | 7 ratings

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Aurora Lunare
Aurora Lunare Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I was really hoping Aurora Lunare would join the elite RPI 2014 releases that encompass such names as Logos (wow!), Nodo Gordiano, Ad Maoria, Ego, Phoenix Again and Zuffanti, but forced to admit that it sits on a secondary tier, together with the similar Laviantica, even after multiple spins and revisits. Two keyboardists, a prominent bass maestro in Luciano Tonetti as well as your typical RPI manic drummer named Marco Santinelli, as well as some fine and well respected guests should have been a recipe for stardom. There are some fabulous pieces here that are outright classics such as the flute-saturated "Mondo Fantasmatico" as well as some lesser successful stuff, so it will create a feeling of being a mixed bag for me.

It all starts out quite promising with four real kick-ass tracks, beginning with the splendid opener, "Evasione di un' Idea", a parping synthesizer-led extravaganza that also features conspicuous bass and lead keyboardist Mauro Pini's effusive vocalizing. Well-constructed to maximize effect, the martial drums intone a harsh feeling of impending liberation, the intense keyboard symphonics definitely leading the parade, and the controls are set for a very pleasant ride. The quality truly stands out after multiple spins, a memorable workout full of charm, edge and delight.

The pace keeps on with the excellent "Eroi Invisibili", a track has many highlights such as the devilishly clever piano section courtesy of the masterful Stefano Onorati, a nearly 9 minute of sonic excursions that has little hints of past classics like Curved Air's fabulous "Metamorphosis", in that the piano orchestrates the arrangement first and then veers it into a more conventional prog piece, complete with that by-now familiar voice of Alessandro Corviglia of La Maschera di Cera fame. He does a crack job at elevating the emotions, aided by extended flute and synthesizer soloing. Another damn good uplifting track as the voluptuous church organ supplies added sensational depth.

The apex is reached convincingly with "Mondo Fantasmatico", as it has everything you want from RPI, clever melodies wrapped in mysterious contrasts (the choir work blending in with stupendous bass phrasings is to die for), strong groove tendencies and sizzling keyboard work that will satiate your prog cravings into many multiple revisits. When the electric piano shoulders the groove and everyone jumps on board, you get a Stealy Dan meets RPI feel that is out of this world, funky, driven, resolute and dynamic. Gianluca Milanese's magical flute flutters brilliantly, a stellar track that just kills me every time I get near it. Delicioso!

"Reflessi Indicativi" keeps the angst front and center with slightly more dissonant tendencies, though still loaded with magical ivory playing, stellar rhythmic interplay as well as emotional vocal expressions. The Moog literally sizzles throughout, swirling, cavorting and caressing manically, ably duelling for attention with the elegant piano, mellotron washes notwithstanding. Onorati spits out some electric guitar colorations that only add to the fun. Tonetti's rapier bass is thunderous here as well as throughout the album, a constant beacon of precision and melody.

From this moment on, here is where the album takes a slight dive that has lingered despite many attempts at altering my first impression. This next chapter contains 4 shorter tracks, some great, some not so, and a final Le Orme tribute that is totally out of place with the previous material, as mentioned by my mate Aussie-Byrd-Brother (who as usual, is perceptive to the nth degree!), an obvious puzzling decision to our ears anyway.

The decidedly unsavory "Corsa Senza Meta" is not my favored style, too dissonant and experimental (though I do enjoy those attributes, I dislike senseless noodling), a sonic 'papier-mâché' of weird noises, growling voices, hushed laughter, clichéd accented English quotes and really just a nuisance more than anything. The piano is chaotic, the editing all over the place in terms of structure, I really don't get it. Why?

Thankfully, "Secondo Dubbio" is better, a wilder yet more composed piece loaded with typical Tony Banks ?like synth melodies, a churning Hammond challenging the rather operatic Pini vocals, a cool flute solo and altogether a fine bass ?fueled piece, though somewhat predictable. I would have preferred seeing this piece earlier in the set as an interval between the sweeping giants.

The very short "Interlunio" is a tasty flute salad, something Didier Malherbe of Gong would concoct. Flute fans will love this exercise! The broken glass leads into "Sfera Onirica", an uplifting 4 minute ditty that spotlights the stunning keyboards available, while Onorati picks up the electric guitar again to underline the chaos and the enigma that exudes from the grooves. This is primo quality material once again, sort of the cavalry rushing in to the rescue , only to find the chuck wagons in ruins, smoldering in defeat. Now, I love Le Orme like most prog and RPI fans but this should have been clearly labelled as a bonus track, as it does not sound like Aurora Lunare but rather like the originators themselves, especially with the presence of Tolo Marton on guitar. Do not misunderstand me, the song is a stunning accomplishment, the female /male vocal duet (Pini is joined by Greta Merli) is beyond stellar, playful, emotive and gorgeous. The "Ritorno al Nulla" section from "Felona e Sorona "is enchanting, the solo is devastating but it somehow doesn't jive with the rest of the menu . Even after multiple return engagements, I still have that lingering aftertaste of dysfunction.

Looking forward to their next one though, as all their inherent elements are sheer delights.

4 moonlit awakenings

 Anthology (as Aquael) by MAURY E I PRONOMI / AQUAEL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Anthology (as Aquael)
Maury e i Pronomi / Aquael Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by MAURY

— First review of this album —
4 stars Warning! This is a review reported directly from CD Baby clients by Maury (Aquael Member)

"This is a compilation of songs recorded between 1996 and 2008. AQUAEL is a band founded the past october 1979 in Turin (Italy). Although the band was formed by teenagers, we can insert AQUAEL amongst the last wave of Italian Progressive Rock of the Seventies. As band we have only two partecipations into two different projects: "Pirates Tales" from an abortive album of Cypherarts Records, where they are present with the track "Murat Begins" (also present here) and "Tales from the Edge" a tribute of YES, released by Mellow Records. Maurizio Galia is the leader of the band. He published as solo artist "Ziqqurat nel Canavese" (1997) and "Eccitazioni Neoclassiche" (2005). The both albums were recorded with AQUAEL bandmates, and using AQUAEL tracks. Here You have the best from those albums and a selection of previousky unreleased tracks as (we hope!) prelude for future AQUAEL albums. The main musicians are: Maurizio Galia: keyboards and vocals, Enrico Testera: bass, Nicola Guerriero: guitars, Marco Giacone Griva: lead guitar, Sergio Cagliero: keyboards, Sylvia Delfino: vocals, Dino Pelissero: flute, Bruno Giordana: saxophones, Carlo Bellotti and Sergio Ponti: drums, percussion. This album is only available at I-Tunes Store through downloads for now....but the vynil version and the CD version will be printed within this year. Recommended to everyone who loves Italian Pop.Prog with surprises."

 Lineateorica by LINEATEORICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.50 | 2 ratings

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Lineateorica
Lineateorica Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Lineateorica come from Rome and their roots date back to the early nineties when Daniele Lausdei and Alessandro Milza formed a band called Praetermittel to play original compositions along with covers of bands such as Jethro Tull or Marillion. Later they changed their name into Lineateorica and in 2005 recorded a first demo, Adesso. In 2014, with a renewed line up, they finally self-released an eponymous official debut EP featuring four properly re-recorded tracks from their old repertoire. The current line up features Daniele Lausdei (bass), Andrea Giuliani (guitars), Simone Serra (guitars), Roberto Ciai (drums) and Nello D'Agostino (vocals) plus Luca De Marchis on flute as a special guest. Although there are no keyboardists involved in this project, the band successfully managed to weave a fine musical fabric with a perfect interaction between all the instruments blending prog, folk and melody. This promising EP sounds fresh, rich in ideas and it is really worth listening to...

The opener "L'ipocrita" (The hypocrite) features a brilliant drumming and sudden changes in rhythm and atmosphere. The music and lyrics describe the inner struggle of a cynical man who conceals his goals. In some way he wears a mask of hypocrisy that can blot out his feelings but now he needs to get rid of it. The price to pay is high but his reward is freedom...

The following "B-friend" describes another inner struggle. Every day you have to make some choices but you can't stop growing up even when you realize that you can't change the world... Then comes "Non c'è più veleno" (There's no more poison), a track full of energy that tells of a broken friendship and of the therapeutic role of forgiveness, of faded photographs, timeless memories, doubts and obsessions, sounds and colours... "Set your words free from resentment / There's no more reason that can push you back again...".

The complex "Un'altra avventura di Kohn" (Another adventure of Kohn) concludes this interesting work. It's a beautiful piece featuring hermetic lyrics about hope. There are no liner notes to explain who Kohn is but he seems a man in trouble who gets help from a woman called Anna, a kind of angel, maybe a nurse who can speak to his heart... "Every time you try to go further / You know there's Anna / Who takes you by the hand...".

On the whole, a really good work!

 Passio Secundum Mattheum: The Complete Work by LATTE E MIELE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.96 | 8 ratings

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Passio Secundum Mattheum: The Complete Work
Latte e Miele Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars `Reboot' or `remake' - two words that usually instil a sense of apprehension and dread in most people! Usually associated with the latest lousy Hollywood cash-in riding on the coat-tails of something considered a classic or more special, now even progressive rock is not immune to this fad...but thankfully the results are more consistently worthwhile than the film equivalent! Vintage RPI act Latte e Miele's `Passio Secundum Matthaeum - The Complete Work' sees the legendary Italian band return to their 1972 defining work in a thrilling new interpretation that not only respects the original, but more importantly stands on it's own strengths and merits while also adding and revealing new details never before realized. An adaption of the Passion of Saint Matthew set to music, to many Italian prog fans the original is considered one of the most important vintage RPI releases, as well as a constant personal favourite. Hopefully existing fans will be willing to give this new interpretation a chance, as they can rest easy in the knowledge that it doesn't damage the reputation of the 70's version at all, instead offering new and exciting additions to only enhance the original.

Three founding members, Marcello Giancarlo Dellacasa, Oliviero Lacagnina and Alfio Vitanza, with the addition of bass player Massimo Gori from a later line-up offer this new work. As a special treat this time around, several notable guests from RPI acts both new and old have been brought in to lend their voices to several narrated passages. From the vintage years, some of the guests include Lino Vairetti and Lino Vairetti of Osanna, Alvaro Fella of Jumbo, Silvana Aliotta of Circus 2000, Giorgio D'Adamo of the New Trolls, Paolo Carelli of Pholas Dactylus, as well as Aldo de Scalzi and Paolo Griguolo of Picchio dal Pazzo, Simonluca of L'Enorme Maria and singer/songwriter Max Manfredi. The younger artists are Sophya Baccini of her Aradia project and the dark keyboard queen Elisa Montaldo of Il Tempio delle Clessidre.

For those who don't know what the original or this new version sounds like, it's a bombastic, lush and grandiose classical orchestral based prog work that runs through an exhausting variety of instrumental passages, sombre and striking narration and stirring choral vocals. `The Complete Work' (as was the original) is a work that is initially very overwhelming and confusing, demanding constant replays to discover how carefully arranged the constantly evolving musical passages are, to gather a sense of the dramatic build and perfectly considered flow the overall piece brings. One thing that instantly stands out throughout this new version is a more rich, full and cleaner sound, definitely improving the occasionally flat mix, especially obvious in the choral passages, that sometimes plagued the original work. Classical and rock elements, light and dark moods all blend together in perfect unison, the music growing darker and heavier as it progresses. Electric guitars, organ and keyboards weave seamlessly around emotional strings and nimble piano, delicate acoustic guitar flavours offering thoughtful moments in between wilder rocking passages. So many luxurious and memorable melodies envelope the listener, and by the end, you are left deeply moved by what a victorious, uplifting and fully immersive musical experience this is. Personal highlights for me are the urgent and hypnotic group harmonies alongside duelling Moog spirals, searing electric guitar fire and prancing violin of `I Falsi Testimoni', the gothic symphonic darkness of `Il Rinnegamento...', and the surprisingly jazzy Delirium-like touches around heavy brooding guitars, scratchy Mellotron and uplifting Moog finale in `Il Re Dei Giudei'.

Some listeners may find the constant direction changes and multiple narrated guests initially intimidating and off-putting, but perseverance pays off perfectly for those willing to give this work the necessary amount of plays for it to start making sense. `Passio Secundum Matthaeum - The Complete Work' is a gift for fans who cherish the beloved original, as well as a sumptuous aural treat for newcomers to discover. It's possibly one of the finest modern releases from a vintage Italian act, and comes across as a hugely important and defining progressive rock work in general for 2014. Italian prog doesn't come any more grand, lavish and exquisite than this, and it's certainly one of the most sophisticated works to appear on the Black Widow label to date.

Five stars for a classic Italian progressive rock event.

 Flektogon by NODO GORDIANO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.86 | 37 ratings

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Flektogon
Nodo Gordiano Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Nodo Gordiano's Flektogon is the third album from this thundering Roman prog band, led by gifted multi-instrumentalist Andrea DeLuca and drummer extraordinaire Carlo Fattorini. The band sent me a download subsequent to my review of their 2014 masterpiece 'Nous'. I will be purchasing this CD to add to my classic collection (I am not a fan of collector downloads).

I have always had a soft spot for Gregorian choirs, not due to any religious schooling but rather because of the resonating effect it has when witnessed in a proper setting (church, cathedral, basilica), it serves as an excellent audio-physical anesthetic, preparing the mind for some serious sonic pleasure. So on the opening 'Theatro di Memoria', once the drug has penetrated into the soul, what better than some classic King Crimson (Red period) to push the boundaries, a hurricane of Cartesian guitar triangles, weighty Wetton-esque bass excursions and syncopated drum lunacy, but the Italians do add a new twist, an operatic aria courtesy of Silvia Scozzi, that will make the hair erect on any listener's body.

The Oriental-leaning 'Ozymandias Pt 1' involves more avant-garde fantasy, assorted percussive adventures framed with some marimba-like lines, booming gongs and a sense of forlornness. This interlude only serves as a primer for the 'piece de resistance', the megalithic 30 minute colossus 'Avventure di Mastarna', which once again stamps the KC/Anekdoten influences with little regret or shame. For a low-end fiend like yours truly, I get hooked hard and fast when a bass guitar blasts into the ionosphere like on this piece, literally hauling the arrangement forward mercilessly. The sound is clearly in the John Wetton/Liljestroem vein, where obese bass (ooh that was clever!) rule the roost, sweetened by a virtual arsenal of various percussive instruments that wink at Jade Warrior and such' yet contrary to their prime influences, there is a slew of spacey synthesizers that induce a sense of hypnosis and intergalactic voyage. Then, when you least expect it, a gluttonous saxophone comes blaring into the melee, proposing a deafening chaos that verges on the absurd. At the 14 minute mark, the reptilian bass goes bonkers, fueling sheer aural pandemonium. Hey, this ain't no girlie pop music, okay! Play this loud and your Miley Cyrus t-shirted neighbors will 911 the army, let alone the cops! Volcanic, disturbing, angular, lunatic and slightly insane, the progression of this piece defies categorization, literally encompassing every prog genre (yeah, including zeuhl) and will bedevil the drum freaks out there (Fattorini is a giant!), shame the bass novices and scare the lazy formulaic composers who constantly search out the cheapest thrills. The anarchic onslaught is quite experimental, and at times, just outright mental. This flirtation with dark and obscure themes provide a real carnal appreciation for the music, as if a soundtrack for some imaginary movie was the main impetus, a sonic script entirely at the mercy of the beholder. Dream what you will, fratello, dream what you will! As far as bass and drum fests go, this will feed your hunger.

Part 2 of 'Ozymandias' serves as a rhythmic sandwich for the previous turmoil, a platform for Fattorini to show off some wrist and elbow, perhaps a forearm as well, such is the thunder emanating from his kit. Hey, he can do Moerlen, he can do Bruford, he can do anyone! The finale has a coiling beat, aided by some peripatetic electric guitar and a strong sense of direction.

'Zeitgeist' (isn't that like the archetypical prog title for a song?) plows through some mammoth slippery bass lines, cyclical (or is that cyclonic) guitar patterns and deranged drumming, a fitting finale lush with menace and inglorious doom. A piece that sort of sums up what Nodo is all about. Bloody amazing band.

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 L'Isolamento dei Numeri Pari by ASTROLABIO / ELETTROSMOG album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.66 | 7 ratings

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L'Isolamento dei Numeri Pari
Astrolabio / Elettrosmog Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Andis

4 stars Oh yeah! The italians got sent away in the 2014 world cup football, but in the world of progressive rock they're still on the field and they got 3-0 before halftime.

Astrolabios album "L'isolamento dei numeri pari" shows me all the reasons why I love progressive rock. It's agressive, calm, hot, cool, complex and beautiful. All at the same time. This bands take a time machine back to 1975, let their hair down and just starts of where Biglietto per l'inferno left off. It's full of great guitar and keyboard chops and there are tons of all these cool and strange typical italian passages that just no other than the italians can do. The albums has lots of influences, all from the rockier side of Deus ex machina to the mellow parts of Pink floyd, but the closest I can think of is Biglietto per l'inferno, also not far away from Museo rosenbach. The band are mostly uptempo with agressive guitars and cool supporting keyboards with great vocals.

I also like that hidden within the songs are small parts from Tulls's Aqualung, some ELP and some other stuff. Cool.

Finally, what makes me love this albums is that it's fun to listen to. Few bands that I listen to gives me energy and makes it really fun. This albums makes it fun to listen to great progressive rock.

I only give 5-star ratings to timeless masterpieces, so I'll give this album a 4.5 star rating. It's not a masterpiece, but it's darn close. If you like italian progressive rock, get it! No, don't just get it, RUN to get it. FANTASTIC!!

 Ritratto di Ballerina by GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.31 | 7 ratings

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Ritratto di Ballerina
Giardino delle Delizie Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Second effort by Lombardi under the moniker of Giardino delle Delizie was inspired by the attempts and difficulties of any artist to create, promote and live on his artistic work as well as the death of his father.Gabriele Paganoni is again present in an album entitled ''Ritratto di ballerina'' with BTF being again the publisher.

The album contains plenty of emotional moments, led by the intense concept ideas around its creation, and is split in three long suites, over 10 minutes each, and a short piano improvisation.It features again highly melodic, Italian-spiced Progressive Rock with a fair amount of Classical interludes and lots of bombastic organ sections, while Lombardi displays his ability to sing in passionate Italian.With him as the leading man, the sound of Giardino delle Delizie contains once more evident symphonic orchestrations with occasional guitar power, delivered in polished, elaborate arrangements with impressive piano themes, soaring synthesizers and vintage ogran-based grandieur.The focus here is on long, instrumental ideas with endless keyboard twists, which sometimes tend to sound like Classical Music, but the bulk of the album contains a steady rhythm section, while Lombardi seems fond of producing grandiose, twin keyboard lines.LE ORME, METAMORFOSI and RUSTICHELLI E BORDINI appear to be deep influences of the Italian keyboard wizard.As aforementioned, the album contains also some moving passages and when Lombardi puts his virtuosic workouts aside his music becomes sensitive and laid-back, characterized by atmospheric, melodic textures.

Plenty of material for a third album and reputedly more bombastic effort was already written, but Lombardi's lack of financial support apparently put the plans on ice.

For lovers of keyboard manifests and Italian-flavored Prog.Orchestral, cinematic and atmospheric Symphonic Rock with an emotional background.Recommended.

 Oltre.Lontano, Lontano by GLEEMEN album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.98 | 6 ratings

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Oltre.Lontano, Lontano
Gleemen Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars It is quite true that some bands need more time than others to record their second album, but 43 years? Yes, the debut album from Gleemen was released in 1970, and here we have three of the original quartet along with some guests back with the second, with artwork that in many ways isn't too dissimilar to the original. I haven't heard the debut, but wouldn't be surprised if it sounded similar to this as what we have here is an album that is steeped in the rock sound of the Seventies, back when it was okay to mix loads of different styles and even play the blues if they wanted to. It is powerful, emotional, deep and full of passion. Although everyone has a major part to play, it is Bambi Fossati who will always gain the most attention as his guitarwork is just incredible, and it doesn't matter if he is playing a Sixties style number such as 'Stelle Di Vetro' that honestly could have been written a couple of years prior to their debut, or blasting it out in 'Schizoid Blues'.

There will be many who will say that this isn't really a progressive rock album at all, but rather a melting pot of many styles with a hard rock and blues grounding, but what really matters is not the label that ones gives to it but rather the understanding that this is one hell of an album. It is hard not to fall in love with it from the very outset and the more I play it the more I like it. The different guitarist bounce off each other, and there is the feeling on some songs that if they hadn't faded out then they would have gone on for hours. Add to the mix some great psych and pop numbers and Black Widow have a real winner on their hands. Unfortunately Bambi Fossati passed away in June at the age of 65, but he has left behind a fine way to remember him. www.blackwidow.it

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A PIEDI NUDI Italy
ABISSI INFINITI Italy
ABSENTHIA Italy
ACQUA FRAGILE Italy
AD MAIORA Italy
ADHARMA Italy
AINUR Italy
AKRON Italy
L' ALBERO DEL VELENO Italy
ALGEBRA Italy
ALESSANDRO ALISCIONI Italy
ALLEGRI LEPROTTI Italy
GLI ALLUMINOGENI Italy
ALPHATAURUS Italy
ALTARE THOTEMICO Italy
ALUSA FALLAX Italy
ANACONDIA Italy
ANCESTRY Italy
THE ANCIENT VEIL Italy
ANTONIUS REX Italy
GLI APOSTHOLI Italy
APOTEOSI Italy
APRYL 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
ATTO IV Italy
AUDIO Italy
AURORA LUNARE Italy
IL BABAU & I MALEDETTI CRETINI Italy
SOPHYA BACCINI Italy
IL BACIO DELLA MEDUSA 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
BARABBA Italy
MARIO BARBAJA Italy
BAROQUE Italy
BARROCK Italy
LUCIANO BASSO Italy
FRANCO BATTIATO Italy
PIERPAOLO BIBBO Italy
BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO Italy
BLOCCO MENTALE Italy
BONDAGE Italy
LA BOTTEGA DELL'ARTE Italy
BRAEN'S MACHINE Italy
BRAINDEAD Italy
ANGELO BRANDUARDI Italy
BRIGHT HORIZON Italy
BUON VECCHIO CHARLIE 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
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
LUCIANO CILIO 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
CONTRAPPUNTO Italy
CONTROTEMPO Italy
COOPERATIVA DEL LATTE Italy
CORAL CAVES Italy
CORMORANO Italy
EMANUELE CORREANI Italy
CORTE AULICA Italy
CORTE DEI MIRACOLI Italy
LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO Italy
MARIO COTTARELLI Italy
COURT Italy
CRYSTALS 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
DISTILLERIE DI MALTO Italy
DIVAE Italy
DUEMILA12 Italy
ECLISSE Italy
EDERA Italy
EDGAR ALLAN POE Italy
EGO Italy
EGONON Italy
EMPIRE Italy
ENEIDE Italy
ENTITY Italy
EQUIPE 84 Italy
ERA DI ACQUARIO Italy
ERIS PLUVIA Italy
ERRATA CORRIGE Italy
L' ESTATE DI SAN MARTINO Italy
EUTHYMIA Italy
EXPLOIT Italy
FABIO CELI E GLI INFERMIERI Italy
FALENA Italy
FEM PROG BAND Italy
FESTA MOBILE Italy
FILARMONICA MUNICIPALE LACRISI Italy
FILORITMIA Italy
FINISTERRE Italy
FLEA Italy
FLOATING STATE Italy
RICCARDO FOGLI Italy
FOGLIE DI VETRO Italy
FORMULA 3 Italy
FABIO FRIZZI Italy
CLAUDIO FUCCI Italy
GARYBALDI Italy
GENCO PURO & CO. Italy
GENFUOCO Italy
GERMINALE Italy
FRANCO MARIA GIANNINI Italy
GIARDINI D'AUTUNNO Italy
GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE Italy
I GIGANTI Italy
GIGI PASCAL E LA POP COMPAGNIA MECCANICA Italy
IL GIRO STRANO Italy
GLEEMEN Italy
GOBLIN Italy
GRAN TURISMO VELOCE Italy
GREENWALL Italy
GRIMALKIN Italy
GRUPPO 2001 Italy
GUERCIA Italy
H2O Italy
HOMUNCULUS RES Italy
HOPO Italy
HORUS Italy
HOSTSONATEN Italy
HUNKA MUNKA Italy
IANVA Italy
IBIS Italy
IL FAUNO DI MARMO / THE REBUS Italy
INGRANAGGI DELLA VALLE Italy
J.E.T. Italy
JACULA Italy
JANUS Italy
JESTER'S JOKE Italy
JET LAG Italy
JUMBO Italy
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LABIRINTO DI SPECCHI Italy
LAGARTIJA Italy
LASER Italy
LATTE E MIELE Italy
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I LEONI Italy
LETHE Italy
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LINEATEORICA Italy
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LE MANI Italy
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LA MASCHERA DI CERA Italy
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MAXOPHONE Italy
MEDITERRANEA Italy
MELLONTA TAUTA Italy
MESSAGGIO 73 Italy
METAMORFOSI Italy
MINDFLOWER Italy
MINSTREL Italy
MIRAGE Italy
MO.DO. Italy
LORENZO MONNI Italy
MONTEFELTRO Italy
IL MUCCHIO Italy
MURPLE Italy
MUSEO ROSENBACH Italy
FRANCO MUSSIDA Italy
MYROS Italy
LA N.A.V.E. Italy
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NASCITA DELLA SFERA Italy
NEW TROLLS Italy
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NICOSIA & C. INDUSTRIA MUSICALE Italy
NODO GORDIANO Italy
NOTABENE Italy
I NUMI Italy
NUOVA ERA Italy
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OBSCURA Italy
THE ODEJA Italy
ODISSEA Italy
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OMBRALUCE Italy
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ORNITHOS Italy
OSAGE TRIBE Italy
OSANNA Italy
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MARIO PANSERI Italy
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PERDIO Italy
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GIAN PIERETTI Italy
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LE PORTE NON APERTE Italy
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PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI (PFM) Italy
PRESENCE Italy
PROCESSION Italy
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