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CUM LUX

Cantina Sociale

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.01 | 15 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars In 2003 Cantina Sociale partcipated in the ''Kalevala'' compilation of Musea Records with the track ''Kantele'' and two years later they launched their first self-produced DVD ''Catturati Live'', recorded and captured in their homecity of Asti.It was about the same time, when Iano Nicolo' joined Arti & Mestieri, showing the strong links of the group with Beppe Crovella.While Arti & Mestieri's upcoming tour certainly slowed down the progression of Cantina Sociale, these links became stronger, when the band signed with Crovella's Electromantic Music.As a result, after seven years, they returned with the second album ''Cum Lux'', featuring new drummer Marco Trissini.

Cantina Sociale's have developed their sound even further to the point it becomes chaotic at moments, even flirting with Avant Prog, while the band shows a tendency towards longer and very complex compositions, two of them are over or close to 10 minutes and the title-track clocks at over 20 minutes.AREA have been always a huge influence for the band and this source of inspiration becomes even more apparent in this release, which combines the jazzy side of Progressive Rock with Folk-tinged masturbations on acoustic guitars and saxes and a lighter approach of Italian-styled poetic Rock.Atmospheric guitars are mixed with impressive sax workouts and theatrical vocals, while the keyboard work remains balanced between edgy synthesizers and retro-styled analog deliveries on organ and Mellotron, even if the later are a bit reduced compared to the debut.The music of the band remains very personal and original, maybe too complicated for its own good, always performed with a sinister and dramatic atmosphere, full of breaks and changing climates.The whole thing sounds often messed up, but out of this chaotic music come moments of delicacy, pomposity and true inspiration.The overall result is dense and intricate with dominant influences from Folk, Jazz, Progressive Rock and Soundtrack Music.

No actual updates on the band's status make a break a certain possibility, but ''Cum Lux'' should be documented as another original album by Cantina Sociale.This is not an everyday listening and certainly not for everybody.An album which requires the listener's full attention and time and eventually rewarding him with challenging and theatrical musicianship.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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