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L'ULTIMO VIAGGIO

Nuova Era

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.67 | 64 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Although the band fully corresponds to Italian symph, this album features a harder edge which is already noticeable as soon as the album starts.

Complex and strong: so is ''Eterna Sconfitta'' which ends up as a rip off of ''The Knife'' by whom you might have heard (it is actually the second time tonight that I make this comment, the first one being for the debut album of ''Flame Dream'').

The hard feel is also conveyed during the epic and title track. The furious guitar is just splendid, but again the work from Phillips on this early ''Genesis'' track already mentioned is a bit too obvious. Apart from that, it is full of some wonderful synthesizers: from spacey during the intro to somewhat neo-prog later on. A highlight of this album.

This debut is lacking variety IMO. It also reminds the work of some earlier prog giant. A bit too much...When it is not ELP, it is Floyd. Just listen to the intro of ''La Tua morte Parla''. If it doesn't sound familiar with ASOS.I like it of course, but at the end of the day one has a strong feel of déjà vu (and more of déjà entendu). The second part of the track is dark, weird and scary. But I prefer this sort of personal mood.

The most symphonic and beautiful number from ''L' Ultimo Viaggio'' is the great ''Ritorno Alla Vita''. A jewel of a melody, full of emotion. Production is maybe not that great here. Drumming being too much on the forefront of this delicate song. Still, this is another strong moment.

I won't rate this album with too many stars; it lacks of personality and great tracks aren't too many. It is a pleasant and encouraging debut though. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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