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Ubi Maior


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.73 | 40 ratings

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4 stars Add another great band to the ever-growing list of the new Italian groups with both vintage and modern touches in their progressive sound.UBI MAIOR were found in 1998 by Lorenzo Marotta (vocals) and Stefano Mancarella (guitars) and soon they rehearsed their own composition.Keyboardist Gabriele Manzini joined ''The watch'' by the dawn of the new millenium to return in 2004 in UBI MAIOR.With a stable line-up the band gigged intensively,performed at famoust festivals and participated in a couple of tribute allbums.With a growing fame UBI MAIOR recorded ''Nostos'' in 2005 (on Vinyl Magic). album influenced by the like of the 70's Italian giants,balancing between the heavy symphonic prog of BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO and the grandiose sound of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO.There are lot of absolutely inspiring and delicate classical-sounding piano parts and heavy organ echoes,reminding of Nocenzi brothers of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO,but the guitar work is closer to the heavy side of prog with Mancarella delivering strong riffs and darkened grooves throughout the listening.The vocals of Mario Moi (who replaced Marotta on the way) also come from another age,giving emphasis more on the theatrical and expressive side of singing than on vocal techniques.The rhythm section is also briliiant with a tight and confindent playing.Good breaks are followed by odd time signatures,heavy riffing is balanced with stunning melodies,angry singing is supported by crying vocal arrangements...modern progressive symph prog is greatly mixed with the vintage echoes of the 70's...This is an absolutely essential release for searchers of good music overall.Enjoy UBI MAIOR at their best!

apps79 | 4/5 |


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