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Rock Progressivo Italiano

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5 stars Area released this record after Arbeit Macht Frei, that was a very jazzy but still RPI album. With this one, they totally go RIO.

The record is short (around 32 minutes) but it shows all of the band's musicianship. After a slightly dissonant, Greek-sung song with an awesome riff, we have Zyg (Crescita Zero), an amazing free jazz piece. Then there is Brujo, another free jazz jam with outstanding vocals and electronics at the end. Understanding the words will make it even better; Stratos goes crazy here.

But he goes even better in the following track, MIRage? MIRage!, that starts with a bit of vocal madness, then seems to go into a jam. But nearly at the 6-minute mark, the music stops and we can hear a lot of vocals whispering. We try to understand something (being Italian makes it a LOT better), then we hear a clearer voice saying "It's a mix of sentences without any sense". The voices are telling us things without any meaning, we know it, but we constantly try to find one. The voices become more and more urgent, trying to tell us something that we can't understand, then they start screaming...hell, it's awesomely scaring. At the end we have Lobotomia, another really experimental track. It is just meant to destroy your ears. Don't turn down the volume!

Caution Radiation Area represent well the claustrophoby we heard a long time before in "21st Century Schizoid Man", made harder and harder, more and more scaring. 5 stars.

Turillazzo | 5/5 |


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