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5 stars This is another avant-prog album by these Italian band; it sounds a bit like Caution Radiation Area.

Maledetti (maudits) is a concept album about an ipothetical loss of historical memory, and the political changes that may occur. These are three:

1 - Γεροντοκρατία (represented by Gerontocrazia), meaning power to old ones, according to their bigger experience and their memory

2 - Power to women (represented by Scum), according to their power to bring new life, without any need to know about the past.

3 - Power to children (represented by Giro, giro tondo), according to their ability to reinvent history with fantasy.

Now let's talk about the music:

Evaporazione is an example of the well known "Sound poetry" of Demetrio Stratos, like in previous songs like "L'abbattimento dello Zeppelin" or "Brujo".

Diforisma Urbano is a typical free jazz by Area, and as all of them it's awesome.

Gerontocrazia starts with a cradle song in ancient Greek, representing the old ones that take power over the drugged younger ones. During the song you can also hear some txalapachta playing, again demostrating the interest of the band (especially of Stratos), in easter ethnical music. After about 3 minutes a contrabass comes in and after a couple verses, the song develops into a jam.

Scum starts with just Fariselli's piano, played in a strange atonal style, then it becomes one of the best jams by Area, though it lasts only 4 minutes. Then, over some electronic sounds (without any doubt produced by Tofani), there is another outstanding sound poetry performance by Stratos.

Il massacro di Brandeburgo numero tre in sol maggiore is a piece for string quartet taken by one of Bach's concerts and deconstructed.

Giro, Giro, tondo (named after a popular children rhyme) starts with a nice, ethnical feeling voice solo by Stratos, then goes into a standard Area song (we're talking about Area's standards, obviously). The ending is really peculiar.

Caos (parte seconda) is named this way because the first part wouldn't have made any sense in studio; it was only performed live. The song is very strange: there are some pieces of paper, representing hypnosis, violence, sex, music or silence. Every musician picks some of these at random, then they jam atonally, following the instructions that change every 45 seconds. One of the strangest pieces of music I have ever heard.

In this album, Area show all their talent: there are jazzy jams like Diforisma Urbano, sound poetry, ethnical sounds and avant-garde, sometimes even more than in CRA. And it is a concept album. 4 stars, but better than "Crac!" and "Gli dei se ne vanno"

Turillazzo | 5/5 |


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