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Rock Progressivo Italiano

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5 stars Amazing new RPI voice

EGONON combines the best of the Italian progressive tradition with modern sensibilities and eclectic influences. Although "Risveglio," their first album, was self-produced, the sound is very professional. The band continues in the grand Italian tradition of incorporating Mediterranean (including Middle Eastern) influences, sounds, melodies, and instruments into their songs--besides the normal rock staples, we hear mellotron, cello, sax, trumpet, flugelhorn, oud, sitar, sarangi, and darbuka. The result is a wonderful blend of old and new, exotic and familiar, melodic and jarring--in short an excellent Rock Progressivo Italiano adventure.

As for the music, there is beautiful melody as seemingly only the Italians can do (listen to the chorus of "Voglio Essere Piccolo"); hard driving crunchy guitars (beginning of the same song); guitars doubled by sax ("Rosso Asfalto"); melodic acoustic guitars over a lush mellotron background ("Lacrime di Luce"). There are many Middle Eastern instruments, singing, and melodies ("Golgotha," "Khamsin"), even some Italian folk melodies.

Lyrically, according to lyricist and songwriter Fabio Calo', the album begins a "quadrilogy that sets a whole initiation process through Music; a different way to see spirituality, more of a Solar Hero's ultimate fight rather than a monk making Om on a solitary hill. . . . It hits your darkest parts soundly and lifts them up to the sky sublimated." Sung mostly in Italian, the lyrics are personal, meaningful, and poignant, adding another dimension to an already pleasantly diverse work.

All in all, this album is a phenomenal debut from a band that I look forward to hearing from in the future. I include Egonon with Gran Turismo Veloce, Absenthia, La Coscienza di Zeno, Il Tempio delle Clessidre, and Lagartija as the vanguard of the excellent new music coming from Italy. I can't actually imagine them getting any better. Five stars.

Todd | 5/5 |


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