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4.02 | 43 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro... (4:35)
2. Parte I (9:01)
3. Parte II (8:11)
4. Parte III (11:02)
5. Parte IV (6:25)

Total Time 39:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Marco Marini / vocals
- Stefano Avigliana / guitars
- Emanuele Telli / keyboards
- Dariush Hakim / keyboards, effects, mixing
- Ettore Mazzarini / bass
- Massimo Moscatelli / drums & percussion

Releases information

Official release as full length of the first work, Complesso K (2010). Drum parts have been re-recorded, there is a new intro, mixing and artwork.

CD Lizard - LIZARD CD 0098 (2013, Italy)

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IL GIARDINO ONIRICO Complesso K - MMXIII ratings distribution

(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by andrea
4 stars After the release of their first official album titled Perigeo (2012), Il Giardino Onirico started to re-work on the ideas of their 2010 demo titled Complesso K. In 2013 the band released a new, enhanced version of the demo on the independent label Lizard Records with a line up featuring Emanuele Telli (keyboards), Stefano Avigliana (guitars), Ettore Mazzarini (bass), Massimo Moscatelli (drums, percussion), Dariush Hakim (keyboards, effects) and Marco Marini (vocals). The title of this new work is Complesso K MMXIII to differentiate it from the original demo recordings and in my opinion the result is excellent.

"Complesso K" is a long suite divided into four parts plus an introduction. The intro begins with narrative vocals and a dark, spacey atmosphere... "Oneiric is the way you take when the sundown closes the night curtain and its arms stretch out stealing streets, deserts, whispers...". The words evoke strange psychedelic visions, musical harmonies and orgies of sounds and colours... Close your eyes, the words will follow you down into your sleep like a mystic incantation while a strange journey begins and the rhythm rises.

Well, the title of the suite refers to a K-complex and gives you a key to approach this work. A K-complex is an electroencephalography waveform that occurs during Non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep. According to wikipedia sources, unlike REM sleep, there is usually little or no eye movement during this stage. Dreaming is rare during NREM sleep... People who do not go through the sleeping stages properly get stuck in NREM sleep and because muscles are not paralyzed, a person may be able to sleepwalk... The mental activity that takes place during NREM sleep is believed to be thought-like, whereas REM sleep includes hallucinatory and bizarre content.

Part I and II are completely instrumental and feature a wide range of influences, from Pink Floyd and Eloy to Goblin and Pholas Dactylus. There are many sudden changes in mood and atmosphere but I never have the feeling of aimless improvisation. Lights and shadows, notes and images move in a quickening tempo like clouds in the sky. In the end of Part III the narrative vocals come back adding new evocative images... You'll sleepwalk on beaten tracks along your old steps, past and present will blur, forgotten lives and lost memories will come back, you'll live new passions and abandons... Classical inspired piano patterns are intertwined with psychedelic parts, dark organ rides alternates with brighter musical colours but the mix is always well balanced and never boring. The instrumental Part IV concludes the suite in a crescendo of positive energy... You're going to wake up!

On the whole, a very good album made to stir your imagination.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars After their superb debut album `Perigeo' back in 2012, Italian instrumentalists Il Giardino Onirico return to an early demo work and remake the material to superb effect in the form of `Complesso K MMXIII', and it's their strongest effort to date. Once again, the band offer a thrilling selection of extended heavy spacy instrumental prog somewhat in the manner of Riverside, Eloy, Dream Theater (though not as technical) and even Goblin, with a little added touch this time around of a few surprising proper Italian R.P.I influences. Based around the concept of the K-Complex, a waveform that occurs during Non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep (thank you Wikipedia!), the album sees the band just a little less heavy than the previous album, but there's still those endless ocean- like synth passages, leaping upfront bass runs, snappy drumming and searing electric guitar solos that are sure to please progressive listeners, and the evidence on display here once again suggests the band is on its way to true greatness.

Despite the album being instrumental, the disc opens with a creaking, raspy narration that grows more frantic and urgent as it progresses over eerie and doomy symphonic synths. Hallucinatory and evocative imagery emerges in the words, and the scratching tension strangely starts to resemble similar passages to be found on albums by the darker-edged Italian acts Antonius Rex and the more recent Il Babau & I Maledetti Cretini. Although not as menacing as those two examples, whether this is simply a coincidence, or evidence that Il Giardino Onirico may have been listening to these darker artists, it at least brings them a little closer to a particular kind of proper R.P.I, as do some surprising classical elements that emerge later in the disc.

Once the album kicks in properly, it's divided into 4 lengthy compositions that offer a range of exciting and intoxicating moods. `Parte 1' tears through unpredictable tempo changes with seamless transitions, overloaded with imposing heavy riffs, glorious washes of majestic synths, other-worldly howls and dream-like tip-toeing piano. Thick bass punches through the tension, and a victorious rising electric guitar solo in the finale helps us through this mysterious mental fog. `Parte 2' offers gorgeous stirring piano that weaves throughout heavier guitar attacks to bring a luscious and rich classical drama in the proud tradition of vintage Italian prog to the track, eventually adding a gothic pantomime-like quality. There's bombastic blasts by way of dazzling swirling synth solos that would give Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater a run for his money, intimidating powerful drums, grinding electric guitar soloing that takes on a strangled middle-eastern-like drama, and plenty of sneaky up-tempo bursts and perfectly executed reprises. `Parte 3' has creeping piano and ethereal synths, chiming guitar strums and fretless bass ruminations. All this culminates in crashing heavy vacuum-like blasts that slowly morph into an exquisite groaning heavy distortion drone that concludes with a final passage of narration. Ghostly piano dances amongst dark grooving raging guitars in `Parte 4', as black-hole bass gulps at the listener threatening to devour them whole and floating synth breezes carry us to safety at the climax.

This talented group of musicians have now released two top-notch albums in a row, and `Complesso K MMXIII' shows just how much potential the band still has, while also hinting at many exciting directions they can go on future releases. Never so dark to be pitch-black and overwhelming, always with an atmospheric and thoughtful edge, Il Giardino Onirico perfectly balance frenetic energy with subtle and delicate touches, and their music is always endlessly melodic. They deliver heavy colourful instrumental arrangements played with skill and precision, and heavy prog and space-rock fans should really investigate the band right away.

Four stars.

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