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Founded in Civita Castellana, Italy in 2008

IL GIARDINO ONIRICO (The Onirical Garden) are hailing from Civita Castellana, situated north of Rome. The band formed in September 2008 when keyboard player Emanuele 'Vastitas' Telli, guitarist Stefano Avigliana, Ettore Mazzarini (bass) and drummer Massimo Moscatelli combined their individual strength. The members' musical background is really wide and varied as each musician has preferences for different genres and experiences while playing in other bands.

This line up started to develop the first composition named 'Complesso K' which is a shifting suite filled with a variety of visions. In 2009 they were awarded as the winners of the Salefino Rock emerging band music contest. At the same time prog enthusiast Dario Hakim joined the band and inserted himself as the generator of sound effects and ambient textures.

After the release of 'Complesso K' IL GIARDINO ONIRICO started composing new material and Marco Marini, poet, painter and photographer joined the band contributing with his narrative voice. This completed line up then was ready to record the full length debut 'Perigeo', which saw the light of day in 2012, an ambitious heavy-edged progressive rock album which is suitable in order to reach for many fans worldwide.

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3.67 | 44 ratings
Perigeo
2012
4.03 | 32 ratings
Complesso K - MMXIII
2013
4.22 | 53 ratings
Apofenia
2019

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4.67 | 3 ratings
Complesso K
2010

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 Apofenia by GIARDINO ONIRICO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.22 | 53 ratings

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Apofenia
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Apofenia, a beginning stage of schizophrenia? Eh, this can't release me anymore. When producing their albums, why do so many artists thematically deal with psychiatrical respectively psychological issues, well even mental disease sometimes? Self-experienced? I can't believe. It must be the mysticism around that so much the more. Contradiction and unity of brain and soul, coincidence concerning reality, dream, cognition. Something essential and fascinating in general. Now standing to reason, trying to be more concrete, going a step further, how does it come to such a beautiful result music-wise? Who will be able to answer that? Are they trying to define their specific border between genius and insanity? Non lo so.

Okay, at least when it comes to the musical output, there's no problem at all when trying to get close to this album. The band, situated not far away from Rome, is offering seven ambitious tracks here, nearly every crossing the 10 minute mark. Coincidence or not, it also took seven years, the debut yet came out in 2012. Anyway, the line-up almost stays, solely former singer Marco Marini is not aboard anymore. Instrumental parts are dominating, but for two occasions they have invited Alessandro Corvaglia, yeah, the voice of La Maschera Di Cera. Bravo, a good move. Meets my taste for sure, and the extravagant Un Nodo All'Anima for example marks the proof.

Mushin on the other hand, Trip Hop inspired a bit, includes a beautiful heart-wrenching vocal contribution by Gianna 'Jenny' Sorrenti. Yep, sister of Alan. Regarding the mix of English and Italian lyrics not straightaway, but no reason to complain really. Apogeo means arriving at a new peak, yeah, that should be the goal all along. This applies to the soaring electric guitar in between at a minimum. Conclusion: skillful and entertaining heavy progressive art rock featuring some symphonic leanings, in the stretch of around 78 minutes. Masterful? Time will tell. This means IL GIARDINO ONIRICO have produced an album of real extent and depth. 4.5 stars so far.

 Apofenia by GIARDINO ONIRICO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.22 | 53 ratings

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Apofenia
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

5 stars There have been 7 years between the release of their latest album and the new one. The band had the contribution of Alessandro Corvaglia and Jenni Sorrenti to sing on some tracks and 2 sax players. The songs have been carefully re-arranged re-recorded many times until the band was completely satisfied with the final product. The music is full of long instrumental sections and songs even though they wanted to tell stories about life, dreams, and nightmares. The first song starts with an ambient intro followed by a metal riff with keys in the background and gaining in intensity where the guitar takes his spot. There some repetitive and addictive drums part with a world music and space atmosphere. They stretch out the song to the limit here. This is a big instrumental opener. "Alétheia" is another impressive instrumental song with some beautiful choir arrangements that take you to another world. "Mushin" is another long song showing the talent of singer Jenni Sorrenti ending like a firework with electronic effects."Apogeo" starts again in an ambient intro before every musician reunites into a full orchestra with another short metallic guitar part and a rhythm change that has that Haken vibe. That song is the most complex of the album, another instrumental with some great guitar/keys interplay. "Un Nodo All'anima" has two sides. One is a lighter atmosphere with some flamenco style of music and the second is a heavier section with some electric guitar. The two keyboards players in this song display some incredible playing and the vocals are really spot on. The last and longest track display a flourish ending to a beautiful album that every prog rock fan should listen to.
 Perigeo by GIARDINO ONIRICO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 44 ratings

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Perigeo
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by Asiostygius

5 stars The album is an excellent (mostly) instrumental work, with some brief intro speeches in Italian at each track, and a female backing soprano in just one or two tracks. A varied array of styles, from some light and atmospheric passages (for example, track 5: Perigeo) to very good prog metal passages (for example, track 1: B. S. D. ). All instrumentalists are very good, but I was more impressed by the bass player. I give 4.75 stars (rounding here to 5 stars) - I would apply 5 stars if the beautiful soprano voice were used in more tracks or passages in the album.
 Perigeo by GIARDINO ONIRICO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 44 ratings

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Perigeo
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Italian band IL GIARDINO ONIRICO (IGO hereinafter) was formed in 2008, initially as a four-man unit, but fairly soon expanding to the six-man strong ensemble they are today. Following an initial self-released production, "Complesso K" from 2010, the band signed to the Italian label Lizard Records, which released their official debut album "Perigeo" in 2012.

IGO comes across as a fairly eclectic band, able to and with the talents to explore multiple styles with an expert hand, and impressively so by incorporating multiple styles into each and every compositions. As harder edged sequences either bordering on or residing safely within the progressive metal realm are a recurring feature, a certain affection for this kind of music is needed to be able to enjoy this album, and a taste for bands like Porcupine Tree wouldn't be amiss either. If you can subscribe to this, and suspect you'll enjoy a band that may venture everywhere from jazz to cosmic-tinged ambient sections as well, "Perigeo" is a production you probably should spend some time getting familiar with.

 Complesso K - MMXIII by GIARDINO ONIRICO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.03 | 32 ratings

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Complesso K - MMXIII
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

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.

 Complesso K - MMXIII by GIARDINO ONIRICO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.03 | 32 ratings

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Complesso K - MMXIII
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by andrea
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Perigeo by GIARDINO ONIRICO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 44 ratings

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Perigeo
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The journey of Italians Il Giardino Onirico begins in September 2008 in Civita Castellana, near Rome, with their formation by keyboardist Emanuele Telli, guitarist Stefano Avigliana, bassist Ettore Mazzarini and drummer Massimo Moscatelli, all having different musical backgrounds.They were joined in 2009 by Dario Hakim, who was responsible for the band's sound effects and ambiances.They recorded the demo ''Complesso K'' in 2010, immediately followed by the arrival of poet and painter Marco Marini, who gave the band an extra dimension with his expressive narrations.July 2012 finds the band completing the debut ''Perigeo'', received and officially released a few months later by the Italian Prog label Lizard.

The name of the group is pretty ethereal, but do not expect a walk in dreamy gardens by Il Giardino Onirico, neither you will find a testimony of Italian Prog in ''Perigeo''.What you get with this album is instant, fairly complex and ultra-powerful Heavy Prog with spacey overtones and different variations, split in five long tracks, where the only vocals appearing are Marini's unique narration parts and some female choirs.However ''Perigeo'' it is not only about striking grooves and virtuosic solos.Sure, there are lots of extreme, passionate, guitar-driven moods with often an almost DREAM THEATER vibe and punchy rhythmic lines characteristic of the genre's fundamentals, but there are lot of things going on in here...like the long, trippy instrumentals with a sound crossing the borders of OZRIC TENTACLES and QUANTUM FANTAY, featuring nice organ moves and extended synth lines...or the deep, cinematic, strongly orchestral, VANGELIS-like Electronic explorations with Hakim's great work on effects and loops.Fans of more melodic textures won't be dissapointed either.Moments of ''Perigeo'' are surrounded by beautiful and sensitive electric solos or laid-back synth-based themes with an emotional aura.This could end up characterized as a Fusion album in fact, as Il Giardino Onirico's debut contains a diverse, instrumental Progressive Rock, starting from typical heavy tunes and ending up in a mix of spacey landscapes, symphonic arrangements and acoustic crescendos.

Great band and great debut.Very atmospheric still powerful music for lovers of intense and deep instrumental adventures.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Perigeo by GIARDINO ONIRICO, IL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 44 ratings

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Perigeo
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by robbob

1 stars Sooorry' I m sorry but I cant share other reviews.

This work seem to be a recorded experimentation that accidentally was publicized as an album.

Bad compositions,bad arrangements ,bad musicians..

But what I dislike more are the prog metal guitar riffs .

This is an essay,an improvisation...a total disaster.

Is a pity .Sio much good musicians from italy...the rock progressivo italiano is beautiful... but this work a crossover work does not do any favour to the prestige of italian prog rock music.

Hope(if there is another) in their next work they enright the way...because if the next is so bad... huuummmm I think only relatives will buy.

So very dissapointed...an amateur work...

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3.67 | 44 ratings

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Perigeo
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars The speech which introduces the first song is about somebody affected by a "Bipolar Spectrum Disorder" (This is the meaning of B.S.D.) which is a mood disorder with tendency to depression and sometimes schizophrenia. It's characterized by frequent changes of mood and the way the hard guitar of the first minute fades into the soprano vocals then into a jazzy mood is probably a symptom of what the authors are trying to transmit. However, what first impressed me when I heard it for the first time was the floydian guitar at about minute 5 which is followed by a very heavy section of guitar, drums and keyboard. This track then goes into a melodic part and comes back to the operatic vocals which reprise the initial theme but on a more spacey base. The final fadeout doesn't sound like a cut. It's a proper final.

Speech again and we are on Mars! "Another change and will begin the journey which will lead me to the borders of reality" Spacey, isn't it? The first minutes of this track remind me of ELOY, in particular Ocean for the general mood of the song. I don't need many words to describe this excellent track. Think to ELOY of Oeans and the PINK FLOYD of the mid 70s with some modernity more so to remind also to PORCUPINE TREE....is the genre clear? well, this is a very good track in that genre. By the way, Utopia Planitia is where the Viking 2 Probe landed on Mars in the 70s.

This strange journey continues with a specific "time" instead of a "place". From Utopia Planitia to "Agosto"(August). This third speech is about "a life spent vomiting mediocre thoughts" and "trying to resist but attacking as a predator"...a keyboard layer and a melody played by a fretless bass. When the guitar enters we are between DAVID GILMOUR and VANGELIS. Unfortunately it doesn't proceed in this way as when the drums start it's a 90s kind of things, but if you like The Division Bell this track is surely not bad even if not my fav in the album. When it drastically change at minute 6 becoming heavier and rocking it's another story. OZRIC TENTACLES as reference.

"Amigdala" (Almond in Latin) is the site of the brain which seems to manage the emotions. Darkness, Death, Sadness, Revenge...this is what the speech is about. The music starts calm,like the beginning of a nightmare. ALso this track has a very Floydian incipi, but with some important differences: Keyboard sounds are closer to TANGERINE DREAM of the 80s/90s than to Floyds, the signature is odd and in some points it could be called "dark ambient". After minute 6, before an interesting signature change there's a moment of relative quietness on which I can imagine Fish singing, and effectively the unusual signature which follows has a GENESIS flavor, in particular the guitar sounds close to STEVE HACKETT (The Air Conditioned NIghtmare comes to my mind).

"It was due to happen:waking up and not recognizing myself anymore" On those words begins the closeing track, the album's best in my opinion which I could synthesize as a mixture of ELOY and TANGERINE DREAM of the 80s with a touch of early MARILLION. It's curious that I don't find words for the tracks that I prefer. Just a mention to the sopraco who on this track is back and I think fits perfectly with the music.

A lovely album that I have compared to Eloy's Oceans but not so "dated". It's not derivative. The bands that I have mentioned are only to give an idea of what I have heard.

No doubts about the rating. 4.5 stars

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Perigeo
Il Giardino Onirico Crossover Prog

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This, that and the other.

Give Caesar what belongs to Ceasar: this album is professionnal with a capital P. The solos, the keyboards, the moods are carefully crafted and thoughful. 5 songs, all connected with segments in Italian, creating more mystery around the record. I like some of the atmospheres a la Eloy in the second track, but the whole album is touching many sectors, one of them could be Pink Floydish guitars.

For the likers of instrumental albums, this is solid material. Easy to get into with a good book, easy to like also since the melodies are plenty. Going from metal to 'meditating' rock, this record has a lot to offer for the likers of this, that and the other.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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