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Oddly peaceful Méséglise

Méséglise – Stranamente Sereno (Lizard Records, 2016)

Méséglise is an alternative music project led by Paolo Nannetti and Marco Giovannini, two members of Italian progressive rock group Sithonia. On Stranamente Sereno (Oddly peaceful) you’ll find a mix of classic Italian progressive rock, traditional folk music and pop.

Songwriting plays an essential role in the music of Méséglise. Paolo Nannetti’s lyrics are deeply influenced by poetic Italian singer-songwriters.

I gravitated towards the songs with deeper progressive and folk roots versus the pop-leaning ones. Nannetti and Giovannini are joined by three additional band members, the rhythm section of Maya Seagull and Maurizio Lettera and the exquisite violin and mandolin work of Maria Robaey.

Definite keepers include the first two tracks, ‘Il Tempo di Un Caffe’ (The time for a coffee) and ‘La Strada Verso la Collina’ (The road to the hill); the folk-oriented, accordion-driven ‘Caporale Milt’ (Corporal Milt); the prog rock conclusion of’ Interno Notte’ (Internal Night); the classical-influenced ‘Confusi In Mezzo Ai Simboli’ (Confused among the symbols); and the last two instrumentals, the folk-rock piece ‘Il Gioco Delle Parti’ (The game of the parts) and the instrumental version of track 2, ‘La Strada Verso la Collina.’

The lineup on Stranamente Sereno includes Paolo Nannetti on keyboards, organ, guitars, accordion, and vocals; Marco Giovannini on vocals and acoustic guitars; Maurizio Lettera on drums, percussion; Maya Seagull on bass, vocals; and Maria Robaey on violin, mandolin. Guests featured: Alberto Celommi on acoustic guitar and Enrico Capalbo on ebow guitar.

The CD booklet includes lyrics and excellent cover and interior illustration artwork by Paola Baiesi.

The album is available from various Italian retailers, including http://www.btf.it and https://www.amazon.it

Rising Progressive Rock Band Cellar Noise releases Alight

One of the progressive rock sensations of 2017 is Italian band Cellar Noise. The young group plays symphonic rock inspired by 1970s classic acts loaded with mellotron, organ, and synths interweaved with guitar. Their debut album is titled Alight (Btf – AMS).

Multi-faceted Italian musician Fabio Zuffanti is the artistic director of the project.

Maxophone Releases La fabbrica delle nuvole

Maxophone, one of Italy’s classic progressive rock bands is back with a new album after many years. The new recording is titled La fabbrica delle nuvole (the cloud factory) on AMS Records.

La fabbrica delle nuvole contains progressive symphonic elements as well as fusion. The lineup includes original members Sergio Lattuada on piano, keyboards and vocals; Alberto Ravasini on guitars, keyboards and lead vocals; along with Marco Croci on bass and vocals; Marco Tomasini on guitar and vocals; and Carlo Monti on drums, percussion and violin.

Maxophone is an essential name within the vast realm of Italian progressive rock. Like many other acts, they disbanded after only one self-titled LP, Maxophone that was released in 1975 and became a collector’s item.

Il Rovescio della Medaglia Releases “Tribal domestic”

Il Rovescio della Medaglia - "Tribal domestic"
Il Rovescio della Medaglia – “Tribal domestic”

Legendary Italian progressive rock band Il Rovescio della Medaglia has a new album titled “Tribal domestic”. Il Rovescio della Medaglia returns to a more symphonic, well-defined progressive music. It features many influences from the “Contaminazione” era.

Guitar player Enzo Vita brought back Il Rovescio della Medaglia’s original vocalist Pino Ballarini.

Nuova Era Releases English-Language Album

Nuova Era - "Return to the Castle"
Nuova Era – “Return to the Castle”

Nuova Era, one of Italy’s essential progressive rock bands from the late 1980s and early 1990s is back with “Return to the Castle”. This time, Nuova Era sings in English for the first time. “Return to the Castle” contains 75 minutes of symphonic progressive rock,

“Return to the Castle” includes band leader and composer Walter Pini, along with vocalist and guitarist Alex Camalti.

The group’s debut album “Il passo del soldato” (1995) is considered Italian progressive rock classic.

Eris Pluvia Releases Different Earths

Eris Pluvia - Different Earths
Eris Pluvia – Different Earths

Italian progressive rock band Eris Pluvia has a new album titled Different Earths. The new album features the band’s delicate sound inspired by Camel and Pink Floyd.

The band from Genoa contributed in 1991, with its debut album “Rings of Earthly Light“, to the rebirth of the Italian progressive rock scene.In 2010, Eris Pluvia released “Third Eye Light” (AMS Records AMS 188 CD).

Il Castello Di Atlante’s Deep Intensity

Il Castello Di Atlante – ‘Arx Atlantis‘ (Aenima Recordings, 2016)

This is the new album by Il Castello Di Atlante, an Italian progressive rock band that has been around since 1974. “Arx Atlantis” brings back many of the original musicians.

Il Castello Di Atlante is deeply influenced by the early progressive rock bands form the UK and Italy. On “Arx Atlantis” the group opens the album with a hard rocking progressive piece titled ‘Non Ho Mai Imparato.’ However, the album heads in a different direction starting with track 2. ‘Il Vecchio Giovane’ begins with high energy drums, violin and synths. Four minutes into the piece, the sound gets more captivating with notable piano work, call and response vocals and, to top it off, a memorable great Genesis-style guitar solo and splendid violin, guitar and keyboards interplay. This second part sounds like the real deal, excellent rock progresivo italiano.

The progressive rock direction continues on track 3, ‘Ghino e L’Abate di Clignì’, featuring wonderful violin, keyboard and vocal work.

Track 4, ‘Il Tempo del Grande Onore’ shifts to folk-rock and pop hooks. The highlight here is a fine synth solo.

The grand piece is the final track, ‘Il Tesoro Ritrovato,’ an epic that contains all the tasty ingredients that we like about symphonic progressive rock: delectable guitar, synth and violin interplay; classic Italian prog vocals featuring two vocalists; piano and violin duet; and an epic conclusion.

The lineup includes Aldo Bergamini on guitar and vocals; Dino Fiore on bass; Andrea Bertino on violin; Davide Cristofoli on piano and keyboards; Massimo Di Lauro on violin; Paolo Ferrarotti on keyboards, vocals and drums on track 5; Mattia Garimanno on drums. Le Orme’s legendary Tony Pagliuca appears on keyboards on track 3.

Although Il Castello Di Atlante was formed in the mid-1970s, the group did not release its debut album until 1992.

Il Castello Di Atlante’s discography includes “Sono io il signore delle terre a nord” (Vinyl Magic, 1992), “Passo dopo passo” (Vinyl Magic, 1994); L’ippogrifo (Vinyl Magic, 1994); Come il seguitare delle stagioni (Electromantic Music, 2001); Quintessenza (Electromantic Music, 2004); Concerto acustico (Electromantic Music, 2006); Capitolo 7 – Tra Le Antiche Mura (Electromantic Music, 2008); Una Sera a Tokyo DVD (Aenima Recordings, 2011) and Cap. 8 – Live (Azafran Media, 2014).

Arx Atlantis is a deeply intense Italian progressive rock album by a fine band that still has a lot to say.

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Submarine Silence Releases Journey through Mine

Italian progressive rock band Submarine Silence has a new album titled Journey through Mine (Maracash Records). This is the third studio album by Submarine Silence, the parallel project of the founding members of Moongarden, Cristiano Roversi and David Cremoni.

On Journey through Mine, the band has recreated the original line-up (Roversi, Cremoni, Pizzocoli) of the critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.
In addition to the original trio, Submarine Silence also includes talented vocalist and songwriter Guillermo Gonzales.

Journey Through Mine features captivating artwork by Ed Unitsky.

PFM Releases Marconi Bakery Boxed Set

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) has a new boxed compilation titled Marconi Bakery
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) has a new boxed compilation titled Marconi Bakery

Acclaimed Italian progressive rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) has a new boxed compilation titled Marconi Bakery (SonyBmg). The 3-CD set includes digital remastered versions of the original LPs Photos of Ghosts, L’isola di niente and The world became the world with 7 bonus tracks. The package includes a 60-page book.

The set will also be available in a 4-LP vinyl format.

Track listing:

Disc 1
1 River of Life
2 Celebration
3 Photos of Ghosts
4 Old Rain
5 Il Banchetto
6 Mr 9 ‘Till 5
7 Promenade the Puzzle
8 21st Century Schizoid Man (Live)
9 La Carrozza Di Hans (Live At Reading Festival)
10 Mr 9 Till 5 (Live)

Disc 2
1 L’isola Di Niente
2 Is My Face On Straight
3 La Luna Nuova
4 Dolcissima Maria
5 Via Lumiere
6 Is My Face On Straight (Live)
7 Cleveland Keyboard Jam (Live)

Disc 3

1 The Mountain
2 Just Look Away
3 The World Became the World
4 Four Holes In the Ground
5 Is My Face On Straight
6 Have Your Cake and Beat It
7 Four Holes In the Ground (Live)
8 La Carrozza Di Hans (Live)

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