Dark progressive rock band L’albero del veleno has a new album titled “Tale of a Dark Fate.” The Italian band is deeply inspired by horror movies from the 1960s through the 1980s and Italian bands like Goblin and various Italian horror film composers.
The current lineup includes Nadin Petricelli on keyboards; Lorenzo Picchi on guitars; Michele Andreuccetti on bass; and Marco Brenzini on flute.
Il Paradiso Degli Orchi is a new progressive rock band from Brescia in northern Italy that has attracted a lot of attention. Il Corponauta is the band’s second album, based on Il Corponauta, a book by the late Flavio Emer.
With the assistance of rock progressivo italiano icon, musician and producer Fabio Zuffanti, Il Paradiso Degli Orchi delivers a formidable, masterfully-crafted album.
From the very beginning, Il Paradiso Degli Orchi engages the listener with superb layers and mellotron, guitars, drums and assorted percussion. The vocals are in Italian, which always adds to the charm of Italian bands.
The instrumental skills are what stands out in Il Paradiso Degli Orchi with great interplay between the guitars, flute, keyboards and bass, supported by creative rhythms.
Stylistically, Il Paradiso Degli Orchi incorporates exquisite, classic progressive rock of an epic nature, jazz fusion, forward-thinking electronica and some Italian folk music inspirations. Influences include prog rock era-Yes, Banco, King Crimson, PFM and Jethro Tull.
Il Corponauta is a long album with a mix of short songs and extensive pieces, including an 18-minute long suite and the final epic aptly titled Il Gran Finale with guitar and mellotron that will send chills down the spine of progressive rock fans.
The lineup includes Marco DeGiacomi on drums and vocals; Michele Sambrici on guitars, keyboards, mellotron and vocals; Andrea Corti on bass; Sven Jorgensen on lead vocals and guitars; Stefano Corti on percussion; and Andrea Calzoni on flute and saxophone. Guests: Iran Fertonani on percussion; and Giorgio Presti on synthesizer.
“Per Aspera Ad Astra” is the new album by Italian symphonic progressive rock trio Taproban. The band features three talented musicians that deliver high energy prog rock highlighting keyboard wizardry, creative bass lines and outstanding drum work.
For this project, the band’s fifth album, the musicians used an arsenal of vintage musical instruments from the 1970s, recreating the magical sound of the era.
The lineup on “Per Aspera Ad Astra” includes keyboard maestro Gianluca De Rossi on Minimoog Model D, Hammond C3 organ, Mellotron SM400, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Roland JX8P, Nord Electro 3 HP, EMU Vintage Pro, acoustic grand piano, glockenspiel and vocals; Roberto Vitellion Rickenbacker bass 4003 Jetglo, Geddy Lee Fender Jazz, Moog Taurus I & III, Gibson Les Paul Gold Top, E-bow, and Fender 6 string acoustic; and Ares Andreoni on Gretsch Catalina maple drums, Zjildjian Sabian and Paiste cymbals, rototoms, cowbell, darbuka, windchimes, and vibraslap.
Guests: Francesco Pandico on drums and percussion and Antonio Marangolo on tenor saxophone.
Italian progressive rock band Unreal City has a new album titled “Frammenti notturni”. Unreal City has performed at international prog rock festivals and has become one of the leading acts in the present Ialian scene.
The current line-up includes composer and lyricist Ema Tarasconi on keyboards and vocals; Francesca Zanetta on guitar; Dario Pessina on bass; and new drummer Marco Garbin. “Frammenti notturni”also features guest sappearances by Matteo Bertani on violin and Camilla Pozzi on vocals.
The album contains five long pieces, mixing brooding atmospheres with classic 1970s progressive rock.
Legendary Italian progressive rock group PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi) has announced the release of its new album Emotional Tattoos in October 2017 on the InsideOutMusic label. Emotional Tattoos is expected to feature PFM’s trademark sound.
The current lineup includes Alessandro Scaglione on keyboards, Hammond organ, Moog; Lucio Fabbri on violin; Patrick Djivas on bass; Franz Di Cioccio on lead vocals and drums; Marco Sfogli on guitars; Roberto Gualdi on drums; and Alberto Bravin on keyboards, backing vocals.
Percorsi is the title of the first full-length album by Italian progressive rock band Plurima Mundi. It’s an independent release featuring vocals in Italian, which is always welcome.
All the music is composed by fiddler Massimiliano Monopoli, who provides one of the key ingredients of the band: the fiery electric violin. Another essential element is vocalist Grazia Maremonti, who has a gorgeous, passionate voice that sounds classically-trained.
The rest of the band provide the rest of the ingredients familiar in progressive rock, including fine keyboard and guitar work.
The lineup includes Massimiliano Monopoli on electric violin; Massimo Bozza on bass; Grazia Maremonti on vocals; Silvio Silvestre on guitar; Lorenzo Semeraro on piano; and Gianmarco Franchini on drums.
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.
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, 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.
Italian progressive rock band Astrolabio has a new album titled I paralumi della ragione. This is the follow-up to the band’s much-admired debut recording “L’isolamento dei numeri pari” (2014).
Astrolabio is influenced by 1970s progressive band such as Rovescio della medaglia and Il Balletto di Bronzo, as well as Frank Zappa and Arthur Brown.
The lyrics examine everyday life and of the sociopolitical reality.
Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond