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Remarkable Vintage Keyboard Fest on Per Aspera Ad Astra

Taproban – “Per Aspera Ad Astra” (Musea Parallele, 2017)

“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.

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Unreal City Unveils Frammenti notturni

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.

Unreal City’s previous albums include “Il paese del tramonto” (2015) and the debut album “La crudeltà di aprile” (2013).

PFM to Release Emotional Tattoos in October 2017

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.

Plurima Mundi’s Paths

Plurima Mundi – Percorsi (2017)

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.

 

 

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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.

Astrolabio Releases I paralumi della ragione

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.

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.