Thread: Recommend The Best Current Italian Prog

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    well, speaking for myself, over the past 5 years these are the Italian albums that top my list:

    Endless Season Endless Season 2016
    Mad Fellaz Mad Fellaz 2013
    Accordo Dei Contrari AdC 2014
    Accordo Dei Contrari Violato Intatto 2017
    Aliante Forme Libere 2017
    Arti + Mestieri Universi Paralleli 2015
    La Bocca della VeritÓ Avenoth 2016
    CosaRara CosaRara 2016
    Deus Ex Machina Devoto 2016
    Quarto Vuoto Illusioni 2016
    Dante Roberto The Circle 2017

    2016 was a great year for the Italians IMO
    I would love reccos of bands/albums in the same realm as those above
    As you seem to prefer jazzy instrumental stuff try these guys:


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    Any love for Ingranaggi Delle Valle's second LP? I thought it was brillant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Any love for Ingranaggi Delle Valle's second LP? I thought it was brillant.
    Is that Warm Spaced Blue? If so, then I agree. It's a very nice recording, with a dark atmosphere. It gives me some Anglagard vibes at times, which is never a bad thing IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Any love for Ingranaggi Delle Valle's second LP? I thought it was brillant.

    Both their albums are awesome but very different from each other.

    First one is over the top retro Italian 70s with jazzy touches, second
    one is rather close to Seven Impale.

    I prefer the first 'cause that is really Italian Prog, but I really like the second
    one too (the new singer and the English vocals I don't like at all).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    Is that Warm Spaced Blue?
    Yes, that's the one. I don't see the Seven Impale connection though. Except in terms of originality - they really have their own way of developping their material. A very promising band, that I wish we hear more from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    As you seem to prefer jazzy instrumental stuff try these guys:
    hey thanx bro... though that track was a bit too Jazzy. All the stuff on my list has more Rock than Jazz
    but that was real cool of you to post that! thanx
    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Any love for Ingranaggi Delle Valle's second LP? I thought it was brillant.
    Totally different direction from their first release and I love them both. I like the Lovecraft Cthulhu heavy darkness of their second. And the drummer reminds me of Bruford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crawford Glissadevil View Post
    Here ya go MJBrady. Later, I'll post a dozen of my personal top Modern Italian albums. I suspect H could post an incredible list.

    Two lists from 2017. These are opinions like Moe, Curley, and 100423 point out and you may think they suck...Personally, I've listened to almost all the albums from both lists. I enjoyed most all of them. I found the top 10 from both lists sublime.

    First Omphaloskepsis- Final fifteen favorite Italian albums of 2017. From my perspective, a deep year for Italian Prog. In addition to modern RPI, you'll find symphonic, jazz fusion, neo-ish, and stoner albums. Listened to every album at least four times. Ended up purchasing 13/15. Almost half are instrumental.

    1. Barock Project- "Detachment" ( Keyboard wizard "Luca Zabbini" wields Baroque genius, catchy song craft, and finishes in a three way tie for my most listened to 2017 album along with Wobbler and BBT-Grimspound )

    2. Panther & C- "Il Giusto Equilibrio" ( addictive velvet, bittersuite, luxurious Italian distant cousin of neo prog) RPI Collaborator Todd's top 2017 Italian album

    3. Unreal City- "Frammenti Notturi" (Smidgeon more mellow the previous two albums, RPI juggernaut Unreal City doesn't disappoint ) Progrock.com MIW 2017 winner "Best Prog Album" and "Best Prog Song"

    4.Astrolabio- "I Paralumi della Ragione" ( 21st century eccentric smirks and winks, stripped of fancy frills, fragile ivory keyboard frenzies, bottom dwelling bass stalks drum, swelling toes tap out Bonham beats "bare knuckle" brash raspy guitar creaks)

    5. Accordo Dei Contrari - "Violato Intatto" ( Mesmerizing heavy-prog jazz fusion, garlicy antipasto, magnifico guitar caterwaul, screaming sax. Warning! Not your uncle Guido's pastoral Italian prog) ...Progarchive Collaborators #2 album of 2017

    6. L'Albero Del Veleno- " Tale of a Dark Fate" ( Instrumental Italian horror in Goblin's vein)

    7. Magnolia- "Con Fuoco" ( Social justice warrior Chiara Gironi's mezzo soprano dominates Magnolia's mid tempo aggressive "heart on sleeve" attack-against-the-machine, interspersed English and Italian PBS radio broadcasts propel the narrative)

    8. Maxophone- "La fabbrica delle nuvole" ( fragrant spicy vocals, plenty of instrument separation, eclectic, delicate, and organic, drizzled with a sprinkling of madrigal harmonies, surprising follow up to a classic)

    9. il Cerchio D'oro- "il Fuoco Sotto la Cenere" ( 3rd strong album in a row, intriguing icy harmonies immersed in merlot soaked acoustic and electric guitars, dramatic keys, traditional but with a twist )

    10. Cantina Sociale - "Caosfera" (Mediterranean style, Area influenced jumbled cacophony of emotion)

    11. Plurima Mundi - "Percorsi" ( silky violins, crystalline piano, avian opaline arias ricochet from classical to jazz into Sicilian chandeliers)

    12. Taproban- "Per Aspera Ad Astera" ( swirling keys ala Banks/Kaye, Rickenbacker bass/guitar and drums retro RPI trio)

    13. Quarto Vuoto - "Illusioni" (cinematic atmospheric keys, guitar, bass, and drums with heavy doses of jazz fusion, guest tenor sax and violin, Nicola D'Amico's eclectic drum style stands out )

    14. The Rome Pro(g)ject- "Exegi Monvmentvm Aere Perennivs"- (Keyboardist composer Vincenzo Ricca leads Steve Hackett, David Cross, David Jackson (VDGG-Sax) and other Englishmen on an instrumental symphonic odyssey)

    15. Muffx- "L'ora di Tutti" ( Black Widow Records delivers a mid tempo stoner instrumental, inspired by 500 year old Ottoman Empire invasion... conjuring magic lonely, dusty desert scenes .


    Todd from Progarchives top 20 Italian releases from 2017....


    1.Panther & C. - Il Giusto Equilibrio
    2.Plurima Mundi - Percorsi
    3.Cantina Sociale - Caosfera
    4.Quarto Vuoto - Illusioni
    5.Accordo Dei Contrari - Violato Intatto
    6.Astrolabio - I Paralumi Della Ragione
    7.Semiramis - Frazz Live
    8.Vuoti A Rendere - Supplicium (EP)
    9.Unreal City - Frammenti Notturni
    10. Il Cerchio dĺOro - Il Fuoco Sotto La Cenere
    11. Maxophone - La Fabbrica Delle Nuvole
    12. Andrea Orlando - La Vita Autentica
    13. Aqua Fragile - A New Chant
    14. Il Cerchio Medianico - s/t
    15.Isproject - The Archinauts
    16.Il Tempio Delle Clessidre - Il-ludere
    17.Phoenix Again - Unexplored.
    18.Taproban - Per Aspera Ad Astra
    19.Christadoro - s/t
    20. Cellar Noise - Alight
    I appreciate taking the time to compile those lists, I can sift through and make an election based on what clicks. Thanks!!
    Seems like I already have some of these titles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    ^ You're overlooking the subjective nature of "best." I don't have any reason to suspect it to be true, but it's possible that what you think is best, I think sucks, and vice versa. So, making a list is going to lead to a lot of different lists. The advantage of the current approach is that all relevant releases are posted, and usually with clip or link, so each person can make up their own mind.
    I can respect what you are implying here, as I typically feel the same about most every genre of music. But as this thread has grown to such epic proportions, It is a lot to explore. I think experience has proven that not everything music coming from the little boot is exceptional in regards to Progressive Rock Future Classic.

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    ^ Undoubtedly. But clicking the play arrow on YouTube embeds is not difficult. For me anyway.

    As for the epic nature of the thread...best to keep up with it as it unfolds, rather than trying to attack it after 60 some pages. That's going to be daunting no matter what the approach. - Case in point: The Cardiacs which should I try next thread. I already had all their releases, so when the thread appeared, I never opened it. Much to my surprise, it kept growing and growing. I thought to myself, "Can't these daft bastards agree on a starting point?" But it grew and grew. Now it's as big as Detroit, and I still haven't opened it, but there's probably bits in there that would be of interest. Too late.
    Last edited by moecurlythanu; 07-25-2018 at 10:42 PM.
    I like the part where Icarus hijacks the Little Red Hen.

    http://www.discogs.com/user/moecurlythanu/collection

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Any love for Ingranaggi Delle Valle's second LP? I thought it was brillant.
    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    Is that Warm Spaced Blue? If so, then I agree. It's a very nice recording, with a dark atmosphere. It gives me some Anglagard vibes at times, which is never a bad thing IMO.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    Both their albums are awesome but very different from each other.

    First one is over the top retro Italian 70s with jazzy touches, second
    one is rather close to Seven Impale.

    I prefer the first 'cause that is really Italian Prog, but I really like the second
    one too (the new singer and the English vocals I don't like at all).
    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Yes, that's the one. I don't see the Seven Impale connection though. Except in terms of originality - they really have their own way of developping their material. A very promising band, that I wish we hear more from.
    Quote Originally Posted by Crawford Glissadevil View Post
    Totally different direction from their first release and I love them both. I like the Lovecraft Cthulhu heavy darkness of their second. And the drummer reminds me of Bruford.
    Just want to chime in and say I also really like Warm Spaced Blue. I like their first album as well, but felt this was a really fresh direction and I think I prefer it overall. Great band, and I'd really like to hear more from them!

    I also don't hear much of a Seven Impale connection, but I'll have a fresh listen with that in mind and see if I get the comparison.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Case in point: The Cardiacs which should I try next thread. I already had all their releases, so when the thread appeared, I never opened it. Much to my surprise, it kept growing and growing. I thought to myself, "Can't these daft bastards agree on a starting point?" But it grew and grew. Now it's as big as Detroit, and I still haven't opened it, but there's probably bits in there that would be of interest. Too late.


    That thread basically turned into a "general Cardiacs discussion", where all of us nutcases can go to discuss the genius of Timmy and his cohorts. You should join the discussion sometime!

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    Melting Clock will finally enter the studio at end of August.
    I'm really looking forward to their album!

    There is also some hope for comebacks by:
    Altare Thotemico
    Civico 23
    Oxhuitza
    CosaRara
    (but don't hold your breath on these ones)

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    I somehow forgot to mention that Psicosuono released their new
    album some months ago. I remember some positive reactions
    on them.

    https://soundcloud.com/psicosuono


    Another nice band that you should give a try: Mi Manca Chiunque

    https://mimancachiunque.bandcamp.com/releases

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post


    Another nice band that you should give a try: Mi Manca Chiunque

    https://mimancachiunque.bandcamp.com/releases
    Nice. I still can't get with these download-only releases, though.
    I like the part where Icarus hijacks the Little Red Hen.

    http://www.discogs.com/user/moecurlythanu/collection

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Nice. I still can't get with these download-only releases, though.

    I share that feeling, downloaded stuff always rates like "heard it on the radio once"
    for me. If I can't touch it, it ain't real.

    The band has some CDs (maybe CDr) of this with
    handmade paper sleeves though. There are
    pictures on their Facebook site.

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    ^ They may have made them specifically to sell at the Tuscia BIRRA gig they did mid-month.
    I like the part where Icarus hijacks the Little Red Hen.

    http://www.discogs.com/user/moecurlythanu/collection

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    Slightly updated list of things to come (some remain on the list forever)


    Ad Maiora
    ALLUMINOGENI - Metafisico
    Asgard - "Ragnar°kkr"
    Astralia (probability reduced)
    Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Orlando
    Black Jester (probability reduced)
    Celeste -IL RISVEGLIO DEL PRINCIPE (September)
    Conqueror
    DAAL - Decalogue of Darkness (Autumn)
    DAAL - Navels falling into a living Origami (Autumn)
    Egonon - In Vitro (probability reduced)
    Entity - "Il Naufragio della speranza" (rerecorded)
    Falena
    FEM Prog Band (Autumn)
    Fonderia
    Gran Turismo Veloce (probability reduced)
    Homo Ex Machina
    H÷stsonaten - Ancient Mariner Part 2
    Il Castello di Atlante - SIAMO NOI I SIGNORI DELLE TERRE A NORD (Oct.) rerecorded first album plus
    Il Fauno Di Marmo (probability reduced)
    Il Giardino Onirico
    Il Paradiso degli Orchi
    Il Segno del Comando
    Imagin'Aria - E X E L I G E R E
    La Batteria
    La Coscienza di Zeno - Una vita migliore
    La Nuova Raccomandata con Ricevuta di Ritorno
    La Torre dell'Alchimista (probability reduced)
    Lamana´f (probability reduced)
    LatteMiele 2.0 (a spin off from Latte Miele)
    Leviathan just a maybe
    Logos
    London Underground - Four (Autumn)
    Mad Crayon
    Mad Fellaz 2018/2019
    Mauro Montobbio (Narrow Pass)
    Melting Clock (2018)
    Moongarden -Aligin myself to the Universe
    Murple
    Old Rock City Orchestra
    Psycho Praxis
    Raven Sad - Leaf and a Wing 2019
    Syndone - Mysoginia (15th September)
    The Winstons - And the Stars above

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    Nekyia second album by Il Sogno di Ilse, mix of Prog, Post Rock, Goth and Folk etc.


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    Syndone teaser for the new album (sounds good)


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    I posted about this album before, but now the band has a lable with
    Lizard Records and the album should now be much easier to find.



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    Tacita Intesa started a MusicRaiser project for a second album.
    Their debut album was really good, so I'm looking forward to
    this one.


    https://www.musicraiser.com/projects/8524



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    Central Unit a band from the 80s with jazzy Wave Electronics


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    There will be a new release by Locanda delle Fate in October

    It will be called "Lucciole per Sempre"

    What that will exactly be is totally unclear (other that it will contain
    some live and studio stuff)

    I hope for some recordings of their farewell tour plus the two new studio
    tracks that just exist as videos till now.

    Might be just a best of though..

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    London Underground - Four is now out at Musea Records

    Cool late 60s sounding Proto Prog very organ based stuff.

    The band also features Standarte's second keyboardist (only in the live band) and bass player (ex Merry go Round).

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