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    Recommend The Best Current Italian Prog

    It can be retro because I like that sound but also those bands that are doing things in a more modern or eclectic style.

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    Here are a few that I have heard and liked:
    Il Bacio Della Medusa
    Marchesi Scamorza
    Il Tempio Della Clessidre
    La Maschera Di Cera

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    the last two in skeptrick's list above are my two votes. fabulous.

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    Of those modern Italian bands that are still active (as far as I know), my votes would go to these:

    Accordo dei Contrari
    Areknamés (particularly Love Hate Round Trip)
    Magnetic Sound Machine
    Calomito

    Not as good as these, but still interesting is Altare Thotemico. I have the new Oxhuitza disc as well, which is OK. Definitely the most interesting Zuffanti-related thing I've heard.

    I'm not as big a fan of most of the modern Italian symph bands, like those mentioned above. I find them high on the drama and low on the compositional intricacy. But many seem to like them.

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    There's quite a few good bands coming out of Italy these days. I agree with Il Tempio Della Clessidre and La Maschera Di Cera, and I'll add Fonderia, who have a bit of a Canterbury feel at times and Oxhuitza, who has a modern edge to them but still remains symphonic in nature.
    Fonderia:

    Oxhuitza:

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredOCal View Post
    Fonderia:
    Ahhhhh, that was awesome! How did that one slip by me? Great recommendation!

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    Bill, I dialed up some Magnetic Sound Machine on YouTube. Found a jazz album, Chances & Accidents. Sounds good. Thanks!
    Awesome, glad you liked it! Their first album, Chromatic Tunes, is also quite good, but Chances & Accidents is a bit better. Hope they do another one.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    As a start I would recommend:

    La Torre Dell Alchimista (best synphonic retro prog band)
    Fantastic band. I left them off my list because I wasn't clear if they were still together, and thus wouldn't be considered "modern." I left off DFA and Deus Ex Macnina for the same reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Fantastic band. I left them off my list because I wasn't clear if they were still together, and thus wouldn't be considered "modern." I left off DFA and Deus Ex Macnina for the same reason.

    Bill
    They are still with us and playing a (very) few live gig every year. They are not very informativ, but ther's still hope for a new record.
    Maybe Deus Ex Machina will Reform you can at least still hope. For DFA fate had no mercy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    Maybe Deus Ex Machina will Reform you can at least still hope.
    Not me. I was glad to see them go. One of thew worst vocalists ever.

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    Many great recommendations so far.

    did anyone mention Slivovitz?

    Quote Originally Posted by Calabasas_Trafalgar View Post
    Not me. I was glad to see them go. One of thew worst vocalists ever.
    Why would you be glad they are gone?

    Was anyone forcing you to listen to them?
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    Deus Ex Machina is absolutely mind blowing! was that Pavarotti on vocals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Calabasas_Trafalgar View Post
    Not me. I was glad to see them go. One of thew worst vocalists ever.

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    Bill, I dialed up some Magnetic Sound Machine on YouTube. Found a jazz album, Chances & Accidents. Sounds good. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reid View Post
    Bill, I dialed up some Magnetic Sound Machine on YouTube. Found a jazz album, Chances & Accidents. Sounds good. Thanks!
    That is a good album.
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    Hostsonaten
    Moongarden
    Silver Key
    Pandora

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    La Maschera for sure. They are the top of the heap for me. I was also very impressed with Accordo Dei Contrari at ProgDay last year.

    Steve Sly

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    Funny, I was thinking of starting a similar thread today.

    At the moment I'm hearing my way through about a dozen or so CDs of my latest order of current Italian Prog.

    There is a incredible amount of great current Prog band in Italy.

    As a start I would recommend:

    La Torre Dell Alchimista (best synphonic retro prog band)
    Areknames (harder VdGG Retro prog, brilliant)
    La Maschera di Cera (very good retro)
    Il Bacio Della Medusa (very good retro)
    Il Tempio delle Clessidre (strong retro with modern "harder" elements)
    Gran Tourismo Veloce (strong retro with modern "harder" elements)
    Abash (harder ethno folky Prog)
    Ianva (dark folk prog)

    This list could go on for some pages so..

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    Can anyone tell me about these 3 bands?:

    Lingalad
    Magnolia
    Musicalia
    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
    Can anyone tell me about these 3 bands?:

    Lingalad
    Magnolia
    Musicalia
    Lingalad are a (very) folky Outfit, they obviously have a Thing going for Lord of the Rings stuff.
    To nice for me actually.



    Magnolia are too poppy for me

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    The Former Life
    Doracor
    Akt
    Sithonia
    Yugen
    La Maschera di Cera
    Areknames

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    Sorry forot the third one:

    Musicalia were formed in the 70s and offer serious folk rock. Easily best from your list:


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    Museo Rosenbach - Barbarica
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    A lot of good stuff has been recommended. One that hasn't that is pretty fantastic is:

    Ske (Yugen keyboardist with one solo album, '1000 Autunni' with members of Yugen on the album)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill g View Post
    A lot of good stuff has been recommended. One that hasn't that is pretty fantastic is:

    Ske (Yugen keyboardist with one solo album, '1000 Autunni' with members of Yugen on the album)
    I was just gonna post

    SKE!
    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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    Guys - definitely don't miss Moogg. Fantastic Italian progressive meets Canterbury. The fuzz guitar solo at about 3:20 raises the hair on your arm!

    (For the first 10 seconds you might think this is an ELP album...)


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    Quote Originally Posted by ashratom View Post
    Guys - definitely don't miss Moogg. Fantastic Italian progressive meets Canterbury. The fuzz guitar solo at about 3:20 raises the hair on your arm!

    (For the first 10 seconds you might think this is an ELP album...)

    definitely cool stuff! gotta investigate further
    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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