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Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.26 | 591 ratings

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5 stars I didn't know then what Arbeit Macht Frei meant when I listened it for the first times, nor its history. But when I was told that it was written in Auschwitz's entrances, I got slightly shocked. This guys were radicals! And Italy was not in a very nice moment. However, I managed to translate the first song, which is a protest against Black (or Dark) Sepetember, a palestine terrorist group responsible for killing thirteen jew athletes in '72 Olympic Games. So they are against terrorism and against nazism, which is great.

Demetrio Stratos' voice is indeed something to be empasysed (how did he manage to acumulate such a rare voice?! Diplophonia, triplophonia, quadrifonia, reaches until 7kHz, able to talk to God, etc), however I feel that the saxophone work by Victor Busnello is just as great on its own rights, although he is hardly credited. At least on my CD he isn't recognised properly. Instead there is the most arrogant booklet ever with some nice pictures of them.

Anyway, I rated it five stars due to the great blend of oriental music, jazz and rock, not to mention the great musicianship. And, what's better, you don't actually have to like fusion or Arab music to enjoy it (although it is a rather difficult album to listen), for they are a whole genre on themselves. Pay attention to "Luglio, Agosto, Settembre (Nero)" and "Le Labbra Del Tempo", featuring great and gorgeous performances from Victor Busnello and Demetrio Stratos, respectively.

Oneiromancer | 5/5 |


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