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LIVE STUDIO

Il Ballo delle Castagne

Rock Progressivo Italiano


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Live, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tema di Gilgamesh (4:28)
2. La Terra Trema (6:32)
3. Il Viaggio (4:45)
4. Odore di Benzina (4:20)
5. I Giorni della Memoria Terrena (4:30)
6. Areknames (3:31)
7. Omega (5:21)
8. Fire in the Sky (5:35)

Total time 39:05

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Line-up / Musicians

- Vinz Aquarian / vocals, electronics
- Diego Banchero / bass
- Fernando Cherchi / drums
- Roberto Lucana / electric guitar
- Davide Bruzzi / guitar, synthesizer
- Marina Larcher / voice (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8), backing vocals

Releases information

Mastered by Diego Banchero
Mixed by Davide Bruzzi
Recorded live in Genova at the Nadir Studio around Springtime 2014.

Track 5 - music written by Frank Bornemann, lyrics by Vinz Aquarian.
Track 6 - written by Franco Battiato
Track 8 - written by Ya Ho Wa 13

Limited to 108 copies, silver hand written.
Manufactured by Hau Ruck! Spqr
Distributed by Black Widow Records

Thanks to aussie-byrd-brother for the addition
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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars Lurking in the shadowy corner where the darker Italian prog bands dwell, Il Ballo delle Castagne closed out their 2014 with the recording of a live album simply entitled `Live Studio'. Performed live, sure enough, at the Nadir studio in Genova in the Spring of 2014, main composer Vinz Aquarian and his cohort Diego Banchero from fellow Italian dark prog masters Il Segno del Comando, along with other members of the band, played a selection of Castagne pieces and an interesting choice of covers by artists as diverse as Franco Battiato, psychedelic band Ya Ho Wa 13 and even German symphonic prog legends Eloy! The results are a superb little forty minute vinyl length live release, and fans of the band should greatly enjoy the results!

Marina Larcher's hissing chants and gothic priestess wail weaves around Vinz's weary vocal that's seemingly carved from a cursed altar stone throughout opener `Tema di Gilgamesh'. Heavy slab guitars and sprinkles of organ ploddingly lurch along until spacey swirling synths flitter around strangled electric guitar soloing in the climax. The slow burn bluesy/acid rock guitar strutting that quickly turns wailing throughout `La Terra Trema' over spectral church organ instantly calls to mind Antonio Bartoccetti's Antonius Rex, and Diego gets some playful jazzy bass soloing before Fernando Cherchi's drumming erupts to life with fiery purpose. Lusty foot-tapping guitar grooves saunter through the hallucinogenic synths and ghoulish female beckonings of `Il Viaggio', the most subtle of jazzy flavours dancing throughout, and a rollicking piece originating from one of Diego's side projects Egida Aurea, `Odore di Benzina', offers frantic dark funk, his relentless bass purring with wicked delight.

`I Giorni della Memoria Terrena' is a dramatic and dreamy reinterpretation of German band Eloy's `Appearance of the Voice', Vinz's distorted spoken vocal (with new Italian lyrics) groaning over reflective and tasteful guitars replacing those shimmering synth lines of the original. A further cover of Italian legend Franco Battiato's `Areknames' is given a frantic new-wave punky sprightly pop/rock makeover. A ranting narrated introduction over rising church organ builds a brooding mysterious menace throughout `Omega' before the band twist it into a devilish Black Sabbath stomp, and the band close on Ya Ho Wa 13's acid-rocker `Fire in the Sky', where endless scorching electric guitar soloing burns with hellfire intent, the repeated chanted chorus crushes your precious hold on sanity and a repetitive bass-line smashes down on your skull over and over for all eternity!

`Live Studio' is limited to just over a hundred copies, and despite it being a CD release, it comes in a glossy fold-out 7" LP sized sleeve, with the disc carefully placed in a plastic pocket inside. It's a beautiful presentation for a special little live document that, although not essential, offers a frequently exciting live performance with plenty of spontaneous fire and rough intimidating gloom from a fascinating darker Italian band. It's meant as a friendly gesture of thanks to fans for supporting the band, and while it's definitely recommended, the March 2015 release of their next studio album, `Soundtrack for an Unreleased Herzog Movie' promises to surely be even more exciting!

Four stars nonetheless.

Review by Angelo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars The Austrian (and according to some Italian) band Il Ballo Della Castagne is the brain child of singer Vinz Aquarian and guitars/keyboard player Marco Gargegnani. They founded the band in 2007 and released four studio albums since then. The album under review here, Live Studio, is the fifth, and was recorded live (in band setting) in the Nadir studio in Genua, Italy.

Il Ballo Della Cassagne is considered part of the Rock Progressivo Italiano (RPI) movement within progressive rock, but is more fittingly described as Dark Italian Prog. Unlike most RPI bands, they don't copy the sound of the progressive rock acts that Italy brougth forth in the 1970s (PFM, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme, Museo Rosenbach), but rather create their own mix of styles. As a result, this album contains a mix of Italian prog, krautrock, space rock and even a little bit of jazz influences, creating a foundation for the dark, mysterious vocals of Vinz Aquarias and guest vocalist Marina Larcher. Her chants add a druidic feel to some of the tracks, lie Tema di Gilgamesh and Il Viaggio.

Musically, the album is varied, with a solid rhythm section (Diego Ranchero does seem to have some jazz background in his playing, just listen to Il Trema), space rock like guitars and enough from for some good old fashioned organ playing.

The album, which is released as a limited edition CD (108 hand numbered copies and a few also hand marked promo copies) contains three covers of the band's own idols. The most interesting one for me was their rendition of Appearance of the Voice by Eloy. The track's lyrics were replaced by Italian lyrics, and Vinz really shines on this one. Next to this, the covers are Areknames by Italian Franco Battioto and Fire in the Sky, by Ya Ho Wa 13. Both bands I don't know, but the way Il Ballo Della Cassagne plays their works makes that they are now added to my list of acts to check out further, together with Il Ballo themselves.

The darkness of the bands sound may not be something one wants to hear on a daily basis, but at the right time and in the right place this is certainly worth listening - and listening attentively as well. Recommended!

Also published on my blog www.angelosrockorphanage.com

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