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Ingranaggi della Valle

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4.00 | 150 ratings | 8 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Call For Cthulhu: Orison (9:34)
2. Inntal (10:34)
3. Call For Cthulhu: Through The Stars (3:13)
4. Lada Niva (8:49)
5. Ayida Wedo (5:52)
6. Call For Cthulhu: Promise (6:44)

total time: 44:40


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Line-up / Musicians

- Davide Savarese / vocals, glockenspiel and dry Rhodes MkV on "Ayida Wedo"
- Mattia Liberati / Hammond B3, Mellotron M400, Mellotron M4000, Fender Rodhes Mk V, MiniMoog, MiniMoog Voyager, piano and backing vocals
- Flavio Gonnellini / electric guitars and backing vocals
- Alessandro Di Sciullo / electric and acoustic guitars, Moog Minitaur, Mellotron M400, Mellotron M4000, Roland TR 808 and TR 909, Akai MPC Touch, Korg Kaoss Pad KP 3, electronics, backing vocals.
- Marco Gennarini / violins and backing vocals
- Antonio Coronato / electric bass
- Shanti Colucci / drums and percussions
- Fabio Pignatelli / electric bass and bass effects (1)
- Florian Lechter / narrator's voice (2)
- Paolo Lucini / traverse flute solo (6)
- Stefano Vicarelli / modular synthesis (5)

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Label: Black Widow Records
Format: CD, Digital, Vinyl
September 28, 2016

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Review by poslednijat_colobar
5 stars The talented Roman band Ingranaggi della Valle changed their direction with their second album totally. That should annoys the fans of the first album like me /it is my top 10 all time album/. However, this has not happened at all. I was just shocked throughout the first listening of the album. The direction is completely different of what i had expected before that. Their dynamic avant-garde jazz-rock style with symphonic hints is fully dissolved into dark slow eclectic profound sound with strong Anglagard influence. I haven't seen such a difference ever before between band's first and second album without this being a mistake. Ingranaggi della Valle maintain their extremely high level of professional, energetic and profound approach in building top ranged progressive music. Definitely one of the best young musicians in the worldwide scene still in their 20s. Highly recommended to all.
Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team
4 stars Warm Spaced Blue is the band's sophomore release from a group of young Italian virtuoso musicians who are drawn to create progressive rock music in the tradition of their RPI forefathers. Here is a band that has fulfilled the promise shown in its debut album. Ingranaggi della Valle burst onto the prog scene in 2013 with their amazingly mature concept album, In hoc signo. That album served notice that seriously talented musicians in Italy of a new generation were desirous of creating serious progressive rock music. Whatever reason impels them to do this is unknown to me. I just know I am exceedingly happy that they do.

1. "Call For Cthulhu: Orison" (9:24) opens up this album with a wonderful display of the growth and maturity these musicians have achieved--especially in the compostitional department as the band here uses much more use of space and slower development than In hoc signo. I have to admit to being rather surprised that the band chose to open with what is, for all intents and purposes, an instrumental like this (the first seven minutes) as the voice of lead singer Davide Savarese is one of the things I look forward to most. Still, a great song with a great sustained buildup and climax. (9.5/10)

2. "Inntal" (10:34) opens slowly, almost delicately, even as the song moves into full-band mode, but the dynamic build up is there, they're just taking their time. By the break and ensuing slow down at 2:25 they have established a solid foundation--one that was considerably lighter than what follows as a dark, heavy YUGEN-like feel emerges with the second section. As things amp up, Mellotron vocals and violin taking leads. The meaning and significance of the recording of spoken German in the sixth minute is lost upon me, as is the vocal that follows, but it flows. Nice guitar solo in the ninth minute. Great drums throughout, as usual. (This guy is a god!) (9/10)

3. "Call For Cthulhu: Through The Stars" (3:13) opens with ominous sounds of distorted, heavily treated bells and organ which are eventually joined by slow treated/distorted piano notes. More ambiguous than scary. (I don't know what their intended effect was.) (7.5/10)

4. "Lada Niva" (8:49) a complex song that displays this band's amazing compositional skills (as well as drummer Shanti Colucci's extraordinary skills). the only flaw with this song is that the vocal feels somehow unfinished. Untreated, it feels as if it should have a little something to help it fit into the song. (10/10)

5. "Ayida Wedo" (5:52) opens with what sounds like a fast paced electronic sequence which is quickly joined by heavily riffing guitars, bass, and drums before Mellotron signals a change. Everything drops down to bass and drums before unhurried electric piano and electric guitar arpeggi join in. This is the drummer's showtime. (And he is impressive!) Then at 2:30 things quite down again for a little bridge from the vibes before a new set of instruments--synths and heavily treated guitars--take over the previously established melody (and add some really beautiful stuff to it). (It's still the drummer on display, though.) Another quiet interlude at 4:20 sets up the final run-- which includes a repetitive bass and synth sequence playing steadily while the drums and other incidentals add their wildness. Interesting and cool song in a NOT A GOOD SIGN way. (9/10)

6. "Call For Cthulhu: Promise" (6:44) a surprisingly simple and emotional beginning to the album's final song (the drums don't even appear until the 1:30 mark!) with acoustic guitar and organ supporting Davide's plaintive vocal. It's trying to be eery but it's failing (for me). It's also like it's trying to be a Zeuhl song. After the soundscape really fills up around the 3:40 mark it finally begins to succeed in expressing the heaviness of its theme. And then there are some subtle shifts starting at the five minute mark--little individual inputs, each admitted one at a time, which turn the song's mood into a more positive, hopeful feel. The ending section saves the song! (8.5/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music. Not quite fulfilling the promise and potential shown in their debut but I do consider this a step forward. I look forward to seeing/hearing more vocals and dynamic variation in the future (and as much Shanti Colucci as possible, of course!).

Review by Mellotron Storm
5 stars I had no intention of picking this up until reading some reviews here. Their debut just didn't do a lot for me mainly because of the vocals and the violin which were both too prominent for my tastes. Well both are scaled back quite a bit on this the sophomore album and the results are stunning. The instrumental work here blows me away, it's why I'm giving this 5 stars and the abundance of mellotron sure doesn't hurt either. Oh, and I love the album title for some reason.

"Call For Cthulhu: Orison" opens with the atmosphere sounding like it's hovering as other experimental sounds come and go. Very cool, like listening to some spacey psychedelia. Drums and violin take over around the 2 minute mark. That's replaced by pulsating keys ala LE ORME, mellotron and more. The violin is back along with bass. Soon it turns powerful as they kick some ass. Nice. It settles with the drums and piano standing out. Synths join in as it builds. So cool! The tension is released as it settles back around 6 minutes but not for long. Check out the drums and organ before 7 minutes. Vocals for the first time after 7 minutes as the mellotron sweeps across the soundscape and the vocals turn passionate. Ripping guitar follows and as usual the rhythm section kills. What an opener!

"Inntal" opens with sounds dropping like rain then this beat with keys take over. Mellotron too. It's building until a calm arrives at 2 1/2 minutes. Determined piano arrives and some drum outburts, so good. The mellotron is back and soon we get a storm of it before 4 minutes as the drums and violin also impress. A calm with mellotron before 6 minutes, some narration here as well. It then kicks in with some incredible depth before 7 minutes, love the bass. Vocals follow then another calm takes over followed by some soaring guitar and busy drum work. Check out the organ before 9 1/2 minutes.

"Call For Cthulhu: Through The Stars" features plenty of atmosphere as the soundscape almost vibrates and pulses from it as different sounds come and go. I'm so impressed that they did an instrumental like this one. "Lada Niva" opens with atmosphere and psychedelia until drum and bass outburts arrive with mellotron before a minute. The tempo picks up and vocals join in with huge bass lines bringing 3RD DEGREE to mind. A spacey calm 4 minutes in but eventually drums, violin and more start to build. Great sound 7 minutes. The tension releases after 8 minutes as the piano takes over to the end.

"Ayida Wedo" opens with intricate sounds that build until it turns powerful very quickly. This is complex too. It does settle back with some jazzy drumming and keys. More sounds join in including mellotron then it settles back again. Some powerful sounds return after 3 1/2 minutes. Love the liquid keys and big bass lines here. The mellotron sweeps in as well before another calm arrives ate but then it turns heavy again to end it. A fantastic instrumental. "Call For Cthulhu: Promise" is folky to begin with as we get strummed guitar and reserved vocals. The organ rolls in and drums and man the guy can play. Mellotron and bass too as the tension builds. Soon it's dark and haunting(love this!) then more organ 4 minutes in in this powerful section. The tempo picks up at 5 1/2 minutes. Brilliant! Violin helps out as well.

This one came out of the blue(haha), c'mon it's Christmas! Anyway this young Italian band has hit one out with their sophomore album and this is possibly my favourite RPI album of 2016, we'll see.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
5 stars Italy's Ingrannagi della Valle delivered a dazzling and brilliantly performed debut, `In Hoc Signo', back in 2013 on the Black Widow label, a thrilling shot-in-the-arm for the traditional vintage symphonic RPI sound, fuelled by endless searing violin and extravagant vocals. It was the classic sound of Italy's proud prog past meeting a youthful and exuberant future, one for lovers of bands such as Quella Vecchio Locanda. So having accomplished that, what was next for the band? How about aiming even higher in something of a different direction and possibly setting the standard for modern progressive rock overall? Because that's what the band have achieved with 2016's `Warm Spaced Blue', a defining work that not only almost completely eclipses their first work, but more than ever sets the band up for a bright future that lifts their status considerably.

It's a little disappointing at first to discover that not only have Ingrannagi della Valle abandoned some of the more obvious classical/theatrical/symphonic styles often associated with those bands that fall under the RPI banner, they've also switched to singing in English (usually this is an absolute disaster, or worse, kind of offensive to purists of the style). But all of that is pushed to one side from the scintillating first few minutes of opener `Call for Cthulhu: Orison' that paves the way for a surprisingly predominantly instrumental-based album. Eerie droning electronic ambience and doomed piano, scratchy Mellotron and Marco Gennarini's stirring violin weave together in unison behind a constant rumbling drum storm and a brief crooning vocal, the spontaneous and lively piece thankfully still containing much of the gothic atmosphere and darker unpredictability found in many of the classic Italian groups. The unsettling and playfully malevolent mood grows in drama and heaviness, and it's perfectly complimented by murmuring bass contributions from guest musician Fabio Pignatelli of Goblin, Cherry Five and Goblin Rebirth.

The ten-plus minute improvisation-heavy `Inntal' is unhurried and offers endless twists and turns of glistening electric piano tiptoes, creaky Mellotron flutes/infernal choirs and Mattia Liberati's overall psychedelic keyboard malaise fused with a delicious jazzy shambling. It peppers the album with bombastic bursts, a gloomy narration, indie-rock posturing and sprightly acoustic jangling, culminating in `Call for Cthulhu: Through the Stars', a nightmarish collage of humming distortion and ghostly piano. Parts of the up-tempo and frantic `Lady Niva' come the closest to a more traditional vocal/song piece, Davide Savarese's wavering and young falsetto voice darting between Shanti Colucci's skittering drumming, Antonio Coronato's purring bass and Flavio Gonnellini's stop-start guitar spasms, but lengthy ambient drifts with serene Mellotron veils and cinematic-flavoured violin strings lift the piece to exotic heavens.

`Ayida Wedo' crosses the sombre reflection of Porcupine Tree's `Dark Matter' off their modern prog classic `Signify' with the heavy grooving guitars of their later `In Absentia'-period, with just a touch of playfully maniacal Goblin/`Roller' electronics thrown in for good measure too! Closer `Call for Cthulhu (Promise)' is a deceiving beast, opening sweetly with chiming acoustic guitars and a reflective vocal, but a creeping heaviness and growing tension emerge to quickly twist it with thick organ, mournful group-harmonies and no end of growling guitars and searing Mellotron.

`Warm Spaced Blue' presents a bold and challenging new phase for this talented Italian group, a work that holds plenty of appeal to both younger and older listeners. So much of the disc is made up of extended instrumental and improvised passages, yet it never sounds aimless or drawn-out, and the punchy vinyl length means it never becomes overlong or causes interest to wane. If there's any justice in the music community, Ingrannagi Della Valle will become one of the biggest progressive rock bands on the planet based off this album, and it is not only probably the best Italian disc of 2016, but absolutely one of the essential Prog rock albums of the year as well. Well done once again to this truly superb band!

Five stars.

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Roman band Ingranaggi delle Valle is returning with a slightly more experimental sophomore album, having thrilled the prog community with their rather epic debut "In Hoc Signo". The main core of Mattia Liberati on keyboards, guitarist Flavio Gonnellini , violinist Marco Gennarinni and drummer extraordinaire Shanti Colucci are now complemented with a new vocalist in Davide Savarese, a full-time bassist in Antonio Coronato , as well as multi- instrumentalist Alessandro di Sciullo, who provides both keyboards, vocals and guitars to the heady mix. Guest appearance by iconic bassist Fabio Pignatelli, he of Goblin fame, only enhances the magic. This infusion of new blood has created a new sonic tangent, less jazzy perhaps and more atmospheric and stretching the bizarre even further

The 3 part "Call for Cthulhu" opens, continues and closes this mesmerizing recording, a true progressive sandwich that encompasses many of the stellar attributes that were unleashed on their debut but adding a ton of depth and atmospherics to their rather complex brew. Part 1 "Orison" remains mostly instrumental, as it highlights once again the spectacular interweaving of all players, obviously in tune with each other as if connected spiritually as well as musically and blending in some odd details, like the choir-like Mahavishnu Orchestra stylized voices that enhance Savarese's wild rant. Gonnellini does some serious screeching on his guitar as Colucci defies drum logic with a wild beating of the skins.

The Teutonic-tinged "Inntal" is a10 minute + affair that bewilders with initial delicacy, electric piano and booming bass setting the table, followed by sweet Mellotron waves. The various tangents come together unconditionally, a slow forming structure that reeks of Anglagard-like obstinate symphonism, Colucci doing his finest Bill Bruford imitation/tribute in syncopating the arrangement , exploding into a furious hurricane of insanity, violin in tow. The Mahavishnu- Larks Tongues-ear KC influence is overt and delightful, what with the violin, guitar, bass and drums creating a heady amalgamation of notes that stun and conquer. Bizarrely comes the unexpected German recited poetry (guest Florian Lechter) , as if to add to the bewildering confusion. Axeman Gonnellini shreds again in fine fashion, stripping, shearing and blasting unmolested.

Part 2 of "Call for Cthulhu", a perverse but short "Through the Stars", deafeningly unnerving and spectral, echoing bells and floating ghosts, very soundtrack Goblin. This seems the appropriate preparation for the highlight marathon "Lady Niva", a pulsating slash of melody and urgency, heavily dominated by cowering Mellotron washes, as the rhythmic tandem of Coronato and Colucci carve up quite a storm, while Savarese scales the octaves with a dissonant and hop-scotching vocal display that seems to ache with pain. Out of the 'warm blue', a mirrored pool of Frippian guitar streaks collide with a layered keyboard panorama that serves only to ratchet up the pulse, veering into almost Soft Machine/Isotope universes, clearly devoted to the jazz-rock idiom , before reverting to the initial symphonic storm. A hypnotic and repetitive piano note kills this masterpiece track off.

Obscurity tumbles on the sober "Ayida Wedo", a delirious blend of mathematical keyboard cubism (a la Richard Barbieri), a morose bass line and shifty drum beat. Clanging shards of guitar phrasings and Mellotron sweetness only add to the melee, then swerving into a demanding listen and frightening images that sear the brain. Complex, brooding and immaculately dark, perhaps in tribute to the Starless and Bible Black.

"Call for Cthulhu" finale "the Promise "fences in this troubling opus, a definitely engaging and unsuspecting ending that keeps the listener on a constant precipice, perhaps even vertigo. Organ, Mellotron and manic drumming create a tension-filled universe, a controversial flute solo from guest Paolo Lucini fueling the madness, the discomfort and the raw aggression. The experimental mid-section evolves into a cloudy universe of noises, effects and impressions, slowly rebooting the insanity and supplying the coup de grace.

Redefining the past by aiming for something unique, Ingrannagi delle Valle are part of the new vanguard of Italian prog (RPI or other various genres) that constantly keep the flame going, burning bright. This is very demanding music, requiring a devoted listen at all times, whether listening to the whole or the individual instrumental parts, it's a labor of love quite out of the normal context and augurs well for the future, with so many up and coming Italian groups , such as the magical Il Paradiso degli Orchi (still my favorite of 2016) and the arriving soon albums by Promenade, Il Rumore Bianco and La Bocca della Verita, that I just cannot wait to discover.

4.5 earnest spread-out sapphires

Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team
5 stars This young Roman band offers us his second album with guest musicians Mattias Olson (Anglagard) and Fabio Pignatelli (Goblin). We can hear influences of those two bands in the music that has an old Italian style but a modern Swedish influence including Anekdoten. From the ethereal opener, we are in a strange and dark territory with some violin and vintage mellotron. The drums patterns remind me of the classical song of Ravel "Bolero". The music is mostly instrumental with occasional English lyrics. The band enjoys building the melody slowly in a faster and louder tempo. In the second track, we can hear the piano and keyboards in a pure canterbury style. The third track instrumental starts again with a dark intro and has soundtrack atmosphere. The fourth track brings back the vocals with some jazzy excursions. "Ayida Wedo" is a little masterpiece of vintage sounds, smooth drums, delicate and beautiful keyboards tones with a King Crimson ending. The last song has an acoustic intro with that dark and intense atmosphere ending furiously in the Anglagard style. This album is another fine example of how the Italian scene can be very creative. It's like hearing the sound on the 70's in the modern age with the same songwriting quality.

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5 stars Warmed Space Blue, the second release by this Italian band Ingranaggi Della Valle had left me completely speechless, in a completely unexpected manner, I expected them to continue on the jazz rock styles of Area and Arti & Mestieri, but instead go for a much more complex brand of eclectic prog o ... (read more)

Report this review (#1679113) | Posted by Progfan97402 | Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Neither bad nor good... The two first tracks are interesting, essentially instrumental and based on a good and rich orchestration. There is a good Jazz rock groove, the style is baroque with many rhythm breaks, featuring Italian style (makes think to Not a good sign for example), but also with the d ... (read more)

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