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Il Tempio delle Clessidre

Rock Progressivo Italiano

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Le Regole Del Gioco (The rules of the game) (1:50)
2. La Parola Magica (The magic word) (4:54)
3. Come Nelle Favole (Like in fairy tales) (5:10)
4. Dentro La Mia Mente (Inside my mind) (7:21)
5. Spettro Del Palco (Spectre of the stage) (4:52)
6. Prospettive (Perspectives) (6:37)
7. Manitou (5:22)
8. Nuova Alchimia (New alchemy) (4:35)
9. La Spirale Del Vento (The whirl of the wind) (8:43)

Bonus track on 2017 CD release:
10. Gnaffè (In my faith) (6:19)

Total Time 55:43



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Line-up / Musicians

- Francesco Ciapica / vocals
- Giulio Canepa / electric & Classical guitars, backing vocals
- Elisa Montaldo / keyboards, backing vocals
- Fabio Gremo / bass, Classical guitar, backing vocals
- Mattias Olsson / drums, percussion, keyboards, processed sounds

- Anna Holmgren (Anglagard) / flute (7)
- Andrea Montaldo / percussion (10)

Releases information

The title of the album is a word pun made of the Latin verb "lūdĕre" (play) and the prefix "il", considered as the first part of the verb "illudere" (create an illusion).

LP Black Widow Records ‎- BWR201 (2017, Italy)

CD Black Widow Records ‎- BWRCD 201-2 (2017, Italy) With a bonus track

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IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE Il-Lūdĕre ratings distribution

(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
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Review by Matti
3 stars The tradition of Rock Progressivo Italiano has been very vital in recent years. Numerous classic bands of the 70's have re-activated and released new music, and several new bands carry on in the retro style. Il Tempio delle Clessidre was formed in 2007 but it had a link to the classic era: the original vocalist Stefano Galifi sung on the milestone album Zarathustra (1973) by Museo Rosenbach. He was replaced by Francesco Ciapica already on the second Tempio album AlieNatura (2013). I'm not familiar with the preceding albums, so I can't say anything about the way the group may have matured or maintained/updated their style. But perhaps I could say that the recent output of Black Widow Records is very interesting and diverse, and against that background this album, for me, is not among the ones to write home about.

My early impression is that while the slightly heavy sound is pretty much what one expects from RPI (well, maybe not quite as keyboard oriented as with many other bands), the compositions have a bit too much emphasis on the vocals. The brief opener is basically an instrumental (featuring some distorted voice-over) but frankly it functions only as a prologue. If it manages to raise some expectations of a dynamic and epic album entity, they are not fulfilled. There's not a single proper instrumental which certainly would have done good. 'Dentro la mia mente' is over 7 minutes long and I hoped to get some more symphonic instrumental passages, but instead there are again spoken words. I'm not fond of Ciapica's low-ish voice.

I'd lie if I said there aren't a lot of dynamic playing within the tracks, even fine solos, without forgetting some acoustic, delicate moments amidst the powerful band sound. But in the end the songs (mostly 4-6 minutes long) fail to make a deeper impression on me. Perhaps the best one is the longest, 'La Spirale del Vento' (8:43). Yes it is, thanks to the instrumental, symphonically inspired final part. This is not a bad album. It's well produced, and doubtlessly it will please many friends of Italian prog scene, especially those who like also the heavier, less pastoral side of it (Il Balletto di Bronzo, Museo Rosenbach, ...). It just isn't MY ideal RPI album.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars I was quite a fan of this Italian progressive rock band's previous album, 'alieNatura', which was released in 2013: this was their second release, but the first with singer Francesco Ciapic. Again, there has been a change in membership between albums, as drummer Paolo Tixi has been replaced by Mattias Olsson (Änglagård, White Willow, Necromonkey), while Anna Holmgren (also of Änglagård) adds her delicate flute to one number. This is a progressive rock album that is dominated by the vocals, and to my ears it works incredibly well. Musically this has a lot in common with the early Seventies progressive rock and hard rock scene, and the use of a strong singer in the hard rock style certainly provides this music with some additional edge. Which is sadly often missing from the progressive scene.

Too many bands seem to forget the "rock" section of "progressive rock", and they can concentrate too much on keyboards and delicacy, but here ITDC are using plenty of dynamics, with light and shade emphasising both areas. But, these guys are still first and foremost a progressive band, it's just that they are refusing to be bound by what many feel is the sort of music that should be coming out of the RPI scene. I really enjoy Francesco's singing style, as his vocals carry emotion and although he can sing higher when he wishes to, he generally stays in the lower registers and this allows emotion to really shine through.

My one regret is that I don't understand Italian, so have no idea at all what he is singing about, but feel that if this had been in English then it would have diminished it somewhat. Yet again this is an incredibly strong release from Black Widow, and well worth investigating.

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4 stars ITDC is Back! After three years from "AlieNatura" the wise band from Genoa, now enriched with the (not only) drummer Mattias Olsson (ex-Anglagard, Necromonkey, White Willow), is out with its third studio album. As the preceding album, also in this case the title is a word game. The union of l ... (read more)

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