BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH
Again another one jewel of Italian Progressive Rock scenario, coming from Genoa, and arrives for our pleasurable listening. We are in the middle of 2007, together with many amazing revelations, around the last years, emerges another fantastic Italian Band, they are called La Coscienza di Zeno. La Coscienza di Zeno's music shows a powerful feeling, with an intriguing and amazing sounding, with strong arrangements, where each song shows a different ingredient with a large musical spectrum, providing a vibrant and positive message, at the same time symphonic, creating an puzzling and amazing sounding, where you will find a perfect combination of traditional Symphonic Prog Rock, particularly, in the best Italian style, adding some sources from Classic Music. Their compositions feature emotive vocals, thanks to Alessio Calandriello, with a dynamic instrumental, where we can listen dominant atmospheric keyboards, that fit perfectly with wonderful and intensive guitar sounds, together with many violin passages, creating a highly symphonic environment, full of gentle textures, naturally you will be delighted with a impressive sound, that is very well balanced by many frequent musical interludes and also, a constant musical orchestration, with a lot of instrumental passages. Their musical influences fit perfectly with a symphonic sensibilities, very well dominated by a set of instrumentation, into a perfect harmony. "La Notte Anche Di Giorno" is their third album, composed by two unique tracks, may be two suites, and both divided into parts, "Giovane Figlia" on seven parts and "Madre Antica" on four parts, totaling 44 min. Intriguing, fantastic and incredible are words that quickly spring to mind when listening to "La Notte Anche Di Giorno's" album that was release in the start of this year. The mainstay of this, symphonic progressive rock band from the Italy, is in the musical formation around the members of the band, composed as a sextet of awesome, talented and inspired musicians, a strong example of a perfect reunion of musicians, where all them know how to play one of the most exciting Italian Progressive Rock music. Do not think twice to listen to this wonderful album and learn more about this fantastic band, you can bet that you will not regret. If you like of "Montefeltro", "Foglie Di Vetro", "Corte dei Miracoli", "Il Trono dei Ricordi", "Sensitiva Immagine", "Premiata Forneria Marconi", "Calliope", "Banco del Mutuo Soccorso", "Nuova Era", "Finisterre", "La Torre dell'Alchimista", "La Maschera di Cera", "Le Orme", "Alphataurus", "Locanda Delle Fate", "Maxophone", "Museo Rosenbach", "Ibis", "Odissea", "Il Castello di Atlante", "Cherry Five", "Latte e Miele", "Living Life", "Consorzio Acqua Potabile", "Corte dei Miracoli", you will love La Coscienza di Zeno. Brilliant and fantastic, an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...
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COSCIENZA DI ZENO
La Coscienza di Zeno (CDZ) is a progressive band from Genoa born in October 2007. First the band is composed by Gabriele "Estunno" Guidi Colombi on bass (Trama, Narrow Pass, Armalite, Il Tempio delle clessidre, Hidebehind), Andrea Orlando on drums (Finisterre, Malombra, Real Dream), Matteo Malvezzi on guitar and Alessio Calandriello in the role of vocalist (Narrow Pass, Hidebehind, Klepsydra, Lucid Dream). In July 2008 Stefano Agnini enters the band to concentrate on keyboards and lyrics, replacing outgoing guitarist.
With this line-up a first song is recorded: Parergon, that will be added to a Mellow Records collection dedicated to new progressive bands of the Italian scene, never published.
In September 2008, while searching for a musician close to the La Coscienza di Zenoís style, the guitarist David Serpico enters the band. In August 2009 Andrea Lotti is in the band too, for playing keyboards and occasionally guitar, expanding the range of sounds and possibilities of the band.
La Coscienza di Zeno proposes to itself, in addition to use a style of music away from the cliché of modern progressive rock, giving great care to the writing of texts (in italian language), bringing the members (particularly Stefano, the writer of the texts) to search for a language which, while preserve the signs and stylistic traits generally related to pop song, is a vehicle for refined meanings.
In May 2010 La Coscienza di Zeno contacts Hilary Studio and finally the recordings of the first album get started. Many guest musicians become part of the project: Luca Scherani on accordion, Joanne Roan on flute, Lidia Molinari recites in two songs, Rossano Villa, from Hilary Studio, cares for the arrangements of the strings on some tracks.
The presence of many instruments makes the work very complex but at last, in November of the same year, the album is completed. Seven songs are recorded: Cronovisione, Gatto Lupesco, Nei cerchi del legno, Il fattore precipitante, Il Basilisco, Un insolito baratto alchemico, Acustica Felina.
Alongside the album-making the band is busy covering a song of Yes, "Homeworld", destined to become part of the tribute disc to the historical band.
In May 2011 Mellow Records releases the album; that is welcomed by the public (the first printing sold out in a few months) and critical acclaim that as a one of the best debuts of the year.
In December 2011 Musea Records produced the first box (4 discs) dedicated to Boccaccio's Decameron, containing, among others, a song composed by La Coscienza di Zeno, "Il paradiso degli altri".
Later the band entered the studio again to record a song which is also intended to be part of another collection of Musea, this time dedicated to Howard P. Lovecraft. The song is titled "Colofonia".
Simultaneously, La Coscienza di Zeno enter into partnership with Altrock and Fading Records, and signed in February the future collaboration for the second album, which is due for publication in June 2013.
In March 2012 Luca Scherani (Hostsonaten, Periplo, Trama) has joined the La Coscienza di Zeno lineup.
"La Notte Anche Di Giorno"
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