Il Castello di Atlante — L'Ippogrifo
(Nexus KICP 2827, 1996, CD)
by Alain Lachapelle, Published 1995-11-01
This is the follow-up disc to the rather well-acclaimed Sono io il signore delle terra nord. To sum up Il Castello's history, it is a band that exists since 1976 but never recorded anything. A disc, Passo Dopo Passo offers live recordings (with various sound quality) from 1976 to 1984. L'Ippogrifo is their most recent offering. The album is more lyrical in its nature, with long, sometimes melancholic melodies. It is also generally quiet, rather intimate. Vocals over arpeggiated guitar with a soft rhythm section, flowing violin backed by a piano. Even when it shifts in a 'groovier' mode, it retains much of the tranquility. It may take a bit more listening to get into this album than their outwardly previous one, but it should be rewarding to amateurs of a softer progressive music. And, there's a booklet included that provides an English translation of the Italian lyrics. If I may pass on a comment here... With the increased exposure of Italian prog bands to a worldwide audience, English translations of the lyrics are a thoughtful addition.
Related artist(s): Il Castello di Atlante
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