Exposé Online banner

Il Castello di Atlante — L'Ippogrifo
(Nexus KICP 2827, 1996, CD)

by Alain Lachapelle, Published 1995-11-01

L'Ippogrifo Cover art

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.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 8, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Il Castello di Atlante

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Rick Wakeman - The Masters – Between 1982 and 1995 Wakeman released a staggering 35 recordings! None of these are known to more than a few people (I have only seen about four of them myself), so the convenience of this...  (2000) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues