Exposé Online banner

Ingranaggi della Valle — In Hoc Signo
(Black Widow BWRCD 155-2, 2013, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-09-21

In Hoc Signo Cover artIngranaggi della Valle (IDV) (formed in December 2010) is another of the many new, young Italian bands exploring and extending the classical Italian progressive movement of the 70s. In Hoc Signo, Latin for in this sign, is their debut release. Playing a collection of vintage instruments (Mellotron M400, Hammond B3, Mini Moog, Elka Synth, etc.) they have produced an incredible collection of classically influenced songs ranging from Baroque music, symphonic and hard rock, to jazz-fusion. The band members are Igor Leone (vocals), Mattia Liberati (keyboards and synths), Flavio Gonnellini (guitars and backing vocals), Marco Gennarini (violin and backing vocals), and Shanti Colucci (drums and percussion). They are already garnering attention from established bands. Mattias Olsson from Änglagård gave them arrangement suggestions and appears as a guest performer on “Jangala Mem” and “Il Vento del Tempo.” Moreover, David Jackson, whom you know from Van der Graaf Generator, heard their demo and was so enthusiastic that he appears on flute and sax on the closing track “Finale.” IDV definitely can trace their roots to 70s Italian prog (Le Orme, Banco, Area, Delirium, PFM, Osanna, etc.) as well as Soft Machine and VDGG, but their sound is far from derivative. They have learned from the masters and have extended the genre by adding a new edge to the music. Some of the high points for me are “Cavalcata,” “Fuga da Amman,” “Il Vento del Tempo,” and “Finale.” The weird sounds credited to Mattias on “Il Vento del Tempo” also integrate references to Jorge Reyes and his primitive Mexican music. And not only is the music outstanding, but the cover artwork is just as good. This is another recommended Black Widow release.

Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Ingranaggi della Valle

More info
http://www.ingranaggidellavalle.com

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Born Again Floozies - 7 Deadly Sinners – After last year's five-song debut EP Novelties, Addenda & Ephemera, the release of this Indianapolis band's first full length CD was a highly anticipated event here at Exposé central. Sporting a...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues