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

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cro Magnon - Zapp! – An interesting newcomer in the 'Chamber Music Rock' subgenre, this is a Belgian five piece featuring a lineup of dual violins, keyboards, alto and baritone saxes, and bass. Naturally, as might be...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues