Exposé Online banner

Labirinto di Specchi — Hanblecheya
(Lizard CD 0070, 2010, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-12-27

Hanblecheya Cover artThis Italian five-piece has been around for about ten years as of this writing, and although an earlier demo La Maschera della Visione exists, Hanblecheya is the band’s first official release, and in fact much of the material from the demo has been reworked for this disc. The surreal photos in the quad-fold might well offer an idea of what their music is like in a general sense, full of evocative mysteriousness, riding a wave of dark and shaded moods, based in rock, but with a distinct psychedelic edge, and laced with eastern elements, recalling some fundamentals of Porcupine Tree circa The Sky Moves Sideways, along with the dweedly synth expansions of Ozrics and other trancey psych bands, but they sound like neither. It’s a double-keyboard band, with prominent piano and heavy symphonic textures backing everything up (Andrea Valerio), while the other player (Diego Samo) seems to be more of a psychedelic effects master and solo guy. The band is rounded out with a strong guitarist (Gabriele Marroni), plus a powerful bassist and drummer (Filippo Menconi and Raffaele Crezzini, respectively). There are several additional collaborating musicians, foremost among them are Michele Sanchini (cello) and ex-Pholas Dactylus singer Paolo Carelli, who narrates the concept of the story (in Italian) of what would otherwise be a purely instrumental experience. The opening passage of the seven minute “Del Nulla Etereo Soggiogato dall’Ignoto la Mente Si Espande” (one of the new songs not on the original demo, and one of the album’s most psychedelic pieces) commences with a truly disorienting feeling like the fabric of the sound is bending and twisting, and continues into some treacherous waters with mysterious percussion and bizarre studio effects. More than anything, Hanblecheya conveys feeling and imagery that takes the listener on a journey well beyond the expected limits of standard progressive fare.

Filed under: New releases, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Labirinto di Specchi

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Midas - Beyond the Clear Air – Midas were one of the unheralded "Made in Japan" groups and only recorded one album in 1988, which this is a reissue of. It's unfortunate that Midas went by so unnoticed; Beyond the Clear Air is...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues