Exposé Online banner

Metamorfosi — Paradiso
(Progresivamente GMP 003, 2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2005-03-01

Paradiso Cover artIt’s been quite some time since Metamorfosi tackled Hell in their classic 1973 album Inferno, and now they’re ready to take on Heaven. With the vocalist and keyboard player from that bygone era plus a new drummer and bassist, they bring us the second part of a planned trilogy, with – what else? – Purgatorio yet to come. Given that vocals and keyboards were by far the dominant elements of Inferno, the basic sound remains intact from thirty years ago, and fans of the “big keys” style won’t be disappointed. There actually is a bit of acoustic guitar, courtesy of the new bass player, giving the band a color they lacked in their previous incarnation, but not significantly changing the overall sound. Jimmy Spitaleri’s voice is strong as ever, and as before, listeners who are not fans of quasi-operatic singing may be put off, but (as before) the music provides many rewards for those who stick with it. Enrico Olivieri relies heavily on vintage instruments, although with modern recording techniques, there’s a lot less “grit” to the tones (and I do miss the occasional crazy synth parts). Fans of Disney’s animated features know the villains are often more interesting than the heroes, and in a similar way, Hell is more interesting than Heaven, but this talented band manages to put a bit of fire in the Happy Place to make it interesting. The bottom line is that this is an outstanding reunion, with a surprising continuity over a gap of thirty years.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 31, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Metamorfosi

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cast - Laguna de Volcanes – After thirty or forty albums sung in English, Cast here present a set of their best tunes with the vocals redone in Spanish. OK, I'm exaggerating – they only have nine studio albums and two...  (2000) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues