Muffx — L’Ora di Tutti
(Black Widow Ill Sun, 2017, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-06-27
Muffx is an Italian prog rock band who just released their fourth studio album, L’ora di Tutti, an instrumental concept album inspired by the Turkish invasion of Otranto in Southern Italy in 1480. The album opens with “Un’Alba com Tante” (“A Dawn Like Many Others”) with birdsong and extremely pleasant and cheerful music. After two to three minutes the music turns heavy and dark as the Turkish horde approaches, transitioning to jazz fusion, and then back to the dark prog to close the track. The second track, “Vengono dal Mare” ( “They Came from the Sea”), opens with some recitation, probably in Turkish, followed by a bass riff taking the listener into excellent dark melodic prog that flirts with metal prog, plus a tasty keyboard solo. Track three is “Ottcento” (“19th Century”), with rough discordant music and a relentless martial beat that shifts to a slow trippy prog / psych vibe with spooky sounds. The album closes with “Bernabei,” which I think is a reference to Italian composer Giuseppe Antonio Bernabei (1649 - 1732), who composed a motet for voices and strings about the deliverance from the Ottoman threat. Muffx’s track is raw hard rock mixed with jazz fusion and mid-Eastern themes. Quite an undertaking that recalls the efforts of 70s Italian prog bands.
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