Panther & C. — L'Epoca di un Altro
(Black Widow BWR, 2015, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-12-16
There is not a whole lot of information available on the Internet about this band from Genoa, Italy. Their Facebook page does not provide much information. I do not believe that this is their debut release, but I could be wrong. From what I can glean, the band formed in 2003 and has been honing their sound for the past decade. L’epoca di un Altro is a self-produced album distributed by Black Widow Records. The band is Alessandro La Corte (keyboards), Riccardo Mazzarini (guitars), Stefano Alpa (drums and percussion), Giorgio Boleto (bass), and Mauro Serpe (vocals and flute). The album is a collection of five songs, the first and last are fairly long sandwiching the three shorter tracks in the middle. The result is 37 minutes of melodic symphonic progressive rock similar to Banco, PFM, and post-Gabriel Genesis. The opening song is initially a bit dark and after a minute the tempo picks up and we are treated to majestic music. This is not a concept album, but is difficult for me to understand since all the information is in Italian. The second song, “Mariam,” is pleasant dreamy love song, I think, with twin guitar lines. The third track is a 2:30 instrumental that reminds me of Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale. The fourth song “DIK” is about a dog, and the closing track is pastoral prog rock that contains some jazzy bass and flute interludes. Overall quite a pleasurable listening experience.
Related artist(s): Panther & C.
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more
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
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
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