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Rivendel — The Meaning
(Musea FGBG 4178.AR, 1996, CD)

by Steve Robey, Published 1997-02-01

The Meaning Cover art

It's amazing how Musea continually releases an endless string of masterpieces; not just old classics, but new releases such as this one as well. This album's style fits squarely in the classic Italian mold, with dense yet subtle arrangements, a high level of emotion, and a wide and varying sonic palate. This intriguing album of three extended compositions (with the title track weighing in at nearly 29 minutes) covers all the bases, from opera to heavy metal. Not quite in the same way as Devil Doll does, but just as effectively. I was reminded of the classic Locanda delle Fate album, with some neo-prog elements thrown in — synthesizers, heavy riffs, etc. — for good measure.

The instrumentation consists of guitars, keyboards, bass, electronic drums (wha...? I sure didn't notice...), and "Alter Ego Inspiration" by someone named Mr. Magus (no relation to Mr. Doctor of Devil Doll). Soprano singer Ana Loreto Martin contributes lovely lead vocals to the first track, "La Telarana (Parts 1-6)," and bassist Josemari Aguirrezabala supplies wind instruments throughout. If you are looking for a new Italian-styled progressive album with a tasteful mix of classic and modern styles, this album by Rivendel will certainly do the trick. Recommended.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

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