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Trama — Prodromi di Finzioni Sovrapposte
(Mellow MMP 338, 1999, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 2000-05-01

Prodromi di Finzioni Sovrapposte Cover art

Trama is an out-of-the-ordinary blend. They capture some of the essence of 70s Italian symphonic bands, and at the same time have a definite 80s AOR element to their sound. The lush keyboard and guitar sections, changing time signature passages, and nimble solos represent some of the more interesting sections of the music. There are some smoking keyboard shredders on the album — the solos at the end of “Sogni (1 Parte)” and in the middle of “Leggende Metropolitane” are pretty blazing, as is the speedy jazz piano break in “Fuoco nel Buio.” And you can just forget any fragile, serene female vocals. The powerful, wailing vocals of Annalisa Accorsi bring Heart’s Ann Wilson to mind. She can definitely belt out a tune! The vocals, distorted guitar power chords, and peppy 4/4 passages sometimes provide you with more than enough stadium rock. The songs really can be an odd series of changes between these two distinct styles that often occur within the same track. If you can handle some of the more hand-clap-prone sections, there are certainly some interesting parts to be heard — especially on keyboards.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 19, 1999 releases

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