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Abiogenesi – Il Giocoscuro (1996) Italy

Posted in Crossover Prog with tags on October 14, 2009 by MarkProg

giocoscuro

Crossover Prog • Italy

Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Il Giocoscuro (22:50)
2. Sul Margine Del Bosco La Morte Librava La Sua Falce (8:07)
3. Notte Da Urlare (3:24)
4. Lunipieno (1:15)
5. Golem (10:00)

Total Time: 45:36

Line-up / Musicians

– Sandro Immacolato / drums
– Roberto Piccolo / bass
– Patrick Menegaldo / keyboards, Hammond organ
– Toni d’Urso / vocals, guitar, tapes

review :
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=369

Out of the entire prog catalogue, this prolific Italian band chose to go back to the roots, dressing up the 70’s traditional sound with new craftsmanship and a variety of influences. Classic prog isn’t exactly what they play as their style has a dark, hard feel, although it blends well with the symphonic style. Their influences are basically threefold: heavy art rock (classic influence or modern arrangements), psychedelic prog, and modern Italian symphonic prog. Retro-prog could perhaps be mentioned also, as the band seeks to recreate a druggy, classic psych atmoshpere that blends fantasy, melodious passages and improvisation.

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Abacus – Abacus (1971) Germany

Posted in Crossover Prog with tags on September 11, 2009 by MarkProg

abacus

ABACUS is surely a big name for everyone interested in rock music. The band formed in 1971 made their breakthrough at the Germersheim rock festival, where ABACUS drew not less applause from the 300,000 visitors than PINK FLOYD, SANTANA or ELP which appeared on stage as well. Jürgen Wimpelberg takes on himself to play keyboards, guitars, drum programming as well as vocals.


Crossover Prog • Germany

Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pipedream Revisited Part 1 & II
2. Cappucino
3. Don’t Beat So On The Horses
4. Song For Brunhilde
5. Song For John And Yoko
6. Radbod Blues
7. Chestholder

Line-up / Musicians

– Felix Hans / drums, percussion
– Charlie Schade / guitar, sitar
– Chris Barutzky / keyboards
– Chris Williams / vocal
– Konstantin Bommarius / drums, percussion

Abiogenesi – Io Sono Il Vampiro (2005) Italy

Posted in Crossover Prog with tags on August 29, 2009 by MarkProg

abiogenesi

Out of the entire prog catalogue, this prolific Italian band chose to go back to the roots, dressing up the 70’s traditional sound with new craftsmanship and a variety of influences. Classic prog isn’t exactly what they play as their style has a dark, hard feel, although it blends well with the symphonic style. Their influences are basically threefold: heavy art rock (classic influence or modern arrangements), psychedelic prog, and modern Italian symphonic prog. Retro-prog could perhaps be mentioned also, as the band seeks to recreate a druggy, classic psych atmoshpere that blends fantasy, melodious passages and improvisation.

Crossover Prog • Italy

Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Io Sono Il Vampiro
2. Leandro
3. Di Nero Vestita (Lady In Black)
4. Vampire Blues
5. Amico Ti Penso (Never Let Go)
6. Ascolta I Sogni
7. Lontano
8. Infinito
9. Belfagor
10. Sex Vampire
11. Mary Clark
12. Sabba Vampire

Total Time: 63:57

Line-up / Musicians

– Toni d’Urso / vocals, guitars, bass
– Roberto Piccolo / bass
– Sandro Immacolato /drums
– Paolo Cercato / keyboards

Syzygy – Realms of Eternity (2009) U.S.A.

Posted in Crossover Prog with tags on August 14, 2009 by MarkProg

syzygy

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=714
There is some chamber (flute, cello, violin) accompaniment in spots; the album starts beautifully with it. But what I like about these guys is that you can tell that they are rockers first; yet they all possess great prog-worthy chops, as well as a unique songwriting and compositional style. Their arrangements are almost classical in format, and include plenty of odd time signatures (though perhaps not quite as jazz-fusion-y as their previous album “Allegory of Light”). Influences this time still include ELP (Giunta’s keyboards), Rush, Yes and a ton of others; but some Kansas(?) too this time around, especially with the presence of drama and majesty that occupies many of these songs.


Crossover Prog • United States

Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Darkfield (10:35)
2. Vanitas (6:02)
3. Dreams (10:31)
4. Echoes Remain (5:23)
5. Dialectic (16:35)
The Sea:
6. Arranmore Isle (2:04)
7. Overture (2:42)
8. The Sea (5:22)
9. The Morning Song (3:26)
10. Variations, Part 1 (4:04)
11. Variations, Part 2 (3:15)
12. Reflections (1:44)
13. Finale (5:27)

Total Time 77:10

Line-up / Musicians

– Carl Baldassarre / guitars, Theremin, lead & backing vocals
– Sam Giunta / keyboards
– Paul Mihacevich / percussion, drums, backing vocals
– Al Rolik / bass guitar, backing vocals

Special guest:

– Mark Boals (Darkfield, Dreams, Dialectic, The Sea) / vocals