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Hardo Georgeous as ever! Favorite track: Truth.
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ROWIAL Wrote something similar elsewhere: Prog wasn't dead, just smelled (very) funny for some years. Some may call this retroprog, I think it's vivid today's prog. OK, you'll detect several constitutive elements of classical prog here. But it's not "cliché-ridden". Not quite as brilliant & outstanding as "1000 Autunni" by Paolo «Ske» Botta, keyboarder and main man of also this band/album. But very good in allmost every relevant aspect of progrock. Best trax: Frozen Words & Truth.
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Sven B. Schreiber Thanks god, Paolo "Ske" Botta carries on, now without his former songwriting partner Francesco Zago! And he does it in a most brilliant way. We already know his incredible contributions to the previous two albums, and his solo effort "1000 autunni" from 2011 is one of my all-time favorites in my collection. All music and lyrics are written by "Ske", except for "Truth", which is composed by guitarist Gian Marco Trevisan on words by Antonio De Sarno ("The Watch"), and fits in perfectly. By the way, it's once again amazing how David Jackson's saxophone is immediately recognizable after just a few notes! Be prepared for a mind-blowing listening adventure... Favorite track: Hidden Smile.
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“Icebound” is seen by the band as a turning point, thanks to the changes of the line up (Zago and Calandriello leave the project and replaced by the eclectic Gian Marco Trevisan) but also thanks to the musical choices. In this album Paolo Botta works out his creativity giving a suggestive atmosphere and an incredible musical variety offered by the already set marriage of Malacrida, Cassani & Trevisan but also by the guests David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator), Eloisa Manera (Artchipel Orchestra) and Fabio “Ciro” Ceriani (Ein Kerem). The music gets even more complex, ambitious and at times abstract album. As usual, it's not really a concept album, even if the topics covered tend to be linked together, creating a cohesive and tormented narrative path.

Having opted for self-production, the band decided to distribute the album mainly digitally. However, a limited edition of
500 CD was created. It's a numbered, autographed special edition, with a very peculiar manufacture of the external jewel
box, that makes it visually 'frosted'. This difficult processing was manually made by band's members, creating different
results each time, making every copy somehow unique.


released May 5, 2018

Paolo «Ske» Botta: keyboards, glockenspiel
Alessio Calandriello: vocals
Alessandro Cassani: electric bass, vocals
Martino Malacrida: drums, trumpet
Gian Marco Trevisan: electric guitars, vocals

Fabio «Ciro» Ceriani: percussions and sounds (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6)
David Jackson: saxes, flute (track 8)
Eloisa Manera: violin (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)

Margherita Botta: toy glockenspiel, voice (tracks 1, 2)
Marcello Marinone: timpano (track 7)


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Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics, gloomy but colourful music.

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Track Name: Frozen Words
Easy for me to think
we can sleep
or wake up
without pain
Sometimes I think I could
just get by
let it go
let it be

Shades of green
all around
showing me
the way ahead
gets steeper

Light shines so softly now
waves come by
let me freeze
don't wake me

I have frozen words
stuck in my inner sea
all those icebound thoughts
never seem to stand still
now those days feel numb
choked in by this thin ice
and my frozen words
sound so guilty and real

Fear not my friend
stretched out days
swim through quicksand
wake me
Track Name: Down Below
Once I lived down here
cold in the deep

all was soft and slow
slow cold and close to no one
those days were long
at all
inside those walls
all those waves
I could not feel

Once I shut all doors
I did not care at all
dark all around
no rules
under the dome
just my lies
sounds were so far far far far far…
lie lie lie lie lie lie...

stop now stop now stop now...
stop now stop now stop now...

stop stop stop ...
now now now...

Once I raised from
my grave I shine
in denial
stars all around me

I sought relief for
this sore mind my
windowless life
lost years
lie all around my

Once I raised from
myself I found
nothing else left
for me
eyes all around me

As they looked upon me
realizing my hunger for their attention
As I looked upon them
I felt their eyes' indifference meeting mine
so much for the others
no more
banished from my own shore

As they looked beyond me
failing to see by then I'd turned away

so much for the others
just sink
Track Name: Truth

Take your doubts and cast them all

All away

Make it feel real

Take your time and learn how to feel today

You sense the truth

It is sooo very simple
if you reach out for more and never cry

You’re never quite sure

There’s so much to share anyway

So the world

Spins on and on

And on

No one listens to what you want

Uncaring cold

Relentless and lost
Track Name: Trapped In
hanging still
too tired to seek
a pot of gold

Upside down
sinking backwards
flames can freeze
wind unblow

sour bells

dragging what I
used to be
losing reasons
to call this

sour bells
still ring

Drained lane
barren seeds
in vain

sour bells
still ring

Drained lane
barren seeds
in vain

Breath turned to a tiresome clock
then why do I still cling on?


Trapped in this murky loom
pulling my strings within wounds


oh oh


Gather your ashes
reach out
Aim for an outcome

Break down all barriers
Take off the blindfold
just run

Old hungers
new longings
aim to my
long tomorrows
again falling
flat on full
blown desires
never felt so

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