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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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Frozen Words 07:06
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
Hidden Smile 09:08
As If 00:58
Down Below 07:41
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 how could this be so warm? 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 stop 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 elsewhere stars all around me waiting glaring I sought relief for this sore mind my windowless life lost years lie all around my foolish game Once I raised from myself I found nothing else left for me eyes all around me waiting shining 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
Truth 07:13
So 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
Not Yet 01:28
Trapped In 09:42
Restlessly hanging still too tired to seek a pot of gold Upside down sinking backwards flames can freeze wind unblow Sleet melts sour bells Pointlessly dragging what I used to be losing reasons to call this Sleet melts sour bells still ring Drained lane barren seeds in vain Sleet melts sour bells still ring Drained lane barren seeds in vain Breath turned to a tiresome clock then why do I still cling on? Ahhh Trapped in this murky loom pulling my strings within wounds From be hind glass oh oh No where To hide Gather your ashes reach out Aim for an outcome again Break down all barriers yourself 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 sweet
Uomo Neve 02:32


“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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