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.
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)