Monday 30 September 2013

Gran Torino - GrantorinoProg (2011)

The debut album from this Italian band.

Coming from Italy, it is too lazy to simply label this as another Rock Progressivo Italiano band. First of all; their music is instrumental. Instrumental as in a mix of English symph prog and classical music. Although the music has a rock sound with a lot of electric guitars, this music has the same structures as classical composers like Mendelssohn, Debussy and Ravel.

There is also a lot of jazz structures here too. Music like this easily falls into the shopping mall music category. Not a type of music I like. But Gran Torino has managed to stay away from this trap. GrantorinoProg is a very dynamic album with some riveting music. The opening track Sinapsi really grabs the listener and very rarely let loose of the grip.

OK, not everything here is great. But the overall impression I get is that this is a great album which integrates electric guitars, piano, some church organs, bass, drums and keyboards into a powerful unit. It is an album well worth checking out.

3.5 points

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