Wednesday 24 June 2015

Badge. The - La Relazioni Pericolose (2015)

The debut album from this Italian band.

Although debut album is a bit of a misguided word here. The band has been alive, from time to time, since the 1960s. That explains the terrible band name. A band name which I am sure was very hip in the 1960s but very bad this year. But I understand and respect why they have kept it on. 

It is fair to say that this quartet does not look like a boyband either. The average age cannot be far of 70. Which is no hindrance for not rocking out. Which they have done this summer in gigs and festivals. Something I am admiring them for.

The lineup is guitars, keyboards, drums, bass and thankfully; Italian vocals. The vocals is very good, btw. 

And yes, we are talking classic Italian symphonic prog here. The album is somewhere between New Trolls classic Concerto Grosso albums and Locande Delle Fate. In short, both symphonic and melodic Italian prog rock with the good 'ole classic sound. Just like I want it. 

The party opens up with the seventeen minutes long title track. A very good title track with a great melody and some very good details. 

The rest of the songs on this sixty-six minutes long album is around the seven to ten minutes mark too. And they are all good, although not on par with the title track when it comes to quality.

The Badge has done themselves proud with this very good album and I can only applaud them for this album. This is another very good addition to the great Italian prog rock scene and my own record collection. A record collection I am very proud of.

3.5 points 

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