Wednesday 24 August 2016
Castello Di Atlante. Il - Arx Atlantis (2016)
The sixth album from this Italian band.
The band returns after seven years as a seven piece big band with a lineup of violins, piano, synths, keyboards, bass, drums, guitars and Italian vocals.
Il Castello Di Atlante has always been one of my favourite post the seventies RPI bands. I very much like their previous five studio albums and their EP.
The band is among those epic Italian symphonic prog bands who swear to RPI in the vein of Banco and PFM. That alone makes my heartstrings sing like a blackbird..... But the band also backs that up with action - music !
The vocals are pretty operatic and forceful. The music full to the brim by very interesting details. The violins gives the music a very special sound. Oh yeah, the band are back in town again.
This album is fifty minutes long and the music is a mix of the grandious soaring melodies and the more pastoral melodies. Both styles fits this band very well.
To a large degree, this album mirrors the Italian soul. Between the cathedrals and the small churches. Everything done with passion. Just as this album. This album is passion.
The music is always very good to great on this album. The final song Il Tesoro Ritrovato is the best song on a very good, indeed a great album.