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1 - MAGNOLIA (IT) - CON FUOCO - (CD) 
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MAGNOLIA is back... with fire. Five years after "La Zona dOmbra", the band releases "Con Fuoco" (With fire). While Con Fuoco is not a concept album there is nonetheless a thin red line that goes through all the tracks and connects them to a shared theme: resistance against oppressive regimes, past and present. The album opens with the title track, an instrumental with clear hard rock influences. After the opener the album takes a faster pace and an angry, fighting stance with songs like Rivolta (Revolt), inspired by early 21st century No-Global movements and their struggles and Gea that envisions the rebellion of the cradle of Western culture against the speculations of the latest years. Anger subsides into melancholy in Syrma, inspired by the desaparecidos and the Latin America dictatorships. Syrma is the albums first long track and probably the most "progressive", with repeated and sudden tempo changes and melodic, mellower arpeggios dueting with explosive, powerful instrumental sections. The same alternance between slower, mellower passages and frantic, hectic ones is found in Terre di mezzo (Lands in-between), the second long track dedicated to the tragic, unending war between Israel and Palestine, featuring an orchestra finale that is beyond doubt one of the peaks of the whole album.Con Fuocos final track is a 3 part suite which is actually one of the bands first work dating back to the late 90s: Luna del viandante (The Wanderers moon), an intimate and personal track that represets at the same time a departure from the rest of the album and a trip back to the dreamlike, outside-time-and-space atmospheres which are a trademark of Magnolia, atmospheres that enhance and bring at the forefront the crystal clear, poetic and, in this track, stunningly poignant and intense voice of the vocalist.Once again Magnolia have demonstrated that they walk their own path, far away from traditional labels and genres: a band with Italian lyrics engulfed in a typical British sound, a band that combines a Wilson-esque "kaleidoscope" sound with deeply emotional and socially oriented lyrics akin to some works by Fabrizio De Andr. In short, a mix that we could call "combat prog."

TRACKLISTING: 01. Con Fuoco 02. Rivolta 03. La Citta' Della Notte 04. Gea 05. Syrma 06. Stasi 07. Terre Di Mezzo 08. Luna Del Viandante #1 (stanze) 09. Luna Del Viandante #2 (distanze) 10. Luna Del Viandante #3 (assenze)


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 19-01-2018
Item # : 510234     
Availability: IN STOCK
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2 - MAGNOLIA (IT) - LA ZONA D'OMBRA - (CD) 
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"La zona d'ombra" is a concept album of roman band Magnolia, rejoined together after years of stop. The concept is based on the life of a condemned man in Texas, a story told through 14 songs including 3 instrumentals, using flashbacks, emotions and engaging "images". The sound of Magnolia moves between typical post-prog groups like Anathema, Blackfield, Gazpacho, PorcupineTree, Gathering and those of a dreamlike prog-rock ensemble (sung in Italian) of immediate and emotional impact. The group consists of 6 elements and is characterized by the excellent, intense voice of Chiara Gironi and by a charming layer of acoustic and electric instruments, piano and guitar, that despite the tough issue of capital penalty, trying to create a more melancholic and dreamy athmosphere. The beautiful digipack packaging is enriched by a booklet with very evocative images that help to jump into this kind of novel in music.


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 15-07-2012
Item # : 429131     
Availability: IN STOCK
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