Friday 23 June 2017

Cellar Noise - Alight (2017)

The debut album from this Italian band.

Cellar Noise is a quintet with a lineup of guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, percussions and English vocals.

Italy is full of new progressive rock bands. Some of them follows the avant-garde path, others are more fusion in the vein of Area, others follows in the footsteps of the 1970s bands and do RPI. Then we have the neo-prog bands.

Cellar Noise is a neo-prog band. Italy have a great neo-prog scene which lives a bit in the shadows of the excellent RPI scene.

Cellar Noise gives us fifty minutes of neo-prog. The band is also casting a long glance at the RPI scene too and is also incorporating a lot of those elements. There are the occasional mellotron here.

The vocals are very good and fitting for this album. An album which is pretty pastoral and does not venture into the prog metal territory. The music is well restrained.

What is lacking in bombastic songs has been replaced by quality songs. All songs are very good and bordering to great. This is indeed an impressive debut album and I hope we will hear a lot more from this band in the future. Check out this very good album.

3.5 points

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