Saturday 7 October 2017

Nova - Blink (1975)

The debut album from this Italian band.

Nova was a quintet with a lineup of saxophones, flutes, guitars, bass, drums and vocals.

The band released four albums before they called it a day in 1978. I got the four albums and reviews will follow/you will find reviews of the three other albums somewhere else in this blog.

Nova originated from a band called Uno. I am not sure if this is the same band whose debut album I reviewed many years ago for either ProgArchives or # 1 of this blog. But Nova are here now and debuted with this album.

There is off course numerous other bands with the same name now. But Nova's music is a bit special.

Take some ultra-hyper fusion, mix it with some jazz and Italian hard rock. Well, perhaps not hard rock. Nevertheless, the music here is hard and very infernal noisy. It is also very, very intense.

The main focus here is the interplay between the (tenor, alto & soprano) saxophones and the guitars. Not much is being held back there in a series of solos and interplays.

The end result is a forty minutes long album not for the faint hearted. It is still a good album who makes fans of intense music, like myself, sit up, take notice and grin. This is a band I want to hear more from.

3 points

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