Thursday 18 January 2018

Prowlers - Navigli Riflessi (2017)

The sixth album from this Italian band.

Prowlers is a seven piece big band on this album with a lineup of bass, samples, keyboards, drums, guitars, percussions, male backing vocals and female Italian vocals.
The band has also got help from a choir and viola, violin, cello, flute, orobian pipes and baghet.

This band debuted back in 1994 and released three albums in a succession. There was a long break between 1997 and 2011 though. I have previously reviewed their fourth album Sogni In Una Gocchia Di Cristallo (2011) for ProgArchives and their fifth album Mondi Nuovi (2014) for # 1 of this blog. You can find the review here and here.

Their bandname gives me some Iron Maiden associations. Which is the totally wrong impression I should have of this band and their music.

The music on this seventy minutes long album is very pastoral and the music is almost whispering than speaking. It is very much a Rock Progressive Italiano album, but with a much more modern expression than normal for a RPI band.

Laura Mombrini's vocals is as per usual haunting and a bit operatic. There is a gloomy and almost doomy feel over this album. These feelings are also expressed by the guitars and the rest of these instruments. This is by no means a jolly feelgood album. The music is spooky too.

The quality is good throughout. There is no great pieces of music here and that is my only gripe with this album. Check it out.

3 points

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