Sunday 10 November 2019
Opra Mediterranea - Isole (2019)
The debut album from this Italian band.
The band is a quintet with a lineup of synths, moog, keyboards, bass, drums, guitars, percussion and Italian vocals.
The band is totally unknown to me. It seems like the vocalist has been active in musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar. Their homepage is entirely in Italian and it seems like the band is very happy to keep their music within the Italian borders.
If that is the case, it is deeply unfair towards themselves and their music. This album should be enjoyed in Oslo, New York, Paris, Sydney and London too.
Isole gives us melodic RPI with a modern neo-prog sound and a lot of Italian pop and folk rock influences. That is the core and what this forty minutes long album is.
The vocals are really first class and among the better one. The instruments does their job without trying to be brilliant. A bit better details and a more brave sound with more interesting details would have made the songs even better.
The songs are all good and RPI fans and other fans of melodic prog will find a good album here. I really rate this album and welcomes more albums from this band.