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When I heard about this project by italian Hard Rockers Wicked Minds, I had goosebumps. The idea itself, a whole cover album devoted to italian prog bands from the seventies, is beautiful and unique. While there are bands who carry the tradition and love for the glorious days of Italian Prog/Hard Rock, by doing covers on stage, I havent yet heard a full tribute album. Wicked Minds are great musicians, possibly one of the most talented bands in the tradition of Deep Purple/Uriah Heep inspired hard rock, and yet its with an utter humble spirit that they approach the project. The songs picked attentively in the discographies of giants like Le Orme, Balletto DI Bronzo, Osanna, Delirium, New Trolls, are all gems in their own completely jaw dropping style, whether you love this type of sound or not.

You could hear how those bands were actually taking the rocking touch of what was starting in the United Kingdom, pushing the electricity and volume of the instruments high and experimenting with sounds and instruments. And yet you could hear the influence of Italian melodic tradition all over them. And they sound different from anything else to this very day. The covers are done with the highest level of respect, played beautifully, with a modern while still purely raw production and a rooster of guests that will make the connoisseurs tremble: Lino Vairetti (Osanna), Martin Grice (Delirium), Sophya Baccini (who sings New Trolls and Circus 2000 songs), Aldo Tagliapietra (Le Orme), Antonio Bartoccetti (Dietro Noi Deserto, Antonius Rex, Jacula), Stefano “Lupo” Galifi (Museo Rosenbach)…

In the end, the project IS ambitious and peculiar but it will please fans of this music and possibly attract future discoverers of a goldmine of traditions and wizardry that I am still amazed at.

Review Written By Andrea Contanzo

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Posted July 2, 2011 by doommantia in Wicked Minds