Label: Fading Records/AltRock
Review: Diego Camargo
Thoughts: Many new Italian bands try to emulate their glory Prog 70’s days, but just a few of them actually achieve that high goal. La Coscienza Di Zeno is definitely one of them, beginning with the name, that definitely reminds me the old days. But not just their name made me remind the past.
Sensitività (2013) is the band’s second album and it was released by Alt Rock/Fading Records. These two labels are responsible for some great Prog music released in the last two years or so.
La Coscienza Di Zeno was formed in 2007 and they’re doing everything to have the big sound 70’s had.
To achieve that the band plays as a sextet, including two keyboard players. They are Alessio Calandriello (vocals), Gabriele Guidi Colombi (bass), Andrea Orlando (drums and percussion), Davide Serpico (guitars) and Stefano Agnini and Luca Scherani (keyboards).
I can honestly say that Sensitività (2013) pretty much blew me away from the very beginning. The extraordinary piano intro in ‘La Città Di Ditte’ leads us to greater things, a fast passage full of synths and great vocals by Alessandro Calandriello. This track is probably one of the best I’ve heard in many years.
In its 6’46 minutes La Coscienza Di Zeno was able to gather pretty much everything I love about Prog Rock. They have the melodic side, the synthesizers, the great vocal and the climax. A better start for an album would be impossible.
The album’s title-track begins weird with a keyboard that soon disappears and is replaced by a piano. Luca Scherani and Stefano Agnini know how to use their keyboards.
This track has the classic 70’s Italian Prog style with acoustic guitars included and of course, synths.
‘Sensitività’ is the longest track on the album and captives the Italian sextet in their best melodic suit.
‘Tenue’ is the shortest track on the album and it’s a pretty ballad led by piano. But I would also say that this is the weakest one on Sensitività (2013).
‘Chiusa 1915’ brings back the great synths but now followed by a great bass line by Gabriele Guidi Colombi and also clever guitars by Davide Serpico. A great intro. By the time the vocals come in the piano is the main sound.
‘Tensegrità’ has the guitar as the main instrument in the intro and a different kind of chord progression in the verses. Around the second minute a fantastic bass interlude appears and then the song changes, becoming more dynamic.
The shadows and the light have always been present in the Italian Prog and ‘Tensegrità’ is a modern version of that.
‘Pauvre Misere’ follows the same path of excellence as the previous tracks with strong and melodic music. But here they added a very weird tempo throughout the verses. They also have in the last bit some violins to improve their music even more. Superb!
As the closing track La Coscienza Di Zeno presents us ‘La Temperanza’ with more than 10 minutes. Piano, flute, acoustic guitar, violin and cello give the intro a complete classical feeling. At least till Andrea Orlando’s drums appear. They have many different sounds going on here and for my personal pleasure they added some synths too.
The verses are in waltz tempo but in the middle everything goes weird and fast with tons of different sections. Just great!
La Coscienza Di Zeno’s Sensitività (2013) is somewhat out of our regular, and for times overcrowded, Prog Rock world. Is something else!
This is one of the best albums I’ve heard in the last couple of years and easily my Top 5 from 2013. On top of that, Sensitività (2013) is beautiful to the eyes too as we have great artwork in the cover and booklet.
If you’re a fan of Italian Progressive Rock and don’t know this band/album yet… you should be ashamed of yourself cause this is a serious candidate to become a new classic.
The band was included in our Podcast #22 and you can listen the track 'La Città Di Dite' HERE.