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Not a Good Sign

The new AltrOck/Fading Records collaboration NOT A GOOD SIGN was conceived three years ago by producer Marcello MARINONE together with keyboardist Paolo BOTTA (SKE, YUGEN) and guitarist Francesco ZAGO (YUGEN). The idea behind the project was to produce a seventies-inspired style of rock music, something more accessible than the avant-garde chamber prog that characterises the two parent bands. Their music is also more songs-based than the largely instrumental work of YUGEN therefore singer Alessio CALANDRIELLO was recruited from stablemates LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO to fulfil the vocal duties. B ...read more

The new AltrOck/Fading Records collaboration NOT A GOOD SIGN was conceived three years ago by producer Marcello MARINONE together with keyboardist Paolo BOTTA (SKE, YUGEN) and guitarist Francesco ZAGO (YUGEN). The idea behind the project was to produce a seventies-inspired style of rock music, something more accessible than the avant-garde chamber prog that characterises the two parent bands. Their music is also more songs-based than the largely instrumental work of YUGEN therefore singer Alessio CALANDRIELLO was recruited from stablemates LA COSCIENZA DI ZENO to fulfil the vocal duties. Bass-player Gabriele G. COLOMBI joined from the same band and the line-up was completed in 2012 with the addition of young drummer Martino MALACRIDA.

The band takes their name from one of their own songs but the expression also alludes to their take on the present economic climate across the globe, a situation that in turn mirrors the dark mood on the recently released debut album. At the forefront of their sound is a wide array of vintage keyboards that includes Hammond organ and Rhodes and Wurlitzer pianos, but it is a dynamic twinning of synthesizers and string ensembles that overlays much of the album in great glacial sheets of sound and reflects the despair and loneliness of the lyrics. The close connections among the band members help to maximise their strength as a unit and this results in the production of a powerful blend of heavy and symphonic prog that is clearly fashioned on KING CRIMSON although it also has reminiscences of ÄNGLAGÅRD and ANEKDOTEN.

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2015

3.9
4 Votes
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06/10/2013

4.5
3 Votes

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