Museo Rosenbach
Zarathustra


4.0
excellent

Review

by ProgJect USER (31 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2012 | 30 replies | 2,491 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A heavy, melodic slice of Italian prog enriched by haunting mellotron.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Museo Rosenbach were a short-lived Italian progressive band, best known for their 1973 release Zarathustra, a concept album freely inspired by the controversial works of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’. Unfortunately, at the time of its release, the album was widely disregarded because of the far right-wing views found within the Nietzsche-inspired lyrics. The band suffered for their political ideals, which prevented them from getting the kind of attention they deserved. Museo’s musical palette contained a dash of Banco, ELP and Van Der Graaf Generator. Comparisons to early King Crimson are also inevitable; this is symphonic progressive rock with a rough edge. While the group’s particular brand was less experimental than a lot of Italian prog, their compositions were equally challenging constructions, filled with time changes and eccentricities. Something is always happening.

Though the music is generally dark and heavy, it still manages to remain melodic and fluid; the only time it really softens is during the excellent Superuomo. The traditional rock ensemble of electric guitar, bass and drums has plenty to offer, with the mellotron and Hammond organ capable of taking on both lead and supporting roles. The continually captivating interplay is a result of wicked distorted electric guitar (reminiscent of Focus), varied and beautifully arranged keyboards, a versatile rhythm section (featuring solid bass guitar in tandem with propulsive and perfectly timed drumming), and strong, expressive Italian vocals. It all comes together into a constant tension, topped by majestic outbursts of the mellotron. Stefano Lupo Galifi’s singing is bold and passionate, elevating the rest of the music to a higher level.

The side-long title epic is an absolute killer, starting in moderately lush and melodic form, until it slowly becomes more and more intense. Despite the notable King Crimson and ELP influences here, Museo came up with something fairly original and ultimately very strong, the track seeming much shorter than its actual twenty-minute length. The other three cuts, Degli Uomini, the grandiose Della Natura (dramatic in a more typically Italian way, mixed with some ELP/Banco moods and riffs), and Dell’Eterno Ritorno, are all of the same quality, although not as focused as the record’s main theme.

Dead spots are hard to find, as the quick transitions from loud and powerful to soft and melodic playing are quite amazing. If there’s anything to complain about at all, then it might be the slightly varying consistency and a few transitions that aren’t entirely cohesive. For fans of harder-edged 70’s progressive with no lack of spectacular moments, these are however minor issues. Zarathustra is an epitome of what heavy symphonic prog is all about, an achievement that transcends the particular time in which it was made.



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ProgJect
August 2nd 2012



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ProgJect's here again! And as you may have expected, indeed they have brought you prog.

Maniac!
August 2nd 2012



26250 Comments


This isn't nietzsche

CaptainDooRight
August 2nd 2012



28864 Comments


nice review pos

I was gonna review this at one point, you did a fine job.

Album is good, there are a few parts which I felt "lost the steam", but overall solid.

ZedO
August 2nd 2012



1096 Comments


Is this an Italian-prog that's considered as one of numero uno stuffs? :]

TheNotrap
August 2nd 2012



8042 Comments


Good work ProgJect team, have a pos.

"an achievement that transcends the particular time in which it was made."
Humm sounds great, will check this out one of these days.

Digging: Accept - Blind Rage

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2012



20450 Comments


Great job as always guys.

I've heard some of this and it is really good. I need to hear the album in it's entirety.

Jethro42
August 2nd 2012



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this an Italian-prog that's considered as one of numero uno stuffs? :]

Absolutely. If anything, the band's sound could wear on you just a little by the end of the album.

Thanks guys. Much appreciated. And Nag, once again, you did transform the review to something really solid. Thank you so much. I also can see you digging this. And this applies to Notrap and JT as well.



Jethro42
August 2nd 2012



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

''Album is good, there are a few parts which I felt "lost the steam", but overall solid.''

I agree with you, Captain.




fsharptrit0ne
August 2nd 2012



4814 Comments


anyone who hasn't by now, check out premiata forneria marconi. album rules btw

Jethro42
August 2nd 2012



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah PFM, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and Le Orme represent the big three of the Rock Progressivo Italiano (RPI). I consider PFM to be a prog school.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2012



20450 Comments


Il Balletto di Bronzo are a great RPI band too.

fsharptrit0ne
August 2nd 2012



4814 Comments


have to check out those other two. will do later

Jethro42
August 2nd 2012



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes JT, especially for Ys.
@fsharp, yes, please do. Try also Locanda Delle Fate.

fsharptrit0ne
August 2nd 2012



4814 Comments


balletto is great yea

fsharptrit0ne
August 2nd 2012



4814 Comments


well do jeth thanks

Jethro42
August 2nd 2012



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here's another great RPI album; Alphataurus - Alphataurus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_MsonHttbc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOIOsN1Az6s


ZedO
August 2nd 2012



1096 Comments


nice link man, i'm checking it out right now

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2012



20450 Comments


Loving that first link, Jethro.

Jethro42
August 2nd 2012



12402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I knew you'd dig it, JT since it sounds quite similar to some good old Jethro Tull.

Cheers, ZedO.

ZedO
August 2nd 2012



1096 Comments


:D



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