Ingranaggi Della Valle
Warm Spaced Blue


4.5
superb

Review

by e210013 USER (166 Reviews)
March 29th, 2021 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is anoter great modern Italian prog band. Their music is experimental with a modern sound.

“Warm Spaced Blue” is the second studio album of Ingranaggi Della Valle and was released in 2016. The line up on the album is Davide Savarese, Flavio Gonnellini, Alessandro Di Sciullo, Mattia Liberati, Marco Gennarini, Antonio Coronato and Shanti Colucci. The album had also the participation of Fabio Pignatelli, Stefano Vicarelli, Paolo Lucini and Florian Lechner.


Ingranaggi Della Valle is an Italian progressive rock band from Rome which was created in 2010. The band was created with the goal of evoking the sound and atmospheres of the historical progressive rock of the 70’s, creating their own music open to fusion, ethnic and jazz-rock influences. The band released two studio albums until now. Their debut album “In Hoc Signo”, which was released in 2013, is a conceptual album with its concept focused about the times when the first Crusade was made. We can say this is a perfect representative manifesto of their music and philosophy. Just over three years later of their debut, Ingranaggi Della Valle returned with their second album “Warm Spaced Blue”.

While their debut studio album “In Hoc Signo”, was a tribute to 70’s progressive rock music where the focus was mainly on the instruments and the playing, and less on the song writing and the actual songs, with “Warm Spaced Blue” they took a different approach and decided to put the focus more on the song writing. But there is another main difference. The tone of the album is darker and reflects the members’ personal feelings and situations in their own lives.

Since their debut album some changes on the line up of the band occurred. But, the main difference was the change of their singer. The change to their new front man David Savarese resulted in the lyrics on this follow up effort, as the title suggests, to be sung in English. And yet with that significant change and one that may bring the band to wider notice, one thing remains clear, lyrics are secondary on this traditional, symphonic, but clearly Italian progressive agenda.

On “Warm Spaced Blue” the band tried to maintain their stylistic unity without setting boundaries in the arrangement by choosing from a wide range of instruments. All band’s members use a wide range of instruments, that goes from the classical Mellotron’s, Moog’s, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, glockenspiel, electric and acoustic guitars and violin to the Roland drum machines, Akai MPC and Kaoss Pad. While maintaining a jazz approach for writing harmonies the band acquired a big structured rock sound and, as I mentioned before, they introduced English as the singing language.

About the songs, “Warm Spaced Blue” has only six tracks. The majority of this album is reserved for the suite “Call For Cthulhu”, with more than 20 minutes, which is divided into three parts, “Orbison”, “Through The Stars” and “Promise”. In between those three tracks we can find three other songs, “Inntal”, “Lada Niva” and “Ayida Wedo”. What is more interesting about the suite is that “Call For Cthulhu” is separated between the other songs. So, the suite is separated by the first, third and sixth tracks. “Call For Cthulhu” has an experimental character by the use of modern electronics. Through the suite we can immediately know this is a very special album and band. This is true progressive rock music and I had to think of bands like Anglagard and Echolyn. Not because their music is sounding like the music of those bands but because this band is also in the premiership of the progressive rock. Certainly it wasn’t a coincidence that Mattias Olsson of Anglagard participated on their debut. “Inntal” is a song with great flute atmospheres. It’s a real jazz-rock song, also with great guitar parts. Somehow it reminds me of King Crimson and Anekdoten, which isn’t a strange think due to the use of the Mellotron. “Lada Niva” develops itself also into a 70’s progressive rock song, with jazzy some influences. It’s a great song with great diversity. On “Ayida Wedo” the sound gets more or less stronger and a bit aggressive. It’s an instrumental piece. But, I must say that vocals aren’t in the lead of this album, as I mentioned before.


Conclusion: “Warm Spaced Blue” is a brilliant album. Interestingly, Italian progressive rock has its own style, slightly baroque and absolutely opinionated. This is really an interesting approach of composing music. It’s indicated for lovers of jazz rock/fusion. But above all, it’s particularly indicated for lovers of the 70’s progressive rock music if you love instruments in their real and own mode. However, this isn’t an easy album to digest. There is a high standard of playing and of song writing but the album is very hard to grasp after the just one hearing. One definitely needs to listen to it more often, to get the whole thing and to keep up with the quick changes of passages and moods. This is heavy stuff, but still very well played and more original than some other bands that just copy their heroes’ styles. But I’m sure you will like it if you like real progressive rock music with a dark atmosphere and if you love the Mellotron work, as I do, this album is for you. It’s highly recommended especially for lovers of bands like King Crimson, Anglagard and Anekdoten.


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e210013
March 29th 2021


3241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

After some modern Nordic prog let's go to some modern Italian prog. As many of we know there always was a huge amount of Italian prog bands since the beginning of prog. There were even those who said that there are more prog Italian bands than Italian prog fans. I really don't know if it's true, but once there are so many bands, there must be many fans too. Besides, in the 70's, many U.K. bands had a very strong club of fans in Italy, like Genesis or Van Der Graaf Generator. The last one had even more fans in Italy than in their home country.

Said that, let's go to the band I chose. Ingranaggi Della Valle was created in 2010. They released two albums till now, "In Hoc Signo" in 2013 and this one in 2016. As happen with many other modern prog bands, they create their music evoking the sound and atmospheres of the prog rock of the 70's. I chose their sophomore album, but both albums are great. Still, "Warm Spaced Blue" is stylistically a bit different and is sung in English, which is a good thing for many that dislike don't understand the lyrics.

So, I hope you check it and enjoy it too.

Digging: Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Jethro42
March 29th 2021


16335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Songs are not in a good order in Spotify, but we can find the album in Bandcamp.

This time you use one of my my ex tourney nominee ;) Dark and atmospheric album and you're right, it's heavy in places and it has a jazz rock mood here and there.

Good, complete review, brotha.

e210013
March 29th 2021


3241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, another great one from Friday's tournaments and another great one from you too. Thanks bro. I appreciate your comment.

Divaman
March 29th 2021


9525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice job, e. Yes, Friday's tournaments rocked.

Digging: Grouplove - This Is This

e210013
March 29th 2021


3241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, Diva. They really rock hard.

TheIntruder
March 31st 2021


512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember this one too. Another great representant of the tournaments of Friday 13th. Another great review too. It is nice to see all this albums reviewed on Sputnik. Thanks. So pal, pos.

e210013
March 31st 2021


3241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, another one. They deserve that. It's kind of you to say that. Thanks my friend by your support and pos.

TheGamer
April 1st 2021


18 Comments


Nice work man.

e210013
April 1st 2021


3241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, pal. Nice to see you on my reviews.

Helentroy
April 2nd 2021


11 Comments


Nice review, have a pos.

e210013
April 2nd 2021


3241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, man. Nice to talk to you.

DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2021


8681 Comments


Great review! I'll have to check this out... I'm always down for some modern prog that shakes up the established "rules" a bit

Jethro42
April 3rd 2021


16335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There you go! You wont be deceived. Album has its own style. Dark but melodic. Melodic but dark.

DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2021


8681 Comments


Yeah, I'm excited to check this out. By the way, how have you been Jethro? Haven't talked to you in a while

Jethro42
April 3rd 2021


16335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hello Divergent. Well if you ask me...Life happened to be easier. I cannot work anymore due to health issues. Sputnik is kind of an outlet. Plus I cannot play music anymore, so to kinda compensate, I intend to buy a software which serves to compose music. There it is in short. You doing fine yourself?

DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2021


8681 Comments


I'm sorry to hear that! Are the health issues permanent or temporary? In any case, hoping for a speedy recovery. As far as software sites go, I highly recommend Flat. That's the one I've been using to compose my own music, and it has audio playback so you can always listen to what music you've written so far. I've been putting out a bunch of classical music recently with it, and I've got no complaints yet

Jethro42
April 3rd 2021


16335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah nice, I appreciate for your software suggestion. And thanx for your wishes. It's permanent illness helas. An hereditary one named muscular dystrophya. Muscles are loosing strenght, namely in my legs. I have also chronical pain in my back (nerve problem). And finally, arthritis. I only have exercises to maintain, stabilize them all, and medication. I manage to live with it and I have relative acceptation.

e210013
April 4th 2021


3241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, Divergent. I appreciate your comment. Check it, pal. If you need modern prog, all my last reviews and the next ones are a great place to go.

Zig
April 14th 2021


2280 Comments


Album Rating: 3.5

checked this the other day. good album

e210013
April 14th 2021


3241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Zig. I'm glad you liked it too. It's nice to talk to you again, amigo.



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