ARTIST:

MOONGARDEN

(ITALY)
TITLE:

ROUND MIDNIGHT

(2004)
LABEL:

GALILEO

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
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"With "Round Midnight", Moongarden takes us in a series of universes with varied inspirations, going from Pink Floyd first period to Porcupine Tree through more Scandinavian influences."
PETER HACKETT (27.06.2004)  
5/5
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Moongarden is an Italian band labeled neo-prog that releases here its fourth opus and, if we exclude their participation to the Kalevala project,the transalpine quintet had not produced anything for more than three years.

"Round Midnight" opens with the eponymous track and we are immediately under the spell of a music that doesn't owe anything to the usual neo-progressive rock. The atmosphere of this first track reminds us more of a tasty mix of Marillion and Mangala Vallis. This impression stems from the slightly tormented voice of Luca Palleschi.
Throughout the 9 tracks that make up this album, Moongarden takes us into a series of varied universes that range from darkness to violence. "Wounded" seems to be taken from the repertoire of bands such as Pineapple Thief or even Isildurs Bane. "Lucifero" could have been written by Anathema while "Slowmotion Streets" brings us closer to Sigur Ros. "Learning to live under the ground" is a powerful composition, very metal in its introduction.

The only common point of all these titles is their atmospheric side and if you are touched by this musical genre you will find here all the facets of it. From Pink Floyd first era to Porcupine Tree through more Scandinavian influences, Moongarden has been able to exploit the variants of an intimate progressive rock. The result is quite excellent. A varied and powerful music, performed by high quality musicians and an expressive singer with a slightly rocky voice. A clean production without apparent defect. What more could we ask for?


More informations on http://www.moongardenband.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Round Midnight - 07:43
02. Wounded - 07:37
03. Killing The Angel - 04:53
04. Lucifero - 06:33
05. Slowmotion Streets - 06:32
06. Learning To Live Under The Ground - 10:24
07. Coda: Psychedelic Subway Ride - 02:00
08. Nightmade Concrete - 06:10
09. Oh,by The Way, We Are So Many ... - 02:02

LINEUP:
Cristiano Roversi: Claviers / stick chapman
David Cremoni: Guitares
Luca Palleschi: Chant
Massimiliano Sorrentini: Batterie
Mirko Tagliasacchi: Basse
   
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