专辑类型：Italian Symphonic Prog
意式艺术摇滚乐团Metamorfosi1970年成立于意大利罗马。成员有Davide Spitaleri [aka Jimmy] (vocals, flute), Enrico Olivieri (keyboards, vocals, flute), Luciano Tamburro (guitar), Roberto Turbitosi (bass, vocals), Mario Natali (drums, percussion)。
A short lived Italian band only releasing two albums, the average ...E Fu Il Sesto Giorno and the classic Inferno. The latter featuring great use of the Moog as well as other amazing keyboard work, the band puts together an album length suite that is one of the classics in the history of symphonic progressive music. A must.
This heavy progressive album is a dark and intense moog workout. The keyboardist has his Emerson chops down, from the Hammond stylings to the barrelhouse/classical piano style. The Emersonian touches appear here and there throughout but this is not an ELP keyboard trio or anything near it. They explore dark corridors filled with cobwebs of intensity that ELP were too wimpy to explore. There is some wonderfully penetrating moog work on this (political?) concept album. Except for a couple of breaks, the many tracks flow together into a continuous piece. The vocalist strongly reminds me of Doug Ingle from Iron Butterly. The vocals are in Italian, but don't let that stop you. The lyrics are provided so you can sing along! Strongly recommended to fans of ELP and the moog synth.
The second album is the best with great keyboards and vocals (like ELP). It includes rock versions of the American and Soviet national anthems.
The above statements about Metamorfosi's two albums was correct in the early '90's when they were written. However, in the mid '90's, original keyboardist Enrico Oliveri and vocalist Domenico "Jimmy" Spitaleri together with new drummer Fabio Moresco and bassist Leonardo Gallucci reformed Metamorfosi and began playing "Inferno" in its entirety to appreciative Italian audiences. During this time, they composed and began playing Part II of an envisioned trilogy, titled "Paradiso". They recorded and released Paradiso in 2004. Yes, for those of you who have noticed the Dante "Divina Commedia" reference, they are currently working on Part III - Purgatorio to complete the trilogy.
Though I haven't heard any of these albums, I was privileged to see Metamorfosi perform all of Inferno and Paradiso together at NEARfest 2004. It was an excellent performance, reminiscent of ELP due to the "power keyboard trio" format (guitarless, though the bass and vocals are split between two people, so they're not a trio), and also reminiscent of other Italian prog bands such as Le Orme. The vocals were excellent and powerful (and, of course, Italian), though Spitaleri spent a lot of time wandering around on the stage and "conducting" the other band members due to lengthy instrumental passages. Very good stuff! And as far as the quality of the new material compared to the old? I couldn't tell where one left off and the other began. They seem to have fully captured the '70's Italian Prog feel in their new material. Great stuff, and I intend to order both Inferno and Paradiso as soon as my CD budget allows ...
One more thing ... I'm keeping the link here to Spitaleri, Davide until someone can confirm this, just because it was in the original GEPR. However, I don't believe this is actually the same person as Domenico "Jimmy" Spitaleri. This may also negate the link to Thor, about whom I have even less knowledge.
01. Introduzione / Selva oscura
02. Porta dell'inferno
04. Spacciatore di droga / Terremoto / Limbo
10. Razzisti / Fossa dei giganti
11. Lucifero (Politicanti)