(All Album Reviews by avestin)
The Kinetics Of Sound
The third band from the Altr0ck house of progressive rock is another Italian band, but this one is not at all like the first release on this label by country mates Yugen. Accordo Dei Contrari (AdC henceforth) are a dynamic group of (changing lineup of) musicians (drums, guitar, keyboards and bass; reinforced by guests on violin and sax) and their comfort zone is in the instrumental fusion territory. No need to go into biographical details as those can be read on their Myspace, but I will quote to you what their promo material says about their influences and sound:
ďThe album Kinesis is the result of two days of live-recording in studio in June 2006, with short overdubs of violin and sax in October-November 2006. Accordo dei Contrariís influences range from rock progressive music and rock-jazz of seventies, to contemporary jazz and classic music of 20th century (Strawinsky, Messiaen). Influences : Area, Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, Cherry Five, Deus ex Machina, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Frank Zappa, Soft Machine and many others."
Of all those, Iíd say the jazz-rock influences are the most prominent and obvious, but those other names do come to mind and their overall sound is quite varied and rich. I found great references to past Italian and other prog bands (listen carefully to the keyboards and violin as well as the occasional guitar riffs).
What a great and intense ride AdC deliver in this album. They are as entertaining and melodic as they are energetic and upbeat. AdCís sound comes from various styles as jazz-rock but bringing in a variety of other sounds to spice up the affairs with great keyboard playing (reminiscing some past prog days and bands) and a fierce guitar emphasizing the rock edge among others.
The listening experience with this album is great as it conjures up memories of other bands and yet doesnít feel like they are a retro-prog sort of band, but one that relies on certain roots and uses them to make their own fresh sound.
With this album, I kept discovering new intricacies and small features in the music with each further listen. I could suddenly notice a particular movement I didnít realize was there before. A link to one of their influences suddenly became clear (for instance, King Crimson which at first wasnít clear to me where they draw from them, all of a sudden became clear). This can be said about many prog albums, and for this one it is very much the case in particular since as I listened more and more, the melodies sank in, leaving an imprint on my listening area in my brain, making me want to listen to it again, which is exactly what I expect from an album.
For a great thrill of an album; an album that mixes fusion with prog-rock characteristics of the past and present; for good musicianship; for a rich and enveloping sound; for a well-balanced mix of melody and technicality Ė this album will satisfy your needs and more. This album is a highlight in this yearís releases and another excellent release from Altr0ck.