Biglietto Per L’Inferno is a popular and pivotal Italian prog rock formation but they only made one eponymous studio-album in 1974. However, in 1992 an Italian label released the CD Il Tempo Della Semina featuring early material and in 2005 the CD Live In 1974. Recently Biglietto Per L’Inferno returned to the progrock scene, like so many other known bands (Banco, PFM, Il Balletto Di Bronzo and Latte E Miele). This has resulted in the release of a new CD that contains renditions of songs from their 70’s work.
The band has chosen to use the name Bigletto Per L’Inferno.folk, and it quickly becomes very obvious why: because of the wide range of folky instruments. But Biglietto Per L’Inferno doesn’t forget her rock roots, pretty frequently the folky has been blended in like in the opener Il Tempo Della Semina (with a lush instrumentation, from bagpipe and electric guitar to piano and flute) and Il Nevare (beautiful accordion) and the title track (with Nina Hagen-like vocals), both delivering propulsive guitar riffs. In the compelling Una Strana Regina we can enjoy a Floydian guitar solo with howling runs between folk with flute, violin and accordion, in the vein of Mike Oldfield. And the short Ansia contains heavy guitar play in a fluent rhythm while Confessione sounds like a mix of folk and rock with raw guitar. This CD concludes in a cheerful, pure folky climate with room for mandolin, accordion, flute and bagpipe. The strong vocals are in Italian, in my opinion this always adds a special flavour to the music.
And now we are looking forward to Biglietto Per L’Inferno with a new CD featuring new material, I consider Tra L’Assurdo E La Ragione as a strong bridge to that!
***+ Erik Neuteboom (edited by Robert James Pashman)
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