La Coscienza Di Zeno &
February 28, 2016
Almost one year ago the Italian act Unreal City from Parma impressed the audience at 't Blok in Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel (see review). The people of Progfrog, who were responsible for booking them, usually don't book a band twice. But I guess when they got the opportunity to have them on their stage a second time they couldn't refuse to let them return to the Netherlands. When the band made their debut in our country, they shared the stage with Dutch act Sky Architect. This time around they brought along their fellow countrymen of La Coscienza Di Zeno from Genoa-a band which already impressed me with all of their three studio albums. Therefore, I was already glad they would make their Dutch debut even before I heard a single note.
La Coscienza Di ZenoOur friends from Genoa had the task of putting the audience in the right mood before the people from Parma could end another Progfrog Sunday afternoon event. La Coscienza Di Zeno consists of six members. However, during concerts keyboard player and main composer Stefano Agnini doesn't get on stage with his fellow musicians
Right from the start, the band proved to be a fantastic live unit. They opened and ended their one and a half hour long set with compositions taken from their amazing second album Sensitività (2013, see review). Perfect renditions of La Città Di Dite and the title track could be enjoyed as well. In between those two songs they performed material taken from their excellent debut La Coscienza Di Zeno (2011) and last great effort La Notte Anche Di Giorno (2015, see review). From their latest studio album they managed to come up with a superb version of the first part of the album. Giovane Figlia is a fantastic epic piece of music divided into six different parts. Each of them is a delight to hear. It features up tempo parts and laid back moments. The song is loaded with excellent solos played on the guitars and synthesizers. Guitarist Davide Serpico and keyboardist Luca Scherani can shine on their instruments but it is most of all singer Alessio Calandriello who steals the show with his vocal performances. He doesn't have any problems copying his parts recorded in the studio. Yeah this man can actually really sing the high and low notes without getting into any problem areas.
The band can look back at a splendid first performance in the Netherlands and hopefully they will return very soon. Because this kind of strong progressive rock music based on the music made in the seventies by Italian bands such as Premiata Forneria Marconi, Le Orme, Locanda Delle Fate and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso I'd like to hear more often on a Dutch stage. No doubt about that! And according to the reaction of the crowd I am not the only one who thinks this way!
Compared to the band's first gig at 't Blok, some minor changes could be found on the setlist. This time they skipped the long piece Ex Tenebrae Lux. This way they could play-during their one hour and forty five minutes long set-some tracks that were not performed last year such as two more tracks from their debut, namely Dove La Luce É Più Intense and Catabasi (Descensio Ad Inferos). Moreover, they gained time to do a new piece called Le Luci Delle Case (Spente) that showed that we can look forward to the band's third release, because this song really kicked ass with some strong instrumental parts played on the guitar, violin and synthesizers. Strangely enough they didn't wear any masques (although they had taken them with them) during Il Nome Di Lei
After they finished, they left their fans behind with a smile on their faces. Once again they had conquered the hearts of the people who showed up to hear again a band in perfect shape-a band who can easily reproduce the music of their two excellent studio albums. So again, hats off to all of them! Just like one year earlier.
A round of applause goes once again to the people of Progfrog. They managed to come up with another wonderful Italian prog rock afternoon-a successor to the one last year with LogoS and Phoenix Again (see review). By giving both bands a perfect sound (they only could dream about) everybody in the audience had the time of their lives, including myself.
Henri Strik (edited by Robert James Pashman)
Setlist La Coscienza Di Zeno:La Città Di Dite
Il Fattore Precipitante
Nei Cerchi Del Legno
La Coscienza Di Zeno by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up La Coscienza Di Zeno:(left to right)
Gabriele Guidi Colombi:
Setlist Unreal City:Ouverture (Obscurus Fio)
Oniromanzia (Il Paese Del Tramonto)
La Meccanica Dell'Ombra
Dove La Luce É Più Intense
Il Nome Di Lei
Lo Schermo Di Pietra
Catabasi (Descensio Ad Inferos)
Le Luci Delle Case (Spente)
Dell 'Innocenza Perduta
Unreal City by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Unreal City:(left to right)
bass and backing vocals
violin, keyboard, backing vocals and acoustic guitar
electric guitar and Mellotron
main keyboards and lead vocals
drums and backing vocals
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