Sjef Oellers 17-Jan-2001 Anima Terra

Bondage is a promising new band from Italy. Their debut album Anima Terra consists of one long 50-minute suite divided into seven interconnected segments. The album is quite diverse and rather hard to describe, but the band is certainly rooted in the Italian tradition of lyrical and sophisticated progressive rock. I do hear elements of Mary Newsletter, Deus Ex Machina, After Crying, occasionally Banco and sporadically Zappa in their music. The vocalist has an expressive and distinctive voice which sometimes gives them a more theatrical touch. At times their music still seems somewhat underdeveloped and immature. Nevertheless, Bondage is an interesting band with a good debut album.

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