|Mike McLatchey||29-April-2001||Il Tiemp de la Far di Fantasia|
Montefeltro are an Italian duo of keyboards player Piergiorgio Ambrosi and guitarist/vocalist Attillo Virgilio that are into the more melodic realms of symphonic progressive. Montefeltro, on Il Tiempo De La Far Di Fantasia (Musea FGBG 4072), are actually bigger than that duo with augmentation from bass and real drums and make a very nice music that is similar to contemporaries Eris Pluvia, Ezra Winston, Malibran, and Calliope. With a modern production applied to a 70s styled album it does quite well, although it tends stays low key and into mellow territory, without a lot of pyrotechnica. So if you like your progressive a little less hard-edged, this would be a good place to start, as music like this should appeal to most, as at least it's inventive, with evolving themes and lush and thoughtful arrangements.
(originally reviewed as part of The New Italian Progressive Rock
Scene - Part 2, Exposť #4, p. 11, Edited for Gnosis 4/28/01)
|Peter Thelen||18-March-2001||Il Tempo di Far la Fantasia|
Montefeltro is essentially the duo of Piergiorgio Ambrosi (keyboards) and Attilio Virgilio (guitars & vocals), with guest musicians rounding the sound out on bass and drums. Their approach is rooted in folk and progressive rock, principally with melodics, dynamics, and simplicity. The music tends to be delicate, atmospheric, and pastoral at times, and rarely agressive. The vocals are very good although on a couple tracks the vocal arrangements seem pedestrian. The lyrics are in italian, and overall the vocals take a back seat to extended instrumental arrangements. For those who need comparisons, Montefeltro might be thought of in terms of two other contemporary Italian bands: Eris Pluvia and Arcansiel, with some added grand symphonics and early-PFM style acoustic textures. Occasionally they sound a little neo-progressive, especially when the songs get loud with the sidemen involved (hence the Arcansiel comparison); Montefeltro's most brilliant moments are the quiet and ethereal ones, when the keyboards and acoustic guitars dominate the mix, like on the 22 minute opening track "Canto No.1". In summary, this is a strong album from a band that, like Asgard and Galadriel, is a sure bet to improve with age.
(Originally published in Exposť #1, p. 9, Edited for Gnosis 1/21/01)
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