Il Cerchio D’oro - Il Fuoco Sotto La Cenere album review
Il Cerchio D’oro's fire nearly sputters out
Italian proggers Il Cerchio d’Oro have a proclivity for concept albums – see 2013’s Dedalo E Icaro (Daedalus And Icarus) and 2008’s Il Viaggio Di Colombo (The Voyage Of Columbus) – but if their new album Il Fuoco Sotto La Cenere (The Fire Under The Ashes) has a theme, it’s lost in translation. There’s a tendency for the band to wear their influences on their sleeves. The title track moves between Pink Floyd classic prog and a riff-led midsection that brings Budgie to mind, before launching into an early Deep Purple, psychedelic passage. Vocalist Piuccio Pradal doesn’t have a big voice and can sound strained when pushing at his limits in I Due Poli, which has a spacey vibe with plenty of theremin. The weakest track is the album’s closer, _Fuoco Sulla__ __Collina_, where Pradal’s limitations as a singer are all too apparent and Massimo Spica’s tuneless lead guitar work quickly becomes grating. Thomas is much more fun with its bouncy organ melody, vintage synth sounds and unhurried pace. _Per Sempre Qui_ sees the band drawing deeply from the well of Floyd again, but if you take your prog with a shot of psychedelia and forgive Pradal’s voice, you may dig this.