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ARMONITE - The Sun Is New Each Day - CD - Indie - 2015

Armonite is a progressive rock group led by composer/keyboardist Paolo Fosso and electric violinist Jacopo Bigi. The lineup is completed by drummer Jasper Barendregt and none other than bassist Colin Edwin (of Porcupine Tree fame).

While Armonite does not redefine the genre, the (almost entirely) instrumental pieces here hold a disciplined narrative and build up; and they make for an engaging instrumental journey, as there is a cinematic quality to the music. In fact, the last track (which does not appear on the band's bandcamp page but does appear on the Soundcloud version available through the band's website is a take on Klaus Doldinger's "Bastian's Happy Flight" (composed for the film The Neverending Story) and it fits really well.

The comparative intensity of the rhythm section is what sets this effort in the 21st century, and gives it further boost. Unfortunately, some of the keyboards sound a bit anachronistic with their 80s styled sound; but other than that the production is meticulous and splendorous. (7/10)

 

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The Coming Of M

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Sulphur and Fir

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Unrelenting

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The Sun Is New

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La Singuliere N

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Nine Plagues

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