A rather unknown Italian band,carrying over 25 years of history,
ALGEBRA were formed in Benevento, South Italy in 1983
by Rino Pastore, Salvatore Silvestri, Carmine Ielardi and
In May they recorded a single with little success and the next year
the band split up,with Mario, Rino and Salvatore joining the pop
band Taxirum until 1988.In
1993 ALGEBRA re-united (without
Carmine Ierlandi) and with the help of guest musicians they
recorded a brand new album entitled ''Storia di un iceberg'',
released on Mellow Records.
STYLE: More than an hour of Neo/Symphonic-oriented
Progressive Rock with a few Pop tunes here and there.
The album sounds more than an 80's release due to
the production and keyboard sounds.
Compositions are split in English and Italian sung tracks.
''Storia di un Iceberg'' offers a variety of melodies both on
guitar- and keyboard parts,which include piano,organ
The work is almost totally based on pleasant melodies,
romantic vocals and an harmonic aura.
Note that ''The prayer'' and ''You can't'' belong to the old
ALGEBRA single from 1983, while the album features
also a GENESIS meddley,consisting of parts related to
''Afterglow'', ''Firth of fifth'' and ''The musical box''.
INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: Influences come from both
from the Italian (BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO,
LE ORME) and UK Prog scene (GENESIS).
PLUS: Regardind the symphonic face of the band,it all
comes around the very strong guitar melodies and the
fascinating keyboard work with lots of fine moog synth
solos and organ passages.
Italian vocals are also quite romantic.
Compositionally the band stands at a very good level.
WILL APPEAL TO:...a closed community regarding the
more symphonic side of prog, including Neo Prog and RPI.
CONCLUSION: Most compositions are strong and very melodic,despite their simplicity and the band is very talented.