BONDAGE Anima Terra

by Mellow Records MMP346

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Anima Terra (51:57)

1 Hermann
2 Coagulandosi
3 Anima Terra
4 Vagabondo
5 Vagare II
6 Il Menestrello
7 Canto all'inesistenza della Morte

Let's start by putting the bold foot forward - Anima Terra is one
of the most original works of post-70s progressive rock I've heard. Despite the seven song listing, Bondage's sole album is a single 52-minute track on this Mellow CD release.
The odyssey begins in a storm, perhaps on the open sea, with crackling thunder and distant singing - very subdued, almost l
anguid.
I imagine myself standing on a beach in the rain, and out there somewhere on a little rowboat is the dynamic Angelo Calleri,
whose quirky singing adds some truly exaggerated drama to
this masterwork.

Maybe it's just the watery introduction fueling my metaphor,
but the music seems to ebb and flow for the duration, from
moments akin to the minimalist opening to melodic waves
of guitar driven rock. And the entirety is bound together by
the distinctly forward, theatrical vocals.
The keyboards do come across as naïve, bordering on cheesy
at times, but they're a tremendous contrast to the occasional
wall of sound this band lays down. And, although the lyrics
speak of death and inner conflict (unless my translation is
way off), these guys never seem to take themselves seriously.
No pretensions here.

Anima Terra is the freshest piece of music I've heard
in years.
Modern, organic, unpredictable and memorable.
A personal favorite, one I would not hesitate to
recommend to any lover of dramatic prog.

Review by Pirx the Pilot
from progarchives.com

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released April 16, 2000

Line-up:

Angelo Calleri: vocals
Daniele Semensato: bass
Matteo Bognolo: drums
Michele Bertoni: guitars
Roberto Pettenello: keyboards

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