This is the 3rd album by Italian rockers Egoband and it features
English language vocals.
The band is categorized as Neo-prog but like many bands it's
not quite an easy categorization.
"What a Man Could Be" is superb space-groove prog with a
hypnotic Hawkwind-like beat, an active reptilian bass and several sweeping then bubbling synth gushes, a brief narration in the
center and a completely blissed-out squealing guitar rampage that deserves serious applause, a combination Holdsworth-Hillage but really closer to the fusion realm than meets the ear.
Bassist Alfonso Capasso does his best Mike Howlett de Gong imitation while Alessandro Accordino coerces his organ into the rippling Dave Stewart school of buzz-fuzz.
This is a highly enjoyable ride. "Lost Friends" is metaphorical
a piano/vocal duet that has a definite Gabriel feel, plushy and
evocative ("as the fog clears away") but really just a brief and
The next 2 minute track blends mellotron and acoustic guitar
(often a heavenly match) and the two certainly exude some
"Peace of Mind" gently caresses the soul, twirling bass ornamentations in the foreground, blowing gently over large
swaths of sonic expanse, with massive doses of mellotron to encourage the depth and passion of the skilled arrangement.
The upward crescendo-seeking synth foray is truly extraordinary, especially when the guitar parallels the theme sumptuously.
This is another highpoint on the Egoband menu, an acutely impressive track.