Being a keyboard, bass and drum trio, it's most likely
to believe that ELP must have had some influence in
them, and when you listen this album for the first time
the supposition becomes more than obvious
(at least in side "A"), but as in most Italian Symphonic
bands, they mix this influence with their own unique
melodic sound that softens the rigid and strong
sound of ELP.
The keyboardist Carlo Crivelli (who also sings), is a
real virtuoso with the organ and unlike Keith Emerson,
he adds some hints of late Psychedelia to make the
It's also quite interesting that he sings some tracks in
Italian and others in English, but the important issue
is that the guy has an excellent range that is somewhere
between Jim Morrison and Aldo Tagliapietra.
The bass an drums in charge of Enzo Cutuli and Aldo
Pignanelli are simply powerful (well this is the least you
can expect from a Power Trio) and have a transcendental
role in the sound of the band, specially because
Pignanelli's timing is impeccable.
Unusually for a debutante band, the album starts with
a 20 minutes epic called "Crisi Suite" and is divided in
three parts (Speranza, Crisi and Pazzia) taking all
side A and it's simply breathtaking.
CRISI is much closer at Baroque and early Classical era,
making their sound much more melodic.
A great opener for a great album.
Now comes the real surprise, side "B" seems like
performed by a different band, because it consists of
six shorter tracks with a radically different sound, here
they leave ELP and play some sort of late Psychedelia
as in "Anche Se Ho Sbagliato" with a killer Hammond
performance, blues oriented like in "Un Bambino" or
simply experimental as "L'Anima Nuda", that reminds
more of KING CRIMSON with a frenetic guitar than
of any other band.
Simply can't believe that such an excellent band wasn't
able to release a second album, but more surprise that
"Crisi" remains so unknown for most Prog fans,
including some of the best informed.