J'accuse..! is an interesting Italian progressive rock band
from Trieste that was formed in 2001 by Sasha Colautti
(vocals, lead guitar), Donald Paljuh (vocals, guitar),
Michele Scherlich (bass) and Raffaele Tenaglia
According to the band their many influences range from
King Crimson to Mars Volta, from Area to Tool...
Nonetheless during the years they have played together
they seem to have found their own way and on their debut
album "Abbandono del tempo e delle forme" they blend
progressive rock, psychedelia and post rock with a very
original and mature personal taste building and shaping
timeless "musical forms" upon evocative lyrics.
The result is definitively good...
The album opens with a spacey intro leading to the long and
complex "Il tempo muta le forme" (Time changes forms).
Some guitar lines give a touch of "Balkan flavour" to this
piece while smothering vocals shape a desperate timeless
prayer that breaks through invoking freedom from an inward
desert made of evil and banality...
"Sul bordo dell'abisso" (On the edge of the abyss) is another
very interesting and long track that seems to depict a nightmare... "Confused souvenirs do not help the eyes / Lost in a sea of thousands fears / It's like you can't breath anymore / It's like
you can't feel the ground under your feet... I'm dreaming / I see
angels falling like tears across the sky..."...
The mood is claustrophobic and heavy but never boring
(there are even a few moments that slightly remind me
of Goblin's "Profondo Rosso") and the band showcase
here a very good musicianship.
"L'angelo" (The Angel) and "Cercando un punto lontano"
(Looking for a far point) are shorter than the previous tracks
but not less interesting... "L'angelo" was inspired by
William Blake's poem "Marriage of heaven and hell"
and is a track full of energy with heavy guitars in the
forefront, while "Cercando un punto lontano" is calm
and "reflexive"... "I'm running faster than the wind... I'm tired
to seem like a ray reflected into the void / I'm still here..."
The long and complex "Ricorre l'abbandono"
(Abandonment recurs) is frenzy and melancholic, by
far my favourite track on the album. It features a good
jazz guitar solo by the guest musician Andrea Massaria
and it's a perfect finale for a very good work... "I feel inside
me the rotten branch to pull it out / Destroy the soul,
forget me! / Clean your feelings then bury me"...
On the whole an excellent debut album and a band that
released September 12, 2007
vocals, lead guitar
drums & percussion
Salvatore di Bella
fender Rhodes, organ and keyboard