La MASCHERA DI CERA (The Wax Mask) are a
new Italian five piece band who definitely play
a vintage 70's replica with total originality and
Hate to overuse this expression, but here it goes.
This is a total masterpiece IMHO.
La MASCHERA DI CERA blend powerful vocals,
piano, mellotron, organ, moog,
'clavicembalo'-VCS 3 synths, flute, bass/acoustic
guitar and drums and create some of the best
sounds I have heard out of Italy for a long time.
The first side is a magnificent 20 mins epic track
which carries the "Attack-Decay" style of Sweeden's
ANGLAGARD with the symphonic beauty of classic
PFM and jazz elements of ECHOLYN.. totally
unpredictable and totally creative song writing.
The second side is 3 tracks which continue right
where side one left off..
Musically these guys play some pretty sophisticated
and deep music with tons of vintage keyboards,
flute and guitar dominating.
I must also tell you that the drummer is very good
and so too are the bass and guitarist.
Hard to exactly peg this album in terms of comparison
but I would say musically a dead mix of STANDARTE,
PFM with FINESTERRE.
Overall a fantastic album and one of those albums
that after you hear you will not be able to put down.
Review by loserboy
released April 4, 2002
Fabio Zuffanti: bass, acoustic guitar
Marco Cavani: drums, timpani, percussion and compressor
Alessandro Corvaglia: voice
Andrea Monetti: flute
Agostino Macor: mellotron, piano, prepared piano, organ, moog, harpsichord, VCS 3
Nadia Girardi: voice on "Del mio abisso e del vuoto"
Others Fabio Zuffanti production:
FINISTERRE Finisterre (1995)
FINISTERRE in limine (1996)
FINISTERRE Live ...ai margini della terra fertile... (1998)
FINISTERRE Harmony of Spheres (2CD) (2002)
FINISTERRE Memoirs (2014)
HÖSTSONATEN Höstsonaten (1996)
HÖSTSONATEN mirrorgames (1998)
HÖSTSONATEN Springtides (2004)
LA MASCHERA DI CERA Il Grande Labirinto (2003)
QUADRAPHONIC il giorno sottile (2002)
LA ZONA le notti difficili (2003)
ARIES Aries (2005)
FABIO ZUFFANTI Ghiaccio (2010)
FABIO ZUFFANTI Tributes (2014)