If you love warm, symphonic and neo-prog, you're going
to love this open-hearted gem of uplifting melodic prog-rock.
The band hails from 1970s Italy but this is no rough and
tumble RPI group.
This band loves Genesis so much that they eventually
morphed into the Genesis cover band "Duke."
They sing in English and write songs that could have
come from some lost late 70s Genesis project.
There is also an early neo-prog edge to these late
The final product doesn't sound too far from the early
albums of the German band Rousseau, but perhaps
with more bite and fire in the guitar solos.
The studio tracks are beautifully atmospheric with a fat
and mellow bass, constantly floating synths and e-piano,
and impressive drumming.
Guitarist Mauro Scapolo is a melodic monster, spinning
one romantic, soaring lead after another.
With an up-front fiery sound yet tasteful delivery he really
puts this band over the top.
The songs do not hold back trying to be cool or aloof,
they are extroverted, they build, and they wear
unashamed emotions on their sleeve for all to take freely.
The long and dramatic tracks have a wonderful acoustic
solo named "La Rochelle" planted in the middle.
Two tracks feature enthusiastic saxophone solos.
If you enjoy stuff like Sebastian Hardie, Moongarden,
Novalis, or Druid; if you like pleasing music that
doesn't take itself too seriously, you might want
to consider this rarity before it goes out of print.
In the early 1980s the band changed some members
and became "Duke" who continue to this day.
This album contains three live Genesis numbers,
Hackett's "Every Day" plus two long classics medleys
bringing the album to 73 minutes long.
The live Genesis tracks are exciting and quite well done.
The cover perfectly sums up the spirit of Mellonta Tauta.
Yet another reward for those willing to dig deep
through the Mellow ranks.