Thursday, 7 June 2018

RanestRane "A Space Odyssey. Part I: Monolith" 2013 Rock Progressivo Italiano


RanestRane  "A Space Odyssey. Part I: Monolith" 2013 Rock Progressivo Italiano
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There is a great movement, a great universe in Italy for progressive rock, started in the seventies with groups that now know and love forever and still today there are groups that bring up the name of Italian progressive. 
All good or bad are influenced by glorious and historic bands, but there are some groups that try to create their own world, trying to be original in a genre that is not so easy. Among these groups are the RanestRane, a Roman band that in addition to being formed by excellent musicians, have found a very original way, they seem to want to rewrite the soundtracks of some very important films, or rather try to create a bridge that combines progressive rock with the cinema. In 2006 he released “Nosferatu Il Vampiro”, double cd inspired by the film by Werner Herzog, of 1979. Five years later another double album, “Shining”, inspired by the homonymous film by Stanley Kubrick of 1977. Now it’s time to A Space Odyssey: Part I, Monolith, inspired by a masterpiece by Kubrick, as “2001 Odyssey In Space” of 1968. In the songs are included parts of the original audio of the various films and live images projected. 

“Semi” is a long suite of 18 minutes (hosting the voice of Steve Hogarth of Marillion), which opens with pinkfloydian atmospheres, to then continue between Genesis and a lot of Italian prog, lyrics in Italian, fascinating melodies, an alternation between a prog more energetic and more romantic, where the keyboards of Riccardo Romano and Massimo Pomo’s guitars, create beautiful progressive settings and the voice of Daniele Pomo, seems perfect and suitable for their music and towards the end small instrumental frescoes, referable to a prog perhaps more “modern” that sees in Neal Morse and in the Transatlantic, the greater influence. 
The initial arpeggios of “Fluttuerò”, come directly from the best Marillion, with a sung that moves the coordinates to a form of songwriting prog and more towards a song form, but always very busy and yet “Stazione Orbitante Uno” , where the sounds become spatial and could not be seen anymore the theme treated by the concept, sounds that continue also in the following “Materna Luna” , a song also characterized by a beautiful and unmistakable solo by Steve Rothery of the Marillion, which without pause brings us to “Clavius” , another great moment very airy, with moments acoustic and always narrating parts taken from the original film on an instrumental basis of the band. 

Worthy closure is “The Monolith of Tycho”, long nine-minute song, with harder rock sound, thanks to sharper guitars and the use of a Hammond, but the prog is not lacking at all and this time they resurface PFM, Orme and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, simpler parts, others more airy and an instrumental final in really excellent crescendo. Now we are waiting for the second part and if this is only a taste, certainly at the end, we will have one of the best examples of progressive Italian rock….by….Fabio Loffredo…..~

RanestRane seems to be a very special group within the world of progressive rock. His three albums are inspired by fantastic movies or science fiction. In this case, the concept of the album is a classic novel of science fiction: I refer to “2001 Space Odyssey”, the masterpiece of Stanley Kubrick and notable novel by Arthur C. Clarke. There are even some dialogues of the film that mix with the music as the songs pass. The project is expected to be three parts, this is the first, which they called “Monolith”. 

RanestRane is an Italian progressive symphonic rock band formed in 1998, dedicated to the creation of conceptual musical works inspired by fantastic movies or thrillers and tells in its history three discs that perfectly define its style, “Nosferatu il Vampiro” by H Herzog of the year 2007, “The Shining” by Stanley Kubrick of the year 2011 and the most recent of the year in 2013 “2001: A Space Odyssey, Part I - Monolith”, also by S. Kubrick. 
His particular works are developed within the characteristics of operatic rock, specifically defined by the band itself as cineconcierto, “Nosferatu” was staged in various Italian areas sponsored by the band Premiata Forneria Marconi in Milan as well as the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and “Romatre”. “The Shining” was presented live in several concerts sponsored also by cultural institutions and specifically in the “Carta Kubrick” exhibition dedicated to the film and the director. 
“2001: A Space Odyssey, Part I - Monolith” his latest album, is the first of what will be a trilogy to complete the work that is based on a musical and visual experience, since the total project is synchronized with the images of the film, a final effect that is not necessary to resort to as it is very enjoyable music outside the filmic context. The total work will culminate at the end of the third stage record as already commented, because by extension they decided to develop it in this way, supported by the solid work of cinematographic art that made the director Stanley Kubrick with a adapted script next to the writer Arthur Clarke based on the extraordinary book of the same name, considered by many, including those that include me, cult classics of all time, both the film and the literary work. 
The monolith as an instrument that drives the development of intelligence at higher levels, a concept that bases an opera that in the musical expression created by RanestRane, in its first stage record, consists of six songs performed by the following musicians: Massimo Pomo , guitars, Ricardo Romano, keyboards, Daniele Pomo, vocalization, drums and flute and Maurizio Meo, bass; It also has luxurious guest musicians, Steve Hogart, and Steven Rothery, both fundamental musicians of the Marillion band, each of whom plays a theme in voice and guitar respectively. 
“Semi” opens on the most extensive theme between keyboards and cosmic effects that, as is logical, the latter accompany different sections creating the appropriate climate, here the beautiful voice of Hogarth is heard in a small section whispering and in beautiful ballad in a theme that is develops in various rhythmic, acoustic, and sound nuances, alternating with the vocal expressions of the apes in what we remember as the scene of the appearance of the monolith and the fight of the animals with bony pieces. “Fluttuero” is the floating being that expresses itself in a beautiful voice and acoustic guitar for a beautiful and intense short theme. “Stazione Orbitante Uno”, competing in the original with the waltzes of Strauss is a theme of rhythmic energy and singing, among background voices arriving at the orbital station, greeting each other in the dialogue. “Materna Luna” has it to Rothery for the delight, beautiful melody, voice, keyboards in a beautiful passage that dilutes and recovers impetus, in a scene of moon landing. “Clavius” which is the name of the moon base, and is melodious, with much cosmic effect on keyboard, drums, acoustic guitar, background dialogues and blunt music with shifting. “Il Monolito di Tycho”, to cool down, Tycho is the lunar crater where the black monolith is found -and discovered-, which in a moment will give off a sharp and particular sound that will travel through the galaxy to a particular point, here the guitar , dark acoustic and the changing voice, they create the climate of a beautiful theme that connects with the beginning of “Semi” for a great impeccable musical rounding of the work. in a lunar landing scene. “Clavius” which is the name of the moon base, and is melodious, with much cosmic effect on keyboard, drums, acoustic guitar, background dialogues and blunt music with shifting. “Il Monolito di Tycho”, to cool down, Tycho is the lunar crater where the black monolith is found -and discovered-, which in a moment will give off a sharp and particular sound that will travel through the galaxy to a particular point, here the guitar , dark acoustic and the changing voice, they create the climate of a beautiful theme that connects with the beginning of “Semi” for a great impeccable musical rounding of the work. in a lunar landing scene. “Clavius” which is the name of the moon base, and is melodious, with much cosmic effect on keyboard, drums, acoustic guitar, background dialogues and blunt music with shifting. “Il Monolito di Tycho”, to cool down, Tycho is the lunar crater where the black monolith is found -and discovered-, which in a moment will give off a sharp and particular sound that will travel through the galaxy to a particular point, here the guitar , dark acoustic and the changing voice, they create the climate of a beautiful theme that connects with the beginning of “Semi” for a great impeccable musical rounding of the work. 
A professional and very good work that will surely have its continuation at the same level, we will wait with expectation to put together the complete musical trilogy, finally the equally good artwork was designed by “The Jingle-Jangling”, Davide Costa and Maurizio Bonomi……~


The Italian band RANESTRANE was formed back in 1998, although it would take them more than a decade before they started releasing any material. “A Space Odyssey Part One: Monolith” is their third studio album, and was released through the Italian label MaRaCash Records. Ranestrane is a band that has specialized in the creation of concept albums based on movies, and in this case it is “2001: A Space Odyssey” that is the source of inspiration. As that is a complex movie, the band has opted to divide their take on it in several parts, at least that is what the album title indicates. Their partial journey through the story is one that opens in a light tone and delicate manner, gradually building up an unnerving mood by the music becoming more complex, more extensive use of darker toned, more elaborate arrangements and the way in which sampled dialogue from the movie is used in combination with their music to create an ominous feeling without using any overly dramatic effects. In terms of style of the album, from progressive art rock through neo progressive rock to vintage oriented symphonic progressive rock, with occasional passages sporting to folkier character, while others touch upon what many describes as heavy prog. “A Space Odyssey Part One: Monolith” comes across as a wholehearted, highly accomplished production on all levels. Movie buffs and those with a special interest in Italian progressive rock are arguably the key audience here, and those who enjoy a band that covers a broad range of styles in what might be described as accessible progressive rock should also consider giving this album a spin…..Olav M Bjornsen…..~


Line-up / Musicians 
- Maurizio Meo / bass, double bass 
- Daniele Pomo / vocals, drums, percussions, flute 
- Massimo Pomo / guitars 
- Riccardo Romano / keyboards, harp, programming 
With: 
- Steven Rothery (Marillion) / guitar 
- Steve Hogarth (Marillion) / vocals

Songs / Tracks Listing 
1. Semi 
2. Fluttuero 
3. Stazione Orbitante Uno 
4. Materna Luna 
5. Clavius 
6. Il Monouto Di Tycho 

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