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Not a Good Sign

by AltrOck Productions

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) Highly productive cooperation of two Italian avantgarde masters: Paolo "Ske" Botta ("Ske") and Francesco Zago ("Yūgen", "Empty Days", "The Night Watch"). Also on board are Gabriele Guidi Colombi (bass) and Alessio Calandriello (vocals), both of them regular members of "La coscienza di Zeno", as well as Martino Malacrida, who contributed the drums on "Eros & Thanatos" by "Syndone". So this is kind of a "supergroup", which is usually not a good sign... but it's an excellent supergroup this time. A dense and dark atmosphere covers the songs on this debut album, which provide plenty of ingenious counterpoints, and sometimes get quite close to avantgarde fields. Favorite track: Making Stills.
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leguminator The whole album is a pure jewel. Enjoy! Favorite track: Coming Back Home.
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Hardo An outstanding Prog Recording.
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Almost 1 06:37
Almost 2 03:12
Flow On 06:07


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Not a Good Sign is a project by AltrOck and some bands’ members of the label.
Marcello Marinone, Paolo «Ske» Botta and Francesco Zago, after a successful collaboration in Yugen and Ske, propose a new blend of their musical attitudes. The result is an ominous, fascinating sound melting vintage keyboards, powerful guitars and voice, besides ethereal and autumn nuances, supported by a compelling rhythmic drive.

In 2011 Botta and Zago began to write the music, and Zago provided the lyrics too. Soon Gabriele G. Colombi and Alessio Calandriello, from La Coscienza di Zeno, joined the band. The drummer Martino Malacrida completed the line-up in 2012.

In these tracks many of you will recognize the Old Prog School from the 70s, but in a modern key, with a pinch of hard-rock and psych. Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics complete the gloomy but colourful imagery of the band.

King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Anekdoten, Ennio Morricone, Michael Nyman, Bark Psychosis, Jaga Jazzist, Steven Wilson, Anglagard




released June 10, 2013


Paolo «Ske» Botta, keyboards
Alessio Calandriello, vocals
Gabriele Guidi Colombi, bass
Martino Malacrida, drums
Francesco Zago, guitars

Maurizio Fasoli, grandpiano (Yugen)
Sharron Fortnam, vocals (North Sea Radio Orchestra, Cardiacs)
Bianca Fervidi, cello

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AltrOck Productions Milano, Italy

AltrOck Productions was born in 2005. The aim of the label is to produce, promote and propose in various forms the best of what actual underground musical italian (but not only) scene offers, from experimental to avant-jazz, from RIO’s heritage to classic contemporain ... more

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