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Posted on Wednesday, July 21 2004 @ 23:50:29 CDT by Pete Pardo
Concert Reviews Italian legends Metamorfosi, after being away from the scene for almost 20 years and regrouping in the 1990's, made a triumphant return on one of the grandest stages of them all, giving a kicked up performance on Sunday afternoon that signaled that they were back and in business. Many of the fans in attendance who were not already aware of the classic albums E Fu Il Sesto Giorno and Inferno, were whispering amongst each other that Metamorfosi's set was rumored to be "the keyboard lovers" dream come true. For many, that is exactly what transpired.

Original members Jimmy Spitaleri on vocals, and Enrico Olivieri on keyboards, were joined by Leonardo Galluci on bass, and drummer Fabio Moresco, and the foursome ripped through over 70 minutes of keyboard dominated, testosterone filled Italian prog that brought to mind Le Orme or Banco mixed with a healthy dose of ELP. Olivieri stunned the crowd with his over-the-top Hammond, synthesizer, piano and clavinet bombast, while Spitaleri showed that he has lost nothing in the vocal department. The singer's voice more than made up for his diminutive size, as he sang in his native Italian tongue to the entire Inferno album as well as the entire upcoming new recording Paradiso, with his long white locks waving behind him. At the conclusion to "Inferno", the singer got in some earth-shattering wailings that rivaled Deep Purple's Ian Gillan or Savatage's Jon Oliva.
The sound was excellent throughout the band's set, which helped greatly as Metamorfosi's music runs the gamut from rampaging symphonic prog, to romantic opera-like passages, to aggressive hard rock. There's no doubt that Metamofosi's set will go down in NEARfest history as one of the more memorable of the 70's bands to grace the stage in Bethlehem. NEARfest President Rob LaDuca's smile at the conclusion of the bands performance said it all, and many in attendance shared the same sentiment.

Pete Pardo

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