While the majority of the Italian progressive rock headlines have been snagged up by groups such as Le Orme, PFM and Banco del Mutto Soccorso, there's another band that flourished briefly in the early 70's who are definitely worthy of mention. Delirium released three excellent studio albums in the symphonic prog / folk vein before basically disappearing off the face of the earth for over thirty years. Original members Ettore Vigo (keyboards), Pino Di Santo (drums) and Martin Grice (flute, sax) wisely decided to take care of some unfinished business and joined by new members Roberto Solinas (guitars, vocals) and Fabio Chighini (bass) the group returned to action with a solid live effort in 2006. Now the band takes the next logical step, and a courageous one at that, by issuing their first brand new collection of studio recordings in three decades with Il Nome Del Vento available now through Black Widow records.
While my Italian is a little rusty Il Nome Del Vento, translated roughly as The Name Of The Wind appears to be a concept album revolving around the seasons, as many of the songs deal with the various elements such as the wind and water, even the stars on song like "L'Aquario Delle Stelle" or The Aquarium of Stars. Regardless of the exact nature of each composition the fact is Il Nome Del Vento contains some of the best vintage sounding symphonic progressive rock that I've heard in a long time, in any language. Solinas' rich sounding vocals and equally as expressive guitar playing interacts flawlessly with Vigo's classical piano passages and Grice's up tempo flute and sax excursions on song like "Doppo Il Vento" (Later The Wind) as well as on the instrumentals "Verso Il Naufragio" and "Note Di Tempesta" (Night Of The Storm). The band also augments their classical sound perfectly by adding a string section and lush female vocals on the title track and the majestic sounding "L'Aquario Delle Stelle". After one listen to this gem of an album from beginning to end it's incredible to think that a band that has been away for this long is capable of creating such a flawless masterpiece, but that's just what they've done with Il Nome Del Vento.
It's great to have Delirium back on the scene after so long and this disc is easily among my top ten releases for 2009. Now if someone could just get the band some well deserved gigs on this side of the pond that would really be the icing on the cake.
1) Intro (Dio Del Silenzio Reprise)
2) Il Nome Del Vento
3) Verso Il Naufragio (incl. Theme One)
4) L'Aquario Delle Stelle
5) Luci Lontane
6) Profeta Senza Profezie
7) Ongni Storia
8) Note Di Tempesta
9) Dopo Il Vento
10) Cuore Sacro
11) L'Aurora Boreale (bonus track)
13) L'Aquario Delle Stelle (bonus video)