Recorded in Verona (Italy) from 2000 to 2001.
Mixed and mastered during 2001.
Sound engineer: Simone Chiampan
Fabio Gaspari : Bass guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar, lead vocals
Massimo Maoli : Electric guitar, acoustic 12 strings, classical guitar, pedal steel guitar
Alessandro Perbellini : Drums, lead vocals
Luca Zerman : Keyboards, lead vocals
Simone Chiampan : Sound effects, noises, midi tricks, etc.
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Symphonic progressive rock is the name of the game on this one; no surprises there. Dampened guitarwork partially in the shape of slick riff patterns and drawn out chords and partially in the shape of mellow melodic or acoustic guitar licks are used to provide nuances; a driving and distinct bass line underscores guitars as well as other instruments, the drums are hard (but not heavy) and effective. Synths, keyboards and organ dominate though, from the mostly careful dampened organ textures to majestic, floating keyboard layers as well as dark atmospheric synth and keyboard sounds placed below anything else in the mix.
Flute and trumpet - if I hear correctly - are added in a few tunes to add some more variation as well as some wee sonic surprises.
The overall sound owes quite a lot to the 70's, and often made me think of Eloy at the time of their Silent Cries release. There's a certain Italian bravado on this one never present in the German bands production though, quirky compositional structures and a dramatic flair to vocals in particular, and some funk-influenced segments along the way too.
The longer compositions aren't functioning as well as they could, a few too many instances of different pieces not included as well as they might have been; but on the other hand there's loads of really captivating moods explored; with the band arguably at their best when combining floating synths, careful organ and drawn out dark-sounding guitar chords for some real intense atmospheric parts.
The most surprising fact about this release and this act is that they aren't to be found in the catalogues of labels like mellow or Musea though. Although not perfect it's an intriguing and captivating creation Logos serves it's listeners; and one that deserves to be released by a record label.
ProgShine @ ProgArchives.com - LINK
There's always something in the mid 90's Italian Prog Scene that bothers me a lot, the dated keyboard sounds/the shameful sound of drums, I really don't understand some of the things recorded in this particular time of decade, the bands wanted so bad emulate the 70's sound, but most of them just don't have equipement or structure to record their sound nicely, some of them had great writing skills, but most of them...
'Prologo' is no diferent, the 'spacey' keyboards gets me a little bored, and I think it's too long for a 'prologue'.
'Ezra Pound' has this awful sound that I talk about, drums and keyboards working in a bad way, and the guitar doesn't help them, the unique saviour is the bass, a nice warm/rickenbaker alike sound, and I really like this kind os bass sound, but, in the second part of the song he ruins his sound with a Wha emulator, and the keys on this particular part is no different.
''99' has once again the terrible Wha bass sound, I really don't understand why use it so much, and the keys is like a like to call 'barbacue sound' (don't ask me why). The vocals from Fabio Gaspari (responsable for the strange Wha bass sound too) is quite good, that once old mood we well known for the Italian bands. But I really like the last part, where keys really reminded the 70's (around 07:00), but in the sequence they come back with the 'poor' sound, sad. But once again, the vocals from Fabio are very good.
'La Leggerezza Della Libertà' is a calm ballad commanded by acoustic guitar.
'Ásrava' is a 'rock drive song' as you wish. The mid part is almost a 'funk', flutes included! But if it makes your head shake it's OK. Nice guitar solo and nice trumpet solo too, really nice.
'Terra incognita', very nice start here! Full of atmospheric sounds, waterfalls, dreamy keyboards like in Tangerine Dream, warm sound, I really can't tell why the guys don't explore more of this sounds at that time, the following is just the same. The vocals full of effects is not a bad touch, Fabio have a really beautifull voice, I think that the band could (at that time) invest more in this line of sound, it could be the best for the band.
'Epilogo' have a nice melody line, really nice with cool vocals, worth for an album ending, but, way too late for save this record!
All my reviews included here and in my website had some optimistic point of view, I like to see the good side on all the music I listen to, but in this one is quite complicated, cause it have the most things I dislike in Prog scene. And for people who didn't listen to their music yet, or wanna listen with own ears just chek out this link www.logoprog.it.
Andrea @ ProgArchives.com - LINK
After the interesting but immature eponymous debut album, between August 2000 and February 2001 Logos recorded their second effort "Ásrava". It's another self production but the sound quality is definitively improved if compared with the previous work. The line up featured Fabio Gaspari (bass, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, vocals), Massimo Maoli (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, pedal steel guitar), Alessandro Perbellini (drums, vocals) and Luca Zerman (keyboards, vocals). You can find on this album influences of artists like Le Orme. PFM and Franco Battiato, but the band managed to add a touch of originality mixing new ingredients with the classic "Italianprog" style.
The album opens with "Prologo", a symphonic instrumental introduction featuring a multiple overdub of keyboards. Next comes another instrumental, "Ezra Pound", full of energy and well balanced changes of rhythm and atmosphere, from symphonic to funky...
The long and complex "'99" is about the fear for a nuclear disaster... A nightmare where the protagonist dreams to fall asleep in the footprint of a dinosaur and to wake up alone in that peculiar and gigantic cradle. The music is good enough but vocals every now and again seem to be a little insecure...
"La leggerezza della libertà" (The lightness of freedom) is a beautiful short acoustic ballad featuring acoustic guitar and keyboards, "not too delicate, not too simple"... Next comes the title track, a long instrumental featuring a trumpet solo where rock, funky and jazz are blended in an original way.
The mysterious "Terra incognita" (Unknown land) is about the discovery and conquest of a new world in the name of a king that will come to upset the quietness of a beautiful savage nature. Clear melodic vocals alternates with distorted ones while music gives a sense of impending tragedy... "When on the first of these new days / The sunset will come out from its hiding place / It will cover with darkness a new world / The World of the new Kingdom".
Last track "Epilogo" (Epilogue), reminds of some works of Franco Battiato of the Eighties and features just keyboards and an acoustic guitar solo... "Wind and snow play together / Ten children run after each other in the empty square...".
On the whole an interesting work. The album can be legally downloaded for free from the official website of the band (maolimassimo.free.fr/Logos/Engmp3.htm), so... have a try! At the moment, after many troubles and line up changes, Logos are working on a new album: I'm looking forward to listen to it!
Finnforest @ ProgArchives.com - LINK
Logos is a band from Verona Italy who began in the mid 1990s and despite line-up changes over the years, remain together to this day (2009). They sport a variety of both English (Crimson, Genesis) and Italian (Orme, Banco) prog influences, have a good history of live shows, and have performed both covers and originals. At this time they have two studio albums under their belt and are working on a third which is due in September 2009. This second album is my first experience with Logos and I remain impressed with their chops and the variety of styles played with assurance and ease. There seems to be a bit of something for everyone with "Asrava" and it is an easy recommendation for most fans of prog-rock.
"Asrava" took me many plays to warm to, initially it struck me as a bit too "all over the map." I felt like I did about quite a few of the 90s Italian bands that had a certain synth sound and compositional style that did not move me like the classic RPI sound, nor like the warmer organic sound of current day heavy hitters like Il Bacio della Medusa. After spending the time necessary to absorb Logos the beauty of these compositions began to come forth. There are so many different places they venture here that trying to describe the sound is very difficult. What came to mind were the epics of Phideaux through the Italian lens of the band Minstrel perhaps, with a bit of DFA's fusioney muscle, maybe Gourishankar in the frantic moments, and still a dozen other bands. All of these various and different feelings are held together by occasional touches of characteristic RPI, but are not ruled by them by any means. The album flows like an adventurous musical story with a stately, dramatic opening of synths and gongs-enough to conjure the feel of the "2001 Space Odyssey" theme. The energetic rock and heavy riffs of "Ezra Pound" give way to the album's anchor, the 10 minute epic that is "'99." Here Logos really push and pull every lever and button, taking us on a wild ride. An apocalyptic moment in the middle leads to a quiet break from which the guitar comes back with a repeating motif. This is followed by a lovely classic organ interlude and "painted sky" guitar strokes, very nice. After a short, lovely acoustic interlude the final three tracks feature spirited instrumental feasting and some dynamic creative crescendos. "Asrava" is almost "jam-band" in feel, more Phish than Orme, finally breaking into a delicious trumpet part near the end. The entire band deserves praise for these performances-at times the production could be better as could the transitions, but these are fairly minor quibbles for me. (Also as much as I love the snare drum it is mixed a bit too high, too frequently.) A special tip of the hat to the bass player who is just gonzo at times, playful and bold, but without tipping the boat. "Terra Incognita" is the final track before the closing "Epilogo." This track seems less coherent than the others, drifting between a mid-paced synth rock and quiet contemplative moments where they should have remained, though it features a nice guitar solo. The closing is very beautiful and creates a nice "bookends" feel along with the formal opening.
In my eyes "Asrava" is a very good album but not the best album Logos will make. All of the potential is there. I believe their growth will continue and have big hopes for their new album coming later this year. But I can recommend "Asrava" without hesitation to prog-rock fans who enjoy a varied and muscular sound. It will not disappoint. 3 ½ stars
Daniele Cutali @ Movimenti Prog - LINK
I Logos sono una realtà veronese relativamente recente nel nuovo progressive italiano, ma è una realtà attiva da oltre un decennio con alle spalle ben due album in studio, “Logos” (1999) e questo “Àsrava” (2001), e uno dal vivo, “Totus Lupus” (1999). Attraverso tanti cambi di line-up, il periodo dei due dischi vede invece una formazione fissa e un radicato amore per la musica delle Orme ben in vista. Fabio Gaspari al basso, chitarre classica e acustica, e voce solista; Massimo Maoli alla chitarra elettrica, acustica 12 corde, classica e pedal steel; Luca Zerman alle tastiere e voce solista; e Alessandro Perbellini alla batteria e voce solista.
“Àsrava” è un album più definito, focalizzato e concreto del precedente disco di debutto omonimo. E' autoprodotto in maniera efficace, con un buon sound e un buon mixaggio, e i brani sono accattivanti nonostante restino confinati in un classico progressive sinfonico di stampo italiano, legato a tutto ciò che di prog hanno fatto le Orme e altre band italiane degli anni '70. La coppia di brani strumentali “Prologo” e “Ezra Pound” sono il biglietto da visita dei Logos, rock italiano pregno di synth, tempi dispari e cavalcate melodiche a ricalcare quella forma-canzone a cui hanno abituato le Orme con la loro miscela di melodia e progressivo.
“La Leggerezza della Libertà” è fin troppo simile alle tipiche ballad di Tagliapietra e soci, mentre i brani migliori arrivano per ultimi. La titletrack, “Àsrava”, e “Terra Incognita” sono due gran bei brani, ricchi di ottime idee e cellule melodiche. La prima affonda addirittura i denti nel pane del funk-jazz e della fusion, con un bell'assolo di tromba di Alessandro Foroni, musicista ospite del disco. La seconda comincia con due minuti in sordina per poi esplodere in un rock graffiante, cupo, angoscioso che ricorda molto da vicino i Goblin. Finale intarsiato di chitarra, sognante ed evocativo, con “Epilogo”. Bravi questi Logos, che stanno lavorando ormai da anni al terzo album il quale speriamo arrivi presto.
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It's always nice when a package of new CDs drops through the letterbox, but nowadays there's no shortage of free downloads out there if money's a bit tight in any given month. One such freebie is ''Asrava'', the second self-produced album by modern Italian band Logos that's available via their website. ''Asrava'' comprises a diverse mix of styles (prog, jazz, electronic, etc) that makes for a rich and interesting tableau, in my opinion a bit like Finisterre's ''In Limine''.
The album begins in reflective mood with ''Prologo'' but its hypnotic pattern of moody electronics is soon swept away by the loud and rhythmic ''Ezra Pound'', a hard-edged instrumental that's driven along by irregular funk-fuelled beats. On the following track ''99'' the lyrical content apparently deals with the anxiety associated with the risk of a potential nuclear accident. It reminds me melodically of Hackett-era Genesis although rhythmically it has a more modern feel in places, having something of Anglagard about it. This song's complex structure and slightly tentative vocals successfully create a sense of turmoil, accentuated by some doomy choral effects and the eerie organ that smoulders away in the background. It's an ambitious idea for sure but the guys in Logos manage to pull it off with some aplomb.
The short acoustic ballad ''La Leggerezza Della Liberta'', which sits at the album's midpoint, is the most straightforward song although it's none the worse for its simplicity. The instrumental title track follows and it takes on two main shapes, the first led by forceful bass and drums while the second culminates in jazzy flute and trumpet solos set against backdrops of spacey guitars and synthesizers. There's even more diversity in store with the tapestry of sounds that make up ''Terra Incognita''. It opens up with effects of gushing water, while a robotic spider's web of vibrating electronics continues to weave its way across the entire track. This track also benefits from some excellent guitar play, undercut with ghostly choirs and psychedelic organ. The dreamy ''Epilogo'' is a pleasant little postscript of nylon guitar and synthesized strings to close the album.
Logos is one of the most exciting new bands I've discovered here during the past twelve months or so. However given that I'm listening to this album so much it's a major source of frustration not to be able to buy a hard copy of it; the fact that you can download it for free is really of secondary importance to a dinosaur like me. I'm hoping that any future releases by this band will be available in CD format. Perhaps Black Widow, or someone, could sign them. Of course Logos may have other ambitions, but I definitely think their music deserves the attention of the record labels. ''Asrava'' is a mere whisker away from being a 5-star album, so if RPI is currently the one true love in your musical life you really should check this one out.
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The band skilled up and took a lot more technical approach on this album than on their debut album. The result is a sometimes jazzy and complex album. This album is also a bit of a heavyweight compared to the debut album. The vocals are still superb though and carries the album to a large extent. The sound is typical Rock Progressivo Italiano. So is the songs too. There are some quiet pastoral sounding melodies here too. In short; this album has it all.
What is missing is some truly great songs. There are some great melody lines here. But they are a bit scarse on the ground, I am afraid. This is still a good Rock Progressivo Italiano album and well worth the free download and megabytes.
E' vero, potrei anche dormire
dentro ad una impronta di dinosauro
tanto grande fu il suo piede,
quanto piccola e' la mia figura.
Sono un animale di citta' di oggi,
vivo seguendo il cavallo tecnologico,
ma basta uscire dal catino bollente
per ritornare a respirare fiori.
E' vero, potrei anche dormire
dentro ad una impronta di dinosauro,
e potrei rimanervi per mille anni
finche' lui non tornera' a riprendersela.
Potrei svegliarmi nel '99
e trovarmi steso sopra all' amaca
nel tuo giardino di casa,
e scoprire di essere rimasto l' unico.
Potrei scoprire che tutto sembra normale,
ma che invece non lo e' per niente,
che una grande ma silenziosa esplosione
ha portato via tutto e tutti.
Che qualcuno ha raccolto il mio corpo
ponendolo al sicuro dalla bomba,
posandolo in una strana culla,
nell' impronta del piede di un gigante.
La Leggerezza Della Liberta'
Non troppo delicato, non troppo semplice,
penso, mentre rimarco il mio passo nella tenebra calata sul mondo...
Indossando il lembo dei giorni ad una impressione
coltivata da puro sospetto mi estraneo...
Non ti conosco, non ti riconosco,
attimo che un momento prima stavo vivendo...
non è per decantare una luce d' armonia,
sarà forse la leggerezza della libertà...
Terra incognita, mondo disperso
solo gli uccelli vi mettono nido
non un sentiero tracciato da uomo
non una traccia della sua potenza
Grandi pianure di sterpi e rovi
rocce rosse e serpi in agguato
scuotetevi ora dal vostro sonno
vegliate in attesa del futuro re.
Arrivera' con i suoi grandi velieri
a coprire le vostre infinite distese
arrivera' a turbare la vostra quiete
qui diffondera' la sua specie.
Quando il primo di questi giorni
il tramonto uscira' dal suo covo
coprira' di buio un nuovo mondo
il mondo del nuovo regno.
Vento e neve giocano insieme
dieci bambini si rincorrono gridando
nella piazza vuota,
le tracce dei carretti sulla terra gelata
portano chissa' dove...
lontano da me, da te.
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