Elias "Progfather" Metallinos
An interesting band from Italy with their second album out this year with a French title! Even though the band has roots from the 70’s prog era, its discography began to flourish twenty years later.
This is their second music work titled “Plus De Viande Dans Les Saucisses “ and the only founding member remaining is guitarist Claudio D’Errico.
Listening to their first song “Il suono vero” I thought that I was listening the kid song “Pulcino Pio”. Flat enough from a musical standpoint with arch vocal alternations recommended for preschool children. And this is not prog opener for sure! Yet, “L’amico mio” is a really interesting composition although a tedious accordion appears at the end of the track. ZAUM are doing better with the English lyrics though! This is obvious in “Hellhounds” and in “Dark Clouds” and this is because Fabianna’s vocals (I believe they are very good) exhale a jazz blues pattern. On the other hand I may not be so familiar with the Italian lyrics on musical forms of that kind anyway!
My impressions and my emotions were alternated during my listening experience. After 10 listenings the result was not what I was expecting for, even though there are many great music ideas here and there. Claudio D’Errico is not at his best while drummer Corrado Fusco gives a great prog rock drumming show, one of the best I’ve ever heard. And I think that the duet of Corrado with Fabricio Di Vicino (bass) is on top on that record; they ascend this work on top of the mountain!
This album is satisfying. Yet, fifteen music tracks which may trigger some confusion concerning the musical orientation of ZAUM because the alternations of their compositions combine folk music with jazz and psychedelic; and this is constant throughout the record! From another point-of-view this is the essence of progressive rock. But here, a clearer identity would be desirable for the listener’s ear.
My opinion is that this second album of ZAUM is a music piece that worths a deep and careful listening. I am sure that researchers of a different prog rock sound will definitely find very interesting that one. I don’t know if they will be their favorite though. In total, it’s a good effort and it highlights the great experimentation that the Rock Progressivo Italiano sound always tended to have!