Grazia and Marelli tat pale, delicate lace in the beginning of “Orizzonte Degli Eventi”, but things gradually pick up around the 3-minute mark and soon they’re conjuring the mischievous ghost of AREA, those legendary Italian prog-commies. Marelli’s acoustic guitar gets a workout on the pretty “Hispanica”. Drummer Andrea Orlando’s martial rhythm soon trips downhill on “Macinaaqua...”, propelled by the hooting, crunching landslide of Valle and Marelli. Valle comes up with sounds on “Asia” that almost evoke 70s cop-show themes, and the guitar intro on “Phaedra” is like speed-metal flamenco. It would be nice to hear more of bassist Fabio Zuffanti in the mix, and maybe some lyric translations in the packaging. All in all, Storybook is highly entertaining and invigorating, with plenty of new ideas mixed in with the expected prog chops.
Track Listing: In Limine; Orizzonte Degli Eventi; Hispanica; Altaloma; Macinaaqua, Macinaluna; Asia; Phaedra; Canto Antico.
Personnel: Sergio Grazia, flute; Boris Valle, keyboards; Stefano Marelli, guitars, vocals; Fabio Zuffanti, bass, vocals; Andrea Orlando, drums.
Record Label: Moonjune Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock