Tuesday, 19 March 2013


frontThe Zenit  are from Switzerland (Canton Ticino) and have to their credit already three outputs, this is the most recent title  The Chandrasekhar Limit , issued by  Galileo Records. The Swiss band sees its ranks two "old friends" for lovers of  new prog namely  Andy Thommen  (bass) and  Ivo Bernasconi (keyboards), respectively member and "tourer" of  Clepsydra .
An interesting group in which to tell the truth had gone missing after the publication of the second episode, Surrender , that date now 2006.
It 'was therefore a pleasant surprise to find the quintet still active in the gap and tell you now that  The Chandrasekhar Limit  is an album successful and pleasant, very well played and which can not fail to make inroads into the hearts of lovers of progressive symphonic, full of guitar solos and refined and powerful carpet of keyboards. But the technical background / sound of Zenit does not end here because it can count on another distinctive feature, namely that represented by a rhythm very dynamic, well, sometimes capable of encroaching almost within fusion.The painstaking work done by Thommen and  Gabriele Schira  (drums) very often, as well as serve as a lintel, is able to go much further, much coloring the sound of the band, the guitar  Luigi Biamino  and the voice of  Lorenzo Sonognini  dealing with melodies draw incurred in the phrasing keyboards quite impressive.
Moving on to describe  The Chandrasekhar Limit , for those unfamiliar with the sound of Zenit, I can try to summarize in this way: a mix of reflections belonging to 'epic  Marillion, IQ  on one side and a sound more dynamic and incisive that reminds  Spock's Beard  from another. But that's not all ...
In fact, starting from the listening 'introductory  Awaken, there are few surprises: the first part sun and symphonic music, which soon highlight the item  and Sonognini down (fantasy) Thommen, serves as preparation for a second in which the guitar rises to the role of the protagonist, dragging the piece to an atmosphere very close to  Pink Floyd .In this work also contributes bass and drums, hypnotic and repetitive. The sound of 'organ in the background closes the circle, before gentle and elegant piano notes introduce the concluding part, dreamy and again with an eye to the English prog 80s.
With the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar Sonognini opens  Cub Lady , short and delicate acoustic picture.
PiGreco  emphasizes the good qualities of the vocalist on a track that initially offers some distinct reminder to sounds Gentle Giant , and again is the guitar, distorted and full of effects, to change the scenario of the song to bring it back to the atmosphere warmer, hot and long with notes . The final part takes up and develops the opening theme with the inclusion of the saxophone played by  Stephen Zaccagni .
Distant sounds of India and a text in Sanskrit, that is how  Matrimandir ; between notes of sitar and other ethnic sounds kicks off a theme that is halfway between the progressive and a foray into fusion thanks to the electric piano, a guitar and a clean drumming gentle and effective. An arpeggio acoustics halfway through the song, and with it goes the singing in English, the mood becomes much more progressive and are to appreciate the choirs of Thommen and Biamino; nice the only final of the six strings.
It 's also a track entirely instrumental,  Pulsar . Again the band is able to implement the merger between prog and jazzy with taste and apparent ease. Perhaps more than any other song that leaves no room for technique and in this connection I want to emphasize the good work hides and skins of Gabriele Schira.
With its 24 minutes, the suite  The Daydream Suite  completes the work, however, is quite large (about 70 minutes). Significant deployment of female backing vocals, arrangements substantial, important solo parts for keyboards, all ingredients must for any prog suite worthy of the name. The singer also denotes a certain predisposition towards the part relating to the interpretation, the emotion of the song, and the plan makes the lion's share after the introductory segment, dictating the melody and rhythm. Then it's on bass, with crisp lines, capturing the song in an alternative way. The end is what I prefer, made of very beautiful and exciting moments.
The suite, in my opinion, however, become labyrinthine in its evolution, and I believe that greater brevity would certainly have helped. That said the Zenit have returned with a good job, able to make happy the fans of the new prog is the trend more symphonic than the more rhythmic and complex. Awaken and Matrimandir are two fine examples.
Read on...

The Chandrasekhar Limit
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