Artist: Mangala Vallis
Title: The Book of Dreams
Producted by: Mangala Vallis
Label: Tamburo AvaporE Records
Link: Band/ Artist info
The Book of Dreams is dedicated to the memory of writer Jules Verne, and each track has lyrics based on one of his classic books (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, & A Journey to the Center of the Earth).
The core of Mangala Vallis, are that of keyboardist Enzo Cattini, guitarist/bassist Mirco Consolini and Gigi Cavalli Cocchi on percussion/drums. Joining them are three great vocalists that reminiscent of Peter Gabriel and Neal Morse to name a few. A surprise for some prog lovers is that the three vocalists sing virtually accent free. All instruments are vintage and gives the overall sound a more classic feel rather than a retro sound.
In closing, Book of Dreams is both a great debut and welcomed addition to any symphonic prog lovers collection, and thus is highly recommended!
Reviewd by Ron Fuchs March 28th, 2003
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