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Macrophonix
4.5

4.5

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Macrophonix

Macroscream

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Italy

I’m a little late with this one but didn’t want our listeners to miss out on this unique record or it's killer album cover!

"Macrophonix" is a compelling album by the Italian progressive rock band Macroscream. This third release from the band showcases their ability to blend various musical styles into a cohesive listening experience. The songs are excellently played and arranged, with a dedication to the 1970s RPI and symphonic prog era but with a very modern, jazzy sound. You have to hear it to understand what I mean—its spirit is old, but the sound is very new.

Macroscream was formed by bassist/vocalist Alessandro Patierno, so you can expect the bass to be front and center in most tracks, which is a big part of what I love about this record.

Macroscream

"Macrophonix" highlights Macroscream's innovative approach to music. It revives some themes from the past but does so with a freshness that makes it feel like a modern revisitation rather than a nostalgic throwback.

The album's lyrics are in English and inspired by classical mythology and philosophy. While "Macrophonix" could be defined as an RPI, symphonic, and even neo-prog album, it also includes a folk component that harkens back to the great classics of the early 70s. As I mentioned earlier, this combination of influences results in a sound that, while reminiscent of the past, feels fresh and contemporary.

The production quality is top-notch, allowing each instrument to shine while maintaining a balanced and polished sound. The compositions are well-crafted, taking the listener on a journey through various moods and themes, reflecting the band's versatility and creativity. This is one of those albums you’ll appreciate on a good sound system or high-end earphones/buds (and of course on Prog Radio at 320 kbps =).

"Macrophonix" highlights Macroscream's innovative approach to music. It revives some themes from the past but does so with a freshness that makes it feel like a modern revisitation rather than a nostalgic throwback. This album will appeal to fans of progressive rock and those who appreciate music that pushes the boundaries of genre conventions.

Tune in to Prog Radio to hear several of these interesting tracks, which will jump out at you in a very good way, and of course, we’ll be featuring it in Monday’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” show.

4.5 Stars

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Feb 16, 2024
51 min
Road to the East/Outside the Tunnel • Inside the Tunnel/First Step • Follow me Down • Standing on a Miracle • Macrophonix
Kevin Carmony
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