Torso Virile Colossale is the unexpected project from an unpredictable artist. Behind the pseudonym 'Torso Virile Colossale' (literally: Manly Colossal Torso) we find ALESSANDRO GRAZIAN, born in 1977, author of several solo albums, producer, composer of soundtracks and painter / illustrator:.. A project born in 2008, but that actually began to materialize only several years later, years of deep study on the material which this album is based on: the so-called "Peplum" or "Sword and Sandal", an Italian cinematographic sub-genre of historical films set inside a mythological contest, mainly produced in the '50s / 60s. Not only music and arrangements, but also illustrations and the album graphic layout are fruits of Alessandro's work. "Che gli dèi ti proteggano" consists of 12 instrumental tracks (not by chance as many as the legendary Labours of Hercules) that have no philological intentions with respect to the symphonic works that characterize the original soundtracks of the genre, but actually want to be an ideal fusion between the epic and solemn worlds of this cinema, the soundtracks of the '60s and a more contemporary aesthetic that revolves around electric guitars with open tunes, all played by Grazian, proto-metal, stoner and psychedelic suggestions. The aim at the root of the project is to evoke the world of these films through some harmonic solutions and some timbral elements (timpani and brass) but at the same time to transpose everything in a different flavor by creating some short circuits. The imaginary is both vigorous and dreamlike, with the intent of being a sonorous landscape for mighty heroes, fascinating ladies, tyrannical cruelties, gladiators, oppressed tribes and pure action. The atmosphere and the songs titles are dense with such elements as fights, gods, oracles, seductions, the marches of the ancient armies and much more. Produced by Grazian with ANTONIO "COOPER" CUPERTINO, one of the most active Italian producers and sound engineers, who recorded and mixed the album at San Pedro Studio in Milan. Among the various guests involved in making this record we have: MARIO ARCARI: a classical, contemporary music and jazz musician, historical collaborator both in studio and live of Fabrizio De André, Ivano Fossati and many other important Italian artists. OLGA MAZZIA first harp player for the Milan Scala Orchestra. NICOLA MANZAN a multi-instrumentalist with many collaborations, founder of Bologna Violenta. FRANCESCO CHIMENTI: cellist, Andrea Chimenti's son of art, founder of the band Sycamore Age RAFFAELE KOHLER & LUCIANO MACCHIA: brass, members and founders of Ottavo Richter. ALESSANDRO PERISSINOTTO: timpanist and percussionist, collaborator of the Verdi Orchestra of Milan.
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The activity of AMS Records ranges from reprints of historical records or unpublished ones from the seventies through the scenes of new Italian prog of these years....more