Looting from the past - 2017

By Enrico Spinelli

We close this journey through time with a series of recent records (compared to previous articles) even if, unfortunately, very few albums (at least in my collection) are destined to become classics. 

Arjen Lucassen returns to talk about his Forever with the album "The Source", compared to the previous a more accessible album, perhaps too much (it seems that originally it was supposed to come out as a new work of Star One), while Rage continue their journey with the excellent "Season of the Black" and Labyrinths score yet another center. 

Alice Cooper dominates with her effective rock and fun and well-structured work, while the Leprous veer decidedly towards progressive shores with the very valid "Malina". Although I have never included the collections, I must point out the latest release in the name of Edguy, the monumental in every sense "Monuments", a full-bodied collection with 4 really interesting unpublished songs (the Mediabook edition with lots of live CDs and DVDs is absolutely recommended.). And if Pain Of Salvation return with an excellent "In The Passing Light of Day", Deep Purple released an excellent record, probably the best since "Purpendicular". Depeche Mode does not change one iota but that's fine, while it displaces Steven Wilson's turn with "To The Bone" towards a much more accessible product. Finally, we applaud with joy the return of his Majesty Roger Waters with a great album, even if the glories of "Amused to Death" are inevitably far away.

With this year, the journey into the world of the looting from the past ends, a path that has seen many gaps (also due to forgetfulness or for different tastes) but which has highlighted the great gap between distant anniversaries and more recent ones, the latter nevertheless never totally lacking in quality music. Until next time!

AYREON The Source
LABYRINTH Architecture of a God
EDGUY Monuments
RAGE Season of the Black
PAIN OF SALVATION In the Passing Light of Day
ROGER WATERS Is This The Life We Really Wanted
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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