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Dante's Divine Comedy Part I - Dante's Inferno

a Studio release
VA: Colossus Projects

Release Year: 2009

Date Label Catalog # Comments
The new Colossus/Musea project, a 4 CD set based on Dante's Inferno Inferno features 34 pieces with 34 different artists of about 7 minutes in length, covering each of the 34 "cantos" of Dante's epic.
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 1/25/2009 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 5/27/2011 12:30:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Canto 1
    (Nuova Era)
  2. Canto 2
  3. Canto 3
    (Little Tragedies)
  4. Canto 4
    (Lady Lake)
  5. Canto 5
  6. Canto 6
  7. Canto 7
  8. Canto 8
  9. Canto 9
    (Trion + Flamborough Head)
  10. Canto 10
    (Colossus Project)
  1. Canto 11
  2. Canto 12
  3. Canto 13
    (Wicked Minds)
  4. Canto 14
    (Brighteye Brison)
  5. Canto 15
    (Matthijs Herder)
  6. Canto 16
  7. Canto 17
    (Ars Nova)
  8. Canto 18
    (Il Castello Di Atlante)
  9. Canto 19
  1. Canto 20
  2. Canto 21
    (Ozone Player)
  3. Canto 22
  4. Canto 23
  5. Canto 24
  6. Canto 25
  7. Canto 26
  8. Canto 27
    (Contrappunto Project)
  1. Canto 28
  2. Canto 29
    (Corte Aulica)
  3. Canto 30
    (Raimundo Rodulfo)
  4. Canto 31
    (De Rossi e Bordini)
  5. Canto 32
  6. Canto 33
    (Nathan Mahl)
  7. Canto 34
    (Simon Says)
Ars Nova
Brighteye Brison
Colossus Project
Nuova Era
Contrappunto Project
Corte Aulica
De Rossi e Bordini
Il Castello Di Atlante
Lady Lake
Little Tragedies
Matthijs Herder
Nathan Mahl
Ozone Player
Raimundo Rodulfo
Simon Says
Wicked Minds

Reviewed by Nuno on 03 Apr 2009

Musea’s collaboration with Finnish Colossus Society has been fruitful in these last years, and the newest release is the most ambitious so far: a 4 cd set, with a comprehensive booklet, featuring 34 bands to address the 34 cantos of the “Inferno” part of the legendary 14th century epic poem “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri (Purgatory and Paradise will be the concept of future releases, in order to complete the trilogy).

With such an amount of bands coming from different grounds within the progressive aesthetics, it is only natural that the conducting line is only maintained by the story and by the usage of vintage instruments (moog, mellotron, etc) which are common to all the guest bands.
In part, and besides the fact that this approach secures a wide array of styles and different musical perspectives, it is also true that it makes the album not being as cohesive and focused as the Epic Poem that muses it would deserve. But hey! There are 4hours+ of pure “regressive” symphonic rock to fully enjoy!

With such heavy weight bands such as Little Tragedies, Consorzio Acqua Potabile, Ars Nova, Simon Says, Raimundo Rodulfo, Nexus, Groovector, Nemo & Nathan Mahl fronting this ambitious release, this time around Musea/Colossus have chosen to give opportunity to almost unknown bands to contribute to the huge package, and the truth is that some of those have grabbed that chance and trust to make themselves noticed and provide some new “voices” to the scene, which listeners will undoubtedly be waiting for confirmation in their (now awaited) own releases. In this pack I would (especially) consider (from the almost all instrumental third cd) Ozone Player with their instrumental swirling track that introduces slight psychedelia; Nota Bene, a folk band that has introduced a complex symphonic instrumental; Advent with their experimental eeriness; Contrappunto Project with a neo-classical approach on grand piano; Corte Aulica (in the 4th cd) with a modern keyboard/guitar cephalous based prog played in vintage style; Atlantis 1001 (1st cd) with an emotional approach and haunting tapestries in the background; and Willowglass (2nd cd) with great guitar lines and a soft Scandinavian symphonic feel.

Overall, this is a very good symphonic rock showdown, introducing promising new bands entwined with some already respectable ones to provide the proghead listener with a gigantic sympho time capsule. Another winning project that will be most appreciated by those who like the return to the vintage sounds of the 70’s prog leanings.