Reviewed by Controneo on 11 Nov 2005
This Rock Opera, inspired by the myth of Dracula, is an important step in PFM's long career. It marks the return of this band to the true spirit of progressive rock. A path that PFM left long time ago. Now it's back here: symphonic progressive rock, again, like in the old times. It's a very good album, overall. The concept, the lyrics (in Italian), the music are strong, deep, convincing, while the previous recent albums were more world-music oriented and, maybe, the music was more commercial. Not only is this album progressive rock (following the sub-genre Italian school), it also tries to mark a distinctive style. It's refreshing, since PFM wants to play progressive rock in an original way, making it something different from what recently popular progressive rock bands are doing in this period. There's not Neo Prog, here, nor Genesis or Flower Kings-influenced melodies. PFM showed us they can still lead the way.
It's not a perfect album. The first track is great, the last ones are less convincing (maybe becuase they are not so progressive). This doesn't make the album unbalanced, though. It's just a little black spot in a superb picture.