Sunday, 20 June 2021


 Chaptersend is the fourth studio album by Mogador, an interesting prog band from Como, Lombardy. It was released in 2017 with a renewed line up featuring Richard George Allen (drums, vocals, percussion), Luca Briccola (guitars, keyboards, bass, flute, backing vocals), Salvatore Battello (bass, guitars, backing vocals), Samuele Dotti (keyboards, backing vocals) and Marco Terzaghi (vocals) plus some guests such as Jon Davison (vocals), Ida Di Vita (violin) and Elisa Salvaterra (flute). According to the liner notes in the booklet, this work represents a sort of end and beginning at the same time. The band evolved from a simple studio project to a real band playing live on stage and took the chance to refresh their early repertoire reshaping in an effective way same old pieces... 

The lively opener “Summer Sun” is a celebration of the sun and of its sparkling force in a summer day. The music every now and again could recall PFM while the lyrics are taken from a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson of the same title included in the 1885 collection “A Children’s Garden of Verses”. 
Next comes the powerful “The Escapologist”, a beautiful piece inspired by the life and death of Harry Houdini (1874 – 1926), a world-wide famous Hungarian-born American escape artist, illusionist and stunt performer. For a trick of the fate, the death-defying man of mystery who performed at least three variations on a buried alive stunt during his career eventually ends up in a box from where there’s no way to come out... His coffin! 

“Deep Blue Steps” is beautiful track that tells of a suggestive descent into the subconscious and of desires you can’t control. It’s linked to the following “Still Alone”, a new interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Alone”, where the poet describes the tragedy of not being part of the crowd. This new version is very different from the one from their previous album Absinthe Tales Of Romantic Visions, more complex and refined... 
“Josephine’s Regrets” features the backing vocals of the guest Jon Davison and is a lovely emotional portrait in music and words of Napoleon’s wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, a patron of arts whose Château_de_Malmaison was best known for its rose garden, which she supervised closely... 
Mogador 2019
“Breaking Day” is a colourful musical tableau where the music and words depict a hill landscape before the storm. It leads to the dramatic “Gentleman John”, a piece dedicated to the memory of Anthony John Morgan (1959 – 2000), an English writer and expert on etiquette best remembered for his column in London based daily newspaper The Times... 
The new version of “Tell Me Smiling Child”, a folksy ballad with lyrics taken from a poem by Emily Brontë, introduces the long, complex “Fundamental Elements Suite”, divided into five parts: The Tide’s Undertow, The Salamander, Floating In The Void, Mammon’s Greed: Eternity’s Gift and Mammon’s Greed: Infinity’s Price. The band here deconstructed and rebuilt some pieces from their 2009 debut eponymous album giving them a more coherent, convincing form. The music and lyrics deal with environmental issues, passions, fears, greediness, freedom, respect for Mother Nature... A great finale! 
On the whole, an accomplished and mature work from a band that deserve credit! 
You can listen to the complete album HERE

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