introThese guys of Ancestry come from Italy, the womb of the more melodic symphonic. They have released their first work which includes a selection of pieces created since the founding of the band, at the end of the 80s. Ancestry plays, as could not be otherwise, a symphonic progressive of lyrical and unequivocally Italian style and, sometimes, close to the neo-prog of the mid 80´s.
The first two pieces that open the album ("Sands" (9:23) and "My room" (9:03) are the only ones that are sung in English and the nearest to neoprog, although of a sweeter character, a la Pendragon of "The window of life", maintaining the obligatory references to Genesis. I suppose that would be the attempt to reach an international market possibly inclined to these sounds in the 80´s.
Where I believe that Ancestry become really interesting is in the pieces sung in Italian where they forget any Anglo-Saxon legacy and look for inspiration in the lyricism of bands like Banco or PFM, maintaining a certain lyrical-hymn taste a la Yes, and sometimes giving a mediterranean flavour to the colourful rhythm section, as we can observe in the central section of "Stanza della terra" (6:31). Continuing with the pieces included in the CD, "Il silenzio del tempo" (3:41) is very lyrical and beautiful, radiant and optimistic, but melancholic at the same time. Brilliant. "Oasi" (7:04) quite lowers the general level since, in spite of the masterful intervention of the piano and the pseudo-Arab echoes, the resemblance with the compositions of Marillion post-Fish are undeniable. "The stagione prossima" (5:21) is an energetic composition with some playful keyboards and a very catching vocal melody that is interspersed with guitar riffs and more solemn moments. Beautiful work of pianos and a lot of talent concentrated in five minutes that will be loved by the lovers of the most luminous symphonic. The last piece of the CD, "Labyrinth" (5:56) is typically Italian. A voice recites while the piano flies around a background of synthesizer and bass to finish with a melodic exchange of roles between guitar and piano.