*2022 stock* Year 1978. The Italian Prog was beginning to lose ground. They were times of punk and new wave. Area, in that same year, published a disc from the title rather explanatory: Gli Dèi se ne vanno, Gli arrabbiati restano: The Gods go away, The angry remain. The "Gods", at the time, could be understood as the champions of progressive and experimental rock. The "angry" ones, instead, were the "irreducible" protesters who, shortly thereafter, would have given life to other seasons of underground music.
And yet, even in late '78, there were those who had something to communicate in the prog sphere: Goblin. When you mention the name of Goblin, unfortunately, people say the usual phrases. Everyone remembers the band of Simonetti and company as the author of the soundtrack of "Profondo Rosso". According to the Italian people, who blithely ignore the pearls coming from their country, the group has never shone for excessive originality. Few, however, know that part of discography untied from the celluloid format and, in detail, from the films of Dario Argento.
Already with "Roller", year 1976, Goblin had decided to move for their own business. "Il Fantastico Viaggio del Bagarozzo Mark" was an attempt to repeat that experiment, inserting vocal and acting parts. The album in question is a concept that through metaphors, very fairy tale, tells of the world of drugs and lysergic "trips". The songs follow the classic style of the band with the addition of a lively hard rock.
It seems to be suspended in a magical world listening to these songs. "Mark Il Bagarozzo", "Le Cascate di Viridiana" and "Notte", listen to me, are jewels of that Italian dark-sound that we are envied by half the world. Explosive and overwhelming, however, the final "E Suono il Rock".