Exposé Online banner

Alluminogeni — Geni Mutante
(Vinyl Magic VMNP 07, 1993, CD)

Alluminogeni — Green Grapes
(Vinyl Magic VM046, 1994, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-07-01

Geni Mutante Cover artGreen Grapes Cover art

On the Fonit-Cetra label, Vinyl Magic reissued Scolopendra, an album from 1972 led by Patrizio Alluminio in the well-known keyboard-trio format. Gli Alluminogeni's music on that album (and their singles) was very much in the classical rock format as instigated by the Nice, ELP, Ekseption, and contemporaries Le Orme and The Trip. Although ranging over the last 20 years, the Alluminogeni sound has changed very little. The band tends to stick to song format with a classical flair – very straightforward and to the point. Green Grapes is an unspecified collection of tracks from the last couple of decades, all of it sounding remarkably similar in style. While you can tell which tracks are earlier or later, the style of music has remained the same. Fans of Scolopendra should like this.

Even on Geni Mutanti, a new reformation of the trio, the only thing that has changed is the technology. Alluminogeni's new release is basically a high tech rehash, in fact there are several songs that are in common between it and Green Grapes. The reliance on simple rhythms (boom-boom-BASH) and bombastic themes probably won't appeal to the adventurous, but the overall effect and production are well done as most of the VMNP series. Alluminogeni should appeal to those who like straight ahead classically spiced rock.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 7, 1993 releases, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Gli Alluminogeni

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ulkomaalaiset - 1 & 2 – How do you celebrate Easter in rural Finland, especially when you are a foreigner? All the shops are closed and the locals are home spending time with their families. It so happened that three...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues