Exposé Online banner

Goad — In the House of the Dark Shining Dreams
(Black Widow BWRCD 095-2, 2006, CD)

by Alessandro Michelucci, Published 2008-01-01

In the House of the Dark Shining Dreams Cover art

During the last decade several Italian bands which hit the big time in the 70s have got back on track. Some examples are Arti & Mestieri, Museo Rosenbach, and Osanna. Others, on the contrary, had never given up playing but had been condemned to a long oblivion they are coming out of. Goad, the Italian band led by Maurilio Rossi, is a a case in point. A Florence-based guitarist, composer and singer, Rossi is familiar to those who like progressive bands, even though his band is still waiting for the attention it deserves. They started playing in Florence in the early 70s, but Italian prog bands were active otherwhere: Milan, Naples, Rome. But Rossi and his folks never gave up. This CD is a new version of Dark Virgin (2001), a work that had been conceived with Luca Leonello Rimbotti, a journalist with interests ranging from Paganism to the social aspects of heavy metal. The CD includes new material, including two covers (Van der Graaf Generator's "Killer" and King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man") reaffirming a strong prog stance. The Floydian "Steep Path" and the final "Genius of Europe" conjure a whole set of musical ideas and passionate commitment. Goad have always loved dark and gothic athmospheres, as confirmed by CDs devoted to Poe and Lovecraft. Had they been English or American, their success would have been much greater. To some ears this music may sound too deep-rooted in 70s prog and thus unfashionable. It shows, however, some things that should not be overlooked. Not only because progressive rock is gaining more and more fans everywhere, but mostly because it shows that many bands are not going to surrender. Year after year, decade after decade, they keep on playing the kind of music they like without taking care of charts, selling and all the like. Due to this they deserve our admiration and respect. Maybe they would be better off better singing in Italian, but this is a minor sin. Maybe the time has come for Goad to gain wider audience: they deserve it more than many other progsters.

Black Widow Records also deserves mention for supporting this project.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Goad

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Clearlight/Cyrille Verdeaux - Rainbow Music: Best of Cyrille Verdeaux 1975-2000 – From his debut in 1973 with Clearlight Symphony, French keyboardist and composer Cyrille Verdeaux has combined impressionistic soundscapes in the spirit of Ravel and Debussy with progressive rock...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues