Legendary Italian Progressive Rockers Banco del Mutuo Soccorso celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2022, with the release of possibly their most ambitious concept album since their debut. “Orlando: Le Forme dell’Amore” will be released this Friday, September 23rd, 2022, and today they launch the official video for “La Pianura Rossa.” Watch the video through the YouTube player below:
Vittorio Nocenzi comments:
“I’m literally in love with Banco’s new album! It’s the best possible celebration cake we could desire to get for the 50th Anniversary of our very first album originally released in 1972.
The Orlando Furioso poem is such a marvelous book that has been written some 500 years but yet it is so modern. We choose to shoot the video in the beautiful Palazzo Chigi’s Parkin Ariccia (near Rome), such a perfect location for the narration of stories of Princesses, Knights, Weapons, and love!
For the shooting we opted for a XVIII aviary because of its own architecture reminding of castles and legends from the past . Most definitely the best possible location for our album ‘Orlando – The Shapes of Love’.
‘The red plain’ is a song that perfectly describes Banco’s electric energy and I’m confident this one song would become a band’s classic tune loved by fans .”
Listen to the first single “Cadere O Volare” here: https://youtu.be/_GL4z0B_wT8
Vittorio Nocenzi has been working on this new album’s musical concept for years together with his son Michelangelo and lyricist Paolo Logli. Narrating a real XVI century poem through different songs and describing the facts and the ideals was a mountain to climb.
The result of the immense work in the studio is fully represented in an epic album that will set new parameters for progressive rock fans. Undoubtedly Banco has always been strongly related to their roots, but “Orlando: Le Forme dell’Amore” is a definitive proof of how traditional Prog Rock can evolve in a modern new blend of sound and spirit.
The choice of singing the tracks on this album only in Italian (as before on “Transiberiana”) confirms the band’s will to stay loyal to what they’ve been doing from the very beginning. In order to help the fans understand and follow the lyrics better on a track by track basis, English translations of the lyrics will be included in the artwork, along with the original Italian lyrics. In addition to that the band will post a detailed explanation of the whole concept and the album’s narration on their website. The album will be available as a Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP+CD & Digital Album.
Pre-order now here: https://bancodelmutuosoccorso.lnk.to/Orlando-LeFormeDellAmore
- Proemio (cover version) 02:13
- La Pianura Rossa 06:38
- Serve Orlando Adesso 04:52
- Non Mi Spaventa Più L’amore 05:01
- Non Serve Tremare 04:06
- Le Anime Deserte Del Mondo 05:01
- L’isola Felice 03:57
- La Maldicenza 06:17
- Cadere O Volare 05:09
- Il Paladino 02:52
- L’Amore Accade 03:42
- Non Credere Alla Luna 06:56
- Moon Suite 11:49
- Come È Successo Che Sei Qui 03:38
- Cosa Vuol Dire Per Sempre 06:48
As mentioned, the band celebrate their 50th anniversary, with the bands first two albums originally released in 1972. The band is already celebrating this occasion with an intensive live tour. Look out for more information in the coming months.