With "The River" the Italian Marco De Angelis has finally realized his own music, after writing and producing for others for decades. The Chapmanstick, guitar, bass and keyboard player has its musical roots in the late 60s and 70s. So it suits him very well that his lead singer Marcello Catalano sometimes sounds like Peter Gabriel and sometimes like Steve Hogarth. The songs of the concept album, which deals with the themes of flow of life and duality, are mainly located in the midtempo area and all have a thoughtful note. Much is reminiscent of the quieter Marillion plays of recent years. But "One Love" offers guitars reminiscent of Pink Floyd, "What Do You Feel Now?" makes you think of Alan Parsons Project, and with "Regrets" a concertante atmosphere and with "Never Look Back" even a bit of stadium rock. The pieces were meticulously and meticulously arranged, but at one point or another the drumming could have been more variable. Nevertheless a successful debut.
Top track: Snowbound