Sound — 7
"Wings of Time" is the debut album of a young Italian band called Moongressive, and it is easily linkable to the progressive tradition, due to the odd time signatures and frequent and sudden changes, but it also takes elements from rock, pop and even metal, to create an interesting mix of genres that easily drives the listener to the next song. Maybe the mix could have been more accurate, in fact some parts sound muted or not so heavy as you would expect, but after all it's quite a good product for a young independent band.
Lyrics — 9
It is a concept album that tells the story of a man who lost his pregnant wife during the 9/11, who's fallen in a dark and hopeless state of mind. The whole story described by bassist Marco Pivato is a metaphorical rebirth, a journey that goes from depression to refound joy, focusing on all the little aspects you can meet along the way. Characters have no name, so anyone of us can relate to them, helped by some evocative lyrics. The whole story can be summed by the lyrics in the "My Fairy Story" chorus: "Walking becomes boring when you learn to fly/ When you beat the darkness you learn how to shine."
Overall Impression — 8
After all I enjoyed the whole record, it flows easily to the very surprising unplugged end. If you love Progressive Rock you shouldn't miss it!
1. "Wings of Time (Pt. 1) - Overture" - Just a simple and short intro, built around the idea of creating atmosphere.
2. "My Fairy Story" - Progressive track composed by 6 different parts with pop vocals and a beautiful guitar solo.
3. "Mirrors" - Maybe the most progressive song on the whole record. Nice bass intro, very well-built transitions from a section to the following one and beautiful lyrics. You can hear recalls to the Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd, with some funky guitars in the middle.
4. "Anthem of the Fallen" - This could be a classical hit song, with a simple and repetitive structure, beautiful harmonized choruses, crazy drum solo and curious wah ending.
5. "The End" - The longest and heavier track on the album, although it has a smooth and relaxing middle part. Very nice the singing parts with double (or triple!) vocals.
6. "Blue Moon" - This is a beautiful and little gem. A wonderful poetry written by guitarist Alessandro Lanzoni, recited by a female voice, with delicate sweet arpeggios. Surprising.
7. "Wings of Time (Pt. 2) - The Awakening" - This is the title track, and it continues the "Overture (Pt. 1)" with another instrumental part. Heavy and catchy guitar riffs with interesting keyboard sections.
8. "Wings of Time (Pt. 3) - The Awareness" - Here comes the singing parts, with a vocal-piano verse that converges in a(n almost) gothic pre-chorus before returning into a Pink Floyd-ish part. Wonderful melodic guitar and bass solo.
9. "Wings of Time (Pt. 4) - The Awaited Dawn" - Maybe my favorite song on the entire record. Beautiful key changes, multi-vocals parts, heavier traits of the '70s progressive rock and grand finale!
Here come the bonus acoustic tracks "Love Song" and "I Don't Care": easy and relaxing compositions with no claims, but good to guide you to the end of the record into a dreamy state of mind.