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Logos, Italy


News: Logos are active playing live shows and festivals. There are hints of a new album in the works as well.


Location: Verona

Overview: Logos are a seasoned band who bring forth an intriguing mix of progressive rock styles from the past. Those coming to the band hoping for a 70's styled sound, however, will most certainly leave disappointed. Even the supposed "vintage" sounds of the mellotron and organ are emulated, or certainly sound that way. None of which deters this writer in the slightest. Logos seem more like a band of the 90s, that next generation of exciting Italian groups that blended the classics with a more modern sound. From a composition perspective, Logos certainly do look back further to the golden age.

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Kenso - s/t. 1980 Pam (LP); 1995 Arcangelo (CD)
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Egonon - Risveglio. 2011 private

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The Morrigan - Spirit of the Soup. 1984 private (LP); 1999 English Garden (CD)
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