Band Website: www.conqueror.it
Label: Ma.Ra.Cash Records
Label Website: www.maracash.com
Release Date: 2010
Madame Zelle is the first disc I’ve heard all the way through and it’s a real treat. Conqueror creates that classic Italian symphonic prog sound all-be-it with a slightly modern sensibility. The band consists of five members: Simona Rigano (vocals, keyboards), Natale Russo (drums, percussion), Sabrina Rigano (flute, saxophone), Mario Pollino (guitars) and Gianluca Villa (bass). This is actually the band’s fourth CD and it has everything symphonic fans might wish for. Madame Zelle is in fact a concept album telling the story of Mata Hari who led an exotic and somewhat risqué life only to be executed as a spy in the early days of World War One.
Madame Zelle is made up of nine tracks, featuring that distinct Italian approach to prog. It is lushly symphonic
with lots of twists and turns and musical motifs that pop out of nowhere. It is also very classically influenced in its arrangements
and compositional structure. Sometimes this leads to a business, but here Conqueror restrain themselves and keep things on an even
keel. Like so much symphonic prog from
My guess is that if you enjoy the Italian sound from bands such as Banco, Le Orme and PFM then you’re going to love the music of Conqueror. Madame Zelle is a masterful work and something the band should be really proud of. It’s getting my recommendation for fans of symphonic prog.