Reggio Emilia is a kindergarten educational philosophy, and a beautiful city in Italy and the hometown of an exciting band called Mangala Valis. They have released their debut Book Of in 2002, Lycanthrope I 2005 and in 2012 Micrsolco. Their fourth album Voices will be released this month. The common thread of the songs in Voices is represented by the voices we hear from our deepest inner self, coming from our head, our heart or our soul. Voices that become louder and louder, and that need, as time goes by, the urge of coming out: to scream!!
Voices that increase, little by little, their intensity, because the positive aspect of ageing is that we understand better who we are and what we want. The time has come to say stop compromising and no more suffocating our real personality. The album´s cover represents this concept, we are that planet, and those speakers represent our Voice exploding with all its self-consciousness towards the rest of the world.
Mangala Vallis was formed in 1998 thanks to an idea of Gigi Cavalli Cocchi (drums), Mirco Consolini (guitar and bass) and Enzo Cattini (keyboards). The band formed by the intent to create a project that merge the spirit from the progressive rock bands of the ’70 and the sound of the third millennium. The band’s name is a canyon on Mars, which appears in the novel Sphere by Micheal Crichton.
Their main genre is progressive rock, influenced by other kinds of music coming from the background of the musicians’ past artistic experiences. Major elements of their production are the care and the quest of the best sounds and nuances.
The first album of the band, The Book Of Dreams is a concept dedicated to the writer Jules Verne. The vocal parts of the album was committed to Vic Fraja, Matteo Setti and Bernardo Lanzetti (ex Acqua Fragile and P.F.M.