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Reviewed by Dick van der Heijde (Courtesy of Rob Hanemaayer)

Periferia Del Mondo is a new Italian formation of five men. The name refers to the band’s opinion i.e. that musicians who want to add something to the already current music forms are not being taken seriously because people rather cling to that what they already know.
PDM was founded in ’97 by Alessandro Papotto (voice, sax, clarinet, flute and keys); Claudio Braico (bass) and Max G.B. Tommasi (guitar). Together with drummer Tony Zito the first recordings were made. A year later Bruno Vegliante came to enrich the sound of the band with his keys. In ’99 the debut album “In ogni luogo, in ogni tempo” that came on the market in 2000 was made. The album has 8 songs in which the great variation and energetic way of playing attract attention. PDM plays a not too unapproachable mix of melodious seventies prog with elements from the psychedelic and hard rock with a portion jazz rock. So rather wilful.
The album opens with the nice “L’infedele”. In this song a jumpy key run is alternated by a passage with guitar picking, opera singing by soprano Stefania Mastrogiovanni and the fiery Italian singing of Banco front man Francesco Di Giacomo. Banco guitarist Rodolfo Maltese is also a guest here. In the second song “Ladro” there is a supple clarinet solo between the up tempo beginning and the end. Then there are two English songs. The cliffhanger-like “Leave your daily” and the ballad “I bless the night” where the singing makes you think of Peter Gabriel. The accent cannot go unnoticed here. “Meltémi”, which takes 10 minutes, has a long psychedelic part. Fortunately the band members do not loose themselves in endless freaking. The title-track is typically PDM with quiet, melodic and more firm moments. “Brand-y” is a jazz rock tune that is interrupted by…a drum solo. How can one  think of it? The nearly twelve minutes taking “The ghost in the shell” is the most symphonic of the album. This closing song knows a.o. mellotron-like sounds acoustic guitar, a little bombast and flute play in the style of Jethro Tull. “In ogni luogo, in ogni tempo” is quite a nice album. Too bad that a good sound quality cries off. Everything sounds rather thin. That is a shame, because this music, that is rich of ideas, deserves better. At this moment PDM has expanded with violinist Alberto D’Annibale and a second album is in preparation. PDM a band with a future.

Dick van der Heijde