The mastermind of the Christadoro project, a collective of skilled Italian musicians belonging to the most varied musical genres and bands, is Mox Cristadoro, an artist whose musical career has lasted more than thirty-year and who has worked for names such as MonumentuM, Carnival of Fools, La Crus, Santa Sangre, Cristina Donà, as well as in several bands of Italian Hardcore Punk scene of the ’80s and ’90s.
This remarkable productivity, combined with an unbridled passion for progressive rock, has led Cristadoro to cross the same path of another well known prog-master, Fabio Zuffanti (Finisterre, La Maschera di Cera, Höstsonaten and many more); their encounter has eventually given birth to a new musical creature, Christadoro, that sees in its line-up, in addition to the same Mox Cristadoro on drums and percussion and Fabio Zuffanti on bass:
– Pier Panzeri (current member of Il Biglietto per l’Inferno) on guitars;
– Paul “Ske” Botta (founder of international cult projects like Yugen and Not a Good Sign) on keyboards;
– Andrea “Mitzi” Dal Santo (already with the hard-metal supergroup Noize Machine) on vocals;
The self-titled Christadoro debut album, recorded in spring 2016 and artistically produced by Livio Magnini (Bluvertigo), revisits in an original way the unique and valuable great school of Italian songwriters’ era.
To complete the picture, there are excellent guests:
– Franco Mussida, in his first post-PFM official appearance, with “Ricercare nel mare dell’inquietudine e della paura” delivers an exclusive acoustic introduction to the song “L’ombra della luce” by Franco Battiato.
– Garbo lends his voice reciting a key sentence taken from the script of the 1971 TV series “Il Segno del Comando”, to introduce the notes of “Il sosia” by Giorgio Gaber.
– Giuseppe “Pilli” Cossa, keyboardist and founder of the Il Biglietto per l’Inferno, closes with a piano coda the track “L’operaio Gerolamo”, originally written by the extraordinary duo Dalla/Roversi.
– Zeno Gabaglio, Swiss musician and producer, offers a cinematic opening for cellos to the famous song “Solo”, written by Claudio Baglioni in ’77.
As well as the eponymous debut of Black Sabbath was released on Friday, February 13th, 1970, “Christadoro” is issued on CD and LP by AMS Records on Friday, January 13th, 2017: a due homage to one of the many influences spread all over this surprising release.