Week of December 29, 2002


Mimmo Sanseverino - guitar, vocals
Leonardo Sanseverino - organ, synthesizer
Mario Sanseverino - bass
Matteo Sanseverino - drums

Francesco Ti Ricordi, 1974 Private Press SP 1476
(reissued on CD by Mellow, MMP 260)

This band was based in Germany, where their only album was released as a limited edition in 1974. Their sound was very heavy, energetic and loud, dominated by tough fuzz guitar (sometimes multi-tracked), organ and a high-pitched vocalist comparable to Nico Di Palo in New Trolls. Being isolated from the Italian progressive rock scene, Atlantide were probably more influenced by British heavy rock groups like Black Sabbath and Atomic Rooster and their German counterparts. The best track is the 11-minute "Quando La Luna" where the music ranged from rather heavy to extremely heavy! As such, the album is recommended for fans of heavy-progressive music, but it is perhaps too limited instrumentally and lacking in variety for others. Still, the album is remarkable for its stunning fuzz guitar sound!

Taken from Scented Gardens of the Mind - A guide to the Golden Era of Progressive Rock (1968-1980) in more than 20 European Countries, by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-12-2

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