September 7, 2022

Legendary Italian progressive rockers Banco del Mutuo Soccorso celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2022, with the release of possibly their most ambitious concept album since their debut.

Orlando: Le Forme dell’Amore” will be released on the 23rd September 2022, and today they launch the second single ‘La Pianura Rossa‘.

The band

Vittorio Nocenzi comments: 

“‘La pianura rossa/Red plain’ was actually the very first song composed for this new album some 9 years ago as we started conceiving and writing ‘Orlando : le forme dell’amore/The shapes of love’. That is the reason why this song has a very special meaning to us. It was originally titled “The War” as it describes the battle for water between Christians and Saracens in a dried out Mediterranean Sea. A parallel with the story narrated in the Ludovico Ariosto’s poem Orlando Furioso. This second single comes ahead of the album release on the 23rd September and after such a long time since the beginning of this journey we are so excited to have all our fans to listen to this new material.”

Listen to the first single ‘Cadere O Volare’ here:

Vittorio Nocenzi has been working on this new album’s musical concept for years together with his son Michelangelo and lyricist Paolo Logli. Narrating a real XVI century poem through different songs and describing the facts and the ideals was a mountain to climb.  

The result of the immense work in the studio is fully represented in an epic album that will set new parameters for progressive rock fans.

Undoubtedly Banco has always been strongly related to their roots, but “Orlando: Le Forme dell’Amore” is a definitive proof of how traditional prog rock can evolve in a modern new blend of sound and spirit. 

the forthcoming album

The choice of singing the tracks on this album only in Italian (as before on “Transiberiana”) confirms the band’s will to stay loyal to what they’ve been doing from the very beginning.

In order to help the fans understand and follow the lyrics better on a track by track basis, English translations of the lyrics will be included in the artwork, along with the original Italian lyrics.  In addition to that the band will post a detailed explanation of the whole concept and the album’s narration on their website.  

The album will be available as a Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP+CD & Digital Album.

Pre-order now here:

As mentioned, the band celebrate their 50th anniversary, with the bands first two albums originally released in 1972.

The band is already celebrating this occasion with an intensive live tour.

Look out for more information in the coming months!