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Stream Banco del Mutuo Soccorso's new single Cadere O Volare

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso group shot 2022
(Image credit: Pierluigi Di Pietro)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso have shared their new single Cadere O Volare ahead of the release of Orlando: Le Forme dell’Amore. The grand concept album, which celebrates their 50th anniversary, is due out via InsideOut on September 23. 

The ambitious piece is based on the 16th century epic, Orlando Furioso, by Ludovico Ariosto and it's something the Italian band's composer and keyboard player has been working on for several years with his son Michelangelo and lyricist Paolo Logli. 

Says Nocenzi,“Cadere O Volare represents a perfect manifesto of what Orlando’s poem concept stands for: the shapes of love either as a narration and musical contents. The poem’s narrative is fully described in the lyrics: two messengers arrive simultaneously at Christian camp, one announcing the paladin soldiers had been attacked by Saracens and need immediate help to be saved while the other messenger announces that Princess Angelica had been kidnapped by violent men and need to be rescued!

"This song describes the key topic in Orlando’s love for Angelica: the most important emperor’s paladin is asked by destiny to make a crucial choice between his code of honour and his love for Angelica."

He continues, "Musically speaking this one song perfectly represents the whole Orlando concept album. It is a perfect synthesis of this album, equally divided into great rhythmic sections and moments where the focus is on melody and harmonies. Cadere O Volare is also a perfect example of the variety in arrangements. Ranging from symphonic intro to the electric guitar, followed by the keyboard’s compelling duel in the second part of the song.”

Orlando's story unfolds across 15 tracks, which are – as with 2019's comeback album, Transiberiana – sung in Italian although English translations will be included in the artwork so non-Italian speakers can still follow the lyrics. 

Orlando: Le Forme dell’Amore will be available as as a limited Digipak CD, gatefold double LP/CD and digital album. Pre-orders are now open.

Watch the lyric video for Cadere O Volare below.

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Tracklisting

1. Proemio (cover version) 
2. La Pianura Rossa 
3. Serve Orlando Adesso 
4. Non Mi Spaventa Più L'amore 
5. Non Serve Tremare 
6. Le Anime Deserte Del Mondo 
7. L'isola Felice 
8. La Maldicenza   
9. Cadere O Volare   
10. Il Paladino 
11. L'Amore Accade   
12. Non Credere Alla Luna  
13. Moon Suite 
14. Come È Successo Che  Sei Qui 
15. Cosa Vuol Dire Per Sempre 

Natasha Scharf
Natasha Scharf

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.