Vol.1 - MAY THE GODS PROTECT YOU
DEBUT ALBUM OUT 3 NOV 2017
Torso Virile Colossale (Colossal Manly Torso) is an original musical project inspired by the Italian Peplum (Sword-and-sandal) film genre which was very popular between the 1950s and 1960s. It consists of instrumental compositions that evoke the mood of those movies through harmonic and timbric solutions which are typical of film scores, but with a contemporary flavor.
Torso Virile Colossale is ‘muscular music’ balancing between soundtracks and library music and is a fascinating mix of classical music and proto-metal, psychedelia and shoegaze.
Torso Virile Colossale was conceived and founded by Alessandro Grazian, an Italian musician and singer-songwriter, who is also a big fan of cinema and movie soundtracks. This project is his heartfelt tribute to that golden season of Italian epic cinema.
Grazian started Torso Virile Colossale as a sort of divertissment in 2008; since then, he committed himself to writing more and more material, as well as defining the aesthetics of the project studying dozens and dozens of mythological films from that era.
Grazian finally planned to record the debut album of Torso Virile Colossal (under the title Volume 1 – Che Gli Dei Ti Proteggano - May The Gods Protect You) at the beginning of 2016, sharing production duties with the sound engineer Antonio Cooper Cupertino.
The album contains 12 tracks: 12 as the Twelve Labours of Hercules.
The music is entirely written and arranged by Alessandro Grazian; some important names of the Italian music scene are also involed in the project, like Mario Arcari (who did studio sessions with the late Fabrizio De André, the legendary Italian singer-songwriter), Nicola Manzan (Bologna Violenta), Francesco Chimenti, Olga Mazzia among others.