Italian band in the vein of classic 70s prog meets something new. Just when I think I have my finger on their style it changes. A bit of Crimson here, a touch of old Genesis there. Hints at the Italian scene populated by the likes of PFM, Banco, a.o. Camel and Happy the Man also come to mind, if only fleetingly. Chiave di Volta are that rare occurrance, a band who are so clearly influenced by all the famous groups who actually manage not to sound too much like any one band! Some of what they do recalls King Crimson but the guitarist doesn't sound like Fripp & the arrangements are much too symphonic to really say they sound like King Crimson. The same symphonic arrangements tend to recall classic-era Genesis but they really don't sound alot like Genesis. The singer certainly doesn't have a Gabriel or Collins quality. The keyboards sometimes recall Rick Wakeman. At other times the style is closer to Tony Banks or Peter Bardens, but he clearly isn't trying to copy their styles. Like the best Italian bands they play some intense music, some quiet music and everything inbetween. All in all one of the best bands to come out of Italy in quite a while! Highly recommended to symphonic rock fans but also to more adventurous listeners looking for something more mainstream that is still of very high quality!