Mangala Vallis is an Italian rock band (from Reggio Emilia) formed in 1998 thanks to an idea of Gigi Cavalli Cocchi (drums), Mirco Consolini (guitar and bass) and Enzo Cattini (keyboards). The band’s name is a canyon on Mars, which appears in the novel Sphere by Micheal Crichton.
Their main genre is progressive rock, influenced by other kinds of music coming from the background of the musicians’ past artistic experiences. Major elements of their production are the care and the quest of the best sounds and nuances.
On February 8th 2002 their first cd is published, The Book of Dreams, a concept album inspired by the fantastic adventures created by the great French writer Jules Verne, and the vocal parts are performed by different artists: Vic Fraja, Matteo Setti (who sang also in Riccardo Cocciante’s production of Notre Dame de Paris) and Bernardo Lanzetti (former vocalist of Acqua Fragile and PFM). The album receives an unanimous appreciation from critics and public and is distributed in 12 countries. During the next two years Mangala Vallis played in major prog rock festivals in Belgium, Germany and Holland.
Lycanthrope is the band’s second album, released in November of 2005. Bernardo Lanzetti is now officially the band’s vocalist and becomes the writer of the lyrics. David Jackson, ex saxophone player with Van Der Graaf Generator, is the special guest of this new concept album inspired by the modern human being, who is confused and struggling between the modern society’s constraints and his own instinctive nature. The other members of the band are: Riccardo Sgavetti (bass) and Nicola Milazzo (guitar).