Il Castello di Atlante ("Atlas' Castle") is an Italian progressive rock band based in Vercelli. Although the band was founded in 1974, it released its debut album in the early 1990s. It has since released 7 albums.
The band was founded in 1974; its name was originally "Hydra", later changed into "Stato d'Allarme" and then, in 1974 in "Il Castello di Atlante". The original personnel included Aldo Bergamini (guitars, keyboards and vocals), Massimo Di Lauro (violin, keyboards), Giampiero Marchiori (flute), Dino Fiore (bass guitar), and Paolo Ferrarotti (drums, vocals). The band played live in several locations in Italy, and survived despite no released albums and frequent personnel changes, whereby only Bergamini, Fiore and Ferrarotti remained of the original personnel.
In the early 1990s, they signed for Vinyl Magic, a minor label specialized in progressive rock that at the time was republishing rare albums by many Italian progressive rock bands of the 1970s. Il Castello di Atlante's debut album, Sono io il signore delle terre a nord ("I am the lord of the northern lands", 1992) had good reception by both specialized magazines and progressive rock fans.
In 1994 the band released two CDs: a compilation of recordings from the 1970s, Passo dopo passo ("Step by step") and a studio album with new material, L'ippogrifo ("The hippogriff"). In 2000s (decade) they signed for another label, Elecromantic Music, releasing 4 more albums: Come il seguitare delle stagioni (2001), Quintessenza (2004), Concerto acustico (2006) and Cap. 7 - Tra Le Antiche Mura (2008).
Aldo Bergamini - guitar, vocals,
Massimo Di Lauro - violin,
Dino Fiore - bass guitar,
Paolo Ferrarotti - drums, keyboard, vocals,
Roberto Giordano - keyboards, vocals,
Mattia Garimanno - drums,
From 1975 to 1982 the lineup of the band was Bergamini, Di Lauro, Ferrarotti, Giampiero Marchiori (flute) and Dino Fiore (bass guitar). From 2001 to 2007 Franco Fava temporarily replaced Fiore. In 2010 Mattia Garimanno joined the band as a drummer.