- Lucio Calegari / electric guitar and backing vocals
- Paolo 'Apollo' Negri / Hammond organ
- Enrico Garilli / deep bass
- Riccardo Lovotti / drums
Wicked Minds are an Italian band from Piacenza that started in 1987 as a trash metal band and only in 2000 (after keyboardist Paolo "Apollo" Negri joined with his Hammond) found a "new dimension", more hard-progressive oriented, releasing two very interesting studio works ("From The Purple Skies" in 2004 and "Witchflower" in 2006). This live album captures them performing live in July 2006 at Burg Herzberg Festival, in Germany, and features eight tracks oozing love for vintage seventies sounds.
The album is well recorded and all the members of the band display a great musicianship. Although the music draws heavily on classic hard rock (Uriah Heep and Deep Purple above all), Wicked Minds never play by rote and they always try to add something different to their sound, combining their "sources of inspiration" with their own tastes. The song-writing is definitively good and they succeed in avoiding plagiarism: the delicate ballad "Drifting" and the final "Shadows Train" in my opinion are outstanding songs that would perfectly fit the tastes of every hard rock fan, but all the album flows away without really weak moments. You can find here more than seventy minutes full of enthusiasm and energy... If you love bands like Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Wishbone Ash, give a try to this work: I'm sure that you won't be disappointed!