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5 stars Some of the important names Italian Progressive Rock is now basing on are artists that with perseverance and hard work have aquired a style recognizable to "our" kind of vanguard. Alfio Costa: we find him on keyboards in many projects like Prowlers , Tilion , Colossus Project , in collaborations with Malaavia , Ars Nova , The Samurai Of Prog just to name a few , and with David Guidoni on percussion (great drummer and art graphic, as well) created this lucky project called Daal . " Dances Of The Drastic Navels " is the fifth embodiment of the studio after the success of " Dodecahedron " released in 2012. The album consists of five tracks and is published in a cardboard box as always curated by Davide Guidoni . The recorded sounds are contaminated with halos of darkness, to create an always intriguing and surprising atmosphere. On the record, they work with support of friends like Ettore Salati guitars , known within the Prog environment as active in many projects in this regard ( The Watch , Alex Carpani , Archangel , The RedZen , SoulenginE etc. etc. ) , Bobo Aiolfi on bass guitar also with the Prowlers , Letizia Riccardi on violin , Tirill MONH voice in " Inside Out " and Guglielmo Mariotti ( voice ) . The title of the first track " Malleus Maleficarum " is already a prediction of what the listener is going to find out. The music is composed by Costa with a big support of Guidoni for what is about the intro and the sounds that remind to a heavy style of Goblin or Antonius Rex . Remarkable the central part of the song , when the atmosphere subside for a Psychedelia with stretches of Pink Floyd reminiscence. " Elektra ( An Evening With ... ) " is a variant of electronic and instrumental , enhanced by the percussion of Guidoni . The track, anyway firmly rock-styled, is dedicated to a friend of theirs who died on a tragic night . " Lilith " is a sort of lullaby inspired by a drawing found carved on a tree by Alfio . Hypnotic and haunting , bases much emphasis on the notes draining from Costa's piano. A composition as exciting and profound as few can conceive. With the title track "The Dance Of The Drastic Navels" we find the classic Daal sounds, those that were able to hit the listener's attention gradually since 2009. The few lyrics in the work are still the continuation of the topic of the first album; they tell the story of a man of the future who falls in love with a witch half-woman and half-robot, able to turn that man into a personal toy of hers. The track spreads Nordic atmospheres, very close to the Swedish Prog and some King Crimson's; these given by the darkness of the passages, especially characterized by the sound of mellotron. By the mddle of the track, electronic sounds take over, as usual, a Daal's trump card. The album closes with "Inside You", originally composed to be the conclusion of the just heard suite but, instead, left to live of own life. The song (because that's just what it is) is sung by the beautiful voice of Norwegian Tirill Mohn and is enhanced by the "nostalgic" violin played by Letizia Riccardi. The piece alone is worth the price of the CD, as is often said in these cases, seal worthy of the job. The Daal do what they feel like doing, not paying attention to styles or trends, changing though always being themselves! "Dances Of The Drastic Navels" is a journey to be undertaken with no inhibitions, no fear, just setting the spirit free to find out, in the darkness hidden among the sun rays, what seems to be a new road... Daal, now a name and a guarantee.
perillo | 5/5 |


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