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Divae - Determinazione CD (album) cover




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3 stars One-shot mid-90's Italian Prog group.Divae came from Roma and were a 6-piece act with Alessandro Costanzo on vocals, Luis Dragotto Moraleda on guitars, keyboardists Marco Vantini and Enzo DiFrancesco, bassist Romolo Amici and Ugo Vantini on drums.Their sole album ''Determinazione'' came out in 1995 on Progressivamente.This work features several guest musicians, among them legends Gianni Leone from Il Balletto di Bronzo (keyboards in the 4th track) and Lino Vairetti from Osanna (sings the lyrics in the 8th track).

Typical mid-90's Italian Symphonic Rock with more than obvious references to the golden 70's age is what Divae had chosen to play and most of the time they do it quite succesfully, although the band has no particular personality.They sound much like CONSORZIO ACQUA POTABILE and IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE, offering both dramatic and sensitive sections in their arrangements.There are plenty of keyboard passages to be found throughout, mainly synths, which create an overall sharp but still romantic atmosphere.While no track shines in particular, all of them are well-arranged with some complicated interplays, melodic guitar solos, bombastic symphonic synths as well as some limited organ waves.These ideas are wisely blended with the good harmony of the Italian language, as performed by Costanzo's expressive chords.The huge synths' parts bring to mind the keyboard-driven sound of NUOVA ERA.The alternation between the romantic and less explosive parts with the bombastic keyboard-led instrumentals are definitely the highlights of the album, as proposed by many Italian groups.

Unfortunately Divae wasn't meant to record any further, as the group seems to have split up shortly after this release.Bassist Amici and drummer Ugo Vantini played alongside Gianni Leone in the Il Balletto Di Bronzo's 99' live reincarnation ''Trys'', while Vantini moved on with Italian Prog group Vu Meters.

If you are a fan of Classic Italian Prog look no further.Unoriginal but still impressive Italian Progressive Rock with resemblances to SITHONIA, HOPO, C.A.P. and IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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