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DAAL is an Italian duet. It's a project by Davide Guidoni and Alfio Costa. They're both experienced musicians on Italian Prog rock scene - Guidoni is a drummer who had been working with Taproban, The Far Side, Gallant Farm, Nuova Era, Ozone Player and others. Costa (Tilion, Prowlers, Colossus project, Dark Session) plays keyboards - mostly vintage ones, as well as some softsynths.

It's not surprising their music is rich in lush textures, with emphasis on a multitude of layers; a heritage of Italian Progressive Rock movement is evident, as well as various other influences. A curiosity is their nod to a Swedish progressive rock scene.

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3.65 | 85 ratings
Disorganicorigami
2009
3.98 | 107 ratings
Destruktive Actions Affect Livings
2011
4.16 | 83 ratings
Echoes of Falling Stars
2011
4.04 | 199 ratings
Dodecahedron
2012
4.21 | 115 ratings
Dances of the Drastic Navels
2014

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4.85 | 13 ratings
Destruktive Actions affect Livings limited edition boxset
2011
4.55 | 20 ratings
Dodecahedron (Limited Edition Boxset)
2012

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4.21 | 19 ratings
Echoes
2012
4.43 | 23 ratings
The Call of the Witches
2012

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 Echoes of Falling Stars by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.16 | 83 ratings

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Echoes of Falling Stars
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars ECHOES OF FALLING STARS was one of two releases by DAAL in 2011 and i'm not sure which came first but in this installment in the DAAL universe we get another bona fide adventure in to the eclectic and surreal sonicscapes of DA-vide Guidoni and AL-fio Costa plus an army of guest musicians adding all kinds of delicious musical flavors. Unlike most of their all instrumental releases this album has three out of the four tracks containing vocals. While the first lengthy meandering-through-the-prog-universe track only has one segment of vocals beginning around the nine minute mark, the third track is completely a vocal track as well as the Pink Floyd cover of "Echoes."

My favorite tracks by DAAL are the instrumental ones and as a result this was my least favorite album upon the first few listens, but ECHOES OF FALLING STARS has grown on me after many more spins. This album is not totally unlike the others. The general gist for the tracks is a beautifully melodic piano riff that incorporates a plethora of progressive electronic embellishments with the odd drumming patterns and occasional accompaniments of vocals, violin, guitar, bass and oud.

The first track takes us thru prog heaven and back with a constant meandering that ratchets up the intensity to a satisfying climax. The second track "Static Stars," the only total instrumental actually incorporates that cool synth sound found on Rush's "Xanadu" and is the first time i've heard another band use it. The track sounds nothing like that one otherwise but does offer a satisfying electronic sound frenzy that melodically marches on and reminds me of a lava flow of music where some sounds ooze slowly across the soundscape and other quickly skip across the slower melodic developments. It is quite the addictive leapfrogging sonic frenzy.

"Undertow" which has nothing to do with any Tool album was quite the surprise since i find DAAL's vocal songs to be hit or miss. This one hits the bullseye with a beautifully illustrious piano riff, totally cool electronic embellishments and the right on vocal additions of Hamadi Trabelsi. A great sounding Floydian sonicscape that actually ushers in quite well one of the few Pink Floyd covers that i deem excellent, namely "Echoes" of which defines the theme of the album. DAAL is one of the very few bands with the finesse and chops to successfully pull of a Pink Floyd track. They not only are faithful to the original but up the ante by upping the spaciness without anything feeling forced. Another brilliant release from this totally eclectic and unique musical outfit.

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 Dances of the Drastic Navels by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 115 ratings

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by p_nomade

5 stars I confess I was surprised by Daal because the album had been introduced as generically progressive but from the first notes of the Malleus Maleficarum, it is clear that this record must be understood in a broad sense. The final result of the efforts is a product a with very deep contamination: primarily electronic and ambient, creating a very special cd. We could loosely describe it as a combination of all Tool with Tangerine Dream, grafted on a basis that is undoubtedly progressive but is disrupted, changed, hidden even by Industrial insertions that make it potentially attractive both for standing progsters and for audiences that pass with ease from the Pink Floyd to Balletto di Bronzo. The main feature of Dances of the Drastic Navels is that it is liquid, suspended, always laying somewhere between dream and reality through the judicious use of electronic effects and those percussive elements (cleverly inserted inside a musical texture); the mesh always seems very wide but actually built to drive through a difficult to be followed path that carries within oneself; it's the theme of Elektra, introduced by a dark landscape which then gives way to a dark piece, between the tribal and the disturbing, that I find very successful. In The Dance of the Drastic Navels we find a piece from the strong electroprog, unsettling and disturbing, a suite that starts in an almost relaxed way and then accelerates and evolves into something even vaguely black and not some relaxing, worthy of attention. Inside You closes the work offering a tribute atmospheres ranging from poignant passages most typically prog; the yield fabulous voice Tirill Mohn (former White Willow) Dances of the Drastic Navels is hard-to-swim; we must move ourselves setting our minds free to give personal interpretation within the sound and emotional sensations that the musical constructions of Daal are able to offer. Hard to be approached but without expecting something rigidly framed in a scheme and within a specific genre. and nowadays this is probably a quality itself.

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 The Call of the Witches by DAAL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.43 | 23 ratings

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The Call of the Witches
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars Yes!!!!! This is my favorite musical output from DAAL so far. I have listened to each and every release and this is the one that scratches all my psychedelic, electric and progressive itches the most and doesn't diminish the experience by throwing in a track in that doesn't seem to fit. THE CALL OF THE WITCHES was released in 2012, the same year as "Dodecahedron." I am not entirely sure which was released first, however this four track EP also found its way into the "Dodecahedron Limited Boxed Set" as the second disc. This release is kind of a leftovers package with two tracks appearing on the Colossus Projects by Musea Records and two more that are just a mystery as to why they are here and nowhere else!

"The Call Of Cthulu" comes from "The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft: A Synphonic Collection." This is one of the first DAAL tracks that i ever heard and grabbed me by the tail and plunged me into their strange, eerie and spooky soundscapes. I was immediately hooked and had to get MORE! I started with the Lovecraft compilation and then moved on to everything else. The intro of this track kinda reminds me of the newer version of the Dr Who theme song by Murry Gold with its classical piano tinklings and mid-tempo march. The track immediately sets the mysterious and spookiness with its brooding moogs and strange proggified time sigs. The music takes its time to build to a full frenzied hard rockin' segment and then trades off with the tinkling piano and fluttering echoing synthesizers again. By the time we get to the end we get more hard rock with some seriously ragin' synth runs that despite the added aggression remain dark and lugubrious like a cloud that has parked itself over the sun and refuses to budge. The sense of tension and dread like the the monstrous Cthulu with its octopus head and a face with a mass of feelers could lunge its prodigious claws at you at any moment and pull you down into the abyss from whence you shall never return is unrelenting.

"Nosferatu" opens with some bizarre electronic vocals and some dark lugubrious synth action that sounds like ghostly apparitions circling above you announcing the arrival of the dreaded vampire who wants to suck your blood and all your life force so he can perpetuate his immortality. The slow and brooding tempo with ghostly swishing electronic whizzing is all you hear in the beginning but the track eventually breaks into some much needed drumming relief that ushers in a church organ that instantly conjures up images of Dracula and werewolf infested forests deep in the Transylvanian wilderness. The organ is loud and bombastic and sounds like it will literally blow the steeples and worshipping edifices right off of their very foundations.

"Witches" comes from the Colossus Project "Decameron: Ten Days in 100 Novellas - Part 1." The spooky synth attack begins this creepy number that sounds like a swarm of dead souls screaming in the ethers. It makes me think of all the dead witches who were tormented and burned at the stake during the crusades. The trippy and startling vortex of sound then morphs into a nice piano riff that sounds classically inspired but in a Celtic folk style of playing. I swear i expect Loreena McKennitt to pop out of the woods and start singing a baleful tune about witch abuse. Meanwhile the sounds of a synthesized theremin are in the background creating a nice undulating layer to the mix.

Finally we get to "Echoes From The Shore" which begins with birds and a thunderstorm afoot. This piece is a true piece of musical surreality as it is mostly a soundscape that feels like a dream that drifts in and out of the subconscious mixing in all kinds of ambient effects that only occasionally include a piano or synth run that pierces the meandering sounds to remind you that this is indeed a musical album. After about six minutes of this eleven minute strangeness we finally get some percussion which is a nice steady drum pattern that ushers in a nice groovy Floydian bass line that is accompanied by a parade of fluttering sounds. Some sound like Tuvan throat singers, some like flowing water, some just plain weird.

Everything about this one works for me! Each of these tracks is DAAL at their very best. They infuse all the mood shifting elements and ambience and add all the right ingredients at the right time. The brevity of this EP is also a plus because of the heaviness of this strange trip into their world, it truly is an intense listen for the entire run and then a welcome relief that it ends when it does. I really hope we get more EPs like between their albums because although i really love every DAAL album, this one has all the elements concentrated into what i love the most about their sound. 5 huge stars!!!!!

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 Dances of the Drastic Navels by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 115 ratings

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The dynamic duo of Guidoni and Costa are back with their fifth studio album. In the liner notes Costa describes how this new record was inspired by the good things they had done on their first two studio albums, in particular they wanted to do a conclusion to the long "The Dance Of The Drastic Navels" that had begun on the debut album "Disorganicorigami" and continued on "Destruktive" with a "Volume 2". A friend of Costa's lent him his small holiday home in this beautiful, isolated place where the atmosphere was quiet by day and dark and silent by night. Over two days he wrote the five tracks that would consist of this new album along with ideas later from Guidoni. By the way i'm going to track down the debut as the PINK FLOYD references have me very interested.

"Malleus Maleficarum" is an uptempo rocker until it settles right down 2 minutes in. It starts to build before 4 minutes as the guitar solos over top. Another calm after 4 1/2 minutes but this one is darker and quieter than the earlier one. it kicks back in just before 8 minutes as we're rocking again. it turns haunting just before it ends. "Elektra(An Evening with)" has to be about Carmen right?(no it's not). Percussion and atmosphere as the guitar solos tastefully over top. Some heavier moments start to arrive around 2 1/2 minutes and they will start to dominate the soundscape as the guitar gets more aggressive. A beautiful calm takes over before 5 minutes then it starts to build after 6 minutes. This is so good as it continues to the end. "Lilith" has this dark and eerie start with sparse piano lines. That haunting atmosphere disappears as we get this trippy and relaxing soundscape that takes over.

"The Dance Of The Drastic Navels" is dark and it sounds like someone walking as distant vocal melodies can be heard. A change after 2 minutes as we get a soundscape fitting of a horror movie. The piano plays over top then this heavy almost SABBATH-like guitar comes in. Great sound here. It all stops 7 minutes in and you can hear people talking in the distance. It kicks back in before 8 minutes then piano arrives after 10 1/2 minutes. It turns Electronic ala TANGERINE DREAM after 12 1/2 minutes. This stops after 16 minutes as it turns atmospheric with guitar playing in a relaxed manner over top. Some heaviness after 17 1/2 minutes as a strong rhythm kicks in. A calm with piano only after 19 minutes then it builds back to that heavier sound. Piano and atmosphere come in late to end it. "Inside You" features guest violin and female vocals. She really reminds me of the lady from PAATOS in fact the whole song does. Piano and violin to start along with some really good bass playing throughout. A cool way to end the album.

Another excellent album from these two Italians who have carved out for themselves a unique niche when it comes to Progressive music. Highly recommended.

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 Destruktive Actions Affect Livings by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.98 | 107 ratings

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Destruktive Actions Affect Livings
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Whereas the debut album by DAAL seemed to be more oriented around a musical tribute to Pink Floyd's "Saucerful Of Secrets" days, their second release DESTRUKTIVE ACTIONS AFFECT LIVINGS has a more progressive electronic feel. DA-vide Guidoni continues his varying percussive palette in tandem with AL-fio Costa's expansive universe of synthesized sounds but this one is less bizarre to my ears and more calm and spacey. There are long smooth passages that tend to lull the listener into a mediative state and although there are occasional jarring signs of agitation, for the most part this is a more easy listening experience than the debut.

This is truly difficult music to describe. It reminds me of cloud music. Pleasant meandering melodies that have the ability to sustain themselves nice and slowly changing at a snail's pace much like a cloud slowly drifting in the sky and changing shapes and evoking subtle different moods in the process. In addition to the touch of smooth jazz from the horn section provided by Banco's own Alessandro Papotto, there is also a nice touch of sitar, oud and electric fiddle to give more flavors not present on the debut.

This is my kind of weird and eccentric music for sure, but i prefer it a bit less to the debut. One of the things about DAAL that usually brings the album down a notch for me are the vocals. On an otherwise totally spacey and unearthly trip through the sonosphere, the spell is broken by some average vocals. I am not against vocals in this context by any means but i just find THESE vocals a little ordinary in an otherwise unique and blissful experience. DESTRUKTIVE is a great album as background music and also as something you can really get off on the subtle details involved. Highly recommended for progressive electronic lovers who don't mind some varied percussion and myriad instruments in the mix.

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 Dances of the Drastic Navels by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.21 | 115 ratings

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars Italian instrumental duo DAAL's preceding album Dodecahedron (2012) was inspired by twelve Gothic mini tales written especially for the project (if I remember right), and was pretty dark in atmosphere. Already by looking at the cover, one is not expecting lightness from this recent fourth release either. The poetic title is strange, probably not meant to make much sense in the first place. In the leaflet Alfio Costa tells how he started composing the music in an isolated, "slightly unnerving" cottage in October 2013.

There are only five tracks. The 10-minute opener 'Malleus Malecifarum' is a Crimsonesque, threatening slice of modern Eclectic Prog with some retro feel. Mostly it goes in a fast tempo but several slower sections build the dynamics effectively. I like the PINK FLOYD reminding part starring a wailing guitar and a delicious bass. 'Elektra' is in Costa's words "a thoughtful, electronic piece with a strong rock aspect, dedicated to a friend of the night who's not with us any longer". The electronic side is alluring while the sinister, heavy mourning of low-toned guitar repeating its pattern is to me mostly tiresome.

The shortest track 'Lilith' ("a hypnotic lullaby", well said) is quite beautiful and brings more emotion to the relatively *cold* album. The nearly 24-minute ambitious title composition is the undisputed central piece. Again there are lots of low guitars creating a sinister mood. The unpredictably progressive structure prevents the epic to become boring (well, perhaps it does that occasionally...), but to me it functions better as a background listening than as an object of full concentration. Interestingly, around the 14th minute there's a section that sounds like the Stratosfear-era TANGERINE DREAM.

The tender, though rather sad, final piece 'Inside You' features the vocals of Tirill Mohn (comparable to the likes of Stina Nordenstam and Julee Cruise). In my opinion the elegant song brings the very needed contrast to all the alienating coldness of this album, and it also features violin played by Letizia Riccardi. All in all, a strong album in the chosen (depressing) atmosphere, but personally I'm not getting very deep pleasure out of it. Hence my 3½ stars are rounded down.

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Review by admireArt
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3 stars Would have loved to love u!

Daal's , 2014, ¨DOTDN¨, starts with the super proggy ¨Malleus Maleficarum¨, which main riff is the less inspired riff I´ve heard in DAAL´s records, but the middle synth parts are quiet good, so it holds on. I start to get the idea of an ultra polished work with somewhat unsubstantial and not that original electric guitar songwriting, as soon as track 2 ¨Elektra (an evening with...)¨ , and things slow down and they start to blend into something a bit more hypnotic , eventhough the intro reminded me completely of Fripp´s tone scale sustained solos, again the Prog-Rocker spirit appears now in form of a mild-Black Sabbath meets DAAL, which is kind of fun, but not ground breaking at any point, again the keyboard sections are the real thrill.

Track 3 ¨Lilith¨is a four minute romantic and epic piano song accompained by some nice synth work and a more subtle but useful electric guitar. More in tone with the DAAL I knew, but not as astounding nor experimental or a bit daring.

Long track 4 holds the record´s so-so name ¨Dances of the Drastic Navels¨ which starts in a more experimental way, also kind of un-humorous, but then suddenly a Sabbath meets Universe Zero like harmless riff takes possesion as main theme, and the synth work is relegated to supporting actor to a quiet unimaginative and not that original, guitar work. The middle section although very ¨Underworld¨ like (the dance-trance duo, not the movie), is by far the best part up to this point, due to its more experimental and daring nature. The song´s final part is less experimental, sound wise its sounds are novel but the songwriting does not hit home (at least not mine).

Wow! Seems like the prog-reviewer who rated this album 3 stars was not joking!

The album closes down with a piano love song (a la YELLO, but taken seriously, or so they suppose), with very pretty arrangements, which is not a compliment. A good Pop song, with very nice female vocals and a movie like strings environment.

My Gods! I am extremely dissapointed!

*** 3 (minus) PA stars.

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by cyberdav

5 stars At the beginning it seems was a temporary project and instead the Daal ​have accomplished the fifth album!!

The music created by Daal could be the perfect bound of the Poe and Lovecraft; also in this opportunity , different guests attend to in rich the various instruments from keyboards, percussion, bass, guitar, and wind instruments.

Is a pleasure to emphasize that the artwork is very much taking care by (Guidoni) by speaking about music contex. The opening "Malleus Maleficarum" shows a different work from the previous, because of the technological and modern sound which could be asphyxiated and that is the dark connotation.

"Elektra..." is a claustrophobic example of rock experiment to remember the pages of king Crimson and Pink Floyd.

The connection with classical music can be see in "Lylith" with the sounding keyboard. Costa dictate the dances with powerful impulses and epic counterbalanced from inserts more sedate but less guitar claims.

A "epic" piece that will not disfigure on Island of King Crimson.

We starting to have a picture of the situation with this sonority that shows at the same time Majestic, elegant, and decadent; that unify all the electrical/electronic with acustic sound of the classic instruments.

Lots of instruments emerge in the suite "The Dance of the Drastic Novel" to date their best piece. Closing the trilogy started on their debut album "Disorganicorigami".

Exotic melody and grandeloquest, sometimes threatening in many facets with the keyboard in a growing load of tension and evocative percussion experimental and avant garde. The duo Costa Guidoni, with the contribute of absolute value musicians the (Always beautiful Tirill Mohn voice guest in the final Inside you).

He gives us one more great work, which the progress succeeds without loosing the experimental features and the research found that was fundamentals of the first album, maintaining a considerable dark component and at the same time becoming even more symphonic.

The Polyhedral Daal have done a mature work and energetic in comparison with the pass one , but continues a good path more and more engaging and intelligent, with which it continues to look ahead.

Looking for sound solution non conventional that against lead to a music fairytale.

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by Nightfly
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3 stars The curiously titled Dances Of The Drastic Navels is the fifth album from Italian duo Alfio Costa (Keyboards and Davide Guidono (drums and percussion). The title track is a continuation of two pieces that appeared on their first and second albums though I haven't heard them, my introduction to Daal being Dodecahedron, their excellent fourth album. The duo is joined by a number of guest musicians adding guitar, bass, violin and vocals.

Dances Of The Drastic Navels consists of five pieces, all largely instrumental with the exception of album closer Inside You. Daal are well placed in eclectic prog, their music being quite difficult to pin down as it draws from many styles including neo, symphonic, with samples adding an ambient and electronica feel in places, bringing Pink Floyd to mind ocasionally. Though Italian they share little ground with the bulk of bands in the RPI genre though elements of Goblin can be detected at times.

Highlight of the album is the twenty four minute The Dance Of The Drastic Navels. After an avant/ambient intro it gives way to some Dave Gilmouresque guitar leading us into a very dark section before voices lead a change into slightly more upbeat territory. Whilst good, the mid- section does outstay its welcome slightly becoming a little repetitive until a sequencer brings us out into electronica territory before some lush keyboard work leads us towards the end of this moody piece.

Biggest surprise of the album comes in the final track Inside You. Tirill Monh's breathy vocals perfectly suiting this lovely reflective piece which includes some haunting violin work.

Overall whilst Dances Of The Drastic Navels didn't hit the spot with me quite as much as the last album, the first half here not having quite the impact of the second half, Daal have nevertheless made another good album. If you haven't already, Daal are definitely worth checking out.

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Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by laramaya

5 stars Dances of the Drastic Navels has a mixed style of industrial, progressive, space, and experimental that often reminded me of Pink Floyd, Fates Warning, King Crimson, and something of cosmic couriers. "The dance of the drastic navels" is a 23 minute gem that has all those elements, along with guest musicians on guitars, bass, and strings. Daal have a formula of moving fast through their music and in the beginning, it felt disassembled and somewhat unfocused. After more listens, I saw they intended a partially chaotic music, after all, the songs are written about the heavy topic of death, doomsday and sex with female robots!! Davide and Alfio play lots of different instruments and take advantage of the modern keyboard technology that will allow most anything to be done with an entire orchestra of instruments so realistic that it will fool anyone. The last song "Inside You" starring Tirill Mohn and his magical voice, is simply beautiful, using grand piano, Violin, haunting cymbals, gongs, keys: This song reminds me of something the White Willow (obviously) but also some reference the brand of Swedish Anekdoten ....What a nice song!!!! And a perfect ending to a somewhat frightening concept of things like Witches and dark rites, Daal present things in a very artistic way, as each song stands like a portrait. The music here does not terrify you, but it seems to just be sad that things are the way they are, and wonders how they got like this. I really liked this release and look forward to many more from Daal.

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