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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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3.66 | 77 ratings
Disorganicorigami
2009
3.96 | 99 ratings
Destruktive Actions Affect Livings
2011
4.19 | 75 ratings
Echoes of Falling Stars
2011
4.00 | 182 ratings
Dodecahedron
2012
4.59 | 40 ratings
Dances of the Drastic Navels
2014

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4.00 | 20 ratings
Destruktive Actions affect Livings limited edition boxset
2011
3.89 | 28 ratings
Dodecahedron (Limited Edition Boxset)
2012

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4.21 | 19 ratings
Echoes
2012
4.15 | 22 ratings
The Call of the Witches
2012

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 Dances of the Drastic Navels by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.59 | 40 ratings

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by andrea
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5 stars Dances Of The Drastic Navels is the fifth album by Daal, a project that began life in 2008 on the initiative of composer and keyboardist from Bergamo Alfio Costa and Roman drummer Davide Guidoni. It was released in 2014 on the independent label Agla Records and confirms all the good qualities of Daal's previous works. During the recording sessions Alfio Costa and Davide Guidoni were helped by some guest musicians such as Ettore Salati (guitars), Bobo Aiolfi (bass), Tirill Mohn (vocals), Letizia Riccardi (violin) and Guglielmo Mariotti (vocals) and the final result is an interesting, well balanced mix of vintage sounds and electronica, classical influences and an experimentalism that never falls in the trap of self-indulgence and never loses touch with melody and rhythm.

The dark opener "Malleus Maleficarum" is a long epic that could recall Goblin or Antonius Rex. The title refers to The Malleus Maleficarum (Latin for "The Hammer of Witches"), one of the best known medieval treatises on witches whose main purpose was to challenge all arguments against the existence of witchcraft and to instruct magistrates on how to identify, interrogate and convict witches. Although officially banned by the Catholic Church, it soon became a kind of handbook for witch-hunters and Inquisitors throughout Late Medieval Europe. So you can imagine charms and spells, wicked monks and exorcisms conjured up by the music... This track is completely instrumental but for the murmured narrative vocals in Latin provided by Guglialmo Mariotti and it goes through many changes in rhythm and atmosphere. Anyway I can find in this piece also a pinch of light irony that every now and again makes me think of Good Omens, a funny novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman about the birth of the son of Satan and the coming of the End Times...

Next comes "Elektra (An Evening With...)", an eerie instrumental piece that, according to Alfio Costa, was inspired by the memory of a dear friend of the night who's not with us any longer. It features an exotic, disquieting atmosphere and alternates calm passages to sudden surges of electric rage. The title and the music could recall Elektra, a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman... It leads to the following "Lilith", a short, delicate track filled with a nice sense of ethereal romanticism. According to Alfio Costa, it's an hypnotic lullaby that was inspired by a carving on a tree...

"The Dance Of The Drastic Navels" is a long, complex suite that in some way summarizes, develops and concludes the story begun on Daal's debut album Disorganicorigami and its sequel on the following Destruktive Actions Affect Livings. It's the story of a man from the future bewitched by a strange, beautiful creature half-woman and half-robot. Eventually the unfortunate man becomes just a toy boy in the hands of the cybernetic witch but most of the narrative is up to your imagination that the music just tries to inspire and stir... On the conclusive track, "Inside You", Tirill Mohn's suggestive vocals in some way give shape to the witch, a dark angel in a dream that becomes nightmare, a magic dancer able to drive you insane and to damn your soul... "We'll never be the same / We'll never see this light / Your sun will fall in my dark sea / And my drastic navel will dance over your soul...".

Well, probably the beautiful art work by Davide Guidoni describes better than all my words the spirit of this excellent album. Anyway, have try and judge by yourselves: you can listen to the complete album on bandcamp!

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4.59 | 40 ratings

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by tatoosha

5 stars Fifth disc for the avant-garde duo Alfio Costa and Davide Guidoni. After the critical success of the good "Dodecahedron" released two years ago the two polinstrumentist with solid roots in the scene of progressive italian rock, under the now consolidated Monicher Daal, Give life to a new creative path, in need of infinite plays, to be fully understood. The proposal of Daal it is almost fully instrumental except the vocals from the lending Tirill Mohn (White Willow). In excellent "Inside you" that makes further experimental attitude of the Binomial Tricolor. "Dance of the Drastic Navels" delves into progressive territory with stratification of keyboards, which constitute the supporting heart of composition never dull, which tracks we encounter ambient not Always usable but fortunately the Daal cure in a maniacally care; also the emotional aspect of the own composition, as also demonstrate in the beautiful graphic work. Always managing to leave something to the listener.

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4.59 | 40 ratings

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by rubycone

5 stars The Italian band Daal was formed by Alfio Costa and David Guidoni towards the end of the 2008, and released their first cd "Disorganicorigami" in 2009. "Dances of the Drastic Navels" is the fifth album.

For those unfamiliar with the productions of Daal and who would like to explore their material, one should note that this is a band that operates well outside of classic borders of prog. What we're dealing with here is a band that defies a true genre placement. Electronic, art rock and progressive metal are all part of the proceedings, with a fair amount of experimentation thrown in for good measure too.

The compositions are all challenging and sophisticated in both structure and arrangements. The common denominator throughout is a dark, industrial prog atmosphere. All pieces feature multiple themes and motifs, twisting and turning in quirky sequences where careful subtle developments are just as common as dramatic, sudden shifts in arrangements, style and expression.

Giving a totally accurate description of these constructions would take a lot of space, if at all possible. It's a case of expect the unexpected, created and performed with a high degree of excellence throughout. One may describe the end result as avant-garde or experimental in scope, and definitely as a part of the progressive rock universe: versatile, challenging, sophisticated, and most certainly innovative.

Like most artists that aim to reach beyond the established boundaries and conceptions.

A special mention for the song "Inside you", with a special appearance by Tirill Mohn (Ex-White Willow) on vocals, a poignant atmosphere!!

Daal conceive an album is an album that showcases a band that aims for innovation and versatility. Compositions and arrangements are complex and challenging, the individual songs and the album as a whole unpredictable. Prog, metal, electronic and experimental are several expressions utilized within the vast musical universe Daal explores, but can to some extent be described as the outer limits. A high quality production by a high quality band, well worth exploring by adventurous progressive rock fans with a vast and liberal taste for all aspects of the genre. In particular by those who treasure productions of a highly challenging and innovative nature.

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 Dances of the Drastic Navels by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.59 | 40 ratings

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars You have to hand it to the Italians, they are a crafty bunch, always looking to provide fun, pleasure and emotion in whatever they decide to sink their talents into. Cooking, fashion, cars, design, footy, wine, architecture and of course, music. So veteran RPI masters Alfio Costa of Tilion and Prowlers fame and drum maestro Davide Guidoni (Taproban, Nuova Era, Aries and Gallant Farm) searched out a niche for their deepest creative urges, effectively combining sweeping electronics in the Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, JM Jarre mode and infusing them with symphonic prog, a dab of gothic ambient and some old school King Crimson motifs that, all combined in a bartender's shaker, provides a heady cocktail of astounding sounds and amazing music. The result is an original take on soundtrack panoramas, mind music of the highest order and an intense, I daresay, explorative demeanor. Dodecahedron was a masterpiece but all the Daal albums are impressive, including remakes of Pink Floyd's classic 'Echoes', and Pain of Salvation's "Undertow", ballsy and successful moves indeed! Daal is rapidly becoming a personal all-time favorite for many prog fans, yours truly on the front lines. On board are some amazing guests , the trustworthy return of marvelous guitarist Ettore Salati (The Watch, The Redzen, SoulenginE) is only trumped by the vocal presence of Tirill Mohn of White Willow fame, as well as Bobo Aiolfi on bass (a Tilion pal) . Alfio Costa handles a vast arsenal of analog and digital keyboards, uniting the Froese with the Wakeman. The mood has always been dark, brooding and hinging on evil, loaded with despair, perspiration and palpable fear, it's actually quite hard to explain or categorize.

So the mood on this strangely titled disc gets even more sombre, a spectral world of surrealism, abstract emotions and a visceral sense of suspended animation. The devilish "Malleus Maleficarum" has all these attributes in copious amounts, slashed by a lightning Ettore Salati guitar rampage. Like some fugitive train, the gruesome pulse seems both controlled and rather haywire, as if to underline the sheer audacity of playing such a style of cinematographic prog. Alfio's various sleek electronics provide an utterly modern sheen, soundtrack to some suspenseful movie. Davide shows little pity on the drum kit and Bobo follows along, smiling as his instrument rumbles mightily. Unsettling, slightly menacing and totally brilliant.

The wily titled "Elektra" suggests all manners of fantasy, a misty unfurling of swooning ambient sound that gradually involves a stylized rhythmic track, paralleled by Salati's urgent axe scouring the heavens, then followed by an assortment of synthesized gurgles, rasps, collisions and detours. Cripplingly mind-altering, the mood merges Pink Floyd's ambient ruminations with a harder edged Wagnerian psychosis that is wholly original. The insistent piano chaperones the exalted fret board most convincingly, waltzing frenetically into some unknown void. I feel this is all so disturbing!

In contrast to all the heroic Sturm und Drang, "Lilith" extols the virtues of a more sensually romantic direction, fueled by a repetitive Chopin-like piano sequence that screams both splendor and sorrow. This gentle 'berceuse' swings back and for serenely and while highly romantic, the music remains firmly slotted on an underbelly of palpable angst. The vivacious guitar repeats the theme, ultimately veering back to piano, mellow cello and military snare drum as it evaporates into the clouds. This is perfect.

La piece de resistance is the title track, a monstrous affair that spans nearly 24 minutes, "Dances of Drastic Navels", a slow burn entrée that infuses a wide variety of effects, enough sampled distant voices, shudders, pants, clicks and beeps to fill a sound gallery. The Gothic straight jacket guitar has an ominous tone, the piano remains chaotic and slivers of synthesized spittle adorn the echoing drumbeats, the progression stays laborious and unhurried. The second part involves even more weird sweeping electronics, dense mellotron carpets and that aggressive low guitar tone that recalls Mick Ronson, though in an obviously more sinister environment than the Spiders from Mars! The perverted piano asserts the degenerative illusion of something going gradually bonkers, the feverish mood is impeccably classic King Crimson inspired, while the sequencer- crazy synths offer up a near Klaus Schulze/Tangerine Dream feel, less Teutonic and way more insanity- oriented. The final section reverts to shimmering beauty ,after dealing with the nasty beast and shows clearly that Daal can master both extremes, perhaps even boldly going even further into the depths of such a 'starless' universe. Tranquility returns in the guise of an achingly gorgeous piano, entwined with the most subtle mellotron I have ever heard. The mighty string machine flickers along majestically, Salati pointing his guitar gun and firing in semi-automatic mode and Costa pushing the ivories along. Astonishing yet also disconcerting stuff!

Just when one expects another tenebrous arrivederci, the Daal crew set out to completely astound with a piece that is out of context though not necessarily out of character, the sweeping melancholia of "Inside You" will have you scurrying to find your misplaced jaw, accidentally kicked in all the commotion, to the trash-infested curb. Tirill Mohn of White Willow and solo fame, takes over the microphone with her panting and sensual voice, with the mission to thoroughly stun and surprise. Guest violinist Letizia Riccardi plays with masterful emotion, compounded by the multi-layered voices of the Norwegian star.

This is not RPI, not really Symphonic, definitely not Neo or Crossover, Daal is a one of a kind purveyor of drastic plastic (to quote Be Bop Deluxe) that truly seeks to take the musical adventure into further realms of creativity, further stretching the boundaries between genres and sub-genres. Their catalog has kept on growing in quality and stature, so this will remain one of my 2014 favorites. It goes without any wonder or surprise that my most esteemed colleague and, to a certain extent common prog traveler Aussie-Byrd-Brother, has anointed this with equal universal acclaim.

5 dire umbilici

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4.59 | 40 ratings

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Dances of the Drastic Navels
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Occupying a particularly dark corner of the Italian Prog scene, DAAL, a duo comprised of Alfio Costa (with an army of vintage and modern keyboards) and Davide Guidoni (an assortment of acoustic and electronic drums/percussion), couldn't be further away from traditional RPI sounds. Instead, they favour a varied mix of very modern sounding dark electronics, classical sophistication and avant-garde sophistication in their music, and their fifth release since 2009 offers their heaviest, most gothic flavoured work to date. Predominantly instrumental, the bafflingly titled `Dances of the Drastic Navels' (a reference to several pieces from their previous albums) confirms that the band and their music keep growing in stature and maturity with each release, delivering more intricate and lavish music each time, trying to balance gloomy darkness with reassuring light, and it's one of the standout progressive releases, Italian or otherwise, of 2014.

Opener `Malleus Maleficarum' instantly grabs you by the throat and squeezes, an unholy trinity of shimmering electro-pop synth sleekness, intimidating slab-like sludgy metal riffing and eerie piano ambience. Davide's skittering clipped percussion loops and bashing drums, disorientating warping effects and hissing voices recall fellow Italian gloom-mongers Antonius Rex. The DAAL fellas seamlessly bring the piece out of a reflective ambient passage in the middle by way of heroic and grand electric guitar soloing, perfectly displaying their mastery of build and drama. `Elektra (An Evening With...)' opens in a very ambient manner with sustained electric guitar notes over gentle lapping washes of synths before lurching monolithic riffs oppress with a variety of twitching programmed beats. Fellow Italian prog-related musician Ettore Salati's emotional guitar ruminations make the piece resemble a more darkly symphonic version of Pink Floyd.

`Lillith' is a sorrowful, reflective, impossibly beautiful and fragile lament, like the most pitch-black morose version of King Crimson you've never heard before. Mud-thick Mellotron full of infernal regal majesty drones over ghostly piano, chiming acoustic guitar and groaning cello that puts most gothic bands to shame. The 24 minute title track epic has the band incorporating reprises and themes from previous instalments of the piece on past albums, but it more than stands on it's own feet. Due to the longer running time here, there's plenty of room for the band to deliver ambient and slowly building intimidating atmospheres. Droning treated voices, trickling electronic bleeds, hypnotic pounding drumming and maddening repetitive electric guitars wear down the listener. The second movement resembles a magical gothic pantomime, searing violin crying around ominous Mellotron, Bobo Aiolfi of Italian prog band Tilion's forceful bass and Alfio's cascading piano. The next passage moves into a nightmarish Tangerine Dream-like electronic breakdown before a Mellotron soaked King Crimson-styled symphonic finale, all delivered with power and grandiosity.

But the band save the best until last. Letizia Riccardi's weeping violin, stark piano, uneasy ambient white-noise and fluid fretless bass mourn together with guest Tirill Mohn's incomparable feminine sadness on the final piece `Inside You.' The Norwegian prog-folk artist, ex of White Willow, is no stranger to wounded yet hopeful music, and her voice here is defeated yet defiant, full of longing that cries tears of downbeat beauty. This exquisite closer is one of the absolute greatest and most moving moments to appear on a progressive music release in all of 2014.

Band member Alfio spoke of isolating himself away to write the compositions for this album, and that sense of loneliness and seclusion permeates the entire disc. With it's sinister and unsettling cover artwork to the gothic inspired creeping suspense with the music itself, DAAL's fascination with real mood and black atmosphere ensures the album is their most cultivated and mature work so far. Those who find darker Italian prog artists, as well as the poetic sadness of bands like My Dying Bride will very much relate to this one, and even more adventurous metal and gothic fans will find plenty to interest them here. It's amazing to discover how DAAL keep refining and perfecting their mix of dark ambience with modern electronics, and it's another winner for the Italian duo. As mentioned at the beginning, it just may also be one of the standout moments in progressive music in 2014...if you don't mind a walk on the dark side!

Four and a half stars.

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 Destruktive Actions Affect Livings by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.96 | 99 ratings

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Destruktive Actions Affect Livings
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars The second Daal effort ''Destruktive actions affect livings'' came out in 2011 in two different versions: One coming with the bonus CD ''Echoes of falling stars'' in an extremely limited edition of around 60 copies and a more regular one, featuring only the album.Again the whole sessions took place in two different studios with a nice number of famous guests helping out: Guglielmo Mariotti and Ettore Salati from The Watch on bass and sitar respectively, Alessandro Papotto from Periferia del Mondo and Nodo Gordiano on sax/clarinet, violinist Riccardo Paltanin, Germinale's Salvo Lazzara on guitar and Roberto Aiolfi of Prowlers and Tilion on fretless bass.

The presence of all these guests does not mean that Daal have removed from the experimental, Avant-Garde and electronic soundscapes of their debut.The musicians appear separately in specific moments of specific pieces and the music is still grounded on Davide Guidoni's heavy percussions and Alfio Costa's depth on a keyboard manifest and samplers' possessing.Take equal beats from Electronic Music, Industrial and Progressive Rock and throw them into a mix to imagine what this whole project is all about.Sonic soundscapes, distorted instrumentals, vintage refrences in a Film Score mood ala GOBLIN and some extremely haunting prog stuff with a slight KING CRIMSON edge due to the strong use of Mellotron and the sparse presence of electric guitar.There are even references to Eastern-Asian and Ethnic Music as well as some horrifying, symphonic tunes in the vein of IL BALLETO DI BRONZO.Vocals are very limited (as on the 17-min. ''The dance of the drastic navels part II'') and the album is obviously directed to experimental forms on using keyboards and samplers as a guide, balanced by other changing instruments.It's some sort of an Avant Prog release with emphasis on cosmic electronics and sinister keyboard themes, which surprisingly works quite nice, despite the exhibition of many loose executions and semi-improvised acoustics.

Solid work for the mystified community of Experimental Prog.Lovers of Avant-Garde Music ala FRANCO BATTIATO or ALAN SORRENTI as well as those into mysterious Soundtracks will love this one as well.Recommended.

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3.96 | 99 ratings

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Destruktive Actions Affect Livings
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by tatoosha

5 stars The music is a composition of strong emotions, especially if you appreciate Progressive Rock, the genre in which the artist feels free and "naked" in experiencing their feelings into sounds. There is one who rides the genre on the waves of others' success, remaining tight to certain stereotypes, and there are those who are carried away from the heart and mind, maybe even into the paths never discovered before. Alfio Costa and David Guidoni are the Daal (from Bergamo) and those who follow the Italian Prog scene, already knows the caliber of the characters in question. To accompany the two artists there are special guests, such as Guglielmo Mariotti (The Watch) on vocals and bass, Ettore Salati (The Watch) to the sitar, Bobo Aiolfi (Tilion) on bass, Alessandro Papotto (Banco) on sax, Salvo Lazzara (Pensiero Nomade) on guitar and Riccardo Paltanin the violin.

"Destruktive Actions Affect Livings" continues the discussion undertaken with the debut album in 2009 titled "Disorganicorigami", running the sensations almost on the same track. Having to deal with musicians who are part of the DNA Prog, inevitably their entire musical culture is to show where in every single song, also passing through psychedelic style Pink Floyd at the New Prog and so on and so forth. Character and musical culture collide to give life to a work definitely difficult to memorize, but thit makes you think and excites. The artwork is obviously by Davide Guidoni.

The spatial two minutes of "The Redroom" enable to predict what one will encounter, thrilling and fantastic emotions, thanks mainly to the electronic equipment. Interlayer between growing and thoughtful pauses shakes the psyche of the listener, who is accustomed to Prog Psychedelic, has something to think about, otherwise the journey becomes steep and complex as in "Anarchrist." Daal flies high, between the cosmos and the border of the imagination. Investing time and money today, 2011, in such operations has something masochistic, because the society with 'bite and escape' rules, leaves no way to any other alternative business, for this "Destruktive Actions Affect Livings" in the eyes of the fans of the genre takes on a critical bombast, while the daily listener may encounter difficulties of acquisition. This is obviously not interesting for the duo, who launches headlong into the music that fills the mind. Psychic soundtrack, introspective moments, walking inside 'myself", game of feelings, fear, grief and amazement, basically a game in which no sound will come across every day.

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 Dodecahedron by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 182 ratings

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Dodecahedron
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars The fourth DAAL album from 2012, `Dodecahedron', sees this talented Italian band take their varied compositions to the grandest heights possible, resulting in their most richly detailed and defining musical statement to date. Despite hailing from Italy, DAAL, or rather the two main musicians Alfio Costa (with an army of vintage and modern keyboards, check the detailed list above!) and Davide Guidoni (all manner of acoustic and electronic drums/percussion), rarely compose in the style of traditional Italian progressive rock (although this one has more of those moments that previously), instead favouring a varied mix of very modern sounding dark electronics, classical sophistication and avant-garde experimentalism, all soaked in oceans of the grand ol' Mellotron. The duo have also recruited guest players from numerous other Italian bands such as Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, The Watch, Hostsonaten, Soulengine, Trama, Tilion and Archangel to achieve their ambitions with this work.

Despite being fully instrumental, each of the twelve tracks here are represented by a mix of stories or poems, not only written by the two main musicians, but also from submitted pieces by fans of the band and elsewhere. Generally of a darkly supernatural quality (this is also highlighted by the uncomfortably occult themed artwork on the album cover and inside the CD sleeve), the words offer the duo ample opportunity to present their eerie soundtracks, and, taken as a continuous whole, the work seamlessly moves through a wide range of shifting moods, emotions and atmospheres. Other reviewers such as Andrea have already offered a definitive look at this project relating to the words of the various poems and stories provided, so I'll mostly focus instead on the music, especially considering it's a purely instrumental work.

`Bianco' opens with an howling distorted wail, truly the sound of a soul in torment, and the music that follows perfectly captures the words of solitude offered in the CD booklet. A gently maddening storm of flute and saxophone from Banco's Alessandro Papotto, pitchy electronics and spooky piano is contrasted with almost an heroic or victorious Mellotron theme over purposeful drumming that King Crimson and Anekdoten fans will quickly love. `Sclerotics Days' is mostly a grand extended slide guitar solo from Ettore Salati in the proud David Gilmour tradition over glorious intimidating Mellotron, highly emotional and overwhelming. `La Suora Nera' is a brooding heavy stop/start guitar stomper that offers some more strangled Crimson menace, but also steps a little closer to traditional Italian prog with moments of classically inspired violin, somber piano and militaristic drumming. Some spiraling Moog solos almost give little moments a Rick Wakeman touch as well. `La Bambola di Lana' is a sorrowful tale of children who have lost their parents and the form that death manifests itself as, it's presented as a spectral waltz, full of drowsy drumming, reflective cello and ghostly piano that frequently brings an R.I.O flavour.

The moody ambient jazz of `L'Ultimo Incontro' features an increasingly desperate and suffocating clarinet solo from Alessandro until Mellotron's cut their way through to bring a slightly malevolent quality. Despite another grand Pink Floyd inspired electric guitar solo in the finale, the title track is a droning ambient middle-eastern flavoured desert-blown flute and electronic experiment that reminds me of a more successful marriage of the different styles that Agitation Free attempted to mixed results on their `Second' album. Guest harpist Vincenzo Zitello has a standout moment on `La Torre', a delicate medieval flavoured acoustic interlude (with hints of Andreas Vollenweider), while `Bambino e il Sogno' is a dreamy and disorientating electronic sound-collage that creates a very hypnotic mood, almost like something off Gong's `You', with some nice thick bass work from Roberto Aiolfi of Tilion.

After a couple of those more sedate and thoughtful pieces, the relentless space-rocker `I Can Not Let Go' kicks back to life with swirling electronics, scratchy Mellotron and searing violin. `The Moon Is Pale Tonight' returns us to the earth, a sweetly gentle yet melancholic jazzy come-down with sublime saxophone playing again from Papotto. The next two pieces are especially a showcase for violinist Sylvia Trabucco. The experimental `I Left For Home' is a vioin-led lonely gothic lament, with subtle use of Mellotron, metallic looped effects and a variety of repetitive percussion to wear the listener down. The classical album closer `Il Padre Vedevo Distante' is a sorrowful piano and violin-led epic that almost takes on a glorious orchestral majesty, with Moog soloing full of longing, regimented drumming and what feels like a slab of Mellotron bearing down on the listener with a stalking wicked glee.

Make sure to give this album a listen on a good pair of headphones to get a better idea of the depth of Alfio and Davide's playing and the clarity of their compositions. Each album from the pair sees them revealing new qualities, and despite being over 70 minutes in length, there's not a filler track to be found, each piece successfully creating a mood that stays with the listener long after the disc has ended. No doubt, `Dodecahedron' is truly sumptuous, and without question, it's the most complex, intricate and sophisticated work to date from the Italian duo. Where they go from here will be hugely thrilling to discover.

Four and a half stars.

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 Dodecahedron by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 182 ratings

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Dodecahedron
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by tatoosha

5 stars The new album by Daal, bizarre Italian musical reality, is a monstrously rich album, articulate, complex, iridescent, these the first impressions! "Dodecahedron" , as the title suggests, has 12 twelve acts, twelve soundscapes inspired by Gothic tales written by friends and fans of the band, a synergy of music and literature appropriate and suitable to the spirit of the noble and intellectual of the group . "Dodecahedron" is an instrumental album infused with a multitude of suggestions, atmospheres and nuances that produce inner vibrations, feelings and emotions that only artists can translate into living matter, as is the case for painters, sculptors, and also musicians. Progressive music mixed in with large brackets folk, psychedelic and ambient with a predilection for melancholy skies, blacks, disturbing, sinister, mysterious although never distressing or frightening. Daal don't want to impress you with easy emotions, always seek the most difficult, subtle, cathartic, then to blow up all the anxiety of those who listen, and intimidated at the same time lulled by the sound of stories, deep and visionary as the outcomes of a night, at the base of absinthe and gothic spiers. An album that is the antithesis of banality.

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 Disorganicorigami by DAAL album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.66 | 77 ratings

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Disorganicorigami
Daal Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt

3 stars DAAL's first registered 2009 album: "Disorganicorigami", shows clearly the band's whereabouts.

Quiet deconstructed and excessively experimental, it somehow prefigures DAAL's "future", far more polished albums. But that will be the "future". This one holds some very good songs, others are good, and some others kind of expendable. The best surprise is to find these guys roots, on Non-prog/Prog bands like "YELLO", "Tuxedomoon" and "Underworld's" electronic/ trance.. Also, a lot of very early "electronic music",( which by the way, many consider Italy to be its "craddle", way back in 1930). And close to Prog influences like Van der Graff, ELP, Univers Zero and Klaus Schulze's first works.

"The good and the not so good":

It is daring but also simplistic. It has attractive and intelligent proposals, but stays short of them more than once. The experimental "electronics" opposed to "acoustic" instruments performances, predict their "future" musical language, but on this one, the results on some songs is outbalanced by one or the other. The use of "vintage" synths sounds is novel in these "times" (2009), but the sound alone does not help much, if it really does not trascend the mere use of them as "collectible vintage instruments". And finally although there are interesting musical lines that could have been worked, more than once they just act as background, to less surprising structures, that have been "worked" vaguely or to an excess of repetition.

The best is that this band will jump from this to their 2nd., excellent album. And the good parts outweight the not so good.

To wrap it up, good but will be better. This is not the best place to start your DAAL's aquaintance, more for people who have already listened to posterior works and care to know this band's whereabouts. Therefore good, but not essential, until you listen to their following projects and become a DAAL's follower .

***3 PA stars.

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