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DÁNAE

Heavy Prog • Argentina


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Formed in 1979 with RUSH, YES, LED ZEPPELIN and DEEP PURPLE plus national hero act CRUCIS, DÁNAE is an Argentinean instrumental quartet with a very long experience in the underground rock scene of Rosario (Santa Fe), and yet, a very minimal discography so far. DÁNAE band kept itself quite busy during the 80s displaying its powerful sound based on the dual guitars' interplaying and the construction of a robust rhythm section: with a reasonable amount of complexity and lots of stamina, DÁNAE built and established a style on the heavy side of progressive rock, without letting go of the melodic and bombastic elements of standard progressive symphonic rock. Eventually, the band's activity diminished in favor of its individual members' other interests and jobs, and so it dissolved in the early 90s.

But, again, the unpredictable winds of change brought a new era for DÁNAE when it reformed in the year 2000: with the original energy fully reborn, the band managed to record its self-produced namesake debut album in 2004, at "Del Camote Records" Studios. For the time of the album's debut, the foursome presented it at the Funes venue, in the context of the celebration of Rosario's 130th anniversary. As the new millennium goes through its second decade, DÁNAE finds itself busy, on and off, compiling old material that didn't make it in the first album and writing new material in order to complete the repertoire for an eventual sophomore release. And, of course, performing live whenever the occasion rises.

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3.00 | 2 ratings
Dánae
2004
3.91 | 14 ratings
Medusa
2013

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 Dánae by DÁNAE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Dánae Heavy Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Not much is known around the timeline of this under-the-radar Argentinian band from Rosario, which was formed in 1979.Danae had a good live activity during the 80's, always remaining behind the scenes but building a cult fame through the years.The quartet of guitarists Pablo and Marcelo Lopez, bassist Willi Torres and drummer Sergio Schegtel would only record a self-titled album at the Studios of Del Camote Records in their homecity between February and September 2004 and release it independently the same year.

A very short work, almost each minute corresponds to each year of Danae's 25-year history, ''Danae'' offers an instrumental Heavy Rock, based on dual guitars and impressive bass/drums pounds.The band cites Rush, Yes, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin as its primary influences and this album definitely contains tons of late-70's RUSH references and LED ZEPPELIN vibes in the Hard Rockin' solos, but you could add also some touches of Fusion in the more technical lines of the album.The fact that the band decided to offer an album of less than 30 minutes is at least respectable, not getting through indulgent instrumental mannerisms, as all pieces contain dense and powerful Heavy Rock executed with passion and sheer energy.Strong ALEX LIFESON inspirations appear in the Power Rock grooves of this release, which is also characterized by emphatic solos, melodic runs and virtuosic grooves.The music is always dynamic, mostly fast and often pretty heavy with multiple mood changes in a limited time, while the bass work of Willi Torres shines through.

Solid, sincere and bombastic guitar-based Heavy Prog.A must have for all fans of RUSH, TILES and the likes, a couple of additional tracks wouldn't hurt.Recommended overall.

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 Medusa by DÁNAE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 14 ratings

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

4 stars What a great surprise this turned out to be! I purchased Argentinean band Danae's second album `Medusa' as something of an afterthought in a recent prog order, probably thinking `Oh yeah, another new instrumental album, might be cool'. Sure, the cover was nice (kind of a `Brain Salad Surgery'/H.R Giger influence going on there), but I just threw in on a pile to get to eventually. Eventually finally came, and I'm happy to discover it was an exciting and dynamic collection of extended instrumental pieces, frequently in a heavy style, although never metal, and thankfully still full of the grand progressive bombast we love so much.

A bit of background to this mostly unknown band. Despite being formed in the late 70's and maintaining a continuous profile on the live circuit throughout the 80's, the four piece band (two guitars, bass and drums) never got around to recording a proper studio album, eventually disbanding in the early 90's. Fortunately the inspirational fires were relit in 2000, and after finally recording a self-titled debut in 2004, we now have this further follow-up.

I won't detail each piece on the album, but try to imagine the musical dexterity of 70's Rush without the high pitched squealing vocals, or the technicality of Dutch instrumental band Finch without their keyboard dominated sound and you'll get a little closer to understanding the way these guys work. All of the tracks offer complex hard rock formed around weaving twin guitar melodies, aggressive upfront leaping bass and rapid-fire intricate exhausting drumming that never misses a beat. The band move through seamless transitions, winding musical passages, playing a rock/fusion of sorts (rarely jazzy) and always catchy, deeply grooving and very melodic. There is a highly skilled level of musicianship on display here, and best of all, despite being a modern recording, if you didn't know you would swear this was a vintage release from back when the band were first playing.

Special mention must also go to the lovely mini LP packaging that a few of the Viajero Inmovil Records label releases seem to have had recently, as well as the exquisite artwork by Felipe Abel Surkan on display throughout. Despite the aforementioned Giger influenced front cover, it's the surreal imagery on the back cover and inside that really stands out and would be very prized by prog fans. Lets hope a proper vinyl of this CD is in the works, as the larger format would really do the art justice.

We're very fortunate that Danae finally got around to recording their compositions and rewarding us with an exceptional release. 2013 has seen so many first-rate instrumental albums, and `Medusa' can proudly stand alongside those other titles. While some of them might be actually better, this little underdog album is more than capable of taking on the bigger, more high-profile instrumental artists. Lovers of heavy prog will find it to be a kick-ass album, and followers of sophisticated yet gutsy instrumental prog will discover yet another fine addition to their collection.

Four stars.

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