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The Greek band DAEMONIA NYMPHE were formed in the mid nineties by the Giasafakis brothers for the purpose of reproducing ancient Greek music in a modern setting. The band plays primarily acoustic instruments which are replicas of ancient Greek instruments hand-crafted by master artisan Nikolaos Mpra. The group has undergone numerous lineup and label changes during their existence by their dedication to the original theme of the band remains.

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3.96 | 8 ratings
Daemonia Nymphe
3.83 | 3 ratings
The Bacchic Dance of the Nymphs - Tyrvasia
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3.94 | 8 ratings
Krataia Asterope
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 The Bacchic Dance of the Nymphs - Tyrvasia by DAEMONIA NYMPHE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.83 | 3 ratings

The Bacchic Dance of the Nymphs - Tyrvasia
Daemonia Nymphe Prog Folk

Review by Psychedelic Paul

4 stars Music and moussaka! Daemonia Nymphe (Latin for Demon Nymph) are an ethnic ensemble of players who sound as authentically Greek as an evening of fine dining and plate-smashing at a Greek restaurant. So what's on the menu tonight? This charming band of nymphs serve up appetizing morsels of dulcimers, pandouras, bouzoukis and Greek lyres, all wrapped together in a tasty pita bread of heavenly voices and tribal percussion instruments. This ethnic blend brings to mind delicate Incantations of Mike Oldfield's music, especially on his folklore-influenced fourth album. So if you're in the mood for a Bacchanalian feast of ethnic chanting, combined with the most authentic assemblage of Greek instruments you're ever likely to experience outside of Athens, then prepare for an enjoyable evening of caroling and carousing with the nymphs. They say that the devil has all the best tunes and Daemonia Nymphe are a devilishly fine band. They're the most exotic musical experience since neoclassical darkwave duo Dead Can Dance first twanged our heartstrings, so if you're a fan of Aussie duo Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, then you're surely going to love the sound of Daemonia Nymphe. "Tyrvasia" offers up a veritable feast of charming Greek folk with some of the finest ethnic music of pure beauty you'll ever hear within the realm of a dying sun. And if you're in an adventurous spirit, then you may like to try a marathon-run of all six of Daemonia Nymphe's albums, where you'll find their latest offering "Psychostasia" is the Olympic gold medallist in terms of excellence with performances as polished as Greek marble.
 Krataia Asterope by DAEMONIA NYMPHE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.94 | 8 ratings

Krataia Asterope
Daemonia Nymphe Prog Folk

Review by Aldebaran_Well

4 stars If your fields of interest include searching for antiquity or religion related music, don' t stop reading, for Daemonia Nymphe is one of the most interesting acts worldwide and probably the band you were searching for.

Historians, scholars and art critics agree that most of the artists who claim that they reproduce ''ancient Greek'' music are frauds. That is because the archaeological findings concerning music are very very few and they don't offer enough information about how that music actually sounded. So, most of those who ''reproduce'' ancient music are doing so based merely on imagination and not on actual knowledge. Daemonia Nymphe is a completely different case though and the only one I know (along with the French Kerylos Ensemble) that have really dedicated themselves and their art to the musical recreation of that era. In my opinion, this consistent effort becomes successful for three reasons: 1) the construction and use of original handcrafted ancient instruments of luthier Nicholas Brass 2) obviously, band members are not connected to greek antiquity only artistically but philosophically/religiously as well and 3)their passion evolves through real knowledge.

The music of Daemonia Nymphe trips the listener 2500-3000 years back in time. The sound is basically theatrical and could be easily used as a soundtrack of an ancient drama. Male and female vocals interact constantly, ranging from narrations to ethereal choir parts, string instruments perform simple but powerful melodies/harmonies and percussion instruments deliver primitive, cosmic vibes. There are no choruses and complicated structures, only melodic and rhythmic patterns that support the concept of each composition, the sonic result is not monotonous though but deeply atmospheric. There is no point for a track by track analysis, as all songs seem like different chapters of the same book. All tracks represent rituals or hymns and lyrics (in ancient Greek) deal with spiritual (referring to gods, deities, etc) or mythological concepts. Now, if all this seems a bit weird to you, concentrate on the music itself and you may feel haunted by it. The band refers to its art as ''World Ethereal music''. It is true that what seems local becomes truly global, in this and many other occasions.

The obvious musical reference is the early Dead Can Dance. The big difference is that DCD were inspired by many cultures and civilizations in an exotic manner, while Daemonia Nymphe's art comes from their own blood and experience, it lives under their skin. It feels like this music does not desire to be pleasant, impressive or great but yearns to fulfil a deeper, inner cause: to appeal to the listener's timeless part of the soul, the one that unifies us with the earth, the sea, the mountains and the stars. It is impressive that music of such ancient times can be experienced as something new, as something that can be part of contemporary art. Yes, something so old can be ''progressive''!

Some final remarks: Though most tracks are definitely dark (with the introduction ''Esodos'' being one of the darkest tunes I've ever heard), ''Mouson' and ''Divine Goddess of Fertility' show the listener a path to the light, too. It is also very interesting that in tracks ''Dios Astrapaios'',''Sirens of Ulysses'' and ''Hymenaios'', ancient and modern traditional Greek music becomes one, you can actually sense all these passing centuries become dust, unimportant for art itself. Especially ''Dios Astrapaios'', featuring Psarantonis (one of the most famous and distinctive modern folk Greek artists), reconciles the past and the present in the most vivid and creative way. I have to say though that my favourite track is the self titled one, a divine tune that instantly takes you by the hand and guides you to this timeless realm.

As a Greek, I am proud of my land's history and I like to promote the good and worthy Greek progressive artists, so in this case I can do both! Don't treat Daemonia Nymphe as another prog band, for this is not their only nature. If you have the chance to see them live and experience the visual performance too (with their masks, costumes and everything), you will then be able to treat them as what they basically are: a cultural phenomenon.

4 ancient stars.

 Daemonia Nymphe by DAEMONIA NYMPHE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.96 | 8 ratings

Daemonia Nymphe
Daemonia Nymphe Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars As with DEAD CAN DANCE before them, contemporaries FAUN from Germany, and Italy's CORDE OBLIQUE after them, DAEMONIA NYMPHE fuses ancient instruments and long suppressed primal moods with a more modern approach. While in this case we are dealing with the Greek tradition, it's worth noting that the styles of the far flung bands seem to converge when we turn the clock backwards, even if the instrumentation and languages vary according to the traditions. The closest comparison would be FAUN because of the uniform melancholia, conveying claustrophobic images of life in caves sheltering from the blood and soul sucking creatures that supposedly lurked in every darkened corner.

The instrumentation is entirely acoustic and skillfully plucked and blown, and the tunes tend to be repetitive and hypnotic, even mesmerizing at times, thus often seemingly dashing one's best intentions in the first place, unless they involved meditation. It's hard to pick out a highlight or two because your own experience might draw you hither and yon. I do enjoy most of what's here, especially the delicately bouncy "Summoning Divine Selene" and the decidedly more middle eastern sounding "Dance of the Satyrs". The narrative vocal style appears for the first time on "Nymphs of the Seagod Nereus" and "Hymn to Bacchus", which also includes some of the more harmonious vocals on the disk and a splendiferous outro.

This debut is probably the place to start with DAEMONIA NYMPHE, as it is their most consistently dense and uniform album that provides an inexpensive and high quality alternative to past life regression.

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition.

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