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Crossover Prog • Italy


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Italian band DAPHNE is an artist or a band of the kind where little is known. They issued one album only, Daphne, on Italian label Mellow Records in 1996.

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3.28 | 8 ratings
Daphne
1996

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 Daphne by DAPHNE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.28 | 8 ratings

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Daphne
Daphne Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Despite being promoted by one of the biggest Italian labels, Mellow Records, Daphne from Veneto remained pretty unknown, even if their music was pretty attractive.They comprised of singer/flutist Umberto Casadei, keyboardist Michele Contini, bassist Andy Juliani, guitarist Mauro Lentola and drummer Davide Zanetti and their sole, self-titled release came out in 1996.

And what better way to open the album than a beautiful and long progressive opus like the 17-min. ''Nascita''.This follows the vein of other similar Italians acts of the period like LETHE, LOTHLORIEN, GRIMALKIN and ANCESTRY, showing full respect to the best Italian Prog tradition and pushing the whole symphonic style a bit further, showering a melodic sound with some Fusion washes and early FRANCO BATTIATO synth experiments.Great and captivating music with nice interplays, featuring balanced electric guitars, synths, organ as well as some flute work, swirling around poetic, romantic and dramatic lyrical segments, delivering complex instrumentals and showing a great consistency.''Aprile'' follows a more Neo Prog/AOR vein with good flute work and synths in evidence, containing some great vocal parts and electric solos, pretty memorable and enjoyable stuff.Other tracks are more inconsistent with a mixture of Blues, Folk and Rock'n'Roll stylings and less interesting ideas or musical executions.But the heavy Symphonic/Fusion sound of ''Untitled Nro 1'' will set things back on track, containing strong Classical influences on the organ parts and complex breaks and moves, based on guitars and synthesizers with a more experimental middle part, based on sound effects.''Pio albergo trivulzio'' is a nice surprise of Fusion and Funk sounds with expressive and theatrical vocals, somewhere between PETER GABRIEL's solo works and compatriots AREA, fine instrumental work as a whole , despite some thin period sounds.The sensitive outro ''Ultimo crepuscolo'' offers a melodic, light Symphonic Rock with flute and piano as the leading instruments, poetic vocals and some bursting electric guitars in the more bombastic parts.

Hard to pinpoint the traces of Daphne's musicians later on. Drummer Davide Zanetti worked for some time with Serena Rock Band, led by ex-Nuvole di Paglia singer Franco Serena, and he collaborated again with Daphne's guitarist Mauro Lentola in a band called L.A. Rox.I do not know if singer Umberto Casadei became a writer, but there are a couple of novels credited to a man with the same name, which is not very common.

Daphne's sole album is a great tribute to the Italian Symphonic Rock sound, slightly updated and featuring also some unimpressive and less proggy pieces.But the prog material is no less than fantastic and the album can only be labeled as ''strongly recommended''...3.5 stars.

 Daphne by DAPHNE album cover Studio Album, 1996
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Daphne Crossover Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars Daphne is the band led by Daphne Blake, of the Scooby-Doo mystery solving gang, recording during the frequent down time needed to repair the Mystery Machine.

Ok, that's not true. But since there is not much information on this group I can make up their history, can't I?

In reality, this is a gem of an album, that blends styles from many of the seventies masters into something unique. I hear hints of Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, and even some Frank Zappa in their music.

The opening track, the seventeen minute Nascita is a great launching point. This multi-part epic is like a tour through the above mentioned artists, with some weirdness thrown in.

The band has some tounge in cheek moments, especially in Spaghetti e Insalatina, that sound like a blend of Queen and a Keith Emerson Honky Tonk. It's a fun little throwaway.

But don't throw away this album if you find it.

 Daphne by DAPHNE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.28 | 8 ratings

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Daphne Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 for sure

Great and totaly unknown progressive rock band from Italy who plays an intriguing type of progressive rock full of good ideas and nice passage. Album selftitled relesed by famous mellow records in 1996. The best pieces are opening track Nascita with almost 18 min of pure greatness and awesome parts and instrumental one Untitled nr 1, the rest are ok. So a good album all the way who desearves a better view by prog listners. 3.5 for Daphne. Good arrangements and musicianship is more than pleasent , in places is even great. A combination of elements that reminds me of Genesis with an iltalian feel to it and more eclectic ones in a good measure. Flute combined with keybords with guitar , with a more psychedelic vibe in some plces are the pleasent offerings of Dapne, great name for a band and cover art btw. Leeser known italian band but for sure they need more then how they are seen today.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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