Doracor Official Website | La vita che cade

Doracor Official Website

New Italian Progressive Rock

Has anyone ever noticed how good the Italians are on their pianos and keyboards? Even those bands that exist on the fringes of the Italian scene with barely any recognition; they too have world-class keyboard players. It goes without saying that band leader Corrado Sardella is one of these amazing musicians, and his skills come to the fore under the anagrammatic title DoracorLa vita che cade is the 8th studio album under the Doracor title - not including the Wanderlust album of early demos - with the first, The Long Pathway, appearing as early as 1997. However, La vita che cade is the first to appear on this website, and Doracor make for an impressive DPRP debut.

Doracor's music lies heavily in the soft-neo-symphonic-prog realm, with emphasis on the 'symphonic' part. Often the band is loud and cinematic but, more importantly, they always retain a great sense of melody. These tunes are not only hummable; they get inside your head so that there's no other option than to play that song again!

There is no better place to find examples of this than on the stunning 13-minute opening track Settimo cielo. Essentially a symphonic-style overture for the album, it's an epic prelude for what's to come. After a heart-wrenching guitar solo, the listener is taken on a roller coaster ride of themes and emotions. Importantly, two less common instruments are featured here, and on the rest of the album. Sardella occasionally steps out of the limelight to make way for Riccardo Mastantuono on violin and Vincenzo Antonicelli on saxes, giving a more varied flavour to what could have otherwise been a rather samey album. The track ends on an eerie yet somehow comforting and familiar chord progression played on the Mellotron. Straight after, it's into the titular track and it's still mostly instrumental. The melodies flow beautifully into one another and are climaxed by wonderful singing in Italian from Milton Damia to the melody of the guitar solo heard at the beginning of the album. Very uplifting indeed!

This repetition of themes suggests that this is a concept album, although without my Italian handbook I am none the wiser as to what this album is about. I'm OK with that, because the music is incredible enough to keep me entertained. Most of the songs are very strong indeed, although the album itself suffers from sinking under its own weight at 68 minutes in length. The one odd track out is Planet X. Very noisy and synth driven, it sticks out like a sore thumb on this mostly mature album. Persevere and you will be rewarded, as cockle-warming tracks such as Dentro il tuo mondo dazzle you with their stunning guitar solos. Lastly, the appropriately titled Lentamente is the final standout track on this album, with its second half reprising the chord progression heard at the end of Settimo cielo, although this time with drums and a truly sensational guitar solo before the outro track Attimo.

I have not heard the band's previous output but I'd be very interested to as it's not often that a band is this good by album #8. Though not wholly consistent, the album does not outstay its welcome, and features more than its fair share of impressive moments. It just goes to show that Italian prog scene is still thriving as it was back in the old days. This album comes recommended for fans of Doracor's former stablemates La Coscienza di Zeno as the two have an almost identical style. Certainly a band to keep an eye on.

Basil Francis


Confermando una sezione ritmica che vede la presenza di drummers veri e quindi senza la batteria elettronica degli esordi, Corrado Sardella, alias Doracor, sforna l'ennesimo lavoro con il suo marchio di fabbrica, ormai inconfondibile per chi lo segue fin dagli esordi.
Si parte con Settimo cielo, una mini-suite di circa tredici minuti, la cui breve introduzione Improperium è, a sorpresa, un canto gregoriano, che dopo un paio di minuti sfocia nel classico rock sinfonico a cui il tastierista romano ci ha abituato, partendo in sordina, ma pronto poi a debordare verso un sound altisonante.
L'inizio del lavoro, così, mostra un'intelaiatura di base che prevede una proposta a cui siamo già avvezzi, piena di barocchismi e con tastiere protagoniste che possono far andare in sollucchero gli amanti di Keith Emerson e Rick Wakeman. Ma nel prosieguo, già con la seconda traccia La vita che cade, notiamo che c'è un ulteriore passo avanti nel diversificare i timbri, concedendo spazi importanti non solo alle chitarre, ma anche al sax e al violino elettrico. Con lo scorrere dei minuti si ripresentano, quindi, un po' tutte le caratteristiche mostrate nel corso degli anni da Doracor, capace di inondare l'ascoltatore con momenti di grande maestosità e pomposità, ma anche di illuminare la scena con arrangiamenti sinfonico-romantici di squisita fattura e grande eleganza. Un cd targato Doracor magari non sarà mai il massimo dell'originalità, ma conterrà sicuramente cuore, talento e buona musica. Qualche sferzata verso il prog-metal all'inizio di Planet X e qualche melodia piuttosto zuccherosa qua e là non possono far parlare di album perfetto nel suo genere, ma gli spunti interessanti che dimostrano una verve compositiva frizzante e brillante sono costanti e composizioni come la breve Così lontani quei giorni (pezzo per sole tastiere), Inanna (altra mini-suite, vicina ai dieci minuti e uno dei momenti che può competere con le cose migliori del passato di Sardella) e Nel silenzio del tempo ne sono la dimostrazione. Deliziosa, poi, la conclusione affidata ad Attimo, con struggenti note di piano a guidare.
Forse La vita che cade si ferma qualche gradino più in basso dei precedenti Onirika e Lady Roma, ma rappresenta comunque un altro bel disco per il tastierista, che riesce a mantenere elevata la qualità media della sua discografia. E' l'ottavo album per Doracor e non sono tantissimi gli artisti italiani "nati" negli anni '90 che sono riusciti ad arrivare a tanto. Segno di un fervore artistico che riesce a mantenersi vivo e costante nel corso degli anni.

Peppe De Spirito


Nous n'avions plus de nouvelles de Corrado Sardella, alias Doracor (anagrame de son prénom) depuis la sortie de "Lady Roma" (2008), que nous avions malheureusement zappé à la rédaction, malgré notamment la présence en guest de Ian Mosley, le batteur de Marillion ! Il faut dire que l'artiste italien est prolifique, n'ayant pas moins produit 9 albums depuis 1 995 ("Wanderlust" comprenant des démos datant de 1 995/1 996, "The long pathway" (1997), "Segni premonitori" (1998) (cf. Koid'9 n° 27), "Antiche impressioni" (1999) (cf. Koid'9 n° 31 ), "Transizione" (2001 ), "Evanescenze" (2005), "Onirika" (2007) (cf. Koid'9 n° 62), "Lady Roma" (2008) et "La vita che cade" (201 1 )). Sachez que tous sont écoutables en intégralité sur son site internet, très bien fait par ailleurs. Le présent album a été enregistré entre Rome et Naples de fin 2008 à mi 201 0. Le line-up n'a pas changé depuis le dernier album: Corrado Sardella (Keyboards, Synths), Riccardo Mastantuono (Guitars, Violin), Milton Damia (Vocals, Lead Guitar sur un titre), Vincenzo Antonicelli (Tenor & Soprano Sax), Claudio Paglierini (Bass), augmenté d'un nouveau en la personne de Nicola Di Già (Noise & Ambient Guitars). Comme d'habitude, les batteurs font partie des (nombreux) invités: on en compte pas moins de 6 pour 11 morceaux! Enfin, Ivano D'Ortenzi chante sur un titre et Gianluigi Giorgino joue de la guitare sur un autre. L'album compte pas moins de 11 titres, de durées variables (entre 2 et 13 minutes) et commence fort avec le plus long epic du disque "Settimo Cielo" subdivisé en 5 sous-parties. Depuis le dernier album, Corrado a enfin compris qu'il valait mieux pour lui prendre un ou des batteurs invités que de tout programmer lui-même. Grand bien lui fasse car son principal défaut est désormais gommé. Nous nous trouvons donc devant un disque de claviériste, bien sûr (les références à Tony Banks sont évidentes) mais pas seulement. On sent véritablement un groupe derrière, habitué à jouer avec le maestro. La guitare est Hackettienne, le violon magique, le sax volubile et jazzy, la section rythmique à tomberm sans parler des guitares trafiquées qui rajoutent encore à l'ambiance. Le claviériste est un grand fan de Genesis et cela s'entend, par des compositions alambiquées mais toujours accessibles à la "Wind & Wuthering", qui doit être son album de chevet! Quelques réminiscences de Rick Wakeman parsèment également l'album, mais beaucoup moins que par le passé, ce qui enlève ce côté un peu trop pompeux du claviéristem Un bien bel album, pas loin du chef d'oeuvre de l'artiste.

Renaud Oualid


Doracor is the pseudonym for keyboard player Corrado Sardella. It's an anagram of his first name. La Vita Che Cade is already Sardella's ninth album! The previous albums primarily contained instrumental symphonic music on a cinematic base. On the new album Doracor is supported by Riccardo Mastantuono (guitars, electric violin), Milton Damia (vocals, guitars), Claudio Paglireini (bass), Vincenzo Antonicelli (sax) and Nicola Di Gia (noise, ambient guitars). Moreover, he asked six guests musicians to play the drums among others, and for some extra guitar and vocal parts.

The first song Settimo Cielo is a twelve-minute epic. In this piece you can enjoy chanting monks, a dramatic arranged guitar solo, a traditional classical orchestra, a short piano recital in the vein of Tony Banks, a jazz guitar that sounds like late-night music for a diner by candle light, a fast played IQ-like synth solo and finally elements of the final part of Genesis's Wind And Wuthering including a brilliant guitar solo in the vein of Steve Hackett. How varied will you have your prog rock albums? And this is just the first track of La Vita Che Cade ! The title track is a mixture of the music of bands like Japan and King Crimson, a short but rather irritating violin, Italian voices singing in the classical opera style and fast played synth solos. Dentro Il Tuo Mondo is a typical Italian ballad also sung in Italian; in fact it's more pop music than prog rock, so you have to think of artists like Eros Ramazotti or Claudio Baglioni. However, the final part of the song contains an outstanding guitar solo. In the short instrumental Cosi Lontani Quei Giorni'romantic' is the keyword. Uno Goccia D'Aqcua starts with the soundscape of a circus coming to town followed by modern up-tempo prog in the vein of Dutch For Absent Friends and British Credo with great piano and guitar playing in the middle-section. Even the two saxophone solos perfectly fit in this song.

Another traditional Italian ballad is Ritnami Il Respiro. Since I love Italian music, culture and food I have no problem at all with this one. However, I think not all prog devotees will enjoy it, but try to imagine yourself lying on a sunny beach with a glass of wine in your hand and a beautiful girl just next to you! Again the combination of synths, guitar, sax and drums is of a high level. Inanna, one of longest tracks, is an up-tempo instrumental that reminds me of the Genesis And Then There Were Three / Duke era and Porcupine Tree. The individual skills of the musicians provide for a wonderful musical painting. The last part is cinematic with lots of piano and accompanied by Antonicelli's sax. Nel Silenzio Del Tempo is romantic with some dramatic church organ parts, modern synth and guitar solos and a Floydish sax solo. It seems a strange combination, but it's very well played and arranged. Lentamente is again a typical Italian prog song containing dramatic voices and beautifully arranged orchestrations. It's like watching a romantic movie or the beautiful Italian landscape. An outstanding guitar solo is the cherry on this excellent baked Italian cake! The last two minutes have been reserved for the epilogue with a piano and the sound of thunder and rain. Doracor is one of the biggest musical surprises of 2011 that made it more difficult to put together my personal top ten.

Cor Smeets


  • Doracor at Wikipedia
  • Red Canzian Official Website
  • Ian Mosley at Marillion.com
    • Doracor

    Discography

    Passioni postmoderne di un musicista errante (2016) - AMS 274

    La vita che cade (2011) - MMP 522

    Lady Roma (2008) - MMP 504

    Onirika (2007) - MMP 495

    Evanescenze (2005) - MMP 483

    Transizione (2001) - MMP 408

    Antiche impressioni (1999) - MMP 368

    Segni premonitori (1998) - MMP 348

    The long pathway (1997) - MMP 332

    Wanderlust (1995/1996 - unrel. demo)

     


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