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Doracor released a full Italian symphonic once again. There is even Ian Mosley on drums (as a guest)!
The opening and title track is a complex piece of music which captivates the listener for about nine minutes. All the elements of the genre are present: skilled musicians, emotional vocals, fine melodies. You name them. It is an excellent start, although it might be difficult to confirm such a high profile song.
On the atmospheric side, the band proposes Vento Dell'Est, which is a soft ballad not too far from the early Genesis. It is a very relaxing and straightforward song which features a splendid and very melodic guitar solo. I really like such moments. The song closes on a symphonic sax part, just as it begun.
Corrado Sardella has not forgotten his debuts: Roma Dei Misteri is a spacey instrumental which seems to come back from his early releases. It is not my fave here. It is true to say that good old Emerson influence is noticeable when you listen to Diafana Ipnosi: but it sounds so fresh and light. The frenzy is also leaving the place to some very melodic vocal lines which are quite remarkable.
There are lots of moving passages on this album: the beautiful violin during the short Lungotevere Insonne is such one. Another outstanding band member is Milton Damia: I have already mentioned his excellent vocal skills and it is combined with some very good guitar capabilities (Testimone La Luna).
Lady Roma is a very pleasant album to listen to. It offers peaceful themes (Zucchero Filato and its sweet sax part) and provides emotions like we are used to with the Italian genre (probably the only one to convey such passion).
This album belongs to the very best work of Doracor. Four stars.

ZowieZiggy


Doracor released a full Italian symphonic once again. There is even Ian Mosley on drums (as a guest)!
The opening and title track is a complex piece of music which captivates the listener for about nine minutes. All the elements of the genre are present: skilled musicians, emotional vocals, fine melodies. You name them. It is an excellent start, although it might be difficult to confirm such a high profile song.
On the atmospheric side, the band proposes Vento Dell'Est, which is a soft ballad not too far from the early Genesis. It is a very relaxing and straightforward song which features a splendid and very melodic guitar solo. I really like such moments. The song closes on a symphonic sax part, just as it begun.
Corrado Sardella has not forgotten his debuts: Roma Dei Misteri is a spacey instrumental which seems to come back from his early releases. It is not my fave here. It is true to say that good old Emerson influence is noticeable when you listen to Diafana Ipnosi: but it sounds so fresh and light. The frenzy is also leaving the place to some very melodic vocal lines which are quite remarkable.
There are lots of moving passages on this album: the beautiful violin during the short Lungotevere Insonne is such one. Another outstanding band member is Milton Damia: I have already mentioned his excellent vocal skills and it is combined with some very good guitar capabilities (Testimone La Luna).
Lady Roma is a very pleasant album to listen to. It offers peaceful themes (Zucchero Filato and its sweet sax part) and provides emotions like we are used to with the Italian genre (probably the only one to convey such passion).
This album belongs to the very best work of Doracor. Four stars.

ZowieZiggy


To my surprise I notice that this brandnew Doracor album is not reviewed, I presume my Italian PA friend Andrea Cortese has other priorities, haha! But seriously, I am familiar with the Doracor sound since I got their CD entitled Antiche Impressioni (1999) as a promo from the prolific Italian progrock label Mellow Records when I worked for the Dutch progrock magazine Io Pages. In my review I wrote that I was very pleased with the great keyboard sound but that Doracor had to mature in their writing.
Almost 10 years and 4 albums later Doracor still deliver a wonderful keyboard sound and ... the band has matured in writing, this new CD contains more elaborate compositions, more dynamics and variety, from the long wah-wah drenched, often howling guitar solos and saxophone in Vento Dell’Est (Reprise) and Tramonto Sul Giardino Degli Aranci to the distinctive mandoline sound in Roma Dei Misteri and beautiful electric violinwork in Lungotevere Insonne. But the Doracor trademark is the lush keyboard sound by prime mover Corrado Sardella: fat synthesizers flights, sparkling piano, powerful Hammond waves, choir-Mellotron sound and majestic classical orchestrations, often in strong interplay with powerful guitar and a tight rhythm-section, simply beautiful!
In my opinion this is one of the best Doracor efforts, I hope more progheads will discover the typical, very melodic and harmonic Doracor sound, layered with great keyboards, a solid 3,5 stars!

Erik Neuteboom


  • 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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    Keyboards, Synthesizers

    Red Canzian
    Fretless Bass

    Kostas Milonas

    Drums

    Roberto Tiranti
    Vocals

    Alessandro Corvaglia
    Vocals

    Riccardo Mastantuono
    Guitars

    Maurizio Testani
    Bass

    Patrizio Destriere
    Sax

    Milton Damia
    Vocals, Guitars

    Jacky Man
    Bass

    Mike Wilbury
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    Nicola Di GiĆ 
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    Mimmo Picco
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    Andrea Pavoni
    Keyboards

    Mario Barletta
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    Ian Beabout
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