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Excellent example of instrumental sympho/neo-prog deeply inspired by IQ.The further we go the more complex music we meet; a real sympho!!! The whole album is a bit boring:after the 5th track you're not able to be as much attentive as in the beginning.The only track with vocals "Machine of God" leaves nice impression...as well as the whole record:it's nice,but it's hard to tell one track from another.But when you got use to it...oh boy,it's STUNNING!!!That's why I was going to give DORACOR the full 5 stars! But 4 stars will be enough,I think - sometimes this music can bore to death!!! :-)

Igor Sidorenko


The eighth album from this Italian symph prog band.

Doracor has had a very fine development from the rather paltry one-man band album The Long Pathway to this album, a full band album with a lush sound. Doracor has been a full band now for a long time. The difference in quality is huge.

Lady Roma gives us fifty minutes of lush, elegant symphonic prog with Italian vocals. The sound is a mix of the English and US symphonic prog sound. Mostly the US sound, in fact. That means monumental elegance takes the front seat here. Monumental elegance produced with plenty of keyboards, guitars, bass, woodwinds, drums and very elegant male vocals. A bit sweet, perhaps too sweet, but still with a lot of substance. On this album, Corrado Sardella, the mainman in Doracor, has also included some influences from the likes of Rush, lounge jazz and soul. Yes, there is a big thick well known Rush riff in one of the songs here our friends has "borrowed" from our Canadian friends. I guess with tongue in cheek. It is fun listening to it, anyway.

There is no real great tracks here and that is my main gripe with this fifty minutes long album. It is still a very good album well worth checking out. Fans of symphonic prog should have this album in their collection.

Torodd Fuglesteg


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


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    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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