|Review: Dafne - Dafne|
Label: Underground Symphony
Year released: 2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 26, 2015
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (4 Votes)
A bit of an oddity here from Underground Symphony, who usually deal in pompous, slightly amateurish Power Metal of the most uninspired stripe. Dafne released this one album and then disappeared into obscurity, which is a shame, because on their self-titled debut, they show a lot of promise.
From the cover art and name you probably expect something like Arwen or Dark Moor going in, but Dafne are simpler than that; this is really just hard rocking Heavy Metal with intensely melodic hooks, the odd keyboard flourish, and tons of charisma. There is a lot of neo-classical guitar work trying to burst through for the most part, and while that's enjoyable enough, it's the vocals of Leonardo Fiorini that set this apart. He's like Kai Hansen on helium, not sounding Italian at all, and he makes songs like the AOR-spiked "Going Home" and catchy opener "Still Alive" such a treat. The best tune on here is "Long Awaited Stranger", a groovy, mid-paced cut that is almost as good as something from Gamma Ray's Land Of The Free. Still, the album falls down in places due to two long instrumentals that have little to offer other than Malmsteen-like noodling. The pace drags also; you want Dafne to put their foot on the gas once in a while, but they never seem to.
At nearly an hour long, the album can be a little tedious, but if you're looking for individual melodic metal that doesn't stray too far into Power Metal country, this might just be the ticket.
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