This new release sets course in some new directions while continuing to maintain the rebound of 70’s progressive rock in the last few years. I for one had been missing it since Rush became the only band worthy of attempting to carry on the tradition. Fast forward 30 years to groups like the Goddamn Gentlemen and F***ing Champs, who finally, have made some great returns of the genre.
Danava lights this torch and runs wildly with it, and has created in the process, some very original ferociously intense and foundational sounds in the rock arena. However, to call it simply rock &roll would be as incomplete as naming Led Zepellin simply a ‘blues band’, even though they in many ways were just that. We don’t blame Dusty Sparkles not being keen on labels. to make references is human nature, we can only compare to others who’ve gone before to some degree.
Danava doesn’t consider themselves a metal band. I agree. They also don’t consider themselves Prog. I respectfully disagree.
However classified, we’re talking intensely original material here. There are slight references to Thin Lizzy mixed with Rush and Sabbath elements .That said-these guys are cut from their own circuitous cloth, which is norm these days any way you slice it.
No rock audience could possibly be disappointed even if this was all any band could muster up as a tour de force…What a combination for all of us who are starving for hard driving poly-rhythmic intellegent and guttoral rock and roll unpolluted with empty filler.
Within the first two tracks I was more than convinced and had the fever of a gold rush prospector.
The title track, “Unonou” blasts the senses and immediately assures the listener the band’s intent is tightly worn, and well practiced. Hit potential for sure.
“Where Beauty and Terror Dance” is reminiscent of early Rush, but with a darker sensibility.
“Emerald Snow of Sleep” has a Yes essence to it, and adds some interesting lines from the bands keyboardist, Rockwell. He adds a uniqueness to the CD that is necessary, yet hard to describe. The elements of the song gather together for a stinging guitar solo, then blends into a jazz-like horn arrangement at the end.
The 4th track,”A High or a Low” carries a boxy contrived sound to the mix. Along with its elements of Cheap Trick and Lennon quasi- Beatles feel, there remains this bands ability to incite incredibly stone-cold rock passages.
Haunted is the complex but controlled, almost Doors like frenzy of “Spinning Temple Shifting”. Sparkles’ leads are prominent and culminating. He is well practiced and has conquered monumental ground in the Prog arena and is more than impressive to say the least.
“One Mind Gone Separate Ways” is the final track, a collective body of narrative movements that will blow you away. The melding of instruments captures the minds eye. The oneness presented here is sheer magic…an awesome magnitude of completeness.
This album should be funded with a petite orchestra to be fully realized in an entirely live setting. The only downside is that his vocal mix is sometimes weak and unintelligible.
Bassist Dell Blackwell bears a heavy load that he carries with consummate precision. He has a controlled attack that is at once graceful and cacophonous.
Percussionist Buck Rothy sets his miking close which adds a snappy flavor to the mix. This is even more evident live where he is a powerhouse of energy and sweaty intent.
Sparkles’ guitar leads stand alone, and can sting with a complexity on par with the likes of Jimmy Page.
Together, they have cut something influential that keeps on growing with each listen. Expect more good stuff from this band.
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