Sonic Cathedral Zine, I'm on the path to discovering all kinds of great new music, something that always gives me immeasurable pleasure. It's especially pleasurable when, after downloading a whole bunch of new music, the first new CD you play is just killer. Such is the case with Italy's Dama, which was recommended in a review of their CD, Eirwen, by my colleague Doctor T.
Dama is, to my ear, a symphonic rock-symphonic metal cross-over band and I have been listening to Eirwen all afternoon. I love it! The singer, Barbara Schera Vanoli, is fantastic, and Dama's music is just beautiful. Not super heavy, but heavy enough, and very vocal and keyboard-centred, with great symphonic elements to boot. They are tagged on Last.fm as "Gothic" but I disagree with that. They are not gloomy or dark enough to warrant such a label and their sound is lighter.
One song on the album, which is their first, that really stuck out for me is a remake of Madonna's "Live to Tell." It's fucking spectacular and I have been playing it over and over again (probably driving my neighbours up the wall). This cover is fresh and keeps the songs integrity while making it more interesting than the original. And I liked the original; it's one of my favourite Madonna songs. But this is better, in my opinion, than hers.
Here it is:
Dama also has a single out in Italian called "Regina d'Inverno" which they have translated as "Your Winter." There is an English version of this song, too, but here is the Italian, which is quite lovely.
What do you think?
You can find Dama at these fine locations:
Dama's official web site