From the dense fog I glimpse this strange shape approaching. At first sight, as my sight was blurred by the haze, it looked like the same idiotic and cacophonic black metal act. But I told you, I have been too blurred.
Dalla Nebbia (ndr. “from the fog” in English) is this extraordinary band from the USA, but with a branch extending up to Brazil with the bassist. Their musical offer is both varied and lovely. They build impressive atmospheres and sonic landscapes starting from a “simple” prog black metal skeleton and adding at the same time melodic elements, prog rock hints, folkish gems and a pinch of noisy things. The resulting cocktail is tasty and obscure. Faulted only by an strong compression Felix Culpa (this is the name of the album) flows away gently leaving a very good taste in your mouth and the wish to give it another shot, so maybe you will be able to catch all the side flavours you’ve missed out with the first taste.
Scrolling through the tracks delivered by Dalla Nebbia the two I will bring with me forever are Not Within The Stone and Paradise in Flames. This latter one offers the full range of tastes that this act is able to craft. From the desolating post rock intro to the soul-touching violins played by the guest, Sareeta. While the other one, well, would it be unfair if I say that I have a soft spot for it?
I felt an actual engagement with this tune since the first time I pushed play on Felix Culpa, and it’s like your very first love. You can’t easily get rid of it.
That’s definitely a win for Dalla Nebbia, a totally suggested album for any extreme but sensitive metalhead.
1. Memento Mori
2. Until the Rain Subsides
3. Abandoned Unto Sky
4. Lament of Aokigahara
5. The Banner of Defiance
6. Not Within The Stone
7. Felix Culpa (Theodicy Corrupted)
8. Das Gelächter Gottes
9. Paradise in Flames
10. The Silent Transition