DANTE

Progressive Metal • Germany
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Dante is a progressive metal band from Germany originated in 2006 by Markus Maichel (keyboards) and Markus Berger (guitar). Around 2005, both longtime friends decided to do sessions on Berger’s own studio. Liking what they had recorded they decided to form a full band, so Alexander Göhs, vocalist of Berger’s previous band Twelve was asked to join the recording session to see if he could be interested in their music. He joined Dante soon afterward as a regular member. The band was later joined by drummer Christian Eichlinger who had the same vision of progressive rock as the other members of the band.

In 2007 the band decided to start working on their debut album entitled "The Inner Circle". The album was later released in 2008 and was recorded, mixed and produced by Berger and Maichel in their own “The Hidden Studios” in Augsburg, Germany.

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DANTE The Inner Circle album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Inner Circle
Progressive Metal 2008
DANTE Saturnine album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Saturnine
Progressive Metal 2010
DANTE November Red album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
November Red
Progressive Metal 2013
DANTE When We Were Beautiful album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
When We Were Beautiful
Progressive Metal 2016

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DANTE The Inner Circle

Album · 2008 · Progressive Metal
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Impressive debut album from this German outfit.

They are one of many bands following the Dream Theater school of progressive metal; but instead of following the rulebook to the letter this band has used it for general guidance only, and have worked hard to make something unique.

Some segments are typical Dream Theater still, rough guitar riffs mixed with epic keyboard textures is the element most often popping up in the compositions. But the warm, gentle and emotional vocals, the inclusion of warm and gentle mellow sections as well as darker, more ominous atmospheres done with subtle nuances rather than melodramatic overkill, the inventive use of many keyboard sounds and layers of those; small details like a fanfare-like keyboard theme at the end of a long tune; and having small details adding textures to the songs in general really sets these guys apart.

Slightly weak production and some compositional weaknesses are the only weak aspects of this release; but neither of them should keep fans of the genre away from checking out this one. Overall a very good release, and one of the best debut albums I've come across in this genre.

DANTE Saturnine

Album · 2010 · Progressive Metal
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With Saturnine we're served the second effort from talented German prog metal band Dante, and while not quite as impressive as their initial effort it is a well made production that should please fans of the genre.

The main characteristic trait of this album is variation. The longer compositions in particular move from sound to sound and atmosphere to atmosphere constantly, and it will take many runs through the album just to get familiar with it. The richness in textures, arrangements and motifs should keep the avid listener busy for weeks on end. Another trait peculiar to this creation is the downtuned guitar sound, distorted to the point of almost sounding electronic at times.

Apart from that, progressive metal of a Dream Theater inspired school is the name of the game here, but sans the emphasis on instrumental virtuosity and mostly residing within a low to midpaced structure. There aren't too many challenging features overall, rich arrangements contrasted with parts more sparsely crafted instrumentation wise one of few effects of a more sophisticated nature that's showcased.

All in all a solid, well made and well produced affair.

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Colt wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Excellent debut now followed by an even better sophomore. I hope they get the exposure they deserve now they have signed to Progrock Records.

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