Darsena
Darsena
(2019)
Crank this to 8.4 of 11
Genre:
Post rock, Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
MOEWN, My Sleeping Karma, 5ive - metal band
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Going into this one, we expected another ho-hum instrumental stoner rock album. Boy, were we wrong! Darsena, hailing from Comacchio, Italy consist of Nicola Fantini (Guitar) and Gian Luca Palmisano (Drums) who will bring an intriguing blend of Post and stoner rock to your collection. The album travels thorough elements of clean Post-rock highs and rhythmic stoner rock bliss. For a duo, these guys have great chemistry and feed off each others style very well. The only thing we felt was missing is the addition of some bass, that would easily bring this to an Editors’ Pick rating. The album is very well produced, and we love the use of the trippy, distant feedback spread throughout. Fans of bands like My Sleeping Karma or 5ive will love this album, it’s an invigorating instrumental album that will definitely add some variety to your collection.

Tracklist:
1. Soma 6:24
2. Lial 7:55
3. Ruta 03:43
4. Icam 4:31

Standout Track(s)
The first two cuts flow seamlessly well together. ‘Soma” and “Lial” display some intense post stoner rock. 

Adult Beverage Pairing
Papillon IPA by Cailfornia’s Moonraker Brewing. The 8.50% (ABV) New England IPA  is a medium to full body brew with aromas ans tastes of citrus, but not overwhelming. A smooth brew that will compliment the Post heaviness of Darsena.

ROTATION RECAP:
Risk of Subwoofer Damage
7.8 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
8 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.4 out of 11

Rhythmic Pace
8.6 out of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
8.5 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.4 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.5 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.4 out of 11

Production Value
8.7 out of 11

Final Thoughts
Darsena have released one hell of a debut album. As we stated earlier, the addition on some bass would be the icing on the cake. Definitely give these guys a listen, their style of post rock is open-ended and leaves them open for exploration on future releases.

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