First of our new band articles is a Gothic Prog band from Rome in beautiful Italy.
Italy has always been known for music (and of course food and sports cars). However internationally it has generally been classical music especially opera at the forefront with occasional snippets of Eurovision (god help us).There is a thriving pop music scene but rock music well it seems to be rather in the shadows apart from once in a while a band like PFM or Goblin gets some coverage, so when I was contacted by the singer of an Italian prog outfit I was more than a little interested to hear what they have to offer .Dissidia lead singer Herma admits that in Rome it is really difficult to make much impact against the pop mainstream they suffer from a lack of suitable small and club type rock venues the local culture is mainly manufactured pop music, which as we know like dandruff is everywhere and filling the clubs. So building a regular dedicated audience was going to be a struggle, at the recorded live gigs I've seen they are getting the kind of response that indicates they have a bright future Gothically inspired. Dissidia started as a tribute band for Arkansas rockers Evanescence ( you may be familiar with their big hit “Bring me to Life” ) in 2009 and by 2011 had decided to move away from tribute and do their own thing going into a cross genre Prog which Herma teasingly describes as 'Dark, Gloomy and Gothic' not falling into the usual slots. I'd go further to my ears it is far from gloomy and I would add the stamp of Orchestral Prog on the package too. Either way you look it works very well and we will have to wait for the album release to see which way the band will move.