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Quinta Essentia


DreamCell11 / Aural Music / SPV


Sixth album of Italian Dark Gothic Masters DISMAL, celebrating 25th years of activity! Another masterpiece of classical symphonic music mixed with Doom Metal, Darkwave, Neofolk, waltz and… tango!

DISMAL is an Italian Gothic band formed in 1995. The first album was released in November 1998 for Pagan Moon Records, titled “Fiaba Lacrimevole ”. This debut album was an immediate success and soon it became a top selling album for the label. In September 2002 DISMAL signed a long term deal with Aural Music Group, co-founding Dreamcell11, a division of Aural Music in order to follow and to promote the band artistically and commercially.

Within the end of 2002 the band entered the Gulp Studio by Marco Calliari to record their second album titled “Rubino Liquido – Three Scarlet Drops“ using a 12-elements orchestra. It was described as a mix of claustrophobic and essential drum parts, waltz and tango mixed with baroque and orchestral sound.

“Miele Dal Salice”, the third album, followed in 2006. The band dedicated a lot of time to this record, full of bizarre and intense tones. On this new effort, Rossana Landi became the new lead singer, playing contrabass too. After a short but intense touring around Germany and Italy, protagonists of very important festivals like the Wave Gothic Treffen in Leipzig and Berlin, DISMAL took a break and Afelio (guitarist and male vocal) left the band due to personal reasons. After this very long hiatus they decided to enter the studio again (Punto Rec Studios by Fabrizio Argiolas) in 2013 to record a new album titled “Giostra di Vapore”. In this work the band has created a new sound dimension by fusing electronic sound with the classical music, inspired by steampunk and industrial revolution.

In 2019 DISMAL began the composition of their fifth new concept-album, “Quinta Essentia”, concluding the recording in July 2020 at the Gulp Studio by Marco Calliari. The band has combined all their previous works, keeping their signature gothic and theatrical sound constant. The lyrics are developed on cultural, philosophical and alchemical themes. „Quinta Essentia“ is a sonorous mesmerism taking the listener into a bizarre epic limbo, in a “carnival of the mind” where rationality and madness are constantly touched. A mix of magical atmospheres characterizes the new gothic musical fairy tale by DISMAL - The Waltz Of Mind.


1. Gold Leviathan Part I, II
2. Turin Black Light Act I, II, III
3. Alma Mater (Alchimia Della Natura)
4. Mind & Randomness
5. Hermes The Thrice-Greatest
6. Beyond The Matter
7. The Big Bang Is My Light
8. Pale Blue Dot
9. Leviathan of Gold Part III Become...


Rossana Landi - vocals & double-bass
Bradac - piano, synths, orchestrations & percussion
Daniel Porfido - 8 strings electric guitar, classic guitar
Lautaro Acosta - violin


Our Sad Saga (Demo CD, 1996)
Fiaba Lacrimevole (Pagan Moon, LP, 1998)
Dionisiaca (Beyond…Prod, MCD, 2001)
Rubino Liquido - Three Scarlet Drops (DreamCell11 / Aural Music, CD, 2004)
Miele Dal Salice (DreamCell11 / Aural Music, CD, 2007)
Giostra di Vapore (DreamCell11 / Aural Music, CD, 2013)
Quinta Essentia (DreamCell11 Aural Music, CD/LP/Box, 2020)

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