In 1981, Italian guitar player Dario Mollo started his musical career
with a band called Crossbones.
The band gained experience around his home town, and reached the final
round of an Italian rock competition.
The band were given concerts all across Italy, and were invited to
play on the compilation album "Metallo Italia". They shot
a video to accompany the album at the Piper in Rome, and had some
appearances in TV broadcasts on national networks.
In 1986, Dario met Kit Woolven, producer of many bands including,
Thin Lizzy, Cradle of Filth, and UFO, and recorded a song for another
compilation called "Italian Rock Invasion". This was the
beginning of a friendship that has lasted ever since, working on Dario's
first album in 1989, and culminating in his most recent works known
as The Cage.
Along the way, Crossbones played at Hammersmith Odeon, taking the
stage by storm and getting great reviews for their performance. But
perfection was the driving desire for Dario and after many changes
in the band line-up, the album Crossbones was recorded.
He was joined by Don Airey (of Rainbow and Ozzy Osborne fame),
they toured together with Crossbones across Europe, and made two videos
for the album (Filmed in a castle in Budapest).
Subsequently the Crossbones project was set aside, and Dario devoted
his time to the improvement of his technique and style, and the construction
of his own professional recording studio that is now used by many
other name bands.
During this time, Dario began writing a complete new set of songs,
and a new unnamed project began to emerge. Drawing on his previous
years of work, his many valuable hours of studio time, and his now
perfected technique, he teamed up with Don Airey and some friends
to record the album now known as The Cage. Almost completed,
the album needed a voice, and Dario was introduced to Tony Martin,
the singer regarded to have put Black Sabbath back on it's feet. Tony
Martin wrote lyrics and melodies for the amazing tracks that Dario
had already assembled, and the Cage was born.
"The Cage" was very succesful with both critics and fans;
this was the beginning of the growth of Dario's reputation in the
international rock scene.
In the meantime Dario starter to work on another, very ambitious,
project. With a different line-up, that saw the myth Glenn Hughes
(ex Deep Purple) on vocals, Roberto Gualdi on drums, Max Matis on
bass and Dario Patti on keyboards.
Dario was contacted by the italian based "Frontiers Records"
that offered him a contract for the worldwide release of the new project,
called "Voodoo Hill"
As for "The Cage", "Voodoo Hill" had a great success,
it had also been defined as "Best Hard Rock Album Of The Year"
2001, Dario decided to give a sequel to The Cage, again with Tony
Martin, and as usual started to compose and record the songs in its
While recording and composing Dario was called by Don Airey to take
part in the new band "Graham Bonnet & Don Airey Band"
(both ex Rainbow) as guitarist for a UK tour in July and another in
November, both very successful, during which they played songs taken
from "Down To Earth" by Rainbow.
The new album, that will be titled "Mollo/Martin - The Cage
II", is now finished, the line up sees Dario on guitar and
Tony Martin on vocals, joined by another big name of the international
rock scene Tony Franklin (ex Blue Murder) on bass, Roberto Gualdi
on drums, and Dario patti on keyboards.
Dario Mollo is without doubt one of the most talented player/songwriters,
and takes pride in the complete process of writing and recording music,
there are no limits for him in any area of writing or producing.