Shortly after the debut,Andrea De Luca would suffer
the departure of the core of his band and Nodo Gordiano
wouldn't pull off until De Luca would met drummer
Carlo Fattorini guitarist and Fabrizio Santoro.
The trio would cover the track ''Lament'' for the Mellow
Records King Crimson's tribute ''The Letters: An
Unconventional Italian Guide to King Crimson'' in 2003,
but soon Santoro would quit as well to focus on
This fact opened the gates for the arrival of keyboardist
Gianluca Cottarelli and the new trio headed to the studios
for the sophomore Nodo Gordiano effort ''Alea'',finally
released on Mellow Records in 2005.
As the band members' state themselves,this was a chance
for them to explore more improvised and experimental styles
of rock music in this work.
And that is what actually goes on in ''Alea'',where a very strong
rhythm section offers a variety of deep grooves with a haunting atmosphere in order to support the keyboard work of Cottarelli.
Entirely in a free electronic form, the band's keyboardist pushes
his instruments to the upper limits, filling these grooves with
obscure electronic work-outs, loops and spacey synthesizers.
The album reminds at places of a more modern form of vintage Psych/Electronic/Kraut-Rock bands