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3 stars Madrid-based Spanish act, the roots of which can be found in 2002 in the band Amarna of guitarist Javier L. Pardo and bassist/keyboardist Pedro Parraga.In 2005 they crossed ways with ex-Azahar's keyboardist Manolo Manrique and a change of name to Tricantropus occured the following year, at the time when the group started the recordings of their debut.Most tracks were recorded with drummer Willie Sagnon and guest members appeared in several of them: Curro Cueto on flute, Oscar Gavillan on synths/piano, Marina Martin on viola and Carlos Ramirez on rhythm guitar.The final work '' Recuerdos Del Futuro'' was released in 2007 on Mylodon Records.

An all instrumental work, the album kicks off not exactly in a weak way, but definitely in a very accesible CAMEL-esque mood with references to the late-70's and 80's period of the British masters, being heavily based on melodious guitar textures, smooth piano lines and atmospheric synthesizers along with some jazzy flavors in a few passages, but overall you could call the music quite laid-back and dreamy.It recalls the works of compatriots FRANC ALBIR, being split between synth-based Symphonic Rock, smooth Fusion and Melodic Rock with plenty of interesting melodies and ethereal atmospheres, while the presence of Hammond organ and flute at moments offers the appropriate retro stylings.As the album unfolds, the music gets stronger and stronger.More emphatic interplays, more dynamic performances and lots of grandiose attempts on orchestral moves offer series of great progressive pieces.Now the music is quite diverse and definitely more balanced with heavier guitar parts, striking melodies and trully excellent guitar solos by Pardo.CAMEL are still the driving inspiration of the group, but this time supported by more influences by Classic 70's Prog, a bit of GENESIS symphonic flavors are thrown in, while the flute work reminds me of GOTIC and the Spanish-flavored synthesizers are along the lines of IMAN CALIFATO INDEPEDIENTE.

Essential album for all fans of melodic Progressive Rock with nods to the Classic era.Stunning guitar work, pleasant ideas and an overall enjoyable mood guarantee some rewarding spins.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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