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Haddad - Ars Longa Vita Brevis CD (album) cover




Crossover Prog

3.60 | 19 ratings

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Ars Longa Vita Brevis is surely the best album of this amazing family band so far, and i must say that i am impressed. Haddad is from my home state capital Vitória of the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil, and that is why they amaze me so much. My home state have absolutely no tradition whatsoever in progressive rock and maybe Haddad is the only progressive rock band of Espírito Santo still, even after being around for more than a decade because, like i said, there is absolutely no tradition at all. Knowing that, and listening to this amazing album for the very 1st time i was completely shocked and without any reaction, because of the export quality of this band and because it is still very unknown.

The music here, as i said before, is very interesting. Being very keyboard driven, since the main composer is the keyboardist, following the line traced in Orion, but the music here is much more worked and well composed than in orion, giving the album the piece of unique that every good progressive album need. Another interesting thing is that the classification neo-progressive is quite untrue here, since only few musics resemble neo-prog, being most of the album some kind of bluesy progressive rock with a bit of 60's traditional rock and roll. By the way, the last track is actually a re-recording of a music released on Gustavo Haddad's solo album back in 89'.

The lyrics are, at least, noticeable. They are private to every music and create a little story on every music, except on roma atômica, which is a direct critique to United Stares expansionist war politics and weapon hegemony.

Overall Rating: a very good album made by the little family band, with solid music and noticeable increase to the previous album. 4 stars 4 sure.

CCVP | 4/5 |


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