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Symphonic Prog

4.07 | 33 ratings

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3 stars INDEX are a fair and honest representative of the newest generation of Brazilian prog-rock bands; they head a long line of dozens (maybe hundreds) of progressive acts that lurk in the shadows just waiting an opportunity to be heard and enjoyed. The present panorama is indeed edifying here in Terra Brasilis and may good winds blow to reinvigorate their efforts.

INDEX surely have surpassed the puberty years and are reaching now the maturity, which can be disclosed through their 3rd album, a 2004 all-instrumental release that goes by the name of "Identidade" - very appropriate title considering they reached their identity. Truly, INDEX sound is very characteristic but like all those new acts mentioned before, especially if trailing the symphonic spectrum, they set the roots in the classical bands of the 70s, this time increased by neat Brazilian influences (prog or not) and tinted with some of the most vibrant recent colors. INDEX also leave the realm of pure symphonic prog for adventuring into different fields, like jazz or folk or erudite, making their work to lean toward the eclectic proposition.

This album, "Identidade", is plain and direct, songs keep a certain resemblance making this release homogeneous and consequently amusing, even not being unforgettable. Band members are really skilled cats and one may hear fascinating, almost glorious flute and synth tunes, joined by noticeable guitar, bass, drums and piano chords. The two suites: 'Angelus' and 'Corações do mundo' that dominate the album's core are the highest peaks here, while the two opening tracks, 'Volcano' and 'Maximus' are simply enjoyable and agreeable. Unfortunately, the last track, 'Index II', lacks certain cohesion, losing its sense due to the excessive use of commonplaces and clichés that spoil the song and ¼ of the album - anyway, skipping this part, the listener is surely supplied with a work fairly above the average.

A good work, nice to be heard, very audible, but still non-essential. I'm quite sure that INDEX will gift us soon with a memorable production - they have sharpened their blades with the first 3 albums (including this one) that the obvious reward will be achieved.

Atkingani | 3/5 |


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