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Symphonic Prog

3.74 | 107 ratings

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3 stars This is a fine travel back in time. In those mid seventies which saw the birth of so many great albums and bands. But while the scene was exploding in Europe, there were some good bands coming as well from far away countries (and pretty much unknown over here at the time). Crucis was one of them.

I wouldn't be as enthusiast as most reviewers about this release, even if there some excellent songs like "Mes" (month). A strong instrumental track, somewhat jazzy and very much ELP-ish oriented.

Music played is highly technical but when I listen to the short "Corto Amanecer" (which means . short sunrise), I have already lost control. Lots of different themes (often brilliant) but which last only for some ten or fifteen seconds. This song should have been more developed to avoid this chaotic feeling. At least, it is my impression.

Most songs are full of rhythm (good drumming) and "La Triste Visión." seems to come out the Italian genre. There is even a hard-rock tune here. "Irónico Ser" is somewhat unexpected in this album. It features heavy organ like Jon Lord could have played. Actually this song has some Mark I flavour. The instrumental final section features an excellent guitar break which saves it.

ELP is back again during the intro of "Determinados Espejos". The longest piece of this album (just clocking below seven minutes) is fully jazz oriented and sounds more like an improvised jam than a structured track. Excellent musicianship all the way through (bass is very strong and drumming is again impressive). And the speedy guitar solo is another great performance (hi Carlos).

The closing number is the best one as far as I am concerned. It is an anthology of their music, somewhat similar as "Corto." but this time, it is more structured and offers all the aspects that the band has developed in this first album. Symphony, jazz, complexity and strong beat. The highlight.

Three stars for this good album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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