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O Terço


Symphonic Prog

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The Prognaut
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4 stars Yet another fantastic album by an underrated, born in the 70's, band. Nowhere, but in Brazil, O TERÇO received the insufferable recognition and attention most of those times progressive bands from the Western world were getting. The journey to survive throughout the overshadowing inconveniences of the stardom and fame those great bands reached to rapidly, were complicating things for this Paulist band to shine. They made it somehow through the years (composing and performing outstanding music mostly), and managed to stay together for over 30 years now, showing and proving, they are the most representative band of the Brazilian Progressive Rock.

In the beginning, O TERÇO used to play in a very purist way, resembling mostly to some of the elaborated works by nowadays iconic Symphonic Italian bands like LOCANDA DELLE FATE and PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI. During that stage, O TERÇO went through so many ups and downs, which altered severely not only the instrumentation but the composition as well, and the musicality the band was looking for to determine the "seal of authenticity" in their arrangements, wasn't going so well. The 80's was a hollow decade for the band, were they only released a dreadful, experimental album. But it wasn't until the early 90's were, after several implosions and replacement musicians; the band finally took control of what they wanted do, in a committed, selfless way. "Time Travellers" represents the third phase of the Brazilian band through Progressive Rock, and it also displays multiple renovations and plenty new techniques implementation.

Having multitalented keyboardist Luiz DE BONI during almost all the nineties line-up, was certainly a plus for the band. He could do everything, from mixing and engineering to songwriting and playing (he could sing as well). The multitasked musician, renewed the sound of the band by implementing some of the founding formulas of the 70's Prog Rock and alternative elements from some of the bands of the moment, projecting the band in a way that could be appealing and catchy for the fans to be outside Brazil (maybe way too catchy). From the get go, we can perceive "Time Travellers" as an album that was for stay. The intro song, "Space", was entirely arranged and composed by DE BONI, evoking dark and revealing passages from almost perfected Tony BANKS-like keyboards in one and a half minutes.

As the album carries on, we can easily realize most of the instrumentation relies on DE BONI's keyboards, making the experience pleasantly spacial and moody. From "The Last Journey" to "Lost in Time Affaire", an air of the early MARILLION era could be surprisingly breathed, resembling what Mark KELLY accomplished in that stage of the English band. "Crucis" will underline this last statement for me.

The irremediable effect the 90's had upon mostly all bands that were born in the 70's (specially the ones that were off the prog rock map like O TERÇO), is reflected from "The Rhythm of the Universe" on to the very end of this album. Unfortunately, there had to be a shortcoming, where "pop rock influence" would fill that description. Although the rest of the album is carried away respectably, it is practically inevitable not to notice the sound effects and the engineering paraphernalia DE BONI added up to some of the recordings. The last track, "Suite", is elegant and very comforting, even former member Flávio VENTURINI participated in the composition. This almost 10 minute song, is simply great, executed at the pure style of the good old GENESIS and some PINK FLOYD essentials. Get this album, despite how deceitful the front cover could look; it's a "no remorse" purchase. And remember, "O TERÇO" means literally "Rosary Beads", so... start to pray.

The Prognaut | 4/5 |


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