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4 stars Let's hear it for Platurno!

Without a doubt, Platurno are one of the most promising bands from Chile and along with Mar de Robles are nowadays my favourite ones from that country. My history with Platurno began when i knew they would perform at the BajaProg Fest, so i visited their myspace site and liked what i heard, but better was when i met them and see them playing alive, what a great band with excellent trained and talented musicians, but besides that, they are better people, modest and intelligent guys who i am pleased to have met, and hope to see them again in some point of our lives.

Platurno released in 2006 their debut album called Nucleos and let me tell you that they are looking forward to their second release! which i am eagerly waiting for, this album features 11 songs with an average of 4 minutes, and a total lenght of 45 minutes approx.

The album kicks off with a powerful song, the title track Nucleos which starts with a kind of an spacey mood, but then turns into a Crimsonian guitar style oriented, i believe one of their obvious influences (as i can judge by some tracks) was King Crimson. This is an excellent opener that will catach your attention.

La Maga opens with a soft sound, but that is just the very beginning since later it turns into a more aggressive and faster song, it has an excellent drumming and is one of the only two songs that have vocals, the guitar man Felipe Rivera is who provides the vocals with a delicate touch and a very nice keyboard background, the last minutes of the song involves a heavier guitar style and a noticeable percussion work.

Sueños de Panal, as the first song it also starts with a kind of spacey keyboard soundwith a slow mood, then the guitars appears and this song provokes a kind of relaxing mood, for the spacey notes i believe that bands like Tangerine Dream may have been played in the member's ipods.

Cosmico V2 is a wonderful track, it creates a beautiful and melodic atmosphere, the guitars will remind you again to some Crimson's Discipline era, but the difference here are that those guitars are accompanied with again an spacey keyboard sound and a delicate percussion, after some minutes the song becomes even softier and puts you in the song's mood immediately, at the end the song returns to the guitar driven style, this is one of their finest moments.

Anhelo has a classic piano introduction by Sebastian Aguayo, after some seconds the other instruments enter and create a very nice melody, but to be honest this is one of my less prefered songs from the album.

We are reaching the half of the album with ...(3 puntos) which is a short piece which is like the preambl e to the following one, this is only a moment with some keyboard sound like a marimba.

And now one of my favourite moments is Mundo del Amanecer, which was the only song i really recognized when i see them live, and it stays as my personal favourite, it has an aggressive and of course heavier feeling, the keyboards are at it's best and the whole track is truly enjoyable, it has fabolous guitar riffs and a constant and clean drumming.

Quintay begins with some atmospheric synth and then acoustic guitars that gives it a folkish touch, after some moments the song becomes a bit strange with some kind of improv sound and a nervous atmosphere in some moments, it fades out as it began.

Perdido is a beautiful song, the second and last track featuring vocals, and the first and only track that has a violin sound provided by a guest musician, while the vocals appear we will be trapped in a melodic piano sound, i don't know why but i feel this is a very personal song of the band.

Pirata is the other short song with a heavier style and with the predominant sound of the guitars, this track is actually the prelude to the last song of the album which is called Resquebraja, and follows up immediately the previous one, with a very alike heavy guitar driven style, it is an excellent way of finishing an excellent album.

Being this their debut album, what we can only ask them is to maintain their great and mature sound they have despite being a young band, an album that i really like and can recommend to all of you, and as i said before, i am eagerly waiting for their second effort which who knows may be released at the end of this year or the next one.

My final grade, 4 stars, excellent addition to any prog lover and highly recommendable.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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