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Medina Azahara - ...En Al-Hakim CD (album) cover

...EN AL-HAKIM

Medina Azahara

 

Symphonic Prog

3.58 | 15 ratings

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poito
4 stars 4.5 actually! Ten years from their debut, MA underwent major lineup changes that will define the rest of their career. This band began in a soft rock style with some flamenco airs, mostly the voices, and will come (they are still going) to a standard heavy-metal band headed by a flamenco-rumba singer. This album is their best achievement. Here they pick up the glittering star left by TRIANA, the godfathers of Andalusian prog. This trail they should have never quit, because they finally hit. Strikingly, the recruitment of hard-rock oriented guitar player Paco Ventura meant their best prog mark. Probably, the presence of giant flamenco guitar player Vicente Amigo in the album fastened the composition to a Flamenco-Rock, which is progressive by own nature. The music is sweet and tragic, with great guitar work, nice layers of keys, beautiful catchy melodies, and sufficient play with tempo to keep the interest high. Nearly all tracks are excellent, except for a filler-rocker for live shows. Special mention to the tracks Otoņo and La Guitarra, both the official and their acoustic versions in bonuses. Check also El Destino, with nice flamenco guitar play in the front and a soft rock guitar envelop in the background, thrilling. I think these guys lost the opportunity to become really great. Hard rock is such a crowded road, people!
poito | 4/5 |

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