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4 stars Iconoclasta - another hero band who saved my ears in the mid 80īs. Their 3 first albums are "salvation island" or "oasis" prog offerings from the mid to late 80īs vinyl popish desert.

In my review about the Dutch band CODA "sounds of passion" (1986) - please take a look - which were also about 80īs hero bands I forgot to mention Iconoclasta from Mexico, Isildurs Bane "Sagan." from Sweden, Terraced Garden from Canada, Galadriel "muttered." from Spain, Progress 2 from Czech as far as it comes to memory.I must thank all those 80īs works among my favorites Coda, Solaris and East as they were great prog creations is a time prog genre was totally out of mainstream (hey, remember it didn't exist cd format or internet facilities at this time to divulgate independent prog acts).

I have the art sublime label 1991 reissue "Soliloquio" (1987) plus EP "Suite Mexicana" (1987). If you know it, in the early 90, in the begining of transition from LP to CD format era, the American label art sublime, had a wonderful idea: they reissued some gems in cd format with the open fold cover in LP size; I try to explain: in the beginning of cd era many progrees wanted their LP format covers preserved, as cover art are important to prog albums.

Well, I love the 1986 Iconoclasta "reminiscencias" album but the sound quality was not at the level of its music, so I decided to review "soliloquio" as the sound production is very good ( for "suite mexicana" too) and also because itīs a very prog album in sympho vein (the 1983 "s/t debut" is great too, but only instrumental with some ethnic fusion).

I thought I would find lots of reviews about "soliloquio", but surprise! Only Memowakemanīs one. It's a pity as "Soliloquio" is a masterpiece ! I consider the music completely prog, so the jazz-rock do not fit with "Soliloquio" environment but sympho prog do. the vocals here are solely in operatic format (Iconoclasta is the only band I know to dare steady with it), so it demonstrates the music to be closer to sympho. Iconoclasta is a charismatic band with own style difficult to compare.maybe in "reminiscencias" and "soliloquio" the mood has something with Camel "snowgoose", or old Genesis but the Italians are a reference too for the self expression search.I really get very motioned with the music, it goes to my heart... I speak Portuguese, not Spanish but I guess the translation of 1st track title is something like: "When the music was spiritual and not physical, the advent of last peace period" wow.what can you expect from a track with a title like that? Art!! And is what you find in all " Soliloquio" prog at the most sophisticated art form.

About "Suite Mexicana" ep, there are 2 instrumental with 7 to 8 minutes I will repeat what's written about them in liner notes: "Suite Mexicana is a fusion of different styles with elements of Mexican mestizo.mixed with indigenous sounds and of course, a generous dose of prog rock. " Quite original and good music I would value.

Before reviewing I listened the cd with a friend who is NOT into prog and he said "not reminds me an epic movie". I asked him about the operatic vocals and he said "it's nice". I suppose as a proof of music quality, is when it "survives" opinions from people who is not into prog, as they are listening only the music and not models or standards!

Prog_Veteran | 4/5 |


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