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3.85 | 286 ratings

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4 stars A very good album, if you ask me

A year after the average Ghost Story, Phidieaux Xavier is back with new album, which is MUCH better than its predecessor, which goes by the name of the legendary creature called Chupacabras.

Besides being released at 2005, Chupacabras have the same basic structure (and length) of many traditional progressive rock albums: an intro, the first epic, some songs in the middle and the closing / last epic (which also has the outro). However, the similarities between the 70's and Phideaux Xavier don't go much further from here, since his music fits perfectly in the modern prog, the prog of our time. Actually, it is with Chupacabras that Phideaux and his band finally enter the realms of progressive rock.

Possibly other said this, but I think it is still important to say that most of this album was made from leftover songs and little bits of songs from early Phideaux Xavier projects that were reworked, put together and, to some degree, rewritten and recomposed, resulting in this great album.

The highlights go to all songs, except Party. By the way, you may think that such a balanced album should get a better grade, but, to be quite frank, despite most songs being good they do not are masterpieces. They are just good songs.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Chupacabras was the second Phideaux album I ever listened, right after Doomsday Afternoon, and it is still one of my favorite Phideaux albums. Great music and some pretty good songs (specially the epics) definitely makes this album a very good representative of the progressive rock scene during the first decade of the new millennium.

CCVP | 4/5 |


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