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DEPOIS DO FIM

Bacamarte

 

Symphonic Prog

4.33 | 589 ratings

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Moogtron III
4 stars This record is really a celebration of the glory of prog. The energy reminds me of the first three Yes albums, Finch and some other bands. This is a high on adrenalin record.

Also, the band consists of excellent instrumentalists. Drummer Marco Verissimo, who gives us quite a load of fast drum rolls, reminds me sometimes of Eduard Schicke from Schicke Führs Fröhling. Mr. Paul plays some subtle percussion to hold things in balance. Sergio Villarim plays different kinds of keyboards, and sometimes you can hear Rick Wakeman - like patterns, but he is also adding some atmospheric mellotron parts, and the moog is also a lot to be heard, and then there's the piano... Guitars (acoustic as well as electric, Spanish as well as more Western-European) are a treat, played very well by Mario Neto. Delto Simas is also a master on his acoustic and electric basses, and the flute of Marcus Mora (sometimes reminding of Thijs van Leer or Ian Anderson) and the powerful vocals of Jane Duboc (reminding me somewhere of Nanny de Ruig from Hoelderlin, Patricia Paay on "Patricia Anglaia" from Kayak, or Marie-Claire Creemers from Coda's What A Symphony") are like the cream on the cake.

The record has many different influences, and every half a minute or so you are thinking where you heard this or that part before. So they are not the most original band, but that doesn't matter on this record, given all the positive aspects. This record is like a punch in the face. A bit fragmentary perhaps, and they are not building epics in any way, but it sounds like they don't want to be the band for that, there's a certain restlessness in the music, as if they want to show you as much places to go in their music as possible. This is not like showing off, but this is more a joyful record, a record that makes you feel in love with prog again. Because the band paints a musical palette that is a offering a lot of things within the timespan of three quarters of an hour, that makes you forget the shortcomings. This is vintage prog, brought with conviction, a lot of energy, a powerful sound and with some virtuosity as well. This must have been a very powerful live band as well, since there is a definite live feel on this studio record. The record is really happening.

References? I can only tell you what the band reminds me of: Crack (the band, not the drug), Epidaurus, PFM, Sandrose, oh well... too many to be mentioned. Keep in mind: vintage prog sound, a lot of powerful fragments, great playing by all group members... Naive in its joyfulness and mature in its sound.

Moogtron III | 4/5 |

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