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"Depois Do Fim" is the best Brazilian prog album ever.

If you ask me, this is the best Brazilian prog album ever, as well as one of the best prog albums of the 80's. Bacamarte, out of PA, is very unknown, which is pretty sad. I mut say that this is one near perfect masterpiece, that definitely needs to be listened by more people.

A typical symphonic prog album, with some nice and unique elements: the sense of apocalyptic (Depois Do Fim in Portuguese means "After The End"), and also a delicate sense of melody, some times epic and mysterious, sometimes virtuous and catchy. Magical atmospheres are included as well, always with a touch of epic and exotic. In fact, many times the band reprise some typical brazilian melodies and moods. Like in the instrumental pieces.

"UFO" is a perfect way to start an album. It starts with a beautiful intro, played with a nice and gentle guitar, soon accompanied by flutes and keyboards, creating a typical medieval and celtic atmospheres that warms up the listener's heart. After this, the mood is more enlivened, and the song finally explodes into a brilliant and classic symph prog song, with many synths and guitars. Maybe my favorite instrumental song off this album.

"Smog Alado" features beautiful vocals of Jane Duboc, a female singer that really reminds of Annie Haslam, singer of Renaissance. The song is another great track, with powerful guitars, mysterious and enigmatic keyboards, and Ian Anderson like flute. "Miragem" is an instrumental, not as fabolous as UFO, but still great. Very mystifying and ominous, in some though guitarist Mario Neto really shows his talent for performing solos. "Passaro De Luz" is such a beautiful song. Very folkish, since it's played mainly with acoustic guitar, accompanied by Duboc's haunting and beautiful voice. "Cano" is another masterpiece, a pretty keyboard driven song, a brief instrumental that once more warms your heart. Mesmerizing. "Ultimo Entarceder" is the longest track. And, yes, it is another masterpiece. This one is much more melancholic, with a great guitar solo. It contains another beautiful performance of Duboc. The keyboards a lot more dreamy, the flute is less present, showing that this track has many space rock influences. "Controversia" is another interesting brief instrumental. Not so dreamy and haunting like all the other songs, it has on the other hand a great sense of Progressive, and general virtuosity, in keyboards and guitars. The title track has a strange intro, it sounds like you have just found light after a dark place. The rest though is more down to earth, less dreamy, but still great. The melody is great, with always a present sense of arcane. But still, it's one of the least god songs, in my opinion. "Mirante De Estrelas" is an unbelievable song, very virtuous but delicate at the same time. A great and cheerful song, perfect for finishing an amazing album.

Overall it's a really good effort that is worth listening if you're into symphonic prog.

EatThatPhonebook | 4/5 |


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