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DEPOIS DO FIM

Bacamarte

 

Symphonic Prog

4.33 | 588 ratings

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Gatot
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3 stars Any plagiarism? (Please check!)

I was so curious about Bacamarte due to its position in Top 20 of prog albums of all time according to our beloved progarchives. By the time I am wrting this review "Depois Do Fim" positions number 17, better than "Birds of Fire" by Mahavishnu (#18), Yes "Relayer" (#19) and Rush "A Farewell to Kings" (#24). So this album must be extremely different than the others. I could not imagine how my all-time favorite and best track YES has ever made 'The Gates of Delirium' in Relayer would be smashed to dust by Bacamarte. I did imagine there would be songs much better than 'Gates of Delirium' ....and there would be music much more wonderful than 'Birds of Fire' of Mahavishnu. I think that kind of 'expectation' is just normal human being because I could not really believe there would be music much better than 'Relayer' (for example).

Finally I got the album about two months ago and I kept spinning the album and I had to agree that the music, overall, is excellent. The one key differentiator (lending the term from Harvard's professor Mr Michael Porter who is phenomenal in the field of business strategy in his seminal book 'Competitive Strategy' i mid seventies) is the traditional approach Bacamarte used in crafting their music. For me personally, this is not something really new as I have some prog albums in Indonesia where the traditional gamelan sounds are extensively used in the music with albums like Guruh 'Gipsy' or Harry Roesli 'Titik Api'. There was also album from Eberhard Schoener (Germany) who created an album assembling Balinese music in 'Bali AGung' album where there was 'kecak roc; was included.

The music this album offers sounds to me like a refreshment after listening to the kind of 'western' progressive music with legendary influences from Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd and the like. Bacamarte offers different formula that you can smell it right when they deliver the opening track 'UFO' (6:26). Well, I am amazed with the fact on how 'packed' the music is by combining beautifully guitar fills melody in the body of the music. The usu of flute is also a great contribution to the textures.The female vocal help accentuates the music and in fact she makes it different than any female vocal bands like Renaissance. The intro of 'Miragem' (4:54) brings me to the nuance of Ritchie Blackmore's 'Tarot Woman' (Rising), but the song is totally different.

I was quite shocked when the album enters track number 6 'Último Entardecer' (9:29) especially on the main melody of intro part . It is the same with the intro part of TRIUMVIRAT's I Believe from 'Old Loves Die Hard' album. I thought it was just a coincidence but if it is so, how come the notes in the melody of intro part is totally the same with Triumvirat? Well yes, of course not the entire song is exactly the same but the intro part is repeated as well in the middle of the track. I insist you (those who have listened to this album) take Triumvirat CD and play it - you would understand what I mean with this.

Overall, I think this is a very good album that should deserve four stars if track number 6 is removed totally. But because it's still there, I tend to give just three stars.Keep on proggin' ...! The collaborators should check about this and rethink how you should review this album. Even though the music of this album is excellent and unique, I still do not put it better than YES 'Relayer'.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |

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