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Dark Nazgul
4 stars Sambaprog!

"Depois Do Fim" is a very pleasant album and without doubt one of the best records of the eighties, at least in the context of progressive rock. The style of the band reminds PFM, with the same great atmospheres, the use of flute and harpsichord, and a great guitarist, Mario Neto, clearly a follower of Franco Mussida. Unfortunately the production is not at the same level of the music, particulary for the bad use of the synth, that is at least questionable in almost all the songs. The album consists of nine tracks, almost all interesting, I describe briefly.

U.F.O. A great instrumental opening track. The guitar intro reminds me "La Carrozza di Hans" with echoes of Mussida's style. Gradually make their appearance the other instruments, flute and harpsichord in evidence. Pleasant. Rating: 10/10.

Smog Alado. Introducing the femal vocalist, Jane Duboc. Once again, the references to the PFM are evident, this time the song reminds me "E' Festa / Celebration". Pity about the use of synth in some way, but the keyboards in the final section are great and this part is masterfully executed. Rating 7/10.

Miragem. Excellent instrumental, one of the best songs of the album. It is a kind of exotic dance with amazing solos by Neto on guitar, then a slower interlude with flute and classical pastoral atmosphere. Echoes of Camel, here. Rating 10/10.

Passaro de Luz. Wonderful acoustic ballad, full of the typically Brazilian melancholy, only with Neto and Jane Duboc. Simple but also very exciting. Rating 10/10.

Cano. Track with numerous change of pace, clearly sees the rhythm section on the spot. Final variation with accordion. Interesting, but not at the same level of the previous songs. Rating 6/10.

Ultimo Entardecer. The longest song of the album and the most complex, with many parts of keyboards and guitars. Amazing central part sung by Duboc and introduced by a beautiful piano in the style of the best Rick Wakeman (that of "The Six Wiwes" just to be clear ...). Rating 9/10

Controversia. The song title says it all unfortunately. Short (thankfully) jumble of meaningless sounds in ELP style. Rating 3/10.

Depois Do Fim. Another exciting track, unfortunately introduced by the keyboards with a bland chord progression. However, all remaining parts are outstanding, with a great performance by the singer. Rating 9/10.

Mirante Das Estrelas. Closing instrumental. It would have been the best track on the album because of the impressive guitar solos by Neto. Unfortunately, some parts are devalued by some questionable synth solos. However, it is still a piece of excellent quality. Rating 8/10.

Overall an excellent album, although obviously derivative, which will delight PFM fans and lovers of symphonic rock in general, close to the status of masterpiece. Final Rating 8/10 and four stars.

Best song: Miragem

Dark Nazgul | 4/5 |


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