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CORNONSTIPICUM

MIA

 

Symphonic Prog

4.19 | 74 ratings

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el böthy
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5 stars A real masterpiece of symphonic prog!!!

As an argentinian Im always looking for interesting and good prog bands from my country, which is quite hard as this genre is totally under in Argentina, so when I saw Cornostipicum I knew I had to get it! The sound of the band was exacly as I thought it would be, but the quality...blew me away!!! For me this is a 5 star masterpiece of symphonic prog. It´s definitly my favorite argentinian album (of any genre!!!). The whole thing is instrumental, although there are some vocals, but this are used as instruments, there are no lyrics. "La coronación del farre" is a great opener, my favorite track of the album (along with Cornostipicum). It´s definitly one of my favorite instrumental pieces with great synths!!! "Imagen III" is an acoustic driven piece, very nice and calm with some excusit things here and there... "Crifana Y Tamilstenes" is the longest track so far and it shows some melodic vocals in charge of Liliana and Lito Vitale. This song ones again has excellent instrumentation and some great key parts! "Las persianas de color" is a short piano-vocals piece which reminds of Gentle Giant. Quite funny and...quite short! "Pedras" is piano solo piece which shows the talent of Lito Vitale (who was only 18 when they made this album!!!) "Cornistipicum", this song has everything mentioned in every song and more!!! Excelletn from start to finish. It starts with bombastic synths but quickly changes to a more bass-drums vibe, to change again (change is the name of this song). It even has some Hackett in Genesis like solos which are high and beautiful...the whole thing is really beautiful. The vocals in this epic are sometimes weird and some times very choral. A really impressive work! Then there are 5 live bonus tracks which are originally from their next album Conciertos. Im not a big fan of bonus tracks, but this ones are not bad at all...they dont ruin the Cd like some Jethro Tull bonus tracks sometimes do...4 of this tracks are acoustic guitar pieces which show the excellent techniks of guitarists Nono Belvis, Daniel Curto and Albert Muños...really impressive work! And the last track is kind of charleston, tabern song...quite funny.

The whole album is superb, no flobs, no mistakes. Really nice, really symphonic, really calm and really a masterpiece!

el böthy | 5/5 |

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