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3.65 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. CE3 (4:08)
2. La Llave Thompson (4:46)
3. Metamorfosis (4:29)
4. Paip (7:31)
5. Vamo (1:09)
6. El Áspero (4:36)
7. Suspensión (4:18)
8. Bajos (1:31)
9. Arkm. (Parece que Se Viene el Diablo) (1:57)
10. Que Masón (3:09)
11. Vientos de Marte (4:39)
12. Coleman (5:47)
13. Colquín (7:42)

Total time 57:07

Line-up / Musicians

- Fabricio Morás / keyboards, guitar on 6
- Sebastián Teves / bass
- Pablo Dalmasso / drums

Releases information

Azione Artigianale

Thanks to Cesar Inca for the addition
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SUR OCULTO Estados ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(55%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Argentinean power-trio Sur Oculto makes it clear right from the start - they come to set new standards for color and power in a jazz-rock context. The whole repertoire of their sophomore effort "Estados" reeks of smoke caused by the incendiary interplaying between all three musicians. Almost all the time the keyboardist and the rhythm duo elaborate the concise atmospheres in a vibrating unison without sounding like a machine - the resulting vibe is quite muscular. The melodic approach, if any, is very secondary: the dynamics' build-up and the ambiences set the core for each and every musical idea, whose ultimate bases mostly lie on cadences. The piano motif that sets the motion for the opening track is very catchy, and so is the funky-based motif developed in track 2. With 'Metamorfosis', which sets a sort of midway between the first two tracks, we have a great 13 minute opening that can easily set a communion between the listener's mind and the band's recorded labor. 'A Paip' clearly shows hints to Weather Report and Return to Forever while retaining the modern vibe. 'Vamo' is an amusing funk-jazz interlude between the pompous preceding track and the harsher following one, 'El Áspero', which really rocks more than it jazzes (keyboardist Fabricio Morás adds some guitar riffs on this one). The Zep-meets-ELP main motif is occasionally interrupted by some jazz-club piano portions in an abrupt manner - weird! The eerie 'Suspensión' relies on the soft Flamenco-tinged piano lines to set the main mood: despite the use of a rhythm computer and the noticeable Spartan ambience, this is one of the few real lyrical passages in the album. The Pastorius-inspired bass solo in 'Bajos' and the pulsation-driven 'Arkm' set up the frame for 'Qué Masón', which by now can simply be described as typical Sur Oculto. Actually I feel like this track might as well have been expanded a bit longer in order to provide a definitive expression for its potential: I don't feel the same about any of the first four pieces, which I find are comprised in the proper timespan. 'Vientos de Marte' changes the general mood dramatically with its minimal spacey atmospheres: for this one, Sur Oculto momentarily gives up on its jazz-rock stance and takes a short trip to psychedelic rock camps. 'Coleman' and ''Colquín' occupy the album's last 13 minutes: the former alternates menacing textures, dissonant tricks and extroverted moods (+ a drum solo), while the latter unexpectedly marks the album's finale with an introverted aura. Surely it is not the kind of epilogue one would come to expect for an album such as "Estados", but it contains enough experimental spirit through its main serenity as to become a very coherent closure. Sur Oculto is a band to pay attention to in the current context of prog- friendly jazz-rock.
Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars ''Sur Oculto trio'' was just the beginning for these young Argentinians.The album got some positive reviews by the local press and Sur Oculto slowly reached the stages of Buenos Aires, making quite an impact.What of course followed was the recording process of a longer album, this would be ''Estados'' from 2006, released on the indepedent label Azione Artigianale.

In the vein of fiery Fusion keyboard trio NIACIN, Sur Oculto present a clever mix of dynamic Jazz- Fusion with endless breaks and some excessive energy around.The compositions are once more centered around keyboardist Fabricio Morás and his diverse work on piano, organ and synthesizers, flirting from Lounge Jazz to Funk and from Canterbry Prog to even keyboard- drenched Heavy Rock.Actually the first half of the album is quite great with dominant complex breaks, elegant smooth piano-centered passages and frenetic keyboard-led parts, mostly in a Fusion style, and always with the tight rhythm section of Sebastian Teves and Pablo Dalmasso supporting.Unfortunately as the album unfolds the quality drops, sounding a bit repetitive, at times filled with rather experimental parts and quite similar to the first half.All these just before the fantastic ''Coleman'', where Moras' dissonant grand piano are mixed with the most powerful performance of Teves and Dalmasso, to come up with the most mind-blowing composition by far.

This is a very hard style of music to follow and Sur Oculto did a very good job.Although the trio sometimes falls into the trap of repetiveness, ''Estados'' holds plenty of interesting moments to satisfy both fans of instrumental Progressive Rock and Jazz-Fusion.Overall recommended.

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