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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1- Gama De Espectros (11'51)
2- Estampida (6'05)
3- Segunda Premier (9'54)
4- Cuarto Oscuro (5'54)
5- Día Fuera Del Tiempo (5'22)
6- Ciempiés (4'50)
7- El Dique (7'56)
8- Opus 14 (6'26)
9- Venus (8'28)

Total time 66:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Julio Gándara / guitars, percussion
- Arturo Olvera / drums, percussion
- Roberto Petriciolet / bass

Guest musician:
- Helios Valdez / baritone sax (4)

Releases information

Luna Negra / Musea Records

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DELTA RED Gama De Espectros ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
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Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Coming from the prolific area of Querétaro, Delta Red is a power-trio that sure can emphasize strongly the power in the concept. In the later part of year 2009, Delta Red released this excellent album entitled "Gama De Espectros", an exhibition of inventive, eclectic heavy prog that includes noticeable doses of jazz-rock and fusion as well as psychedelic colors and math-rock cadences. Bozzio Levin Stevens, Rush, "Red"-era King Crimson and why not, Don Caballero, can be traced as particular references and influences for Delta Red in their road of musical self-discovery. The band's sound, while performed with finesse, bears a harsh quality that makes it closer to Tryo, AkinetónRetard or Arco Iris' rockier side than to Mar De Robles or Ergo Sum. The albump's first 12 minutes are occupied by the namesake track, largely based on an extended 5/4 jam. The whole sonic scheme rocks really hard although therte is also room for subtlety: the sense of urgency never gets too overwhelming, and in fact, there are some contemplative quieter passages that settle in at times to provide a reasonable variation. The first full stampide comes with 'Estampida', whose first half completes a combination of heavy and funk- oriented fusion. Its second half shifts toward languid moods. 'Segunda Premier', generally speaking, delivers a progressive ambition similar to that of the opener's, but the result turns out to be more electrifying and climatic. The links among the stronger and softer passages is extremely polished. The pairing of tracks 2 & 3 makes the first highlight of the album. 'Cuarto Oscuro' bears an abundantly texturial compositional framework, but the delivery is far from soft: its is powerful and austere, very Crimsonian - the guest bartione sax player happens to provide a major asset for this piece. 'Día Fuera Del Tiempo' and 'Opus 14' are two tracks that can be described as Rush-meets-King Crimson with slight touches of jazz-rock in the fold - two more highlights. 'Ciempiés' is a funky rocker whose patent fusion colors come to its definitive fruition in the tropical-oriented coda. 'El Dique' is more mysterious and austere, full of equally relevant elements of jazz-rock and psychedelia. The last 8+ minutes in teh album are filled by 'Venus', which is an integral manifestation of the sort of power and colorfulness that the band has been recreating continuously throughout the album: an appealing closure that closes down the full musical circle of "Gama De Espectros". Delta Red is a name to be noted down in all us prog collectors eager to keep in touch with the latest most interesting items of nowadays prog rock.
Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Last year (2011) I atended to a prog rock festival in Mexico City, with several bands from the city of Queretaro, one of them was Delta Red, a band I did not know, but left me with a great taste of mouth. Their concert was full of energy, they were four young guys trying to eat the world and do what they want with it, which is how I felt their performance, so I was really happy to discover a new band from my country with music of great quality.

I got their debut album, released in 2009 and entitled "Gama de Espectros", here they are a power trio playing heavy prog music, when I saw them they were four people, with the addition of a keyboard player, so my experience in both branches is actually different. This album features 9 songs that make a total time of 66 minutes of great heavy progressive rock, but warning, if you like this genre you will like the album, otherwise I believe it is not for anyone's ears.

They open with "Gama de espectros" which is the longest composition, so it is a challenging way to start an album, a CD that actually features several mid to long length tracks. In this first one they show since the first moments they are an instrumental band, with heavy guitars, powerful drums and a solid bass. This is like a jam that flows very well, but what I like the most is when they decide to slow down, at minute five, so the heavy notes does not tire the listener because they bring diversity in the piece, adding even some jazzy moments.

"Estampida" is a nice song that blends heavy prog with soft moments, actually one can appreciate the song is divided in two halves, cool. And better is "Segunda Premier" whose bombastic start is very promising because it is full of energy and the anxiety of leaving all the sweat in the studio, in the stage, everywhere, that is what I like about Delta Red, they will to leave a mark can be appreciated even in some moments of their music. This is another long song whose content offers several changes in time, rhythm and mood, that let us know their compositional skills, so in spite being a young band, they show a mature structure.

In "Cuarto Oscuro" they bring a more relaxed tune, while it seems to explode sometimes, it remains in the same softer vein, at least for the first minutes. Here I like the work of the drummer, and of course the addition of a saxophone, which adds a special flavor to the sound. So far my experience with the album is great, but to be honest, there are some moments when I feel a bit tired, feel that this is not truly my cup of tea, and I realized about it while listening to "Día fuera del tiempo" followed by "Ciempiés", two of the shortest tracks of the album, with an alike style, though with great quality (I like the funky guitar in the latter). The compositions are good, I must say, but my enthusiasm is not the same as in the beginning. This was the main difference I found between their live performance and this album, in the first I was thrilled all the time, in the last only in some moments.

My interest returned with "El dique" because to my ears this is one of their best compositions. It is a blend of heavy prog with some jazz elements once again, but also with some psych nuances, so it is a bit different from the previous tracks. "Opus 14" is a cool track actually, here I like a lot the work of the strings (both, guitar and bass), mostly the guitar, I think there are moments where it sounds different from the other songs, they are not heavy, this time they have some kind of fast crimson-esque style, if you know what I mean. This is another highlight.

And the album finishes with "Venus" which is an 8-minute track that sums up what the music of Delta Red is about. So as I previously mentioned, if you like heavy instrumental prog then you will surely like this album, I like it, but not love it, and I think the band can actually deliver a more solid upcoming album, now with the use of synths. Hope I can see them live soon again, and hope to listen to their next works. My final grade will be 3 stars.

Enjoy it!

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