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Láquesis

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4.02 | 27 ratings | 4 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Efecto Placebo - 7:13
2. Tema X - 5:24
3. Hamacamatic - 8:17
4. Puestas de sol - 12:06
5. Lemuria - 6:38
7. Las Moiras (Suite) I - Láquesis - 5:40
8. Las Moiras (Suite) II - Cloto - 3:30
9. Las Moiras (Suite) III - Átropos - 3:45
10. Las Moiras (Suite) IV - Réquiem - 3:10

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Line-up / Musicians

- Diego Actis / Keys
- Guillermo Caminer / Guitars
- Ariel Loza / Bass & choirs
- Martin Puntonet / Vocals
- Martin Teglia / Drums

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Viajero Inmovil Records (2013)

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LÁQUESIS Láquesis ratings distribution


4.02
(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
36%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
52%
Good, but non-essential (8%)
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Collectors/fans only (4%)
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Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
4 stars Another good Argentinian band

Last Christmas we received the suggestion of the this Argentinean band from the pleasant Rosario, as soon as we heard their self-titled debut, it was obvious for us that they should be in Prog Archives, but again the question was where, because they are not the typical Symphonic band with Classical or Baroque structure and a lot of solos. LAQUESIS blends different styles, genres and moods to create a fresh and eclectic sound rooted in the tradition of Argentinean Symphonic but much more aggressive.

The album is opened by Efecto Placebo (Placebo Effect) and it's sung in English, what is normally a problem in Latin American bands due to the strong accent, but this guys whisper the words in a way that reminds me of SERU GIRAM, with a heavy edge. Unlike most young bands who try to demonstrate their full potential from the first track, the Argentinean band plays with the changes creating soft and gradual transitions, with a nice vocal work. The keyboards are delightful, but the rhythm section impressed me more.

Tema X (X Theme) captures the listener from the start with a jazzy intro where the guitar and drums interplay brilliantly and are enhanced by lush organ passages and Moog reminiscent of ELP. Not the traditional Symphonic we are used to, but it's fluid and full of strength. Around the 2.50 mark, the music changes radically to enter more into Symphonic territory with a killer guitar solo.

Hamacamatic organ intro reminds clearly of KANSAS (Carry on my Wayward Son), but then it gets far more elaborate and eclectic blending itself with some form of Latin Jazz. Even when the song has nice piano and guitar solos, they keep visiting that initial organ passage making variations on the same theme. Very interesting structure.

Puestas de Sol (Sunsets) is a beautiful melodic piano based track that offers us a complete palette of styles that go from soft and romantic to frenetic and complex, surely one of the best expressions of modern Symphonic I hear in the last year. The guitar solo is powerful and addictive.

When I was expecting more powerful and heavy material LAQUESIS caught me by surprise with Lemuria, a soft melodic track with Italian Symphonic influence in the most pristine style of bands like PABLO EL ENTERRADOR or LA MAQUINA DE HACER PÁJAROS, but gets better, because after four minutes they offer us one of most impressive Mellotron and organ display, at this point the best song from the album and even better because Ariel Loza sings in Spanish, a language he's obviously comfortable with.

Laquesis ends the album with Las Moiras (Suite) a 16:05 mythological epic divided in four parts (Laquesis, Cloto, Átropos and Requiem, a song that I won't even try to describe, because words can only ruin the listening experience for an audience avid of complex material rooted in the 70's but with a modern twist. But I can say it's the perfect closure for a very good album.

Even though I enjoyed Laquesis from the first to the last note, it's obvious we are before a new band with a great debut, so won't rate it with s stars, but It's also evident for ma that this guys can offer us even better releases in a near future, so I will go with four solid stars, hoping they will give us a complete masterpiece soon.

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Posted Monday, February 17, 2014

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions
4 stars Well, it would be a bit short-sighted to say that LAQUESIS is a new band arriving on the progressive rock scene. This quintet from Rosario/Argentina is existing for some years anyway, continuously refining and maturing their song material. In 2013 they finally felt it was about time to close this process up and to officially release their elaborations. This eponymous debut outing offers a fine blend of heavy and symphonic ingredients, with the emphasis on tricky compositions. Vocals - though Martin Puntonet is equppied with a proper singing voice - are not very present, which surprises in some way.

Efecto Placebo turns out to be a really strong opener, keyboarder Diego Actis works some Supertramp reminiscence in here. And in fact the diversified keyboard job is the band's trademark first of all, while perfectly corresponding with Guillermo Caminer's guitar appearance. The following songs, starting with Terra X, are instrumental, melodic, tricky, partially balladesque, partially groovy, comprising all the beloved ingredients which compose an excellent progressive rock production. On Lemuria vocals return again. this time in Spanish and the extended Las Moiras suite is consisting of four parts, showing some classical background.

As for my sentiment LAQUESIS have produced a really elaborated album, their patience was worth while. This is technically flawless,.featuring very melodic songs and vocals alternating in English and Spain. Though appearing a bit heaver overall, especially fans of Karmakanic or The Flower Kings will enjoy this album, I'm quite sure. Definitely a highlight and a big recommendation to prog purists, you shouldn't miss that.

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Review by memowakeman
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4 stars Music is an endless beauty. No matter how many horrible pop or even rock bands appear in the scene, there will always be musicians whose talent, discipline and creativity keep music safe and sound from those evil moneymakers. We all know progressive rock is not a true profitable job, however, we have to thank the bands that continue making music in this scene in spite of the minimum support they receive.

But I will not support a band just because of the fact they make prog rock, no, I support them because they create good prog rock, and this is the case of Argentinean band Láquesis, whose bass player Ariel Loza has been keen on social media spreading the word, and the band caught my attention so I wanted to listen to the whole CD, which is very good.

This is the first album of this band, whose music is a nice mixture of symphonic rock with heavy prog hints, sometimes with a fresh 00s sound, but with undeniable 70s roots in some passages. The album contains 10 tracks that will give you over an hour of great progressive rock. It opens with "Efecto Placebo", a nice introductory track that let us know that they prefer the English language. The music is very cool, with changes in rhythm and emotion, the voice is great, sometimes with a heavy feeling close to a metal one. The bass lines are really fresh, and the nuances made by keyboards are great,

"Tema X" is a wonderful track, I like the first minutes with first class instrumental music that has some delicious tunes of prog rock, with some funky touches that together create a sound full of cadence. Each musician puts its grain of sand, so them all are equally important to Láquesis music, and that can be actually heard while the seconds pass. This is one of my favorite songs of the album.

Every time I listen to "Hamacamatic" I cannot help but remembering Kansas "Carry on?" song, the guitar sound is alike so it is funny to have that reminiscence. I love how the band puts different figures every minute, so the music is not plain, in spite the rhythm could be he same for minutes, they always have something new to bring. This is another nice instrumental track, it is a nice mixture of A.C.T. meets Kansas.

"Puestas de sol" is literally the longest track here (though later will come a suite divided in tracks), its 12 minutes give us a nice rollercoaster of sounds and feelings. First we can listen to a soft and calm introduction, mid-tempo drums and a beautiful guitar sound, and after 2:30 minutes explosive keyboards appear like a bomb, but it lasts only some seconds before the calm returns. Later the music changes again, a new structure begins, a beautiful mellotron enters and give more beauty to the music, which is led by great guitars and supported by a solid bass and drums base. The song has different changes, but it is always interesting, so it is like a book divided in chapters that let your imagination fly. Excellent!

"Lemuria" surprised me because the lyrics return but now in Spanish, I thought they would sing all in English, but it is always great to listen the bands in their native language. The music is pastoral, calm, melodic, with a beautiful keyboard background while acoustic guitar brings that calm and mellow sound, accompanied by a good voice. The second part of the song is rockier, with some Crimsonian nuances and those keyboards that in moments remind me of Ayreon. A nice and fresh musical trip here!

Finally, "Las Moiras" bring the last 16 minutes of the album. This is a long song divided in four parts, each one with a title. The first one is "Láquesis", a heavy prog oriented instrumental track, fast tempo and cool musicianship here. "Cloto" is a cool part that brings happiness. The moment where keyboards appear make me feel great, it is like a moment for scream and run and be happy in the life. The sound reminded me of Willowglass, so that symphonic touch is always present. The bass sound is also beautiful, mostly in the last minute of the song.

"Atropos" starts with a bombastic keyboard sound in the league of Anglagard; seconds later a rocky guitar appears while drums mark the rhythm and bass accompany with its constant lines. The song simply flows, you just have to let your ears and soul fly. And the last one is "Requiem", a short piece with keyboards that produce a classical music oriented sound at least for the first minute. Later it changes, a darker sound appears, bass, drums, guitar and keyboards make together a tense moment. But guess what, the last minute changes again, so they surprise us with a great metal ending, full of power and energy. A great way to finish this album.

I am happy with Láquesis, a new band whose debut solid album make me feel completely satisfied. So if you have the chance, please listen to them and buy their music, so they can delight us with a second album soon. My final grade will be 4 solid stars.

Enjoy it!

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4 stars Great self-titled work from the Argentinean band LAQUESIS. In some moments they are closely of some Heavy-Prog bands as for instance, North-American band ENCHANT, Like in the Track 1 " Placebo Effect" and in others the approach of their music are more in direction of some Symphonic or Eclect ... (read more)

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