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4.08 | 40 ratings | 3 reviews | 45% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Copenhagen Schtorba (4:15)
2. Primogenia Satiria (Live *) (8:16)
3. Viaje e Erlebnis (3:43)
4. Blues en Re (7:03)
5. Gansos Patos y Gallinas (8:09)
6. Mamut y Milodones (2:51)
7. Aquelarre Satiri Sarnaz (Live *) (8:24)

Total Time: 42:41

* Recorded at La Batuta, Santiago, Chile

Line-up / Musicians

- Vicente García-Huidobro / guitar, vocals
- Leonardo Arias / alto saxophone, bass clarinet, vocals
- Rodrigo de Petris / tenor, alto & baritone saxophones, vocals
- Pablo Araya / bass
- Cristián Bidart / drums, vocals

- Álvaro Cabrera / clarinet (2)

Releases information

Artwork: Orietta Cabezas

CD Triangel Records ‎- none (1999, Chile)
CD Lizard ‎- CD 0019 (2001, Italy)

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(40 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(45%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars All hail to Akinetón Retard! This is one of the most brilliant avant-garde rock bands from Chile, nowadays: the instrumentation, consisting of guitar, bass, drums and two saxes, is used as a vehicle for the simultaneous provision of the demented energy of Crimsonian prog, the nightmarish insanity of Zheul, the magic of old fashioned jazz and the challenging impetus of free jazz, all of them refurbished by the exuberant colours of Latin jazz. Though the input is mostly instrumental, the onomatopoeic chanting that appears in places serve as a special extra ingredient in AR's own sonic amalgam. But the main "chanting" comes from the dual saxes, which create alternate auras of neurosis, tension and mental confusion while the lead guitar goes sneaking in hither and thither. All this sonic outburst is kept right on track by the efficient rhythm section: not being without extravagance, the Tutas-Tradib duo manages to provide a solid focus of intelligence for the overall musical dementia. The album's opener 'Copenhaguen Schtorba' is a real shocker: a bizarre treat that grabs the listener by the neck of their shirt and demands them to "submit themselves or go to hell" with awesome urgency. The 5/4 initial motiv, the brief punkish sung bridge and the jazz rock main motif succeed each other in total fluidity, with a never decreasing fire. The listener willing to go on will benefit from the experience of the following two numbers, also pretty intense and magnificent: 'Primogenia Satiria', which is longer, simultaneously a bit more restrained and more insistent than the opener; 'Viaje a Erlebnis', on the contrary, is shorter and more concise, bearing a lighter mood while preserving the same insanity. A moment for relaxation comes with the introspective 'Blues in Re', a sort of reminder of old fashioned jazz from the era of 50s bohemia and beat poetry. 'Gansos, Patos y Gallinas' brings shades of "Red"-era King Crimson's most aggressive side spreading on a Latin-jazz tinged tropical pace - go figure! 'Mamut y Milodones' keeps a similar pace, albeit a bit jazzier, not unlike "Köhntarkösz"-era Magma. It's such a pity that this number is less than 3-minute long. The album's closure is much longer, fortunately: all throughout its 8+minute duration, it recapitulates some of the most prominent ambiences featured in the preceding repertoire. The band took their name after a medication against the spreading of Parkinson's - well, if listening to AR's music is hardly recommended to those who suffer from it, it is almost mandatory for those rock fans who long and yearn for bands that recreate the aura of old progressive's most bizarre side in a most inventive manner. In conclusion: AR's debut album is an excellent item in the contemporary section of your prog collection.
Review by Sean Trane
4 stars The debut album from this excellent Chilean quintet consisting of a double brass attack fronting a guitar, bass and drum trio. The least we can say is that they are strongly influenced by Crimson circa 69-74, but limiting them to such a lone influence would be reducing namely Coltrane and Aka Moon. Only four of the seven tracks are sung and the vocals are not a dominant force in those tracks either. Of the last four tracks, three are instrumental.

There are times during the opening track that can make you think of Schizoid Man, the second track being strongly influenced by jazz but also a superb Frippian guitar. One can hear Magmaian chants (maybe even in Kobaian) in the Viaje a Elerbnis track, Ganses is IMHO, the highlight of the album with its superb interplay between the twin- lead sax cam and valves sparked by the guitar turbo-injection system, while the bass- drum duo rumbles like a V12 motor. But the 8 min finale is the other highlight of the album, with a slow intro with eastern sounding ambiances and a wild development. Although I do not own another A R record , I heard two others, and I can tell you that this album is no fluke and this group is a real find only waiting for your discovery.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars 4.5 stars. Here's another album that is calling out for a 5 star rating, and down the road I may bump it up because this is amazing stuff. Think "Red" by KING CRIMSON and add some darkness and avant moments, then mix in some Jazz and Zeuhl and there you have it, a dish special made just for me.This might be my favourite AKINETON RETARD album. By the way the album cover suits the music that is inside.

"Copenhaguen Schtorba" opens with pounding drums and blasting horns. It settles in quickly until a minute in when the guitar and rough vocals take over, then back to the drums and sax. It settles again with guitar and bass as the drums continue. Horns after 3 1/2 minutes. Nice. "Primogenia Satira" has a brief but powerful guitar intro then the bass and drums rumble in as the guitar continues. Sax a minute in. Great sound here. Man this is so good. Vocal expressions after 3 minutes. Dissonant horns 5 1/2 minutes in. Some nice growly bass before 7 minutes then the vocals return. "Viaje A Eriebnis" has these Zeuhl inspired vocal chants that join the powerful soundscape. It settles with horns 1 1/2 minutes in.The guitar is ripping it up 3 minutes in.

"Blues En Re" is jazzy early on. Horns join in this laid back tune. Cool song. "Gansos,Patos Y Gallinos" has these crazy vocals as the tempo swings abruptly and often. It settles in before 1 1/2 minutes.The guitar solos beautifully after 2 minutes as the bass and drums rumble underneath. Horns are back before 4 1/2 minutes. A calm a minute later then the horns and drums lead to the end. "Mamut Y Milodones" builds with horns as heavy outbursts come and go starting at 2 minutes in. "Aquelarre Satiri Sarnaz" has some good atmosphere with the guitar, horns and drums standing out. It's heavier 3 minutes in. So good. A calm before 4 1/2 minutes. Check out the Krautrock-like guitar 6 1/2 minutes in, then he's lighting it up a minute later.

Another killer album from Chile. Highly recommended.

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