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ASIMÉTRICA

Crossover Prog • Mexico


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Hailing from Mexico-City, a rock outfit ASIMÉTRICA ("asymmetric" in English) were founded in 2010 as a quintet to blow a mixture of mainstream and underground. WIth a diverse musical philosophy around convergence of individuality as they say, they have released the debut album "Fate's Theorem" in the summer of 2016.

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Fate's Theorem
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Fate's Theorem
Asimétrica Crossover Prog

Review by memowakeman
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4 stars A wonderful Mexican prog album!

This decade has been very active in the Mexican prog rock scene, despite the low support and promotion it has in our same country, they have kept the spirit and love for music and have worked hard to obtain some positive results. One of those bands is Asimétrica, a project I found in the latter 2016 and could see on stage in 2017, leaving a very positive impression on me. So far they have released only "Fate's Theorem", a solid album that shows a very nice mixture of symphonic prog and jazz, with some metal hints here and there, it is an eclectic band in fact.

The album features 9 songs, but there is actually one long epic divided in five parts, which takes most of the album's time. But first, the album kicks off with a challenging track entitled "Shifting Suns & Shattered Skies". Here, piano and guitar take the leadership first, later vocals appear and the saxophone enters with cadency. Little by little the song progresses and all of a sudden we are listening to some Crimsonian passages and if you ask me, even some RIO nuances. The song then changes and becomes much calmer, letting us know that Asimétrica knows how to create music and combine rhythms, tempo and emotions. The use of the guitar is also very cool in the whole track, sometimes showing tension, some others with a much delicate sound, both electric and acoustic. It is a seesaw of sounds, so many changes but all made naturally, I mean, it doesn't sound forced. It is a great first track, if you listen to it, you will surely get interested in what's next.

"Untitled" shows a much calmer sound that is enchanted by the saxophone. Bass and drums create a pretty nice base, while acoustic guitar and piano add a nice background while electric guitar produces a heartfelt solo. The voice is nice and soft, in the vein of Duda's in Lunatic Soul in some way. This song leads to the amazing "Trains Collide", again it starts softly but little by little the intensity increases and new elements are being added; though the use of saxophone produces an evident jazzy feeling, the music is not in fact jazz, and we can realize about it minutes later when the music becomes faster, creating a heavier atmosphere. However, there was only a passage because the music changes once again, but man, I am impressed how good composers they are. Great song!

Now the big epic starts. Fate's Theorem, divided in 5 parts, showing off the quality of the musicians since it might be an ambitious work for a debut album, but they took the risk and created something wonderful. "1: Denial" sounds in fact as an introduction. Slow and uncertain at first, but later a rhythm starts, vocals join and a delicate sound appears with nice acoustic guitar, and repetitive electric notes. It leads to "2: Anger" which has a more nervous sound that will make you move your head. After a minute the intensity increases much more, becoming a piece closer to jazz metal. I am sure they like Riverside, there are some nuances that make me think so. This is a wonderful part of the epic, very strong indeed. "3: Bargaining" is the shortest one, short but very heartfelt, one can easily be trapped under its charm. But be careful, because all of a sudden the music makes a drastic change, meaning we are already listening to "4: Depression", and man, they do transmit that, anxious and rage, the music explodes and it hits you deep. After two minutes the song re-invents itself and a new start appears. This instrumental passage is beautiful, it draws countless inner-episodes and feelings, one can make our own interpretation, but to me the music has been completely successful, since I've created some stories and images in my mind while listening to it. The last but not least is "5: Acceptance"; acoustic guitar takes the leadership for a brief moment, then the other instruments join little by little, creating a heavier sound that is actually really friendly with our ears, I mean, there are some flirts with metal but they don't really play metal; in fact, when those flirts end the delicate jazz appears once again and a new structure begins. The whole epic is magnificent, to realize its divided in parts might give in fact a friendlier experience, so one can easily enjoy this wonderful progressive rock creation.

The album finishes with "Axis", a magnificent track that sums up the balance of the band's sound: soft moments, heavier explosions, jazzy touches and a blend of styles that can only be presented as progressive rock. The guitar sound in this track is great, with some emotive solos that are wonderfully complemented by the sound of sax, bass and drums. Though this is the final song, I would use this track as an introduction to Asimétrica's sound. A very solid debut that I eagerly recommend to my readers, please take some time to discover this great Mexican band.

Enjoy it!

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