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FICCION

Symphonic Prog • Venezuela


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This 5-piece set from Venezuela were formed in 1976 by dissident members of ADITUS, a BRAND X and MAHAVISHNU type of band also from Venezuela. They drew their influences mainly from ELP although the keyboard player and drummer were evidently CAMEL and GENESIS fans. Touring extensively for a decade, they shared the stage with Joe Cocker, among others, before their only album "Sobre El Abismo" was released in 1986. In the meantime, Musea has reissued it on CD with three bonus tracks of brand new material, performed by the original cast with the help of a guest vocalist and drummer. The band has also recently contributed on a PINK FLOYD tribute.

"Sobre El Abismo" is a rich blend of 70's symphonic prog with a pleasant Latin touch - think salsa-flavoured ELP, sun-baked YES or GOBLIN without the horror. Highly keyboard driven, the album doesn't feature any guitar but still manages to be relatively upbeat, featuring interesting synth bass and snappy Farfisa organ riffs, cleverly mixing tranquil symphonic prog with tinges of jazz rock. The only weak point is the rather flat lyrics (sung in Spanish).

Nothing particularly ground breaking but fans of SAGRADO, TEMPANO and (to a lesser extent) Rigel Michelena may feel at home with FICCIÓN.

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Sobre La Ira De DiosSobre La Ira De Dios
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3.39 | 10 ratings
Sobre El Abismo
2002
2.35 | 6 ratings
Sobre La Cresta De La Ola
2006
3.00 | 6 ratings
Sobre La Ira De Dios
2013

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 Sobre El Abismo by FICCION album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.39 | 10 ratings

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Sobre El Abismo
Ficcion Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Coming from the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, Ficcion were formed in late-70's by two members of the Jazz-Rock act Aditus,keyboardist José Ignacio Lares and drummer Edgar de Sola.Along with bassist José Martínez,the band tested several guitarists, but finally decided to go on as a trio.With a great number of live appearances,the band was active for several years without successing a record deal.Because of this the band fell into hiatus after the mid- 80's,however the interest of Musea Records on their early recordings brought Ficcion back on surface,this time featuring only Lares from the original line-up.With seven pieces recorded between 1979 and 1986 and three new tracks from 2000,Ficcion finally debuted with ''Sobre El Abismo'' in 2000.

Their early sound was somewhat in a Symphonic-Fusion style with rather commercial vocals but also some great musicianship to be discovered and many listeners will find these recordings as falling into a typical keyboard/synth-driven symphonic style.However, a more careful listen will reveal a bassist playing in a pure jazzy style and a drummer not only offering a powerful performance but often imitating this jazzy style.The interesting core of this rhythm section is helping keyboardist Jose Lares deliver a versatile style of playing,from flashy grandiose synthesizer solos to symphonic organ sounds to almost jazzy/fusion-esque electric piano passages.The overall style sounds very personal and only the sometimes dull vocals can be regarded as a negative point.The three tracks of the new Ficcion era continue in the same style with little changes: Heavy use of floating synthesizers,even more dominant organ sounds battling with a solid rhythm section.Only the track ''Noche en La Gran Ciudad'' has a strong commercial vocal vibe,but even this is supported by some nice instrumental performances and has a certain charm.

Another band from the past just one click away from being totally forgotten.With ''Sobre el abismo'' any prog fan will have the chance to listen to some great mix of Symphonic Rock and Fusion and the album comes warmly recommended to the prog community,especially to those loving listening to endless keyboard sounds.

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 Sobre La Cresta De La Ola by FICCION album cover Studio Album, 2006
2.35 | 6 ratings

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Review by pwawrzyn

1 stars This album disapointed me. There two main points about it. At first the technical skills of the musicians is not well exploited. There is a total lack of groove in the bass-drum section (sometimes it sounds like a teenage band at the beginning). The harmony is poor. The keyboard player makes poor solos and should remind tony banks stuff in genesis or other great keyboard player (ian hammer, corea...). But all this points could be neglected if the compostions were good. And it's obviously not the case. Too many prog composers are making the same things actually! In the 70's, the biggest bands were classical, jazz, medieval or contemporary music players. If you like the classics, be carefull with this (axe eugene) album which is symptomatic of an uninspired and weakly played kind of Prog rock that copies the 70's and put science fiction pictures on cd's in order to developp a revival! I'm sure the musicians can make an original better stuff! In the term progressive rock, there is PROGRESS!

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 Sobre La Cresta De La Ola by FICCION album cover Studio Album, 2006
2.35 | 6 ratings

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Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars After Tempano and Parthenon, here's another band from Venezuela : Ficcion. Their roots are from 1976, it lasted until 2002 before material was released, a compilation CD entitled Sobre El Abismo. It contains 7 tracks recorded between 1979 and 1986 and 3 new compositions from 2002. This new CD entitled Sobre La Cresta De La Ola by Ficcion delivers 8 new songs, 5 are instrumental.

I am a bit disappointed about the songs with vocals parts, I had expected more emotion, it all sounds not really moving like the vocals from other Latin-American progrock bands like Los Jaivas, Crusis, Angulart and Nexus. But the 5 instrumental tracks sound good, you can hear that the musicians know each other very well because there is chemistry with great interplay, power and dynamics. The focus is on the outstanding keyboard work by Jose Ignacio Lares. After listening to this CD I have e- mailed him because, as a 'vintage freak', I was curious about his array of vintage keyboards. Well, Jose his wide range of keyboards contains great keyboards like a Hammond C-3 (so no Farfisa organ as a reviewer mentioned), plenty of original Moogs like the Minimoog, the Memorymoog and the Liberation Moog and a Fender Rhodes 88 piano. That mighty Moog sound (Jose stated that "Robert Moog was the Albert Einstein of the synthesizers!") is omnipresent on this CD: sensational Moog flights, often very fat and bombastic, no surprise that Jose told that his hero is Keith Emerson! The 5 instrumental compositions sound fluent and swinging featuring lots of great soli on keyboards (not only vintage but also modern sounding): flashy synthesizer soli in Peces, Regreso, Solo Y Acompanado, Un Nuevo Amanecer (evoking Don Airey his sensational Minimoog sound) and Suite De Las Siete Virgenes (with strong hints from Keith Emerson). In Planeta Porno we hear a long and varied piano solo (that alternates between classical, jazzy and even a bit avant-garde), the songs Peces and Suite De Las Siete Virgenes delivers powerful organ soli. Ficcion also surprises us with some fine musical ideas like the Brasilian carnival interlude in Solo Y Acompanado (whistles, percussion) and wonderful, classical inspired violin work in Danza Boreal. To me Ficcion sounds like 'symphonic jazzrock' in the vein of Colosseum II and Jeff Beck (Wired-era) but without being a derivative. If they work on the vocals, this band surely will earn 4 stars, now I rate Ficcion with 3 stars, I am very delighted about the strong interplay and great keyboard work!



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 Sobre El Abismo by FICCION album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.39 | 10 ratings

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Review by Baqueta2

4 stars It is hard to believe that this was going on almost 30 years ago in South America. The strength and the passion that this band shows is unbelievable. I just don't want to imagine how this band would sound today with all the new available recording techniques, it would be just sound awesome. Despite the rudimentary recording though, they managed to come across as very solid performers and they deserve kudos for that. Only through pure mystique such a thing is possible. The wall of sound that these three musicians generate is massive when one considers the circumstances of how this work was created. These guys came up with a work of art difficult to replicate. This is a historic and legendary treasure that should belong to any serious collector of world progressive music.

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 Sobre El Abismo by FICCION album cover Studio Album, 2002
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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars Ficción is a Venezuelan trio that played a symphonic prog adorned with Latin jazz nuances and some refreshing jazz-pop airs: the original material (tracks 1-7) was most certainly a labour of love, since it was all recorded in the 79-86 time lapse, while they were struggling to obtain a recording contract. The major progressive influences seem to come from "Works"-era ELP, late 70s Camel and Bozzio-era UK. The band's repertoire is clearly focused on dynamics and excitement, as well as on an articulated foundation of the melodic lines and harmonic progressions. For his solos on synth, organ and electric piano, Lares manages to keep his virtuosity well harmonized with the melodic traits delivered in each track, while the rhythm duet provides a solid, precise basis. Those are the high points, but there is also a serious minus point that keeps this album from getting further than just good - this stuff starts to feel evidently repetitive while you are going from track 3 onwards, not in terms of musical ideas (keyboardist Lares never clones himself in his writing), but in terms of the rhythm section arrangements and the combinations of these with the keyboards' basic harmonies. While the freshness is still there, you can't avoid the thought that there is a certain lack of depth and originality in the development of the specific structure of each individual track - luckily, 'Pasiones' and 'No es Contigo' contain enough energy and bombast as to compensate for this negative factor [which actually isn't that serious, either]. These ones and the opening number are the best in the original repertoire: in fact, thanks to its fluid complexity, 'Isla Misteriosa' makes a most impressive opener. Tracks 8-10 were recorded by a reformed line-up, in 2000. The instrumentals 'Picacho de Gavilán' and 'El Virus' show us a much stronger Ficción, developing a more aggressive power trio sound, adding pompous Flamenco-like nuances in the former and keeping their penchant for Latin jazz in the latter - in fact, these tracks turn out to be the best ones in the whole CD, together with tracks 6 & 7. On the other hand' Noches de la Gran Ciudad' is nothing but a vulgar pop rock number that should pass unnoticed in its sandwiched location between the aforementioned instrumentals. A few days before I started writing this review, a Venezuelan prog friend of mine informed me that this band is starting the recording of their comeback album. If this project is properly accomplished, then it would be fair to hope for better things to come, given the sense of energy displayed in tracks 8 and 10.

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 Sobre El Abismo by FICCION album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.39 | 10 ratings

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Ficcion Symphonic Prog

Review by Steve Hegede
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3 stars I started to like "Sobre el Abismo" ...until the vocalist opened his mouth! As a 1970s Venezuelen prog rock band, FICCION were not known to exist. Thanks to the research work from the French prog label Musea, collectors will be able to add this band to their collection. Instrumentally, these guys were good. We find a three-piece band, influenced by ELP, offer Hammond and Moog-based symphonic prog with a strong Latin American sound. The music isn't on par with groups like FUSIOON from Spain, or Le ORME from Italy, but FICCION are okay. Their music reminds me mostly of the 80s Mexican prog scene. Unfortunately, and like I've mentioned before about countless other prog bands, the vocals are rather mediocre. They are either flat and lifeless, or completely out-of-tune. I'm not sure why great musicians who carefully record complex instrumental music insist on leaving mediocre vocals on their final product. Anyway, if you can overcome that fact, and enjoy collecting rare South American prog CDs, then FICCION should be kept in mind.

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