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III MILÊNIO

Symphonic Prog • Brazil


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This South American quintet was first noticed by French magazine "Harmonie". They were also the first Brazilian band to sign with French label Musea. Shunned by the local fans who strongly criticized their vocalist, they nevertheless had some success abroad and recorded an interesting concept album in 1990, arranged in an opera format, with "acts" and "scenes". The original release on a small label covered "Act 1" whereas the recent Musea edition offers some 20+ minutes of extra material, namely "Act 2".

Melodically and instrumentally, the album "Aliança dos Tempos" alternately evokes bands such as SOLARIS, SAGRADO CORAÇÃO DA TERRA and various symphonic Italian bands; it features equal parts of energetic sequences and smooth, melodic passages. The vocalist more or less successfully impersonates the various characters of the story (his wheezy raspings can be a bit grating, especially if you don't understand the Portuguese lyrics). The production is not quite up to the mark but the compositions are inspired and the keyboards, deftly handled by guest musician Fábio Ribeiro (BLEZQI ZATSAZ, DESEQUILIBRIOS, ANGRA), bear a dramatic Emerson/Wakeman touch that suits the concept.

Fans of SAGRADO and of Italian bands such as BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, BIGLIETTO PER L'INFERNO or QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA may want to check them out.

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1990

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3 stars Here's perhaps one of the more disturbing prog rock albums I've heard (you'll find out as you keep reading). OK, so this band, based out of São Paolo, Brazil plays prog that isn't too different from many other prog bands past and present, bringing to mind bands like Hungary's SOLARIS (but with vocals), with its fair share of fanfare synths obviously inspired by ELP (without sounding like ELP). The band consisted of vocalist Aron Shade, guitarist Gil Vieira, bassist Ivan Lion, drummer André Georges, and keyboardist Fabio Ribeiro. "Aliança dos Tempos", originally released on a small Brazilian label called Rock Forever (on vinyl only, until Musea in France reissued on CD about two or three years later), was apparently a concept album, I guess on time travel, but all the music is sung in Portuguese, so I can't tell.

The album starts off with, "Prelúdio", a synth fanfare, but then many of the problems of this album starts to surface. You have next the slow-paced "Limiar do Alvorecer", and Aron Shade, instead of using a normal voice, uses this disturbing wheezing voice like he has asthma. That wheezing voice is used from time to time throughout the album. That, by itself, was the reason I considered it one of the more disturbing albums I got. I guess he was supposed to play a sickly, old man on those cuts. Luckily on other cuts, he uses a more normal voice, plus the album is full of instrumental passages. There's even "Ilusão Inacabada I" and "II" where they give the music a more Afro- Brazilian slant to the album, but those are very short pieces. I'm an not entirely impressed with this album. The production is rather lousy. Fabio Ribeiro unfortunately uses digital synthesizers in the fashion that I don't find the most appealing (analog synths would've benefitted the guy big time, but I guess being 1990, people hadn't quite rediscovered analog, and a band like ÄNGLAGARD was still a couple years off).

Apparently the original LP of "Alianças dos Tempos" was the first part of the concept album to be concluded, which apparently the conclusion only made it on the Musea CD reissue. Anyway, this album is probably not the first Brazilian prog album you should get. Those wheezy vocals and crappy synths sure bog things down, but it does have its moments. Not essential.

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