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ALPHA III

Symphonic Prog • Brazil


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Amir Cantúsio Jr. is in actuality Alpha III. He was born in 1957, in Campinas Brazil. At age five he began playing Piano and guitar. Later, he studied experimental music at Universidade do Estado de Săo Paulo, and Universidade de Campinas. Over the years he has won several musical awards, thrice being named the best keyboardist in the world. Aside from his own work, Cantúsio has also performed and produced for other artists, and founded the first experimental electronic progressive label in Brazil, Faunus Records. Later he formed his own Alpha III Artistical Productions label.

While being praised for his skills, the music has been criticized for lacking substance. Atmospheric and melodic are commonly used adjectives. It is also suggested that collaboration with other musicians could inject some needed creativity.

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2.02 | 4 ratings
Spectro
1974
3.00 | 1 ratings
Mar De Cristal
1983
3.09 | 3 ratings
Sombras
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
Agartha
1987
3.50 | 2 ratings
Ruínas Circulares
1987
2.00 | 1 ratings
Temple Of Delphos
1988
2.08 | 7 ratings
The Aleph
1989
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Seven Spheres
1990
2.75 | 4 ratings
Voyage To Ixtlan
1993
2.05 | 2 ratings
The Edge
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cosmic Meditation
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
New Voyage to Ixtlan
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Edge of Vortex
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lord Of The Abyss
2002

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 Mar De Cristal by ALPHA III album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Mar De Cristal
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars It would pass about a decade before Spectro's Amir Cantusio Jr. would appear again, this time as the brain of Alpha III, a project more or less driven on his own forces.Recorded at Studio Dimas in November 84', ''Mar de cristal'' marked the new chapter in Cantusio's career, released privately the same year.The man performs his ideas on quite a few synthesizers with electric piano, bass pedals and Farfisa organ thrown in for a more varied sound, while Mauricio Lambiasi plays drums and bells.

Cantusio was always a fan of sharp, virtuosic, keyboard-based Prog Rock and ''Mar de cristal'' is yet another album following these fundamentals, heavily influenced by the music of E.L.P., RICK WAKEMAN and even TANGERINE DREAM.Despite the absence of a backing band, Cantusio manages to produce bombastic, dramatic Progressive Rock with fast paces, furious organ runs and grandiose synthesizers in a classic Symphonic Rock style with evident Classical influences.All vocals are sung in Portuguese and add a pretty dramatic touch in the album.The original LP is split in nine short pieces, which reveal impressive keyboard dynamics, pounding drumming and angular synth exercises with technical efficiency but also some decent composing quality, trying to keep a balance between pompous passages and more melodic or romantic themes.The production is a bit cloudy with certain flaws, presenting a raw and immature sound at moments, however Cantusio's music always remains in a good level with many interesting textures.The same album was reissued by Mellow Records after 30 years with three bonus tracks, all performed by Cantusio himself, with a questionable quality, sounding like a combination of Synth Pop and Electronic Music.

Many people have turned their backs on Alpha III's albums or even do not even know about this project.''Mar de cristal'' is a great starting point for anyone starving for keyboard-based Electronic/Symphonic Rock, containing lots of fiery themes and impressive atmospheres.Recommended.

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 The Aleph  by ALPHA III album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.08 | 7 ratings

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The Aleph
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
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2 stars Alpha III is the project of the Brazilian musician Amyr Cantúsio Jr. The Aleph (1989) is his most famous effort and his 6th record. The album was in fact composed in 1986 and it was inspired by the book of the same name by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges.

Amyr Cantúsio Jr. is sometimes mentioned as the Brazilian Mike Oldfield because of this record. Because here Amyr plays everything, just like Oldfield: electric piano, organ, synthesizers, arp strings, whistles, Steinway grand piano, bells, drums, bass and vocals. But that's the only comparision you can make between both musicians.

The Aleph (1989) is divided into 2 long parts, but in the CD reissued in 1999 by Rock Symphony we got 2 bonus tracks too: 'Eternal Circle' and a track that is not mentioned anywhere else, not even in the booklet.

The Aleph (1989) is in fact a good composition and I can see it with a full band. But unfortunately here we have a very amateurish production and poor instruments sounds all over, also Amyr playing is very poor with the exception of the keyboards, his main instrument.

'Part I' is divided into 4 parts: Overture, Dark Ocean, The Light and Visions. It clocks over 21 minutes. It is mainly based on keyboards and it haves an almost horrible drum play all through it. 'Part II' is also divided into 4 parts: Into The Storm, Windows, Piano Solo and Final Flight. It clocks 16 minutes. Here the drums continues with the bad playing, but now joined by the bass, everything terribly mixed. 'Into The Storm' is completely out of place with the rest. 'Windows' has vocals, good ones. And it starts the good music in the album. 'Piano Solo' is very good with E, L & P influence.

The bonus track 'Eternal Circle' steals APP melodies and the unnamed track was clearly not recorded during the same recording sessions.

The Aleph (1989) isn't a good production, at all. I would give it 2.5 stars if I could for he had recorded everything alone, because of the daring act of releasing this kind of record independently in 1989 in a market like the Brazilian one that was used to consume something completely different.

Key tracks: Part II b) Windows and c) Piano Solo.

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 Sombras by ALPHA III album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Sombras
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars By mid-80's Amir Cantusio Jr. had not only entered his most prolific period, but he also established his own record label to promote his vinyls under the name of Faunus Records.Meanwhile his work becomes more and more a personal case and for his third album ''Sombras'' from 1986 he was helped by Eduardo Furlan on bass/violin, Francisco Beltrame on drums and Michael Lizst Cantusio on vocals.This was also his first release on his own record label.

His style remains a melancholic, spacey but also romantic introduction to both Symphonic and Electronic Rock, split in eleven short tracks.The same problem with the majority of Alpha III releases appears in ''Sombras'' as well.A very muddy and amateur production almost buries the keyboard ideas and the rhythm section, but on the other hand the music is quite interesting with some great floating synthesizers blended with elegant symphonic passages.Nice hypnotic electronics, grandiose organ runs and smooth piano interludes complete an imaginery soundscape of an inspired musical pallette full of deep atmospheres and spacey journeys.Additionally the album also contains some great bass grooves accompanied by solid but cheap-sounding drumming, upon which Cantusio Jr. fully develops his synth mannerisms and comes up with some really virtuosic WAKEMAN-ish moments.

A good effort of keyboard-based Symphonic/Electronic Rock, unfortunately the bad production affects the listening at a significant deegree.Still ''Sombras'' comes recommended to all fans of keyboard-driven Progressive Rock.

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 Spectro by ALPHA III album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.02 | 4 ratings

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Spectro
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Amir Cantusio Jr. was born to Italian parents in 1957 in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil and studied piano and violin at the age of 5.He developed his musical skills as a multi- instrumentalist at the conservatory of Sao Paulo.Known as the leader of the Alpha III project, his first band was actually Spectro in the mid-70's along with percussionist Duppermel Jr., singer Arp Odyssey, drummer Adilson Samuel and bassist Mario Jorge.These 20-min. recordings were released in 2002 by Medusa Records in a limited number of CD's.

The first four tracks are straightly taken from the Spectro days and saw a band playing in a typical keyboard-driven Symphonic Rock style.Despite the mediocre sound and mix, Spectro seem to have been a talented act with Cantusio Jr. as their undisputed leader.Their musicianship is heavily influenced by the likes of RICK WAKEMAN and E.L.P. with superb keyboard work and pounding rhythmic parts, based on Cantusio's organ leads, atmospheric synthesizers and Classical-inspired passages.The atmosphere constantly turns from a romantic and dramatic mood to a virtuosic face and keeps the listener from the very first to the last minute.This would have been even greater if the production quality wasn't that low.The next four compositions are all arranged and performed by Cantusio Jr. himself, the use of synthesizers is stronger now and the style seems like a cross between Symphonic Rock and Electronic Prog.With the heavy use of voice effects, samplers and electronic ambiences the sound now is even more diverse and dramatic, the programming is good and the music still remains inspired, showing the fine talent of Cantusio Jr. in composition.

The album still remains very rare nowadays, having yet to see a reissue by a major label.However it definitely deserves this, being far more than just a historical document of Amir Cantusio's early days as a musician, containing some great moments of organ-led Symphonic Rock mixed with some great electronics.Recommended.

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 The Edge by ALPHA III album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.05 | 2 ratings

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The Edge
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by bhikkhu
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Team

2 stars This is my first experience with Alpha III. After seeing the resume of the illustrious Mr. Cantusio, I was intrigued. I finally was able to find The Edge. Listening to this album confirms much of what has been said about him. He is a very talented keyboardist, but lacks creativity in his composition.

The title track shows his chops, but not much else. It is almost like a group of solos, melded into one piece.

"Dogmas" has a very nice operatic vocal by Vera L. Pressagno Brescia, but his choice of synthesizer effect is questionable to say the least. It's straight out of Rush's "Tom Sawyer."

"Zeus" is a mellow piece, and does nothing to hold your interest.

"Mystical" is a very cheesy ballad, made even cheesier by his accent (this one is in English).

"The Mystery of Logos," holds a bit of redemption. It's dark, almost Zeuhl-like quality, is interesting. This one is worth a listen, but probably wouldn't return to the stereo very often.

"The Gates" is an attempt at a Wakeman/Emerson style piece. It's not horrible, but not that gripping either.

"Medieval Moment" is just what the title says. It works, and is executed well enough. However, it pales in comparison to the masters he is trying to emulate.

In conclusion, there is some fine keyboard work here, but there is a need for some good composition. He would be better off playing with a band. I will give him some more points for experimentation, an thus keeps it from a one star rating. If you are seeking out keyboard technique, you may want to check this out. Otherwise, there is not much to recommend here.

H.T. Riekels

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 Spectro by ALPHA III album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.02 | 4 ratings

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Spectro
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by Prog-jester
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1 stars Nice keyboard work ,but poor record quality - almost unbearable. As long as I don't much like keyborad-only-driven prog, this release didn't interest me at all.Very-very completionists thing - bad quality and low composing ability. Stay away if you're not the mad Prog collector

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 The Aleph  by ALPHA III album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.08 | 7 ratings

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The Aleph
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by phan_tastica

3 stars Music and literature are - as Poe once said - linked, his exact words I can't recall, but it was something like this, "music when combined with a pleasurable idea is poetry, music without the idea is simply music".... maybe I won't make my point but I'll try anyway: music here is combined with the idea of being able to see and know absolutely everything, which I find "pleasurable" (though, in The Aleph, Borges shows us the dark side of having access to this kindda pleasure) , so even if music itself ain't excellent, alpha III did a great job mixing both entities (a whole as an entity...?) and I find it an interesting project.

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The Aleph
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by Greger
Prog Reviewer

1 stars This is as far as I know ALPHA III's third album, and it is inspired by the book "The Aleph" (Jorge Luis Borges / Argentina). The original LP edition was released in 1989, and the Brazilian label Rock Symphony now reissues it.

- The music is a mix between EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, Mike OLDFIELD and VANGELIS with influences from the 70's and New Age. "The Aleph" is written as a lengthy piece with each separate part connected to the others. But the track I like the most is the bonus track "Eternal Circle" which is a very beautiful piece.

- Rock Symphony has re-released many progressive masterpieces, but this album isn't worth a re-release in my opinion, but maybe it will attract some fans of Mike OLDFIELD and VANGELIS.

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 The Aleph  by ALPHA III album cover Studio Album, 1989
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The Aleph
Alpha III Symphonic Prog

Review by renedebot

3 stars Without any doubt the best of all Alpha III albums,thanks of an excellent first side of the album.'Part 1' is a little bit influenced by the heavier King Crimson albums 'Red' and 'Larks tongues is aspic',but here's the guitar from Fripp,the bass from Wetton replaced by an army of synthesisers.Also first seven minutes of side 2 is highly interesting,but than starts an incredible boring long classical piano-track.

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