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TREM DO FUTURO (Train of the Future) were formed in the Ceará, a state located in the northeastern region of Brazil in the eighties. They appeared in an area better known for its deep folk roots and rhythms and were samba and bossa nova are very popular. The band made their reputation primarily through appearances at festivals and cultural events in their native region.

They released their first album in 1995 consisting of keyboard and flute-driven works of a milder symphonic nature, with lyrics sung primarily in Portuguese. The band are still active and continue to perform throughout Brazil, while released their second album in 2008.

The band�s laid-back approach has drawn comparisons to countrymen BACAMARTE, as well as ESPIRITU. TREM DO FUTURO deserve a place in the Archives for their unusual Brazilian-inflected and folk-leaning style of symphonic music, as well as for the poetic stylings of their lyrics.

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3.62 | 15 ratings
Trem Do Futuro
3.55 | 14 ratings
O Tempo
3.95 | 2 ratings

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 Tr3s by TREM DO FUTURO album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.95 | 2 ratings

Trem Do Futuro Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars Trem Do Futuro is a band that has an approach to music as all bands should have: for them it's a a passion!

When I say it is a passion, you can actually see it very clearly in the history of the band. They actually started playing together in 1981 and even if they have 35 years of history they only have 3 albums under their belt. That's what I call passion. You're not playing for money, you're not playing for success. You're playing because you love music!

However, for a band like Trem Do Futuro, that comes from a part of Brazil (Fortaleza) that has no tradition at all in Progressive Rock, having reached the point of a third album is a victory. Many other bands were created, especially in the 90's, and most of them disappeared without ever recording or disappeared after having recorded one album.

This band released its first album in 1995, the great self-titled debut album and only after a 12 years period they were able to release the excellent O Tempo. Another 8 years had passed before they were able to put their third album out, Tr3s, in the end of 2015.

Even after all this time between the records, the core of the band is pretty much still the same: Paulo Rossglow (vocals), Marcelo M. Leitão (guitars), Sidarta Guimarães (violin). The diference in Tr3s is that the original drummer Marcelo Bye Bye was replaced by Felipe Valentim Ribeiro, bass is now played by Dudu Freire and keyboards by Julinho Silva.

Tr3s has a good production and have great musicianship all over the record. But in my opinion the album is not as strong as O Tempo. If in the previous record they had many upbeat moments with a more traditional Prog approach, in Tr3s the band decided to calm down a bit and let the folk side of their music take over. This makes the album a bit more contained. Rossglow's teathrical vocals are still there, well sung all over. Marcelo is a smart player and works with the songs, Sidarta is an important element to the band's sound, especially in this record. Drums, bass and keyboards are very competent but they don't really shine.

But the fact that the album is calmer doesn't make it bad. Tr3s is a very solid record and have many great moments like the opening track 'Viajantes Do Tempo' and the following track 'Folhas Secas Sobre A Tarde'. The closing track 'Lã Do Sol' is also very unique. Everything surrounded by the poetic atmosphere of the lyrics in Portuguese.

I think that the path Trem Do Futuro follows (love for music) is intact with this record and if you enjoyed their previous effort you should definitely check Tr3s too!

 Trem Do Futuro by TREM DO FUTURO album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.62 | 15 ratings

Trem Do Futuro
Trem Do Futuro Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars TREM DO FUTURO "Same" in my opinion the best of three albums from this Brazilian band. Whit very good instrumental moments and fantastic psychedelic lyrics. highly inspired by their countryman from O TERÇO, MUTANTES ("Tudo foi feito pelo Sol and O A E O Z ) and the masters of symphonic prog like YES, GENESIS, PFM, JETHRO TULL , etc...Only for example the first verses of Track 1 (part 2) "Requiem Da Louca" (The mad woman requiem") says - " Arrive in a colored cloud, a wizard seats on top, saw him the mad woman and the wizard had undone her rhymes !" - and in spite the music be a 4/4 ballad is a captivating theme. Although all the track are good ones, I think which some deserves a detach, as for example track 4"4. Labirinto - Danca Dos lirios" with a LOCCANDA DE LA FATE or even PFM "vein" and the fantastic acoustic guitar (nylon)/ keyboards first part. Track 8. "O Anjo" a theme who talks about the quest for the real meaning of human being and his musical theme mix ballad and heavy- prog. However isn't a masterpiece, but, at least deserves 4 stars !!!
 Trem Do Futuro by TREM DO FUTURO album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.62 | 15 ratings

Trem Do Futuro
Trem Do Futuro Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Outstanding Brazilian band,started in Fortaleza in early-80's.They focused more on their local live performances during their early years,but the 90's find the band getting into a more serious mold,sending a demo tape to the Brazilian label Progressive Rock Worldwide.The label decided to release their self-titled debut in 1995.

Fortunately this sextet was not lost and their debut offers some really splendid flute-driven Symphonic Rock with a bit of Brazilian Ethnic influences, great guitars and some grandiose organ and synths throughout.Not to speak about the vocals of founding member Paulo Rossglow,who have a balanced romantic and at the same time gracious feeling.The compositions are really superb with some great number of breaks to be heard but also deeped into melody,harmonic passages and furious interplays.Flutist Ulissea Germano is out of another planet,sometimes delivering strong flute drives in the vein of JETHRO TULL/OSANNA,other ones being more smooth and melodic on his performance close to the likes of WURTEMBERG.He is in a constant battle with Gilmar Moura keyboards,who's style is reminiscent of Italian bands like NUOVA ERA or IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE.As for the guitars of Marcelo Macedo,these come as another highlight, ranging from strong groovy playing to ultra- melodic solos.

With not a simply boring moment,''Trem do futuro'' belongs among the best Symphonic Rock albums to have seen the light in the 90's.Grandiose, bombastic but also melodic and delicate music.Do yourself a favor and listen to this album,it will be a fantastic experience.Highly recommended.

 O Tempo by TREM DO FUTURO album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.55 | 14 ratings

O Tempo
Trem Do Futuro Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The Brazilian band is back again with their second album.

I have yet to taste their debut album so I am not able to fully say anything really clever about this band. But the South American symphonic prog scene is a lot more passionate in their delivery of their prog than their more cold, calculating brethren in the northern hemisphere. And Trem Do Futuro attacks the songs with vigour and passion.

Their sound is a mix of passionate heavy prog, some blues, Jethro Tull like folk and symphonic prog. There is a lot of violins, flute and mandolins here. That in addition of the usual fare of bass, tangents, guitars and drums. This in addition to male vocals.

The vocals feels forced to say at least. Punk like vocals at times too. Herein is a gripe I have with this album. Sorry, but the vocals is not to my liking. The rest of the instrumentations is good, although not the usual fare. I am referring to mandolin which gives their sound both an edge and an identity. The use of hammond organs also gives their sound an edge.

The quality of the songs are good throughout. There are some really good melody lines here. The song Trem do futuro is without doubts the best song here. The vocals and the bluesy two last tracks drags this album down though. But this is a good album and that's it, really.

3 stars

 O Tempo by TREM DO FUTURO album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.55 | 14 ratings

O Tempo
Trem Do Futuro Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars 01. Seres Imaginários Medieval feel for the beginning, with mandolins and flutes, soon everything change, they come in with the

instruments that characterize the 'real' Rock Rock and roll. And next the vocal of Paul Rossglow enters on the stage singing in abstract way like the name of the music suggests. Little more than 2 minutes, a pause and the best interlude of keyboards of João Victor. A great track of introduction.

02. Saga Dense, this is the beginning of the second track of the disc, near to 30 seconds a quick, urgent riff and in the

bottom the violin of Sidarta Guimarães. The guitar of Marcelo Leitão is a constant presence in the whole track, always doing melodic 'beds'. Somewhat before

the 3rd minute of the music is the time of Marcos Pessoa to fit in a small solo of bass, I always thought that the

Progressive Rock is better with the most 'sharp' and 'metal' bass, in this case the use of the most traditional

sounds is obvious in case of the bass. Vocal come to the front, and the track ends aggressive.

03. O Som Do Silêncio/A Porta Beautiful acoustic introduction with guitar, flute and violin. In the second part the music is more symphonic. In the 2 minutes and a half the vocal sound prophetic and strong.

Like a Gregorian chant. To 4 minutes and a half the best solo of synthesizer of Edson Filho, which finishes when if

there is making part of the verse.

04. Búfalos Audazes The guitar steel of Álvaro Luis in the beginning reminded of me a little David Gilmour and his phase in The Division

Bell. After the long introduction the melody that accompanies the vocal is calm and have taken more pop way, but in the

sense 'I already heard this melody before', a beautiful melody. It is worthwhile to pay bigger attention to the lyrics of the song. Very good by the way.

05. Lamento Das Horas/O Tempo The side folk of the band works very well in this type of introduction, piano, flute and violin in communion. After the short passage is the moment of the guitar to enter in scene, next to the drums of Marcos Bye Bye, and in

this case, the vocal from Claudy Guedes reminds me The Great Gig In The Sky. The keyboards in the bottom it has a funeral tone, the vocal line and the melody that accompanies it only prove

that. When the second vocal part was thru it's graceful, almost like a shy Wild West, soon to flow into bells.

06. Ainda Que Tarde Ainda Que Tarde comes in the glue of Lamento Das Horas/O Tempo and again it must still be heard by special attention

for the lyrics, a high point of the band, good letters, thing that not always easy of heard in these days, even

among the Progressive Rock.

07. Trem Do Futuro The track that gives name to the band, bring train sounds in the beginning and it has been sticking heavier, it's

like Jethro Tull, because of a track that divides Rock/Blues with flutes, interesting. To 2 minutes a solo of violin and soon an interesting solo of keyboard of Edson Filho.

08. Olho Do Tempo/Onda Brava/Tempo Nu Complex and unusual the beginning of the 8th track of the album, I say unusually because up to the moment the disc

presented a Progressive Rock Sinphonic/Folk with great competence, in this beginning an intricate line with stops

was very quite placed. I do not think that the keyboard to the bottom goes together with the remainder of the music,

soon the insignia of piano were very quite chosen. There has been a thing that does not please me in the newest

Progressive Rock is the use of insignia of keyboards of the beginning of the 90 years, a somewhat false sound and

without life. In the 'chorus' of the music the flute of Ulisses Germano go flat crazy and the drums has the best sentences. In the second part Marcelo M. Suckling pig is used of vocal effects to narrate an evocative subject so that in the

sequence the final part of the song is taken by guitar, mandolin, violin and flute. Beautiful passage.

09. Na Trilha Do Diabo A blues! I thought the insignia and the way interesting with which Diogo Araújo it inserted his concertina in this

track. I do not know well what to say about the music in you, in spite of liking of blues I think that the track is not

fitted in the general context of the disc.

10. O Homem Antigo The track that ends the disc is quicker, more straight, in spite of the flutes, again I think that it clashes a

little witthath the focus of the album, but it has good moments.

In the general one great album, with the exception of two final musics, which in my opinion run away a little with the concept of the disc, but is an excellent release in our arid and thirsty lands in Brazil.

 Trem Do Futuro by TREM DO FUTURO album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.62 | 15 ratings

Trem Do Futuro
Trem Do Futuro Symphonic Prog

Review by Atkingani
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars The band name, TREM DO FUTURO (Train Of The Future), makes a clear reference to something deeply impregnated in souls and minds of all Brazilians: "when will we take this 'train of the future' and fulfill the entire potential of our beloved nation, this sleeping giant?"; there are also many references about this never-attained and much desired future in literature, fine arts and other musical and political movements.

That said I expected to hear an album stuffed with a dense folk core added with various insertions of the original Brazilian popular music, being all covered by a fine layer of symphonic cortex - but I became a bit disappointed seeing that "Trem Do Futuro" is a work much more in the vein of Italian and British counterparts with only soft and distant touches of the music made here in Pindorama. Once the disappointment dissipates it turns into a fair surprise when realizing that TREM DO FUTURO issued a valuable product fully hearable and amusing.

Cover artwork is interesting while the general production barely exceeds the average stair. The fine musicianship of band's members compensates with advantage some minor defects and once you're not too much into the recording technical aspects, the hearing experience might be enjoyable - just remembering that songs are sung in Portuguese. Singer Paulo Rossglow is tuned and has a powerful voice but for those initiated in the Brasiliana features, his accent is totally diverse from that of the state (Ceará) & region (Northeast) where it's said the band come from; certainly, a Southern, unless he's pretending.

The first chords of 'Vagão 1 - Réquiem da louca' grab the listener with its blend of thunderous and catchy tunes provided by keyboards; flutes and drums complete nicely the panel of this introductory piece. The album follows in the same line as portrayed in the first track: symphonic melodies - sometimes calm sometimes frenzy, rock passages, and pop spots; anyway it's a prog-rock album, no doubt about it. Songs are not memorable but not dispensable too, but some deserve to be highlighted like the tasteful 'Revolução das flores', the colorful 'Bivar', the appealing 'Moksha' and the short and gorgeous 'Entrée', responsible to close the album. Lyrics are so-so; I swear I could understand almost everything.

That way, this Train moves on and from what they apprehended along the road we may expect a superior work with their recently released album, after a gap of 13 years; meanwhile, this one fits the metric-gauge category, being good, but non-essential.

 Trem Do Futuro by TREM DO FUTURO album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.62 | 15 ratings

Trem Do Futuro
Trem Do Futuro Symphonic Prog

Review by ADejesusmotta

4 stars TREM DO FUTURO has released an only album so far. The album is quite fine, full of beautiful passages afforded by splendid flute tunes and majestic guitars, that delight the ears. I also appreciate the vocals, which are sung in portuguese language. For those who can latch unto the language, will surely perceive the lyrics are plenty of poetical qualities. It's also worth mentioning this band was formed by 6 young and talented musicians from the state of Ceará in the Northeast of Brazil, whose region has no tradition on Progressive Rock Music. though it is richly musical on many others tendencies, specially toward the local folklore. So listening to this album is a stunning opportunity of breaking away a bit from the english language's sway and know somewhat new and quite original.
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