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FLOR DE LOTO is currently the most prominent prog rock new group in Peru: in only a few months' time they turned from promise-status to major act while growing a cult following in Lima. This instrumental quartet was founded by guitarist Alonso Herrera and bassist Alejandro Jarrín with a guitar/bass/keyboard/drums format, back in 1998. A couple of years later, new drummer Jorge Puccini entered the band and helped it to develop its initial prog leanings further, a process that was effectively continued when flautist Rafael Valderrama also entered the band not too long after the keyboardist's departure. The recording process of their eponymous debut album lasted more than six months: things seemed to get really difficult as Valderrama left when the recording sessions were not yet finished, but new flautist Johnny Pérez (a charismatic veteran musician) came in and helped the band to keep on going. Released in January 2005, "Flor de Loto" stands out as one of the best Latin American prog albums of the year.

FLOR DE LOTO's prog style is based on a solid confluence of various sources: jazz, hard rock, psych-rock, Andean folk, chamber. The final result is somewhat similar to classic JETHRO TULL in places, but all in all, the typical South American ethnic flavors are heavily featured in a unique way. While keeping itself busy on stage presentations, the band started to create new material, oriented toward jazz fusion, clearly under Pérez's refurbishing influence. The eventual result was the sophomore release "Madre Tierra" (May 2007), which according to many, surpasses the debut album regarding compositional focus and arrangements. In the meantime, FLOR DE LOTO had international exposure in Brazil's Art Rock Rio and Mexico's Baja Prog festivals. Just when the new album was catching teh attention of domestic and international audiences, Pérez parted ways with the other band members in September. The woodwind department is crucial for the band's sound, so it was pretty urgent that they find a proper replacement: luckily, it didn't take long before the band contacted young virtuoso Junior Pacora, who immediately agreed to join. In August 2008, FDL is part of Crescendo 2008, a prestigious annual prog festival in France. The recording debut for the new line-up was "Mundos Bizarros", released in May 2009. The band keeps expanding and refining its core sound by emphasizing its rocking power on one hand, and augmenting its folkish elements on the other. This third ...
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3.69 | 66 ratings
Flor De Loto
2005
3.82 | 50 ratings
Madre Tierra
2007
3.82 | 39 ratings
Mundos Bizarros
2009
3.85 | 32 ratings
Imperio De Cristal
2011
4.15 | 20 ratings
Volver A Nacer
2012
3.82 | 20 ratings
Nuevo Mesias
2014

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Medusa: En vivo en Buenos Aires
2015

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 Medusa: En vivo en Buenos Aires by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Live, 2015
3.50 | 2 ratings

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Medusa: En vivo en Buenos Aires
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Peruvian band FLOR DE LOTO has been an active and vital part of the progressive rock scene in Peru for a good number of years, and since they started to release their music on CD just over ten years ago, a new production by the band has hit the shelves just about every other year. "Medusa", their first live production ever, was jointly released by Azafran Records and Musea Records in the fall of 2015.

The main charm of this live CD and DVD package is to see and hear a tight, seasoned live band in action, where what appears to have been a really good performance has been captured more or less exactly as it was. If it is a case of me as a listener getting used to the sound as this concert unfolds or whether it's an actual case of the sound and mix getting improved as the concert unfolds, I don't truly know, but the impression I'm left with is that the sound and balancing is a bit off at the start, and then improves in quality along the way, which may well be something of a detrimental feature for those not familiar with this band from previous occasions. Due to that I'd first and foremost recommend this production mainly to those already familiar with the band. Those with a fascination for live productions that strive to be as authentic as possible might also want to check this one out, as the impression I have is that this concert has been captured pretty much exactly how it was, without all that much tinkering done to the audio afterwards.

 Nuevo Mesias by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.82 | 20 ratings

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Nuevo Mesias
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by poito

3 stars Short and easy. Here the band finally did a move. The sound is different, less folk flavor, rock almost gone, slower pace, some keys going to the front, it is definitely for a different audience, I would say the band has grown old, and a bit lazier, they took a mainstream detour if you like. Again, you won't find much new, the music is still well crafted, but there is a general feeling of deja vue, not in the band's production, but from out there. Contrary to the balance of its predecessor IMPERIO DE CRISTAL, there are some fillings here, but there are also some highs, check Creados del Fuego. These good themes are a bit better than before, but there is no homogeneity in the creative work and, well, skipping themes while listening is not good. Three and half rounded down.
 Imperio De Cristal by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.85 | 32 ratings

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Imperio De Cristal
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by poito

4 stars Short and easy. From its debut album the band has evolved little musically, probably because they began recording late, when they had already a long road in their shoulders. Prog-rock with a small traditional Andes touch (no more celtic bits, good!). But here they finally sound mature (production?) and display instrumental mastery, plus, they venture with more complex compositions than in former albums. The ideas come out more fluent and the musicianship is so good. Maybe, this is the first album in which the flute stops doing what is expected in a folk-prog band and dares adding music to the ensemble. There are no highs, but at least half a dozen themes are great (check Mar Amargo, to mention one), easy listening, you may play them back and again without bore. There is nothing extraordinary, but the music traps you, it is moderately fast, rocky, varied and highly spirited.
 Medusa: En vivo en Buenos Aires by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Live, 2015
3.50 | 2 ratings

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Medusa: En vivo en Buenos Aires
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I learn that this band is a notable Peruvian Prog-Folk group with six studio albums since 2005; when I received the CD/DVD to be reviewed (elsewhere), I thought FLOR DE LOTO to be a relatively new hard rock act from Argentina, as I tried to read the texts in Spanish... Medusa offers a 71-minute concert from Buenos Aires, dating from November 2014.

The music heard here is mainly hard rock with some slight folk nuances and even slighter prog elements. I'm not much into hard rock myself, so the whole set sounds pretty much the same from start to end into my ears. The song-oriented compositions are averagely rather fast and heavy with the usual wall of electric guitar. There's also a female [background] vocalist on stage, but her role is amazingly minimal. Even in the one and only track ('Desapareciendo') to feature her "voz principal", the totally unspectacular voice of frontman Alonso Herrera pushes forward.

The sonic quality is quite good while the visual side of the DVD is somewhat modest, concerning both the lights and other stage settings and the camera work. The six bonus videos feature the same songs, either as regular, amateurish gig clips or being more or less ruined by clumsy editing with colour and mirror image effects. I bet the studio albums reveal the band's progressive and folk music leanings much better. The flutes and charango guitar played by one member are colouring the sound very nicely here and there while the songs themselves are basically all too commonplace Western hard rock. 2½ stars rounded up for good digipak design.

 Nuevo Mesias by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.82 | 20 ratings

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Nuevo Mesias
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Peruvian band FLOR DE LOTO has been an active part on the music scene in their native Peru for more than 15 years, although they didn't have any releases until 2005. Since then they have released an album just about every other year and at this stage have half a dozen studio outings to their name. "Nuevo Mesias" is their most recent production, and was released through Azafran Media and Musea Records in 2014.

"Nuevo Mesias" comes across as a solid production on most level, with a few subtle weaknesses in the mix and production department just about the only features that have a slight detrimental effect. Otherwise, this is a well made and well executed album of music that hovers on the edge between symphonic progressive rock and progressive metal, and while perhaps not the most challenging stuff around, it is a solid production, and one that should appeal quite nicely to those who enjoy their symphonic progressive rock just as much as their vintage-style progressive metal, in particular those amongst that crowd with an affection for powerful female vocals. Existing fans should go with the version featuring the bonus DVD, if possible, as this hour-long DVD is of a kind I suspect will appeal first and foremost to existing fans.

 Madre Tierra by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.82 | 50 ratings

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Madre Tierra
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars With their self-titled debut making some noise in the prog community, Flor de Loto would gather again for the making of a new album, which would develop further the style of their first work.Guitarist Alonso Herrera started working on his voice, while all members were given full freedom to compose their own songs, leading to a collection of tracks, from which the numbers of the so-named ''Madre tierra''would be chosen.The album was released in 2007 on Mylodon Records.

While there are plenty of similarities with the debut, ''Madre tierra'' is actually a different beast compared to its precursor.The loose jams from two years ago have been replaced by normal compositions with regular structures.Herrera displays his voice in some tracks for somesort of lyrical depth.The heavy moods have been a tad reduced, especially the first half of the album is a good example Andean Prog Folk with no particular electric explosions.Johnny Perez, who also offers some vocal parts, comes up with an exhibition of traditional instruments from the Peruvian land, wind instruments are always in evidence in different forms, like the zamponas or the pututo, and the background is an electric atmosphere of solos or decent leads.Other tracks offer a more rhythmic flute-based Rock Music with strong JETHRO TULL references, while the soft parts with the calm electric themes still obtain a nice psychedelic atmosphere.Second part follows a more heavy Folk/Fusion vein with good breaks and tempo changes and some furious guitar parts, which battle the sound of flutes in a very interesting way.Production is very clean, the mix is also professional and the balance between traditional and proggy/rockin' moods is extremely convincing.

Definitely a satisfying work of Latin-American Prog Rock with a deep sense of folky sensibilities straight out of Andean Music.Great and strongly recommended material...3.5 stars.

 Nuevo Mesias by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.82 | 20 ratings

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Nuevo Mesias
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The Flor De Loto machinery continues to grow on and on in a never ending spiral of musical enhancement, and this brand new album entitled "Nuevo Mesías" is the unmistakably clear proof of that. For starters, the position of Agustina González has been properly reinforced to guarantee powerful expressions in the sung parts of the new set of tracks; secondly, a brand new drummer entered the ranks to provide the perfect balance between his predecessor's frontal power and the original drummer's groove; and last, but not least, keyboardist Daniel López (formerly of Kharmina Buranna) plays a permanent role as a band member and also provides a couple of compositions that sound very loyal to his personal symphonic essence. So, all in all, what we have here is an expansion on the sort of musical richness and energy that had already been established in the previous efforts "Mundos Bizarros" and "Imperio De Cristal", only taken to an augmented sense of bombast and a more ingenious equilibrium for all the instruments involved (various woodwinds, keyboards and the dual guitars). The namesake opener is a solid reminder of the sort of hook you can expect to enjoy in FDL'S catchier songs, while the intriguingly colorful 'Espejo Del Alma' and the emotional semi-power-ballad 'En Otro Lugar' bring us new examples of the band's versatility, carefully nurtured from their debut album onwards, clearly defined in their 2009 and 2011's studio efforts. It's been a few years since Herrera has become a fully matured song writer for heavy and folk-rock music, and these aforementioned tracks only confirm that he hasn't lost a particle of his touch: another song that is exemplary of his voice is 'Hipnotízame', whose main moods and ambiences stand somewhere between 'Nuevo Mesías' and 'Espejo Del Alma'. The first instrumental in the album is 'La Tabla Esmeralda', penned by bassist Alejandro Jarrín: it is a lovely mixture of Andean and Asian folk flavors recycled within a dynamic framework of jazz-oriented metal (a-la Gordian Knot). Again, we have some standards going on, and again, we have refreshing airs breathing new life into those standards. The real new thing comes first in López-penned 'Cumbemayo': it states a beautiful melodic development that reminds us candidly of Yes and Genesis' traditions, and it also gives Pacora a good opportunity to show his chops on the tenor saxophone. This kind of captivating musicality - as well as Pacora's tenor sax - will return later on, in a more pompous fashion, in the band's last instrumental, 'Creados Del Fuego', penned by Jarrín and involving intensive keyboard arrangements by López. The main theme is signaled by a fluid mixture of heavy prog and jazz-rock grooves, wrapped in stylish symphonic embellishments. The interlude is a voyage into the softer realms of art-rock, mostly Floydian, with the grand piano paving the way for an eerie (yet energetic) manifestation of reflective moods. The most introspective number in the album, though, is the other López-penned instrumental 'Caleidoscopio', where the grand piano takes center stage in the installment and development of the ongoing melodic focus: López displays his taste for Baroque and Romanticism in a perfect way. The closing track is 'Rumbo A La Eternidad', whose constant 3/4 tempo is handled in a folksy approach: the final result sounds like a heavy-oriented reconstruction of Los Jaivas, but of course, in pure FD style. Like I said in the first sentence of this review, Flor De Loto has continued to grow as a musical entity, which means that thanks to them, Peru's progressive scene remains an interesting point of reference regarding the healthy state of the affairs for current progressive rock around the globe. This album is one not to be missed! (Make sure you purchase the CD+DVD item - the DVD includes two songs played live).
 Mundos Bizarros by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.82 | 39 ratings

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Mundos Bizarros
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 stars. FLOR DE LOTO are from Peru and have released three studio albums so far.This is their latest from 2009. I gave their debut a spin before I gave this album one last listen for the review and thoroughly enjoyed it (the debut). Problem was by the time I was half way through "Mundos Bizarros" I was wishing it was over. It's because they use the same style on all three of their albums I suppose. Mostly instrumental and flute led with some guitar outburts and heaviness.

"Intro" is just that,a short mellow opener. "La Fortaleza" kicks in right away and hard with flute over the top. It settles after 1 1/2 minutes with acoustic guitar before kicking back in. "Volver A Nacer" is an uptempo rocker and vocals arrive a minute in. A calm with flute 3 minutes in and it sounds great. It picks back up before 4 minutes and ripping guitar follows. "Shamballa" is bass, drums, strummed guitar and flute. Electric guitar comes in and solos over top. A change before 3 minutes then the electric guitar returns after 4 1/2 minutes. "Amnesia" is mellow with vocals and we get some female vocals helping out.The electric guitar before 3 1/2 minutes is a nice touch.

"Danza Celta (Parte II)" is an uptempo rocker with guitar and flute taking turns leading.The tempo picks up after 2 minutes. "Habitante De Un Mundo Imagiario" is mostly flute with heaviness.The guitar lights it up after 3 minutes. "Nubes Obscuras" is laid back but it does pick up some 2 minutes in and vocals follow. "Atlantis" is uptempo with flute over the top.Guitar before 3 1/2 minutes.

"Noche Azul" is a pastoral track. "La Puerta Dorada" is good with the flute and a beat leading the way. Guitar 1 1/2 minutes in then the flute starts to lead again.Guitar ends it. "Mundos Bizarros" is a vocal track and the highlight for me is the guitar before 3 minutes.

It's cool to see the leader of the band wearing an IRON MAIDEN t-shirt in the liner notes picture. If you want to check these guys out pick any one of their three albums because they are all good. Conversly i'm quite pleased to keep only their debut in my rotation.

 Flor De Loto by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.69 | 66 ratings

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Flor De Loto
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars FLOR DE LOTO are an all-instrumental band from Peru, in fact i'd say they are without a doubt one of the best bands from that country. Listed as Folk, I guess because there is plenty of flute, but this doesn't sound like Folk to me. Lots of aggressive guitar, chunky bass lines and passionate drumming to go along with the flute excursions. No keyboards here but there is some guest synths on one track. This album simply sounds really, really good.

"La Llegada" builds rather slowly until a full sound arrives after 2 minutes with drums, guitar and flute standing out. A change 3 1/2 minutes in as the bass comes in.The flute starts to lead then the guitar as they continue to trade off. "Libelula" opens with drums as the guitar makes some noise. The guitar sounds amazing. Bass joins in.It settles 2 minutes in with flute. What a great sound to this one. Guitar and drums are prominant after 5 minutes. "Negatives De Una Memoria Inexistente" kicks in around 30 seconds with flute and a powerful sound. Love the guitar as the bass throbs. It settles before 2 1/2 minutes as the guitar solos beautifully. It settles with flute after 4 minutes. "Ayshuaska" features some guest mandolin but the flute and bass stand out early.

"El Errante" opens with some flute and such a lush sound.The guitar after 2 minutes starts to solo. Acoustic guitar before 5 minutes. It turns darker 6 1/2 minutes in before kicking back in a minute later. "El Nino Y Puerco" opens with bass, guitar and drums. Flute before a minute.The guitar starts to solo when the flute stops. Love the bass. Flute is back before 3 1/2 minutes but not for long as the guitar returns and proceeds to rip it up. "Y" is a short piece with guitar feedback and distortion throughout. "Ritual" opens with gentle guitar and atmosphere. It changes before 3 1/2 minutes as flute and a full sound take over. It kicks in a minute later as the guitar lights it up. "Flor De Loto" features flute, percussion and laid back guitar throughout. "Suculentas Frutas" gets interesting when the guitar catches fire 2 minutes in. It settles with bass and drums after 3 minutes. A drum solo after 4 minutes. I'm not big on drum solos but this is fantastic. Flute and that earlier sound after 5 1/2 minutes. A fuller sound a minute later.

I have to mention that one of my prog friends came in the store when this was playing and he commented on how great it sounded. He asked for the bands name and album title. A solid 4 star album.

 Flor De Loto by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.69 | 66 ratings

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Flor De Loto
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Peru, mysterious country for Middle-European like myself. Full of dangerous jungles (60% of area?), still present traditions (native people, folk influences) and in general, feeling of different environment, society, history and so on. Simply, brave new world.

So for me, this is obscure, truly mysterious (little bit magical, because you know that South America is land of Magic Realism - Coelho and others), full of surprises and hidden influences. And new ideas. Ever since I heard El Cóndor Pasa, I wanted to hear more and here I am, listening to something I believe that can be perfect example of traditional folk music combined with prog rock.

One strange thing, this magic doesn't work in bad loudspeakers. This review is based solely on experience from expensive headphones. Well, most of my revs are done this way, but here I feel I should say it loud. Because loud one based review would be with 3 star rating.

So, we'll get folk jamming (new prog folk is mostly done with element of rock - bass, electric guitar), jazz tunes into it, but most unique instrument here would be flute. But not Ian Anderson style one, really, let's imagine Simon&Garf version of Condor and you know what I'm talking about. Beautiful cover, very nice one (this description could be for all their three albums)

4(+), but I think that Mr. Melgar would enjoy this much more.

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