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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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3.66 | 63 ratings
Flor De Loto
2005
3.91 | 49 ratings
Madre Tierra
2007
3.69 | 43 ratings
Mundos Bizarros
2009
3.71 | 24 ratings
Imperio De Cristal
2011
4.10 | 10 ratings
Volver A Nacer
2012
3.69 | 10 ratings
Nuevo Mesias
2014

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 Nuevo Mesias by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.69 | 10 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).

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 Mundos Bizarros by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.69 | 43 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.

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3.66 | 63 ratings

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Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Mellotron Storm
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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.

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3.66 | 63 ratings

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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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3.69 | 43 ratings

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Mundos Bizarros
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Prog-jester
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4 stars An amazing artwork almost always equals a very good Prog album)))

Similar to QUATERNA REQUIEM in manner and sound (but a bit more heavier and song- oriented), FLOR DE LOTO from Peru play very enjoyable and melodic Prog, old-schoolish but not retro, instrumental-oriented but not boring, very good but not that much essential. Native melodies (or at least their strong influence) sometimes can be clearly heard through their own stuff, and that makes them different from many European/USA bands, different in a good way for sure. While PA's classification says they're Prog Folk, I hear a lot of Fusion in them, and this makes FLOR DE LOTO even more interesting for a potencial listener. Check tracks like "Noche Azul", "Amnesia" and "Mundos Bizarros" first, and you'll definitely want to get the whole album! Recommeded.

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Mundos Bizarros
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Good news, great news from Peru for the world of prog rock - Flor de Loto have just released yet another highlight album entitled "Mundos Bizarros", and oh, how it rocks! This third album features flutist Junior Pacora (the "new kid in this block" since the latest third of 2007), and the fact is that the inconstancies occurred in the flutist's department have not affected at all the sense of power and tightness that patently prevail in Flor de Loto's integral sound. The tracklist of "Mundos Bizarros" brings a straightforward statement of energy and colorfulness that by now must be amply acknowledged by all those familiar with this band's discography and live performances. Generally speaking, this album finds the band exploring the enhancement of contrasts between their soft and rocking sides, in this way bearing a tendency toward darker moods. Maybe it would be accurate to say that the rocking side has assumed a certain preponderance, but still this is an eclectic band with strongly planted fusionesque roots. Also, the composing skills exhibited here show a bigger confidence in the use of unusual time signatures and bold shifts in moods and tempos. "Mundos Bizarros" bears a sort of musical darkness (not overblown) that in the previous two releases had only been partially alluded to. The brief alleatory woodwind washes instilled on spacey bass guitar arpeggios create an 'Intro' for the wild energy of 'La Fortaleza', a spectacular semi-opener that brings a peculiar combination of intelligence and rawness; the same goes for 'Volver a Nacer', which in many ways is a continuation of the preceding track. 'Shamballa' pretty much continues in the same vein, although it is properly attenuated in order to emphasize the exotic airs that set the main motifs - this one and 'La Fortaleza' comprise some of the most impressive flute solos by Pacora, he really drives these tracks to otherworldly dimensions. The final echoes of 'Shamballa' are segued into 'Amnesia', the first staple of evocative romanticism in the album. As usual, Alonso's singing and acoustic guitar chops are taken to a featured stance. This lyrical side of Flor de Loto will later resurface more brilliantly in 'Nubes Oscuras' and 'Noche Azul': the former has a lovely prelude shaped in an Argentinean zamba tempo, the latter states a more ethereal feel (but it should have had a longer expansion... anyway...). 'Danza Celta Part II' is, naturally, a second Celtic-rock statement related to the 'Danza Celta' comprised in the "Madre Tierra" album: in comparison, the one in the "Mundos Bizarros" album has a more robust sound and a more exciting framework of arrangements. Still, more solid numbers are 'Habitante de un Mundo Imaginario' and 'Atlantis'. The former is a very versatile journey through the usual suspects' influences (Maiden, Tull, DT) that brings a convincing balance of fusion and prog-metal, with a liberal use of exotic vibes; the latter does the same with a major accent on Celtic moods, a more powerful rocking environment and an important presence of psychedelic overtones. For both tracks, the fluidly oiled rhythmic machinery provided by Puccini and Jarrín brings a proficient foundation. 'La Puerta Dorada' is a nice reminder of the Andean prominence that had made the most of the "Madre Tierra" album. Finally, the namesake track signifies the first Flor de Loto epic (or mini-epic): its 11 ½ minute span is well worked on with melodically defined motifs, naturally ordained links among varied tempos, an impeccable balance between the acoustic and electric passages and a reasonable use of the track's inherently bombastic potential. The similarities to Tull, Rush, Maiden and Solaris remain easily noticeable, but all in all, this is pure vintage Flor de Loto taken to a higher degree of musical ambition. The real closer of the album is an edit version of 'Amnesia', but for practical purposes, 'Mundos Bizarros' must be appreciated as the apt culmination of this new Flor de Loto release. Good news from Peru for the world of prog - Flor de Loto remains a big name in the worldwide realms of prog-folk, being still a young band, but mostly, from some time ago, a consummate veteran unit.

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Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Peruvian progressive rock?...Yes,why not?...I admit that the only band from Peru that I am aware of is FRAGIL,although I'm also aware of the intense ''psychedelic'' past that this country has...So,before listening to FLOR DE LOTO I didn't know what to expect really...After several listens I recognized that this in fact a ''crossover of styles'' band...And they really have a potential...but...

The things do not work that well in this first effort...First it's the production...Awful...how was this album recorder...in a garage?in the underground?It sounds so dark and almost like a live recording...and we are talking about 2005!That's one thing I do find over-negative!...What about the music...Well,this is a crossover of styles...You can find some symphonic passages,especially where the flute is added,along with the folk atmosphere,there is an over-intense psychedelic feel close to the earlier psych Peruvian bands and mostly some eclectic arrangements reminding of ANEKDOTEN and KING CRIMSON...Sounds interesting and it is,but sometimes the guys overdo it with some ''dark'' never-stopping solos or other ideas are flat or longer played than it should be,so the music often tends to monotony...

The talent is there and it's something more than clear that they can do it much better in the future...Actually and musically speaking this is a decent work that deserves in terms of music a 3 star rating...But I warn you about the poor the production...So,guys,develop your ideas a little more,check your production even more and we'll talk about a very good band in the near future!...

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Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars Since the late 60's when Perú was one of the leading forces of Proto Prog in this part of the continent, we never had so many important Prog bands; FLOR DE LOTO, SUPAY and KHARMINA BURANA, are only some of the names we see once in a while in the newspapers and it's hard for a reviewer of this country, not to feel proud when we see their names in the same pages as glorious icons like GENESIS, YES, JETHEO TULL etc.

But what is more important, that they are doing something different than our most famous band (FRAGIL), and that's exploring our Andean roots and blending them with different genres, of course FLOR DE LOTO is leader in this field.

After several years of formation, FLOR DE LOTO is able to release their self titled album with the support of Mylodon Records of Chile, a country that has some experience, being home of the Andean Folk icons LOS JAIVAS.

The album is opened with "La Llegada" (The Arrival), and the name is perfect because as soon as you listen the first Antara (Peruvian wind instrument similar to the pan flute) notes of the intro, the feeling of something new starting surrounds the audience. As a thick mist, the Andean atmosphere falls upon the listener, like a sunrise in the high mountains, the drums mark perfectly the timing as the sweet flute enhances the pleasant effect. But around the middle the band explodes in a festival of sounds and moods, always melancholic as the Peruvian music from the Andes, but with the spirit of Prog present in the guitar riffs. Outstanding opener.

"Libélula" (Dragonfly) is a radical change, now without loosing that atmosphere, FLOR DE LOTO explores different sounds, like a mixture of Hard Rock and Psyche with an excellent guitar work, but again we should expect a change, a softer flute section acts as a bridge that leads us to the development of the track, where guitar, drums and keyboards blend perfectly in a faster passage but with the flute as the lead instrument. At the end they surprise us with a long jazzy section that changes the mood completely.

"Negativos de Una Memoria Inexistente" (Negatives of a Non Existent Memory) has a very short spacey intro that leads almost instantaneously to a heavy guitar based section, totally frenetic, but without loosing the ethnic atmosphere, the song develops with multiple changes, again the drum work by Jorge Puccini is simply brilliant. The flute guided finale is extremely beautiful as if a distant quena (Peruvian ancestral wooden pentaphonic flute) expressed a sentimental cry.

"Ayahuasca"(Amazonian hallucinogenic plant) surprises me, due to the name I expected something different, more psyche oriented, full of jamming, but instead it's a perfectly fluid song that flows gently from start to end, sometimes gains strength but never looses the calmed tempo, except for the short finale. In this track the band has a famous guest; Octavio Castillo from FRAGIL joins them in the flute.

"El Errante" (The Errant) shows a mature band blending a Folk sound in the style of Jethro Tull with Peruvian Folk and a Symphonic structure, it's amazing how they manage to handle radical changes so fluidly that seem like parts of a puzzle that foit perfectly, during more than nine minutes FLOR DE LOTO gives us a memorable Prog performance, with melodic speedy and frantic passages perfectly crafted.

"El Niño y el Puerco" (The Boy and the Pig) starts with a contrapuntal work between guitar and percussion, suddenly the bass announces something different is coming, but when a normal listener can expect a frenetic change, a soft but fast guitar played in a style that reminds of the great Carlos Santana starts a lengthy solo only supported by the drums, until the flute joins and the tempo changes into a frantic passage where they prove a Folk band can also rock with class, but again the atmosphere morphs into a jazzy epilog. Very interesting structure and excellent jamming.

"Y" (And) is a short and weird interlude of 1:15 minutes that combines a distorted guitar with some synthesized sounds, not too much to comment, except that works as a link to "Ritual" which starts soft and gentle, with a distant guitar jamming peacefully with an almost imperceptible keyboard making a low ranged sound, until the flute and drums join to create a soft atmospheric song that gain surrounds the listener as a mist. As the song advances keeps gaining strength, speed and volume until it morphs into a very heavy and long closing section.

"Flor de Loto" (Loto Flower) strangely sounds very medieval, as the music for a traveling Troubadour without lyrics, one of the few songs that simply flow from start to end without changes or surprises.

"Suculentas Frutas" (Succulent Fruits) closes the album in the vein of the late 60's, a Psyche mood with heavy guitar riffs and radical changes, but the show is stolen by the impressive bass solo in the middle, the drums and keyboards have their chance, but not as impressive, and after the solos, comes an impressive closing section, that finishes the album in the best possible way.

Until a few minutes ago, I was decided to rate "Flor de Loto" with five stars. But don't want to fall in chauvinism, the album is excellent, but I'm sure they can offer more, so will stay with four stars and honestly, I'm not giving this album a rating I don't believe they deserve, by the contrary, probably I'm giving them less.

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Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Roundabot

4 stars This is the first studio album of one of the best (If not the best) peruvian band of these days. It has less compositions and more imrovisations that it's follow u "Madre Tierra", but for me this one is something special, because is the one that was recognized by the critics as a masterpiece of contemporanean rock-folk. this album is much more psychedelic than it's follow up and thats quite good because is something that can be considered Psychedelic-prog-folk if something like that exists.

La Llegada: it's a good start for the album. It starts with great winds by Jhonny and then the percusions of Puccini and the charango unite to the melody. Then the elctric guitar enters and the track start to be more and more strong, with great flute and guitar solos. The drums still great all over the track. This song could easily defind the sound of the album, folkish, psychedelic and jazz-influenced. 9/10

La Libelula: This song can only be discribed as a sweet psychedelic song, it starts with a great bass-line that will be lthe theme of the whole song. The guitar by Alonso is greatfull and the flute is also great in this one. The whole song has a strong psychedelic atmosphere made by the guitar mixed with the folkish flute and the jazzy bass/drums duet made thi track unic. Classic FDL and for me classic prog-folk. 10/10

Negativos De Una Memoria Inexistente: This song starts with mind-blowing sounds followed by a great flute solo by Jhonny acompanied by the incredible guitar and the rythmic duet at it's peak of executation.The guitar solo by Alonso is preety awesom and Alejandro's bass is simply amzing all over the track.Whe the song slows downit is dominated by the flute that did a preety good work. One of the famousest songs from the bamd, but I think they could do better even if its already ok. 8/10

Ayahuaska: This is the folk-rock purist I was expecting, this is what make this band southamerican Jethro Tull, and made them folk. The flute is great and the charango and the acustic guitar are also great, and again the musicianship is great, but the problem is that is a short track and it's a bit repetitive at times, so I could not rate this as the masterpiece of the album. 8/10

El Errante: Starts as a great flute dominated track but then the guitar takes the control and lead us, in a duet with the flute to a greatfull prgressive jam seccion with the impressoive soolos by Jhonny and Alonso. The acustic guitar give this song a strong Jethro Tull feeling. The song goes sometimes repetitive but then it only goes better and better and better until the mid seccion that is a great acustic guitar solo by Alonso that shows he's great guitar skills. Then the song goes psychedelic in a King Crimson style of build up, when the flute enters and then the song follows to another seccion (Even if it's not a suite) dominated by both the electic guitar and the flute to end the song with studio noise. 10/10

El Niño y El Puerco: This is obiously a jam. It is the most jazzy song in the album. The highlight of the song is the great bass by Alejandro, and the incredible drums of Jorge. I consider this song to be a good joke song because is like almost every part of the song was imrovised at the time they were recording the song, like if they had make the song in only one cut. Even the great guitar solos sound imrovised at the time like a live jam. This doesn't mean is a bad song, is almost a highlight but I can't rate it as El Errante that was a great composition effort, is jus t a good long jazzy jam. 8/10

Y: This isn't a song it's only studio noise, I think they only use this as an interlude but i can't rate this because I don't consider this as a song.

Ritual: It starts with a prominent synth that make up the mood of the whole song. The build up with the synth and the guitar is OK, but the song seem to explode to late at half of the song. The true start of the song is with a beautifull flute solo accompanied by the other instruments in a good way. The song then follows as a rocker with a mettalish guitar work, making this a kind of metal-folk song at the end. Not a Highlight but a preety good and cool song. 7 1,2/10

Flor de Loto: Another short folk song like "Ayahuska" even if this is obiusly weakest having only an acustic qguitar and flute accomopanied by the rythmic duet. Very plesant, calm and simple song, beautifull folk song. I wold not choose it as the title track because for me is a bit weak but that wasn't my desicion. 7/10

Suculentas Frutas: The operfect way to close an album is with an epic or the best track of the whole album, and tis song is both. It is still a classic and I think it will be a classic for all FDL's career. It's a great jam with solos of all the band and tha t has great musicianship like in the whole album. The song is dominated by the whole band. The strongest track on here and an all time fan favourite. It's so difficult to describe such a great song you only can listen to it if you want to know what I'm talking about. Proggresive at it's peak. This song shows why this is one of the best southamerican band of this days. Simply amazing! 10/10

Conclussion: a greatfull start for this incredible peruvian band, classic prog-folk mixed with a lot of other geners make this album a materpiece of southamerican prog and for prog-folk in general, IMHO.

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 Madre Tierra by FLOR DE LOTO album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Madre Tierra
Flor de Loto Prog Folk

Review by Roundabot

4 stars First of all, I'm peruvian and I'm so proud of this great national band that keep my hope in national prog-rock and made me realise that peruvian prog-rock didn't died with Fragil.

This second album of the great band Flor de Loto is in my opinion a more mature album than it's first, it shows the band doing less improvisation and more composition. I love both albums but i prefer the style of "Madre Tierra" even if it's maybe less psychodelic than "Flor de Loto".

"Madre Tierra" is the opening track and it's my favorite song of the album, the guitar is greatfull in this track and the vocals are preety good in this song. The winds are the highligts in my opinion and the rythmic instruments made a great work in this. Maybe the best song FDL has done. 10/10

"El Charango Perdido" is more variated in their winds instruments and the intro has a very selvatic feeling that it's another kind of peruvian folk music. After the folky intro the song goes better and better with great work of the winds and the guitar, I specialy like the great guitar solo of this song that is really majestic. The song ends with impressive winds and again great guitar by Alonso. One of the best songs in the album. 10/10

"El Mensajero" start as a slow track, with wonderfull winds, then slow guitar, then the great winds and finally the song explodes with the great guitar but only for a few seconds. It could be better if it was a longer song. 8/10

"Danza Celta" is one of my personal favoritesthe great intro, the wonderfull guitar/winds work the powerfull drums , it has all of the best elements of a great prog folk song. Maybe is the less sothamerican-folk song because it has a british feeling in it but it's really a highlight of the album. 10/10

"Luz de Luna" is a wonderfull acustic song, only an acustic guitar and the winds make a preety good song. Not a highlight but a preety good song. 7.1,2/10

"Andaluces" is another song wiyh a great intro that is preety well don with acustic guitar and has a spanish feeling on it, then the sing explodes in agreat song with different moods it is powerfull in some parts and slow in others, progressive at it's best, great guitar and wonderfull winds. Exelent song. 9/10

"Antares" is a strange song has a funky feeling mixed with the folk sound of the winds it has an exelent bass and good drums but it's something strange listening to a prog-folk band doing something like this. In the end it has a grat guitar solo but is still a nonconventional prog song. 7/10

"Desapareciendo" is the first song to have proper lyrics on it, the voices of Alonso and Jhonny are preety good but I like their instrumentals rather than their vocal songs, like this. The winds are a bit uninspired on this track but the guitar is still great in every moment. 8/10

"La Ley de la Vida" is another vocals song, it starts with the winds creating the melody than later is sung by Alonso, Jhonny and Alejandro. It's a slow track and is maybe the best example of why if Flor de Loto want to do a vocal song they have to do it longer that only 3 minutes, because the instrumentes has less powerand the sung is dominated by the vocals something that , for me, isn't good for the band. 7/10

"Medusa" is the final song of the album and well is a really great and wonderfull close, it has all the band members at it's peak of creativity, and execution of their instrumentes, 7 minutes of perfection, is the only song that I can choose as my secon favorite afte the wonderfull "Madre Tierra". A great closer for a great album.10/10

Conclusion: the best peruvian band of this days and this their best album (for me), a 5 starrecord that deserves to be in this great web.

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