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LEI SECA

Symphonic Prog • Brazil


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After the rebirth of Symphonic sub-genre in Scandinavia (Sweden mainly), one of the countries that embraced the original wonderful excesses of it was Brazil.

The available data about LEI SECA is very rare and misleading there's almost no information about their formation date except the late 90's but due to unconfirmed references about a first album called "Rottenness Way" in 1997 it could have been in the mid 90's, despite this info, most sites talk about one only release in 1999.

The band was formed by Valdir Guimaraes (Bass and vocals), Valdir Zamboni (Guitar, Mandolins and Backing Vocals), Micky Nicolas (Keyboards and Backing Vocals) plus Auro Okamoto in the drums later replaced by Cesar Frezzato.

Before being able to get a copy of their official release "Art Rock" read all the information about them and people describe them as a combination between ELOY and PINK FLOYD, but honestly my impression is totally different.

I see no Psyche or Space Rock connection mostly pompous and overblown (Love the sound of it) early Symphonic, the keyboards are impressive and it's evident Micky Nicolas is a Jürgen Fritz fan being that the TRIUMVIRAT connection is more than casual with a touch of "Look at Yourself" era URIAH HEEP.

The opener and 16 minutes "Krakatoa" reminds me of the epic aspirations of Spartacus and the elaborate characteristics of Illusions on a Double Dimple. Simply bombastic and reminiscent of the German scenario of the early 70's .

The vocalist is really less than efficient, thankfully the album is based more in long instrumental passages than in vocals because at some points the accent is totally disappointing.

I will keep searching for the supposedly first lost release and if I'm able to find it will be adding it to the discography because this guys released really strong Symphonic Prog.

Iván Melgar Morey - Perú

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2.97 | 4 ratings
Rottenness Way
1997
3.26 | 8 ratings
Art Rock
1999

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 Rottenness Way by LEI SECA album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.97 | 4 ratings

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Rottenness Way
Lei Seca Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars An unknown short-lived prog band from Sao Paulo,Brazil.Lei Seca consisted of guitarist/bassist/vocalist Valdir Guimaraes, guitarist/mandolin player/vocalist Valdir Zamboni,keyboardist Mickey Nicolas and drummer Auro Okamoto.Their debut ''Rottenness way'' saw the light in 1997 on Audio Factory.

The band chose to cover many styles related to prog music in this first album,yet ''Rottenness way'' keeps a good balance throughout,except maybe a couple of tracks.The first couple of tracks ''Keep The Koram'' and ''Asia minor'' are great Symphonic Rock gems with lush organ sounds,expressive vocals and melodic guitars, sending strong CAMEL and PAR LINDH PROJECT vibes.''Misgiven'' is actually a decent rock ballad,but the following ''Let it roll'' is absolutely cheesy,groovy guitar rock with DIRE STRAITS influences.Fortunately ''Lei Seca'' is a fantastic Space Rock instrumental with nice organ and PINK FLOYD hints everywhere,but with ''Cyberporn'' the band will fall into a commercial trap again,an awful humurous-wannabee track with a heavy THE ROLLING STONES influence.The self-titled track is a fine Heavy/Psychedelic/Prog anthem reminiscent of SOCRATES with superb guitar work,background keys and intense vocal lines.On ''Nothing to Say'' the band will show again a strong PINK FLOYD influence,good Psychedelic/Space Rock with atmospheric synths,lyrical content and efficient guitar parts.The album will close with Lei Seca showing off their folk side with the short instrumental ''From Music Box to Revelation'',based on acoustic guitars and synths.

Apart from the two aforementioned dull songs,Lei Seca proove to be a nice and talented act with a variety of styles played by the band with consistency and inspiration.The mediocre production does not help,yet the album ends up to be a pleasant listening for the majority of progressive rock followers.Recommended.

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 Art Rock  by LEI SECA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.26 | 8 ratings

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Lei Seca Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Lei Seca's second album takes up the baton from their debut album. The music is again symphonic prog with a lot of influences. Too many influences, in my view. The bossa nova parts on this album makes me cringe. Lei Seca has even copied parts of that Welsh folk music song Led Zeppelin did with Sandy Denny on one of their albums.

Inbetween all the oddities on this album, you mostly get a mix of Pink Floyd, Eloy and Camel on this album. A nice mix if it is combined with strong melodies. But in this respect, Lei Seca fails. Krakatao is a drawn out epic and has no real good themes. I lost interest half way through it. It is a good epic, but nothing more. The same goes for the rest of the songs here. Good, but not great. The most baffling about this album is the album title. Art Rock ? Gimme a break ! They should had named it Krakatao or something else.

3 stars

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 Rottenness Way by LEI SECA album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.97 | 4 ratings

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Lei Seca Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars I have just completed a minor heart operation so I thought it was good to kick of my second chance in life with some pretty Pink Floyd inspired music. I was listening to this album for a couple of weeks before I went under the knife. I have just been unleashed again.

Lei Seca is a pretty interesting band from Brazil. Their second album Art Rock is pretty popular here on PA. Nobody, besides of myself, was able to find Rottenness Way, their debut album. This is therefore the first review in PA of this album.

Some of the tracks are very much down the Roger Waters avenue. Other parts of this album is much more pastorial and lyrical than Pink Floyd. Harmonium springs to mind. There is also elements of Neo Prog here. Riverside springs to mind. The rock elements is also pretty strong. Dire Straits springs to mind and that is not a good sign. But ELP has also got their brief moment on this album. Kansas also comes on a visit on the first track.

What we end up with is a very contemporary album which is inspired by some great bands (Dire Straits exluded, it can be argued). The problem is the lack of any superb songs and the lack of identity. Both of the band and the material. Their second album was called Art Rock and that label is the right one for this album too. Both the band and this album is good. But neither is superb. This is a good effort but nothing more. But please give this band a chance.

3 stars

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 Art Rock  by LEI SECA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.26 | 8 ratings

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Lei Seca Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Another interesting brazilian group that I had never heard of until recently, which seems odd since Brazil is my country (and I had to be advised by a dutch fellow about them!). So far, so good, anyway. Even if the CD cover is apalling their sound is quite good: melodic and accessible, and still bombastic and complex enough to please the demanding average symphonic prog fan. The guitar parts are the highlight: Valdir Zamboni is a creative and skillful musician that leads the band all the way through the CD. If you like guitar led prog bands, this is for you!

The band plays mostly instrumental pieces and this is clearly their forte: I liked very much their variety of sound landscapes and mix of styles. The CD never gets boring. Zamboni even includes some mandolin bits that are really nice. The other band members are as able as him.The vocal parts on the other side suffers from the same plague of so many prog bands through the style´s entire history: they are weak and uninteresting, more a hindrance than a good add on to the overall work. Not that bassist Valdir Guimarães is bad vocalist. But with a real, trained singer with a better voice it would have made all the difference. Fortunatly vocal parts are few and far between. The best track in my opinion is the first, the 16 minute epic Krakatoa (great keys and shifting moods all over it)

With a good production, good ideas, tasteful arrangements and excellent playing the band succeeds to deliver a fine CD that promises better things in the future. Unfortunatly it seems that those guys didn´t release anything since this album was out. I hope they will come back soon with something like this one. My rating: 3,5 stars.

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 Art Rock  by LEI SECA album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Lei Seca Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

3 stars Lei Seca was a Brazilian band that later on became Tarkus and after an album they spli into two bands: second Tarkus incarnation and Family Free Rock. Art Rock (1999) is their second album and besides the ridiculous artwork in the cover and in the inlay (where the band members appear as D&D RPG characters) we have some good music in here.

'Krakatoa' is a 16'17 minutes suite divided into eleven different parts that pretty much shows the love of Valdir Zamboni (guitars and vocals) by Devil Doll (later even more explicit in Tarkus and Family Free Rock albums). Lei Seca used to interpret their own music as Art Rock (just as the name of the album states), but in fact they fall pretty much in the Symphonic umbrella.

'Amadeus I' is a folk-driven song with acoustic guitars and mandolin. A very good track. 'Lei Seca II' is yeat another suite, this time divided into six parts in its 10'12 minutes. Cesar Frezzato's drums has a very weak sound throughout the album and end up compromising his performance. Not just that, Valdir Guimarães bass playing isn't good too, sometimes even out of tune in his solo tries. Much of their music is based in Mickey Nicolas' keyboards and in the excellent Valdir Zamboni guitars.

Then we have another three tracks in Art Rock (1999): 'Amadeus II' that follows the same steps as the first part, even in the melody. Although it changes the pace towards the middle including a very weak bass solo, amateur style. Then 'Sr. Walker', another good folk moment with nice synths that reminded me some ELP moments. 'Keep The Koram II' closes the album somewhat like 'Abaddon's Bolero from ELP's Trilogy (1972) album, but with guitars.

Art Rock (1999) is a good album that was released by Medusa Records almost 15 years ago. But don't expect any classic.

Key tracks: Krakatoa, Amadeus I & Lei Seca II

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 Art Rock  by LEI SECA album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Review by Marcelo
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4 stars The album's title is true. This Brazilian band did, in 1999, an artistic work that reminds the progressive epic and glorious times, adding ethnic and folk touches.

Influences could be PINK FLOYD (some atmospherical moments), CAMEL (the melodic line) and ELOY (symphonic and pompous soundscapes). Nevertheless, music sounds fresh and always interesting due constant changes and surprises. "Art Rock" is basically instrumental (fortunately, because the vocalist -singing in English- is the band's lowest point).

"Krakatoa" is the highlight: a long epic piece conformed by many short, beautiful and very symphonic compositions, cohesively joined. A majestic track. "Amadeus I" is a sort of vals played in samba rythm (the Brazilian national music), very nice. "Lei Seca II" is melodic and plenty of rythmical changes, great piece. In the same vein is "Amadeus II": along seven minutes, music flows from atmospheric to energetic moments, including a short homage to Mozart through a classical melody composed by the fantastic Austrian musician. "Sr. Walker" is a very nice instrumental track with lots of percussion. Finally, "Keep the Koram II" is another epic song plenty of changes with some Eastern and folky hints (accordion is used here).

One of prog rock characteristic is the frequent rythmical variation inside the same composition. Many bands do it, but just a few are able to be so cohesive as LEI SECA in "Art Rock", keeping -at the same time- the melodic beauty along the whole stuff. An excellent album.

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