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Cruz de Hierro was founded by guitarist Ernesto Bringas in Mexicali, Mexico, in 1988. The band began with 5 members playing heavy metal. The first song the group wrote was called "La Neblina", which years would become "Prophets of the Past", the first progressive metal composition by the band and the first part in the trilogy of "The Keys".

In 1990, and after some line-up changes, the band changes its style to neoclassical rock, genre which allowed the playing of the band to be improved. At this moment the line-up grows to 6 members, adding a 2nd guitarist.

By then, the band was well-known in its home state of Baja California, and was asked to perform in the "Festival de la Raza", where they played for more than 4,000 people, alternating with internationally acclaimed mexican bands Café Tacuba and Maldita Vecindad.

The first demo recordings began to circulate, with songs that dealt with different topics that fans related to, such as "La Voz del Silencio", "Angel de Amor", and "Himno de Paz."

In 1991, one of the defining moments of the band happened when Antonio Bringas, brother of Ernesto, joined the band on drums. Antonio had been playing at the time with the influential progressive rock band, Cast. He influenced the music to the progressive rock style, without leaving aside the neoclassical bases of Cruz de Hierro. A new demo was recorded, including songs "Invierno Nuclear", "Juicio Final", and "El Umbral de la Muerte".

In 1993, Cruz de Hierro changed their city of residence to Guadalajara, Mexico, prior to which they performed a farewell concert in Mexicali, Baja California that was called "La Ultima Cruzada" (The Last Crusade). For this concert, a complete production was prepared weeks ahead, including scenery, a special solo by each member, among other things.

During the first year in Guadalajara, Cruz de Hierro performed several concerts, one of them a TV special for the "87.8" music video show that many fans still remember.

For personal reasons, Cruz de Hierro's bass player and 2nd guitarist returned to Mexicali, forcing the band to seek new members. The first one to join the band was Jorge Corona (guitar), former member of the band Escape, and after numerous auditions, Fernando Ramos (bass) and a new keyboard player joined the band, adding their personal touches to the band's music.

The five members devoted their time to look for an appropiate singer, and along this search worked with 3 differ...
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Cruz De Hierro
Cruz De Hierro Neo-Prog

Review by Julian

4 stars Really powerfull stuff. You must listen to this. This band from Mexico Debut cd has a neo-prog based music, with a lot of references from Dream Theater. The musicians are really good, even the vocalist. The reason i dont give them 5 stars are because of the cd quality. It sounds like it was recorded in a Kitchen.

Anyway, if you are into Metal Prog, you MUST listen to this album. Believe me, you wont regret it.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to windhawk for the last updates

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