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OCTOBER EQUUS

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OCTOBER EQUUS is definitely one of Spain's most pleasant in the world of prog and avant-garde rock nowadays. Formed in 2003, its well-catalyzed mixture of KING CRIMSON-inspired vibe and PRESENT-inspired ballsy RIO recreates the oppressive moods and sinister atmospheres of avant-garde prof's primal sources with amazing vitality and freshness, not unlike other contemporary acts such as DR. NERVE and HAPPY FAMILY, to mention just a couple of examples. You can also find, as it is reasonable, influences from contemporary chamber and jazz-rock. Their official eponymous debut album has been receiving acclaims all across the Internet through the year 2006, its punch and complexity being the most featured items in reviews. Two years before this release, the band had recorded and released a free demo titled "Hydra", distributed only among attendants at their concerts. The repertoire was the same, but set in a different order and using an electronic drum kit instead of an acoustic one.

Until early 2006 the line-up had consisted of Ángel ONTALVA (guitar), Víctor RODRÍGUEZ (keyboards), Amanda PAZOS (bass) and Txema FERNÁNDEZ (drums). But RODRÍGUEZ and FERNÁNDEZ left, so ONTALVA and PAZOS - the founding members - went in search of new recruitments while continuing to write and arrange new material. Eventually though, Víctor Rodríguez returned to the band and newcomer José Varela took the duty on drums, hence the quartet became complete again.

Recommended to fans of KC, PRESENT, UNIVERS ZERO, MAGMA, and generally speaking, to those who fervently love their prog dissonant, challenging and loud.


::: Written by Cesar Inca Mendoza Loyola :::



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Discography:
Hydra, 2005
October Equus, 2006

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3.88 | 25 ratings
October Equus
2006
3.86 | 23 ratings
Charybdis
2008
3.84 | 53 ratings
Saturnal
2011
3.96 | 13 ratings
Permafrost
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Isla Purgatorio
2013

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Hydra
2004

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 Permafrost by OCTOBER EQUUS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.96 | 13 ratings

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Permafrost
October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars I'm one of those who believe that instrumental music can have a concept and tell a story. You can take the track titles or any other element able to address your mind and make you concentrate to the subject and in this way better appreciate what the music says. Instrumental allows more freedom to the imagination.

This is one of those albums. As the previous releases of October Equus there's a strong RIO flavor in the vein of Art Zoid and Univers Zero, but the music is more approachable even by listeners not used to the genre.

The concept is made clear by the inside pages of the CD booklet. The permafrost is the ground whose temperature is below zero for almost all the year. Literally "permanent frost". This gives the idea of a cold land, but the key is the copy of a piece of paper signed by Lord Franklin, the unlucky explorer who died with his whole crew searching for the North-West passage (there's also a Pentangle's song about him).

Musically it's dark but not too much. There's room for all the instrumentists even though is the guitar which has the most relevant parts. It's singular as the track which for its title should be the most dark and sad, "Graves of the crewmen buried on Beechey Island" is the most relaxed, instead. Everything is already happened and it sounds like an elegy. On this track all the band members show excellent jazz skills and this jazz element is one of the reasons why this track doesn't sound too dark.

It's my opinion, and I can be wrong, but I think that what makes a track very dark is when the passages are so unusual and apparently disconnected that the listener struggles in finding a structure to follow and has to surrender and let it go without the possibility to anticipate a single note. In this album, and mainly in this track, the jazz structure is audible enough and this makes the things simpler for the listener. You won't be able to anticipate any single note even now, but a structure is perceivable.

In any case I think that the music succeeds in commenting the story of a crew of sailors lost and dead in a frozen deserted land at the borders of the world. Read the titles, look at the pictures inside the booklet, follo the music and enjoy.

Not less than 4 stars.

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 Permafrost by OCTOBER EQUUS album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.96 | 13 ratings

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Permafrost
October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is studio album number four for these Avant minded Spaniards. Interesting that there is no sax on this record for the first time since the debut. That doesn't mean it sounds exactly like their self titled first album as that one was much darker and oppressive in my opinion.

"Erosive Forces Of Wind And Water" opens with a melancholic melody as abrasive sounds join in. The organ starts to take the spotlight as the intricate drumming and guitar continue. Check out the guitar after 2 minutes as it becomes nasty and angular. I must admit KING CRIMSON comes to mind but this is a much darker version of that band's sound. "Lead Poisoning" continues with the complex melodies as drums, bass, guitar and keyboards lead the way. Some nice organ runs in this one as well. There's a dark atmospheric calm before 4 minutes with some angular guitar. "Boots, Nails, Watches..." opens with piano and atmosphere as the guitar is picked. It turns darker as the organ and angular guitar get louder. It calms back down but it continues to be haunting. "Thermokarst" is a little chaotic to start before the bass and drums begin to lead the way. Organ and guitar help out as well. Check out the drumming 2 minutes in then the angular guitar that joins in. Nice.

"Trapped In The Sea Ice" is really interesting early on as sounds come and go. Actually the whole song really draws me in to the mood. So much going on here. "...Books, Saws, Handkerchiefs..." is mellow with prominant bass, intricate guitar, piano and atmosphere. Very cool sound here. Angular guitar comes in then it's replaced by mellotron-like waves of sound. This is my favourite track. Next up is "Graves Of The Crewmen Buried On Beechey Island" which has an almost pleasant vibe going on. Yes this is shocking(haha). The mellotron-like sounds before 2 minutes changes that mood but not for long as themes are repeated. "...Two Double-Barreled Guns and 40lbs. Of Chocolate" is eerie to start. The pace picks up a minute in as does the intensity. The tempo does continue to shift though at will. Some nice organ runs after 2 minutes then this darker mood takes over with drums, bass and angular guitar. This is my second favourite track and a great way to end this record.

Well you pretty much know what your going to get with an OCTOBER EQUUS album and these guys never disappoint. A solid 4 stars and if you can get your hands on any one of their four studio albums do not even hesitate.

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 October Equus by OCTOBER EQUUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.88 | 25 ratings

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October Equus
October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars Fripp meets Art Zoyd meets Magma...

Somebody thinks that speaking of concept when the subject is an instrumental album is not appropriate. I think that instrumental music is able to transmit sensations, feelings ans states of mind and this is more successful when they match the basic idea. I was not aware of October Equus being an ancient Roman rite, a very bloody one dedicated to Mars, the God of war. I will not repeat here what can be read in the previous review of this album, just let me say that the music fits very well in the concept and seems to have been thought with the concept in mind, so deeply thought to become the band's name, too.

More than dark I think this music can be called sinister or grim, like some of the Roman rituals were. Think to "Magna Mater" and Bacchanals.

The ensemble is excellent for musicianship. Apparently the tracks are lead by guitar but there's a lot of keyboard and in the parts which appear to be more "jammed", the base comes from the keys. Sometimes very good bass lines come from the background while the drummer makes a lot of work with the unusual signatures. The atmosphere is sometimes Crimsonian,but I think that the closing track, "Hydra" could fit in any Magma album.

The general mood is not Zeuhl, anyway. I think this kind of music can be better compared to Ard Zoyd and Shub Niggurath (their first two albums) but more rock oriented, so that even the comparison to non-RIO artists, Fripp in particular, is appropriate.

An excellent 4-stars debut.

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 Charybdis by OCTOBER EQUUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.86 | 23 ratings

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Charybdis
October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by mhiraldo

3 stars While i love the 2 albums they released after this (the excellent self released rehearsal CD-R, and the Alt Rock released, Saturnai) here you find the band kinda still searching for their sound. The drummer for instance does not have the best sounding kit ever at times sounding very un-acoustic and rather artificial. The same goes for the guitarist who has great tone on the other subsequent cds but here it is submerged in effects that don't really spotlight his great playing. Of course the compositions are good and what you would expect from this band (Henry Cow-ish with a pinch of Hatfield or The Muffins added for good measure). Recommended to completists...but for new comers i would direct them to the other 2 mentioned releases, or wait for their 2013 release which will come out soon.

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 Saturnal by OCTOBER EQUUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.84 | 53 ratings

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October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by mhiraldo

4 stars I never thought i would hear such a Univers Zero, Henry Cow and maybe Present influenced band coming from Spain. This is certainly the first (i think) of it's kind in that country. But those RIO groups are more of a reference point as the members in October Equus have (thank god) the sensibilities and taste to come up with something that is also their own. I feel this is a bit less dark approach to the anglo / Belgium originals, which to my ears sends the music to other territories. The musicianship is top notch and the compositions are excellent through out. Highly recommended to RIO enthusiasts and to adventurous/avant thrill seeker.

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October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by avestin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The Spanish instrumental progressive/avant-rock group October Equus is back with their third full-length (I am not counting the 2004 release, Hydra). October Equus don't rest on their laurels and repeat the same album but rather change things and develop with each release, showing the group's growth and maturation. With their 2006 s/t album (Ma. Ra. Cash Records), the influences of Present, Univers Zero and King Crimson were apparent, whereas in 2008's Charybdis (RAIG) had a zeuhl flavour and sounded more bombastic and daring than its predecessor. With Saturnal the band has signed with Italian label AltrOck, my current favourite label and a treasure trove for all things progressive and mind-blowing. In here the band seems to recall some of their s/t release, with added complexity, density of sound and succinctness. I also would make a comparison, in at least a few songs, to Miriodor's recent albums, in rhythm and spirit, but done in October Equus' unique manner.

The core of the band remains guitarist Ángel Ontalva (or by his real name Ángel Rodriguez Morales, who also created the gorgeous artwork for the album), keyboards player Víctor Rodríguez and bassist Amanda Pazos Cosse, alongside their, by now, usual saxophonist and flautist Fran Mangas. Planeta Imaginario drummer Vasco Trilla and saxophonist Alfonso Muñoz join the lineup for this album, as well as cellist Pablo Ortega.

Listening to the musicians' playing alongside enjoying the music is a fun exercise in any album, and here in particular. Amanda's bass gives a powerful and noticeable undertone, a solid belly to the tunes as Ángel's cold sounding guitar soars in a slow, slightly dissonant and angular fashion, accompanied by Victor's warm chords contrasting the guitar tone. The saxophones and cello add to the band's eerie sound, a sound that seems to be coming from a far away and scary place. Watching the artwork in the booklet as you listen to the music will help understand what I mean by this, as there is an otherworldly quality to their music.

At times, their music would work as a soundtrack to some classic horror or scary movie, in particular the first piece, Estructuras primitivas en el crepúsculo. In other instances the music offers some respite from that atmosphere with a slightly faster pace and lighter mood, such as in the second piece, El furioso despertar del homúnculo neonato. This piece features wonderful drumming performance by Vasco Trilla, providing the piece with a moderately and frantic sounding tempo. The various pieces on here alternate between the somber and sinister sounding to the somewhat lighter and less dense side, though all bear the clear mark of the band. While one may complain of monotony on the album, that would be, in my view, due to superficial listening and not paying enough attention to the individual songs and how they develop.

But what is common to all the compositions is the sense that I've stepped into another realm the minute I pressed the play button. You might feel you've been thrown into a strange and foreign land with rules you do not fully understand and an unnatural and peculiar scenery that seems to come at you from all directions. But the effort is worth it, in my view, as the band's music offers a distinctive experience as well as a fascinating one with a lot to discover in repeated listening.

I will say this, though: the music on Saturnal is (or can be to those unfamiliar with the style) dense, complicated and hard to penetrate. Indeed, this is an album that the listener has to clear his way into, get past the walls of seemingly "unpleasant" and hard to grasp sounds and vibes. This is not to say the music is "bad" or un-enjoyable, but that one has to take the time to have a clear path into the music and be able to feel comfortable listening to it. While I'm quite used to this "type of music", it took me a while to penetrate its thick sound and jam-packed content. With 13 pieces on here, all written by either Ángel Ontalva or Víctor Rodríguez, you're in for an intense and long journey. Perhaps splitting the album into two listening sessions would help make it easier to swallow for those not fully comfortable with the music. But in my opinion, it is a journey well worth taking.

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 Saturnal by OCTOBER EQUUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.84 | 53 ratings

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Saturnal
October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a band that just keeps getting better.These Spaniards have expanded their lineup to seven including two new members from the band PLANET IMAGINARIO (drums & sax). Udi Koomran mastered this album in Isreal. They've come a long way from their dark and oppressive self titled album which was my first taste of OCTOBER EQUUS. Now there's more light and it's like listening to a world class Chamber music ensemble. I'm not using the full song titles because they are too freaking long and in Spanish.

First up is "Estructuras..." with piano and cello leading early then it kicks in just before a minute. Check it out before 3 minutes. So much going on. "El Furioso..." is a good uptempo track with some interesting guitar 2 minutes in followed by dissonant horns.

"Una Mirada..." is a dark track and check out the odd-metered drum work and angular guitar after 2 1/2 minutes. Nice. "Ingravidez" is a short horn, guitar and drum piece. "Llego Como..." is led by the guitar early then horns as the drums continue.The guitar is back 2 1/2 minutes in. So much going on.

"Realidad Ciega" is more laid back. It's fuller before 2 minutes though. "Avanzando..." has some great sounding drum work on it and lots of guitar too. Cello follows. "Un Mundo..." is short but really good. "No Pudieron..." has percussion, bass, keys and more as these intricate sounds come and go.

"Sutiles..." is dark with cello and sporadic drumming. Horns and guitar too. Great sound 4 minutes in then it settles back before 5 minutes. It's dark again late. "Ella Era..." is a short guitar led piece. Some organ late. "Abre Los Ojos!" picks up and it sounds incredible. It settles back 2 minutes in. Some dissonace before 4 1/2 minutes. "Ultimo Refigio" is an excellent closer with drums, horns, piano and more of course.

I admit this style of music is over my head but I do enjoy it even if it's not exactly my favourite sub genre.

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 Charybdis by OCTOBER EQUUS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.86 | 23 ratings

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October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars First of all check out Avestin's excellent review of this album not only to see what the concept is about, but because it's a really good review. I'll try to describe the music. I should mention that their previous album was a much more powerful album than this and much better for my tastes as well. It did remind me of "Heresie" at times. In fact I played it on Halloween this year in my foyer where the kids would come to the door to get their treats. This latest album from them is still great though and a solid 4 stars.

"Architeuthis Dux" hits the ground running with some excellent organ.The sax comes in. The keyboard style here reminds me of PRESENT.The tempo slows after 2 1/2 minutes with organ and angular guitar. Sax follows. Great start to the album. "Frozen Sea" is the longest track at almost 7 1/2 minutes and it's rather eerie to start with as the organ slowly plays. Drums a minute in and sax after 2 minutes. A change before 3 minutes and we get some chunky bass a minute after that. Great sound as there is so much going on including the angular guitar. "Trylobites" has a jazzy vibe to it and it has a dark atmosphere as well. Interesting song to say the least. "Fata Morgana" has some incredible growly bass with piano then angular guitar. Sax after a minute with synths. Powerful organ follows. "Unknown Pilot" reminds me of ANEKDOTEN in the beginning. We get a haunting soundscape after 2 minutes that's quite intense. The tension is relieved before 3 minutes.

"Forgotten Sirens" features some great organ as the drums come in. Angular guitar starts to make some noise after a minute. Nice. Huge bass lines too. "Abyssal" is dark with organ. Angular guitar before 2 minutes followed by drums and sax which start to lead the way. "Thera" features more angular guitar and fat bass. This is dark too. "Niarsek" features what sounds like harmonium and synths. A fuller sound before 2 1/2 minutes as organ and drums start to dominate. It ends as it began in a creepy way. Haha. "Charybdis" features drums, angular guitar and organ.The tempo picks up and sax joins the fray around 2 minutes. Organ and angular guitar lead the way in this one. "Helgoland" is led by sax until the piano takes over. Some bells too.

For those who like this style of music you should really check these guys out..

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October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by avestin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars October Equus are battling a sea monster

The third album by October Equus, released in 2008 is named after Charybdis, daughter of Gaia and Poseidon that was turned into a sea monster by Zeus. If one looks at the title of the tracks on the album, he'll notice that mythological and nautical themes are at use here. This album was released through the RAIG label, who has been delivering intriguing and captivating experimental and avant- rock albums in the last years. It is therefore very fitting that Spanish band October Equus release their album through this label as this is a spectacular example of boundary breaking rock.

Starting in your face with the first track Architeuthis Dux, the band mixes great zeuhlish and symphonic elements in the form of heavy thumping rhythm and rich and lush keyboards sound, respectively. This tune and most others in the album carry a feel of atonality, a whimsy approach and a "typical" RIO- esque and to lesser extent zeuhl-ish characteristics reminiscent of the way other avant-rock and chamber rock bands play (the music and sound of Univers Zero, Far Corner and Yugen come to mind among others). There are also a jazzy element woven into this mix and all of these together make this a fantastic and thrilling album. The opening track in particular is a great example of that with its high energy level and even bombastic quality.

Strong jazzy and zeuhl-ish feel and elements are present in the second track Frozen Sea as well. Composed of a slow and somewhat sludgy, dirty sound and rhythm yet powerful, this track portrays well how, much like the short fast segment in its midst that quickly dissipates back to the original sluggish pace, a sea can shift from being stormy and agitated to being frozen and still.

This album seems to be more daring, more bombastic in approach than its predecessor, keeping in the same path, but expanding on it, making their sound broader, fuller, richer and much more appealing even. There's an orchestral feel in the album that was not there in the previous s/t album from 2006. However, like in their previous album, the Univers Zero universe of sound seem to still function as a source of inspiration, as a guiding element, though, as I mentioned above, they expand on it, adding new elements to their overall sound to have it more majestic-like; with the orchestration aspect, the chamber-rock feel with the fusion elements and the use of zeuhl-ish pounding rhythms and energy, the band achieves a new level, a new construction of style and sound and make this album better than previous efforts. This album not only mixes styles wonderfully, it sounds as rich and plentiful as the number of influences it encompasses. There is terrific musicianship here, and you can clearly hear all the instruments, and make out how wonderful the play is. For instance the gorgeous keyboards in Architeuthis Dux, the powerful bass in Fata Morgana and the enchanting saxophone in the title track, Charybdis. A good example of how the band works together very well is given with the brilliant chaotic track Forgotten Sirens with its entrancing rhythm. This album puts emphasis on both attractive tunes and on various moods and atmospheres it creates; in this aspect there's a good balance as some tracks focus more on one (Architeuthis Dux and Trylobites with their relative catchiness) while others on the latter (the appropriately named Abyssal for instance, which focuses on creating a chilling atmosphere).

With 11 tracks culminating at around 46 minutes, this is not an exhausting listen at all and in fact could have used perhaps a few more minutes. In fact, the closing track, Helgoland, could have been prolonged and given a better closure, which as it is feels to me a bit missed.

As I was listening to this album, I got to think about Panzerpappa and their album Koralrevens Klagesang. I did so because like October Equus, Panzerpappa too got much of their influence and inspiration (as I hear it) from (among others) Univers Zero and their ilk of chamber and avant-rock. But, if Panzerpappa took that influence into their particular niche of positive and frisky style creating thus their own sound, October Equus in this album do a similar thing, only in a different direction, building a niche of their own.

An excellent release, even better than their previous splendid effort, this will please fans of the aforementioned styles and bands, and music enthusiasts who like the idea of mingling those influences together to form an OE sound.

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October Equus RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Charybdis" is a big statement of refurbishment and development of the basic RIO trend pursued by the excellent Spanish band October Equus. The listeners shouldn't expect a work of emphasis on the robust tension and epic environments delivered tow years earlier in their debut album, but a renewing twist toward a more thorough elaboration of nuances and atmospheres. Please, don't get me wrong, the band remains muscular and powerfully driven into the rockier aspect of experimental rock. Yet, you can tell that the level of sophistication in both the writing and arranging processes has reached a new height, in no small degree due to the addition of jazzy cadences and vibrations to the rhythmic foundation. The album kicks off with 'Architeuthis Dux', a very dynamic piece whose inherent punch is cleverly amalgamated over a challenging set of rhythmic variations. Mangs' sax interventions provide that eerie jazzy element that will prove crucial for many tracks in the album. 'Frozen Sea' is focused on melancholic moods, mostly based on grayish, somber (yet not creepy at all) organ layers whose chord progressions state a true reflection on introspection. Once the piece shifts to a more extroverted section, the jazzy factor becomes totally predominant in order to instill a colorful swing to the momentum. A brief reprise of the languid intro section provides a proper closure. 'Trylobites' is mostly ethereal, yet still providing a certain disturbance through the dissonant counterpoints that bring an obvious sense of controlled tension. 'Fata Morgana' enhances somehow the jazzy RIO strategy, with a melodic structure that alternates a warm motif on 6/8 (something like Yugen-meets-"Leg End" era HC) and a central motif that states an almost chaotic architecture of muscle and dissonance. Brilliant!! 'Frozen Sea' had reflected the kind of renewal the band has been prusuing for thsi album, while 'Fata Morgana' delivers a global statement about the old and the new OE. 'Unknown Pilot' is a very inspired exercise on avant-garde lyricism: as un-symphonic as this piece clearly is, it certainly echoes the evocative mood that is common even in 20th century chamber. I wouldn't have minded if this piece had been expanded beyond its 3'21" time span, but anyway, that's not a decision for me to make. A great, appealing composition it is, indeed. And so is Amanda Pazos-penned 'Forgotten Sirens', a muscular piece (somehow Present-inspired, yet typically OE at the end of the day) that eventually transits to ethereal atmospheres at the ending section. Once again, my minor complaint is that this delicious idea is not expanded beyond its actual time span (only 2 ¾ minutes for this impressive prog item?... mmmm.). 'Abyssal' brings back the reflective side of October Equus, wisely seasoned with elements of tension and darkness. Not unlike track 4, this piece is related to the sort of sound delivered in the debut album, but it also bears arrangements much in tune with the controlled density that prevails in "Charybdis" as a whole concept. 'Thera' follows in a similar vein, even enhancing the ethereal factor, which proves quite effective when the more intense passages settle in and create an interesting contrast. Ontalva's guitar phrases are featured in their magnificence among the complex instrumental framework. 'Niarsek' goes even deeper into the band's serene facet, with those dominant keyboard orchestrations that instill a ceremonious aura into the composition's overall contemplative vibe. The namesake track brings back the sort of ambiences that had already been present in tracks 1 & 4, dynamic RIO with a heavy jazzy twist and a clever use of dissonance and counterpoints in a challenging tempo. 'Helgoland' is the epilogue that brings the ultimate expression of melancholy in the album: the simplistic harmonic bases are handled with elegance, including a brief delicate piano interlude and an impressive guitar solo. that fades out too soon!! Despite my (minor) objections regarding some pieces' time span, I am far from considering the repertoire's whole situation as a failed one. On the contrary, "Charybdis" is a perfect example of successfully conceived avant-prog music in our current progressive scene. October Equuus has managed to stay loyal to the basic sound while taking it to another level of reinvigoration.

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