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This Argentine quintet has its roots in the Seventies when a group of schoolboys from the capital Buenos Aires were impressed by the symphonic rock and soon NEXUS was born. Eventually a dream came true but not until the end of the Nineties when NEXUS eventually released their first album entitled "Detras Del Umbral" in '99. The impressive sound is very bombastic and loaded with great keyboards. The female vocals are strong and powerful and also give the music an emotional value in order to avoid 'technical overkill'. Most obvious hints are from ELP (Hammond organ play), mid-GENESIS (lush symphonic sound) and MARILLION (synthesizer flights). A year later NEXUS performed on the annual USA prog rock festival Nearfest, this concert was captured on CD entitled "Live at Nearfest 2000". NEXUS presented most of their first album, a keyboard-solo and the title track from their forthcoming album "Metanoia". This more mature CD was released in 2001 and is one of the highlights of the current South-American prog rock. Worldwide prog rock fans are longing for the next album, they are already waiting for three years.

The album "Metanoia" is one of the best prog rock releases of the last five years! The sound is impressive with very lush and bombastic keyboards (with echoes from ELP, GENESIS and the Japanese prog rock) and due to the more dominant guitar play the sound of NEXUS often evokes IQ (the albums "Ever" and "Dark Matter") but also early HACKETT solo and of course mid-GENESIS. The 24-carat symphonic rock compositions are compelling with lots of captivating changes of climate and splendid solos on keyboard (organ and synthesizers) and guitar. The powerful female Spanish vocals fit perfect to all atmospheres, what a great voice. In my opinion this album offers all the elements that makes symphonic rock so worth listening!

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4.06 | 95 ratings
Detrás Del Umbral
1999
4.16 | 144 ratings
Metanoia
2001
4.05 | 122 ratings
Perpetuum Karma
2006
4.09 | 40 ratings
Buenos Aires Free Experience Volumen 2
2007
3.80 | 100 ratings
Aire
2012
3.31 | 36 ratings
Magna Fabulis
2012

NEXUS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 32 ratings
Live at Nearfest 2000
2002

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NEXUS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.38 | 8 ratings
La Divina Comedia
2011

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 Metanoia  by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.16 | 144 ratings

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Metanoia
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars I woke up in a dream, seeing that the world was not eternal ... I wanted to scream and claim my faith demanding an answer (Despertar dentro de un Sueño)

I met Nexus in 1999 when I saw IQ in concert, on tour presenting the great Subterranea, in a small theater in Buenos Aires. Only "Cerca del Abismo" had seen the light by that time. Honestly, I was not a good impression looking to 2 or 3 songs that the group executed, plus the sound was not good. Mariela Gonzalez's role as head of the band seemed too overplayed. But I was surprised to know quite a while that first three Nexus works have received critical praise, and I started listening to this compact and exciting conceptual work.

Finally, Metanoia conquered me. The Spanish is my mother tongue, and I feel identified with a lot of lyrical passages, passionately sung by Mariela. But I understand that it is difficult to empathize in the concept, because I myself was not easy, as my primary language.

The music is exquisite, with the necessary range, and transiting varied shades of symphonic rock and even neo. The arsenal of keyboards, organ, sequencers is captivating, exceptional. Rightly decorating each passage. Obviously, there is a great deal of influence, perceptible. But IMHO, there is enough inspiration and originality to highlight the album. One of the best of South America in the past decade in the genre.

Mariela left the project and joined the ranks of Atempo, participating in the great "Abismos del Tiempo". Still, the next album, "Perpettum Karma" is also an outstanding job at the same musical height.

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 Perpetuum Karma by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.05 | 122 ratings

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Perpetuum Karma
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars For five years Nexus would be absent from studio discography and there were some serious reasons for the fact.First came the departure of Mariela Gonzales, who struggled working with a band with long, instrumental parts.She went to join fellow mates Atempo in 2002.Then Daniel Ianniruberto became pretty busy, producing the first album of a young band named Amagrama.Meanwhile the members were working on their new, own recording studio and had accepted the invitation for producing a true epic piece (''El regreso'') for Musea's 2005 compilation ''Odyssey: The greatest tale''.It was the first new piece recorded by Nexus for almost four years, soon to be followed by their third studio album ''Perpetuum Karma'' in 2006.The band had recruited Lito Marcello to take care of the album's vocal parts.

With each work Nexus become more and more ambitious, but this time they also sound more mature and balanced as a group of musicians.72 minutes of grandiose Symphonic Rock and containing only six tracks, you guessed right, three of them are 14 minutes or longer.The compositions are simply great, finally the band had transformed a full potential to reality and every single minute on this album has something interesting to offer.They are still grounded in the E.L.P./RICK WAKEMAN school of Symphonic Rock with an ARENA atmosphere at moments and the album is dominated by multi-layered synthesizers and powerful Hammond organ with limited contribution by Huber on piano and Mellotron.But after three studio albums they found the way to create monumental Progressive Rock, filtering the vintage influences and adding the right dose of modern stylings.So, the basic elements of these epics are Huber's tormenting organ showering, the ability to produce dramatic passages, the alternation between heavier and smoother climates and the good calibration on electric guitars.The result is now convinving, the pieces contain a fair amount of interesting melodies and some cool synth flights with an ethereal color, but the band never forgets the 70's and the big influence of KEITH EMERSON, fullfilling the dreams of all worldwide organ lovers.The music becomes often powerful, nervous and cinematic, but the new balance displays also some impressive downfalls into dreamy and atmospheric textures.Maybe the album is only a bit too long, while Marcello's vocals are rather colorless with no particular contribution to the upgraded sound of the band.

From good Symphonic Rock Nexus rise towards first-class priorities.Even if they do not sound personal or groundbreaking, ''Perpetuum Karma'' is a great addition for all fans of keyboard colors and symphonic-based listening experiences.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Metanoia  by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.16 | 144 ratings

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Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars With this album I met NEXUS, an Argentinian prog band which plays an astounding symphonic prog. Metanoia is a reminiscent of many classic bands and their particular sound of the seventies. I'm talking about three in special, Pink Floyd (which is clearly noticed in the opening and closing track 'Eterna Recurrencia' 1 and 0 with the song 'Echoes'), Genesis, ELP and Yes (in the rest of the album, with strong keyboard movements and good guitars, bass and drums. I must say that I like the voice of Mariela González, who remarks the music and makes it completely different to their classic influence bands. I can't deny that the first track made me feel I was about to listen something like Porcupine Tree, but then the music starts to take another direction. Incredible album, definitely one of the best Latin American albums.

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4.05 | 122 ratings

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Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Nexus is without hesitation one of the most popular and respected prog rock bands from South America in last almost 2 decades. They really become to conquer the world with their second offer Metanoia from 2001, that album show big potential and excellnt songwritting. The third album comes after almost 5 years silence face previous one (ok, they had some contribution in compilation The Odyssey The Greatest Tale in 2005, relase a live album in 2002) is named Perpetuum karma issued in spring of 2006. Well, the music remaining on same coordinates as on Metanoia, with bombastic passages, great duels between musicins, excellent songwritting, the only thing different is the voice, no more Maria Gonzalez here, she had a perfect voice for such music, now we have Lito Marcello, who has a pleasent voice but not really at same level with the music or with previous voice, but he done an admiirable job in the end. As I said, Nexus music is symphonic prog, quite complex, long pieces, lush arrangements where the keyboards have an important role Lalo Hubers excursions on keyboards is in places impressive (many times remind me of Keith Emerson), Hacketian guitar parts captivating passages, change of moods and overall a well performed release. Maybe not as solid as Metanoia, I do still prefere Metanoia more, Perpetuum karma is a very solid and well crafted pieces of prog rock. The highlights are , the instrumental Travesía, is a spedndid 9 min tune full of captivating and spontenous changes of climate, excellent musicinship , a real treat for symphonic prog listners, another top notch track is the opening Mirar hacia el centro , the longest tune from the album and maybe the most complex one, this is Nexus at their best for sure. All in all Nexus is one hell of a great band they have all to be one of the next legends in their field, with Metanoia and Perpetuum karma they proved and show that they need attention big time. 4 stars for sure

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 Metanoia  by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.16 | 144 ratings

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Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Before hearing this album, I was familiar with Nexus only by their 20-minute contribution to the mega Odyssey compilation. It was good, although maybe too extended. But I half-expected them to be on the more subdued part of the prog spectrum. Female Spanish vocals and all (they later switched to male singing ).

Well aside from a couple of ballads, this is pretty bombastic, mostly instrumental vintage keyboard driven affair, with keyboard intensity sometimes approaching ELP or Deep Purple. Mean guitar surfaces occasionally. Must admit, this is not easy listening. 72- minute length and the often free-form structures don't help either. Wouldn't start a prog introduction for a novice listener with this. But this album after repeated listens should appeal to the discerning and intellectual listener.

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 Magna Fabulis by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.31 | 36 ratings

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Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
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2 stars I tend to find those "various artists" concept albums put together by the likes of Magna Carta or Musea of a selection of prog artists providing proggy interpretations of a particular concept to, at best, kind of a mixed bag. The compilers often seem to have few criteria for conclusion beyond "as stereotypically proggy as possible, please" and the artists contributing don't necessarily pull their weight - understandably, some may choose to hold back their best material for their own albums and therefore end up contributing substandard tracks which would have otherwise been left on the cutting room floor to those collections.

Nexus, on the other hand, seem to take a little pride in the work they submit to such collections: hence Magna Fabulis, a collection of four tracks which are each gathered from a different Musea/Colossus themed concept album. Mashing up the Odyssey, Treasure Island, and Dante's Purgatorio and Paradiso may at first seem to be an odd mix, but actually I found the album hangs together reasonably well thematically - it helps that there's a "voyager on a journey" quality to all those stories, of course. That said, the actual compositions here aren't much special, being keyboard-dominated affairs in a Rick Wakeman/Keith Emerson vein obviously composed more with an eye to indulging nostalgia than coming up with anything particularly innovative in its own right and lacking in emotion and really compelling passages. Still, Nexus fans who aren't keen on shelling out for the original compilations may find it worth their while.

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 Live at Nearfest 2000 by NEXUS album cover Live, 2002
3.50 | 32 ratings

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Live at Nearfest 2000
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by Life Line Project

5 stars Live at Nearfest 2000 is the last part of the brilliant Nexus trilogy with female vocals by Mariela Gonzalez. It gives us a thorough insight of how good the band really are, since in all their albums they claim not to use computer and sequencing devices to boost their playing quality. So here we can check out their true playing qualities. Well, let me assure you, that they won't disappoint you.

Recorded between their first album "Detras del Umbral" (1999) and their second album "Metanoia" (2001), this concert shows for the larger parts renditions of compositions of their first album, but it also gives a short look in the kitchen of the band, since they also play work from their second album.

The first part of the concert is entirely filled with material from "Detras del Umbral" and concludes with one of Nexus most beautiful songs "Endless Dream" (Sueño Infinito) well sung by Mariela and supplied with a beautiful guitar solo by Carlos Lucena, who proves to be a great guitarist on stage as well.

The two parts of the concerts are separated by a keyboard intervention by Nexus' main man Lalo Huber. It is a bit Emerson-like although not of the same technical virtuosity and a nice moment for the listener to lay back for a while. I enjoyed listening to it a lot.

In the second part of the concert the listener gets acquainted for the first time with music from the new Metanoia album. Title track "Metanoia" is already very close to what you will get on the studio version and this shows the great perfectionism of the band. Then it's back again to the music of "Detras del Umbral" with a great rendition of the over 13 minutes lasting "Symbols in the Sky" showing once more the improvisational talents of guitarist Carlos Lucena. The keyboardsounds are all of the same fullness and warmth as they are on the studio versions.

This live album is a great opportunity to check out the music of Nexus, that is caracterised by warm harmonies and beautiful melodies, embedded in more than excellent arrangements. I think that this live albume, like its two studio companions, should be in every true proglovers collection. The sound quality is good and the playing is excellent and so the five stars are all well-deserved !!

Erik de Beer

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4.16 | 144 ratings

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Metanoia
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Excellent

Nexus from Argentina is one hell of a great progressive rock band, they really knew how to make a sensational record to capture the auditorium. Metanoia is their second album issued in 2001 at Record Runner label and to me is a really great album from start to finish. This kind of prog rock I like to hear every day, from blistring guitar chops very good combined with the spacey iventive keybords made by Lalo Huber and above all a very powerfull and full of emotional female voice of Mariela Gonzalez , all what is happening on this second venture is top notch, one of the most pleaset albums coming from a latin country. Some fantastic pieces grace the album like Metambo, the lenghty Despertar Dentro De Un Sueño or the instrumetal Metanoia these tracks are absolutly killer, guitar and keyboards are excellent melted one to another not to mention the great voice. Very pleasent to listen album, I can't get enough even I know it by heart, own it for now more then 5-6 years, this Metanoia album really cooks all the time. Great complicated arrangements, where the instrumental sections are really intristing and has all the ingredients a band must have in this style of prog. From more symphonic moments to almost neo in some parts Nexus done it big time, music full of energy and outstanding passages. So, a very worthy album, 4 stars easy, very enjoyble and complex in same time, lots of moves and twisted parts that will make envy any serious band from prog rock zone. Excellent and recommended for sure, more then one hour of sensational music.

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 Detrás Del Umbral  by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.06 | 95 ratings

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Detrás Del Umbral
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I feel like i've come full circle with this band after beginning with their second album "Metanoia" and following that up with their next two in chronological order. So here I am at the start of their careers with this 1999 debut. Like "Metanoia" we have the female vocalist and also lots of keyboards, but the compositions aren't nearly as good as they are on "Metanoia" in my opinion. So while there's lots to like here I would rank their next three above this one.

"El Despertar" has a dark atmosphere that invades the scene just before a minute. Some loud synths too. A good start. That dark mood continues on "Condenados" although it does kick in after a minute and vocals follow. "Mas Alca Del Lemite" has a good heavy beat with synths playing over top. Organ replaces the synths then guitar comes to the fore followed by synths again. A good instrumental track. "Tiempo Sin Razon" has these spacey synths to open followed by keys then vocals. "Utopia" opens with the sound of rain then tasteful guitar and atmosphere rolls in. I like this one. "La Espiral" features lots of keyboards and drums.

"Signos An El Cielo" is led by the guitar and background synths before a minute.It settles 3 1/2 minutes in and vocals come in a minute later.The guitar soars 7 1/2 minutes in followed by synths then organ as they trade off. "Sueno Infinito" opens with rain and thunder as gentle guitar takes over.Vocals and piano before a minute. "Detras Del Umbral" opens with swirling synths before drums and a full sound kick in. Synths pulse before 1 1/2 minutes then the vocals arrive. Organ before 4 1/2 minutes when the vocals stop.They're back after 8 minutes. "La Procesion Interior" builds with lots of synths helping out. "Eterno Y Fugaz" opens with organ as the drums join in along with a full sound. A calm before 1 1/2 minutes with reserved vocals.Vocals stop and the tempo picks up after 6 minutes to the end. "La Batalla" is a pretty good instrumental. "El Ultimio Ritual" is slower paced with vocals. Background synths after a minute when the vocals stop then it kicks in. Atmosphere and church bells end it.

Most rate their first three albums fairly evenly so i'd definitely check this out if you like female vocals and keyboard driven Symphonic Prog.

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 Perpetuum Karma by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.05 | 122 ratings

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Perpetuum Karma
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

4 stars Let me begin by admitting: I did not particularly care for the voice of Mariele Gonzales. My introduction to NEXUS was on the Coossus/Musea Records collaborative effort entitled "Odyssey: The Greatest Tale." Their contribution to "Odyssey" was one of the three or four best. So, I started going back into their other music. "Metanoia" came first. I was so turned off by the vocals that I did not pursue any further for two years. Then I read the reviews of "Perpetuum" and decided to try it. My first impression was less than favorable: too bombastic (the same reason I've never been able to get into ELP). Over the past few months I have given "Perpetuum several dedicated listens (it takes 70 minutes of attentive listening). I am now won over. I am truly impressed with and full of praise for Lalo Huber's keyboard work and with the guitar playing of Carlos Lucena. Huber may be the most impressive keyboard player in current prog rock. The songs sometimes go on without making any truly memorable melodies or themes (thus, the "symphonic" label it truly deserves), and the drums do somehow feel somehow weak (especially in comparison to the keys and gtrs), but I like the vocals (what little there are). I love the "En ese viento" and "Del abismo al sol" (5 stars each), very much enjoy the first two songs, "Mirar hacia el centro" and the title song (the 'Emerson tribute'), "Perpetuum Karma" and "Cruces y sombres" (4 stars each). Which leaves, IMO, only one weak song.

An excellent addition to any prog lovers' music collection.

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