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Symphonic Prog • Argentina


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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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NEXUS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.07 | 110 ratings
Detrás Del Umbral
1999
4.21 | 165 ratings
Metanoia
2001
4.06 | 139 ratings
Perpetuum Karma
2006
4.12 | 48 ratings
Buenos Aires - Free Experience, Volumen 2
2007
3.83 | 111 ratings
Aire
2012
3.45 | 45 ratings
Magna Fabulis
2012
3.91 | 81 ratings
En El Comienzo Del Topos Uranos
2017

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

3.53 | 34 ratings
Live at Nearfest 2000
2002

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4.50 | 14 ratings
La Divina Comedia
2011

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 En El Comienzo Del Topos Uranos by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.91 | 81 ratings

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En El Comienzo Del Topos Uranos
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars NEXUS are a band out of Argentina that I have had the pleasure of knowing for over ten years. Lalo Huber is the main man here playing a variety of keyboards including mellotron which I must say is more prominent on here then on any of their previous albums I have heard. It's mostly an instrumental affair with some guest female vocals on one track which are brief. Other than having several different bass players over the years the lineup has stayed very consistent. This album fits in nicely with some of my favourites from them like "Metanoia" from 2001 which is my favourite along with "Perpetuum Karma from 2006, and "Buenos Aires-Free Experience, Volumen 2" from 2007.

There's not many albums that I can actually remember a listening experience with but I still remember sitting in my vehicle listening to "Metanoia" in a parking lot and not wanting to get out to go into the store because I was being blown away by the powerful keyboard sounds. I'd say this album is my fourth favourite from them at this point but over time that may change. 4 stars regardless right now. Kind of strange that this band who usually puts out 70 minute albums created a record half that length but then added 3 bonus tracks to bring it up to around 56 minutes.

"El Ultimo Dia" opens in an incredible way with this powerful and haunting atmosphere but soon it's piano only before the drums and synths take over in this uptempo section. The guitar starts to solo before 2 minutes as the synths step back. Synths are back leading the way to the end and we get some mellotron before 3 minutes.

"La Casa Del Invierno" opens with piano only before the mellotron arrives creating atmosphere. Drums and synths after 1 1/2 minutes as the piano and mellotron continue. Guest female vocals before 3 minutes but they don't last long as the guitar arrives in this laid back section. Piano late to end it.

"Un Cristal Bajo El Agua" opens with piano but the mellotron joins in quickly. How good is the organ that follows. Drums and synths too then guitar. Man I love the mellotron in this one and the organ that brings RPI to my mind. It's more powerful 3 minutes in. This is good. Nice bass too. When it settles back after 4 1/2 minutes I'm thinking GENESIS with those synths at first but that changes quickly. More power before 5 1/2 minutes. So good!

"En El Tercer Planeta" opens with spacey synths but very quickly we get this driving rhythm with some killer drum work. Love those synths too. The bass is upfront as well. Great track! "Huellos" opens with what sounds like church organ but then acoustic guitar leads the rest of the way in this short and mellow song.

"Soplo De Vida" opens with synths and guitar before the tempo picks up with the drums joining in. Man I like the sound here. A good hard rocking start. Mellotron before 3 1/2 minutes. It settles around 6 minutes then it builds. Love the upfront bass and keyboards here.

The three bonus tracks are all really good and fit well with the rest of the songs so I'm not sure why they just weren't included as part of the original album but I'm glad they are on here.

 En El Comienzo Del Topos Uranos by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.91 | 81 ratings

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En El Comienzo Del Topos Uranos
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars The band continues their streak of some big symphonic prog rock music dominated by the sweeping keyboards of Lalo Huber who define the special sound of Nexus with that special spacey "high note" on the keys giving a joyful atmosphere to the music. The man is carrying the melody dramatically like some old 70's bands of the past but in his unique way who must reflect his Argentina influence. The closer I can think is the music of Cast, but here in his instrumental version with a lot of piano and keyboards interplay. THe music can have his darker moment but it's always very short. "En El Tercer Planeta" is the first track where the guitar of Carlos Lucena is stealing the spot of Lalo with a nice break at the end with those captivating keyboards lines. "Huellos" is a beautiful exotic and acoustic guitar song well placed in the middle of the album. "El Color Que Cayo Del Cielo" is another great track and a change of mood. "Los Sacerdotes Malignos" present some interesting special effects and some effective melody lines again to close this nice album. Is this band can do a bad album? No, because the musicians have the talent for songwriting and if it's bombastic nature and heaviness can offend some prog rock fans, I am all for it.
 Metanoia by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.21 | 165 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.

 Perpetuum Karma by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.06 | 139 ratings

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Perpetuum Karma
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

 Metanoia by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.21 | 165 ratings

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Metanoia
Nexus Symphonic Prog

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.
 Perpetuum Karma by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.06 | 139 ratings

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Perpetuum Karma
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

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

 Metanoia by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.21 | 165 ratings

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Metanoia
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.

 Magna Fabulis by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.45 | 45 ratings

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Magna Fabulis
Nexus Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Live at Nearfest 2000 by NEXUS album cover Live, 2002
3.53 | 34 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

 Metanoia by NEXUS album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.21 | 165 ratings

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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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