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NEGUA

Neo-Prog • Spain


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- NEGUA is the name of a young Spanish band, led by UNOMA's guitar player Fidel Vazquez. In the year 2002, he recruited David SAEZ (drums and percussions) and David Conillera (keyboards and vocals), in order to form the heavy-metal band ONIREA. Twelve months later, the musicians decided to start a new project, now focused on Progressive rock. That's why they invited bass player Jordi Planas, who previously recorded "A Fine Stormy Weather" with his band DRACMA. In the same year Negua makes their stage debut, a year later followed by a demo tape. First Xavier Patricio helps the band on vocals on two tracks but he cannot participate 100% in Negua so in 2004 he is replaced by Xiscu Lpez, the current singer. Then the band starts to work on their debut CD entitled "A way out", in 2006 it is released by Luna Negra and Musea (distribution). The record has the collaboration of guest musicians Pito Costa (drums, bass, keyboards) and Juanjo Verd (guitar) from Pi-2 along Marta Aguilera (backing vocals).
- To me Negua their music sounds as a varied and dynamic blend of melodic rock (frequent echoes from modern Rush, especially the guitar), neo-prog (like IQ and some MARILLION) and symphonic prog (with echoes from GENESIS). The compositions sound fresh, adventurous and contain lots of interesting musical ideas. The Musea website mentions about Negua : "The band's main influences are really wide, from classic Progressive rock (GENESIS, YES, KING CRIMSON or PINK FLOYD) to neo Progressive (MARILLION, IQ...), without mentioning recent bands such as PORCUPINE TREE or DREAM THEATER. One could also hear bits of pop-rock, not unlike Peter GABRIEL's or THE POLICE's."




Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
This is a new and interesting musical project from Spain that blends melodic rock, neo-prog and symphonic rock in a very dynamic and fresh way.



Discography:
- CD A Way Out (2006)

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2.90 | 6 ratings
A Way Out
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 A Way Out by NEGUA album cover Studio Album, 2006
2.90 | 6 ratings

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Negua Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Negua were born out of the needs of Fidel Vazquez (guitars, founder of Unoma), David Saez (drums, percussion) and David Conillera (keyboards, vocals) to form a prog-inclined project, as at the time all were part of the Heavy Metal act Onirea.The band was completed with ex- Dracma Jordi Planas on bass and singer Xavier Patricio.A year later, as Patricio could not dedicate himself 100% to the project, new singer Xiscu Lopez enters the picture and Negua recorded their debut ''A way out'' with the help of Pi-2's leader Pito Costa, finally released on Musea Records in 2006.

The style of Negua is actually very close to recent times GALAHAD, sounding like a modern Progressive Rock group, which attempts to mix different things in a one package.As such, in Negua's guitar-driven lyrical Progressive Rock one can find elements from Ethnic Music (as in the opening ''Bagdad''), Psychedelic Rock and Orchestral Rock.Unfortunately the whole effort depends much on Lopez'es voice, however this is a vocalist who tries hard to sing in English, but the result is not even questionable.Other than this, the music is very simplistic, based on heavy guitar grooves, some decent breaks and some half-interesting solos, but this motif rarely changes, resulting a slightly boring work as a whole.Additionally the lack of any serious keyboard parts make the sound one-dimensional.The later and longer tracks contain some interesting passages, almost always guitar-oriented and basically based on the groovy passages, while the keyboards and pianos become more apparent and color a bit the sound of the band.

This meant to be Negua's only effort with Vazquez focusing on his work with Unoma in the near future.''A way out'' is not interesting enough to qualify as a recommended album, the average singer and the one-dimensional sound being tha main reasons of its mediocrity...2.5 stars.

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 A Way Out by NEGUA album cover Studio Album, 2006
2.90 | 6 ratings

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Negua Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
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3 stars This sole release by Spanish Negua wasn't recognized by the great data base of albums that is used and shows when you put the disc in your PC or laptop. So that means we're dealing with a pretty obscure band here. But does that also mean it's not worthwhile ?

Well, already with first track I can tell you this isn't poor by any means. It's quite captivating prog rock really without qualifications as mindblowing, amazing or superb. The vocals are good enough with most similarity with Geddy Lee though not 100% by any means. The instrumental handling is very good, production is ok but no more. Compositions are pretty good but also here the superlatives can be left out of consideration.

Good/very good is the right qualification I feel and therefore the only right rating is three stars in my book. If you want to hear a rare unknown band for a change Negua is recommended.

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 A Way Out by NEGUA album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Negua Neo-Prog

Review by ifsounds

4 stars Very nice album from this neo-prog band from Spain. I enjoyed very much the overall sound and the production, but the most important thing there is that there are some brilliant songs like the excellent "Late at Night" and "Bright Lights". Not too much into other tunes like the opening tune "Bagdad", but I have to say that the highlight here are the lyrics courtesy of the bassist Jordi Planas. Jordi along with drummer David Sez provide a very solid rhythm section, while Xiscu Lpez is an excellent singer who reminds me a little a Geddy Lee with a Spanish accent.

I'm not too much into the work of guitarist Fidel Vzquez: he's surely a talented songwriter, but I really don't like his sound and somewhere I find his playing rather imprecise and aproximative.

All in all it's a very nice work that worths a listen. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

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Negua Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars Negua is a new Spanish five piece band with members from former Spanish prog bands Dracma and Unoma. During my first musical encounter with Negua I was pleased with their sound but to me it sounded a bit polished. However, as usual for good prog, a further investigation delighted me: what a varied, adventurous and especially dynamic prog this is!

The first song Bagdad (about political failure and suffering civilians) contains a lot of tension, often with bombastic interplay between guitar and organ and inspired vocals. The ominous middle part delivers furious guitar and propulsive, militairy beats, it sounds like the musical translation of raining bombs and screaming people and reminds me of Forgotten Sons by Marillion (another complaint about political failure and suffering people). The next three songs showcase Negua their adventurous mind and variety: A Reason To Believe is melodic rock with strong guitarwork (sometimes evoking Eighties U2), Late Night contains a tight beat with delicate orchestrations and fiery guitar and Bright Light is alternating with halfway soaring keyboards and a moving guitar soli with howling runs. The final two tracks are quite long: first the very dynamic Lullaby (from dreamy to bombastic eruptions) with great guitarplay (from sensitive runs to propulsive riffs and swirling interplay with the organ) and a 'grand finale' with emotionals vocals, slow synthesizer flights and adventurous drumming and finally the three-piece composition View From The Castle (more than 20 minutes) that features Negua at their best, from biting guitar and sumptuous parts to tender piano, flashy synthesizer and twanging guitar with soaring keyboards. The vocals contain a slight accent but the emotional overtones match perfectly with the dynamic music.

The entire running time of one hour I have enjoyed Negua their fresh and modern blend of melodic rock (evoking modern Rush), neo-prog (IQ and Marillion) and symphonic prog (Genesis), this is a very promising band that has a lot to offer for progheads!



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