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MENAYERI

Neo-Prog • Puerto Rico


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MENAYERI began as a collaboration between guitarist Edgardo Alvarez and drummer Enrique Ocasio in 1993. Highly influenced by classic prog bands of the 1970s, MENAYERI incorporated covers of bands such as Yes and Marillion into their live act while writing original material and gaining momentum. With vocalist Edwin Torres and bassist Rambert Bastell, the band recorded their first full-length album "Tiempo Fugitivo" on CD-R in 1999. The album is currently unavailable. Alvarez was forced to leave MENAYERI in 2001 due to his occupation being transferred to the United States and was replaced by Eduardo Lopez. Vocalist Emi Touset joined the group briefly, but left along with Torres before the recording of "Futura Historia" in late 2002. Sonia Ivelisse joined MENAYERI on vocals for "Historia" in 2003, but left the group in 2005.

"Futura Historia" is an album encompassing many stylistic approaches. The sound is deeply rooted in Neo-Progressive and Symphonic prog, with a clear affinity toward bands such as Marillion and Yes. The musical approach is bombastic and unwavering, often times with a near-metal edge. An appreciation for classical music and traditional Spanish solo guitar can also be heard in the recording. The lyrics are sung in Spanish.

MENAYERI is recommended for those who appreciate Neo-Progressive rock and Symphonic prog. In the realm of those genres, the music can be see as adventurous. To those who lean more toward more experimental, dissonant, or avant-garde progressive rock, MENAYERI may not be a band for you, but I recommend all fans of progressive rock consider the band.



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Discography:
Futura Historia, studio album (2004)

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Tiempo Fugitivo
2000
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Futura Historia
2004

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Tiempo Fugitivo
Menayeri Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars Not very frequently we meet a band from Puerto Rico to play Progressive Rock, but that's the case with Menayeri from Ponce, found in 1992 by Edwin Torres (vocals), Edgardo Alvarez (guitars), Rambert Bastell (bass) and Enrique Ocasio (drums), later joined by Manuel Irizarry on keyboards.In mid-90's the band performed in various bars and universities, switching from English to Spanish lyrics, and in 1997 comes a first demo with 5 songs.The line-up changes led to a short break in 1998, but the next year Menayeri regrouped to record their debut ''Tiempo Fugitivo'', released indepedently in 2000.

The style of the group was fairly commercial Symphonic Rock with light instrumental themes and lots of vocals, musically reminiscent to DRAMA from Uruguay or even Mexicans CAST.The tracks are rather short and the arrangements are based on alternating smooth and heavier guitar moves, refined symphonic synthesizers and dreamy instrumental textures.Not some high-class material, but some ideas are very interesting, featuring some nice breaks leading to decent melodies or delivering more bombastic keyboard-based passages.Menayeri seem also capable of creating a variety of different atmospheres, from dramatic sections to more optimistic sounds.However the low recording quality and the unacceptable mix buries even these few good ideas, with the album seems like if being recorded live in studio.Half about of the tracks contain at least one great moment, either being a good interplay, a very catchy melody and a beautiful synth solo, the rest though of the material sounds very cliche and forgettable with no particular peaks to catch the listener's attention.

Decent debut, but far from trully interesting or strongly recommended.The sporadic interesting moments are quite good, but the vast majority of the album is just average, lowered even more by a bad production...2.5 stars.

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