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EQUILIBRIO VITAL

Symphonic Prog • Venezuela


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EQULIBRIO VITAL (Vital Balance) was formed in the late '70s, in Maracay, Venezuela. The original lineup consisted of Marcos Chacón on lead guitar, Carlos Serga on guitar, and Guillermo González on bass, flute, and guitar. At this point they didn't have a drummer, but they did have artist Jaime Moroldo as part of the band. In late 1980 they were joined by vocalist Elena Prieto (also listed as literary arts, theater, and dance). 1981 saw the addition of drummer Laureano Rangel, and Arnoldo Serga on bass and percussion. Arnoldo also printed the band's first T-shirts with the assistance of Norma Figuera, and Aracely Ramírez.

In 1983 they signed with Color Records, and released their self-titled debut. In December, they were invited to take part in a movie about Venezuelan rock. "Rock Venezolano" also included Témpano , Resistencia and La Misma Gente.

In 1984 they returned to the studio to record "Kazmor el Prisionero." Information is sketchy, but it seems that this was not presented for release at that time. This could be a case of resurrected album.

1986 saw the addition of Maximino Suárez on keyboards, and guitar, and in 1987 they signed with Top Hit. They recorded their third album, "Calor Humano." Unfortunately, it was only released on cassette, and in limited numbers. The next year, Carlos left.

In 1990, they recorded a fourth album, with Guillermo playing sax. Apparently this was only broadcast on radio. This would be Elena's last work with the band, and the rest of decade would see many more lineup fluctuations. However, they continued to work, compose and play.

Tragedy struck in 2001, when Marcos Chacón passed away. In his honor, Musea re-mastered the debut, and released it as Equilibrio Vital "Tributo a Marcos Chacón" in 2003. They also redid "Kazmor el Prisionero" with a few new tracks in 2006.

At this point the band consists of Guillermo González, with some technical, artistic, and managerial assistance from Endgork Moroldo, Jaime Moroldo, and Aracely Ramírez. There is a statement that they are working on new material, but that has been said throughout their career. There has not been a proper new release since 1984.

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Tributo a Marcos ChaconTributo a Marcos Chacon
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Musea Records France 2006
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Kazmor El PrisioneroKazmor El Prisionero
Musea 2006
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RetornoRetorno
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3.08 | 6 ratings
Equilibrio Vital
1983
3.50 | 12 ratings
Kazmor El Prisionero
1984
3.75 | 4 ratings
Equilibrio Vital (Tribute a Marcos Chacon)
2003
3.73 | 11 ratings
Retorno
2010

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2.23 | 3 ratings
Extremos Temporales
2008

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 Extremos Temporales by EQUILIBRIO VITAL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
2.23 | 3 ratings

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Equilibrio Vital Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars This is one of the biggest bands in Venezuela. This compilation album is a Christmas gift from 2008 to their fans.

I am not among this band's fans. But I respect them and admire their fight against adverse situations like difficult recording facilities, various political turmoils and the passing of one of their funding members.

Most compilation albums is by the very nature of them a mixed bag. This album is not an exception and it is by no means a greatest hits album too. This album has some unreleased tracks too. Genre wise, this compilation mostly contains stadium rock with some jazz and symph prog vibes too. You get a couple of cigarette-lighter ballads intertwined with some racy rockers too. There are some Rush references too, but not many.

The vocals is both male and female and the instrument setup is the normal tangents, guitars, bass and drums. Some flutes has also been added. The sound is not that good, but it is still acceptable.

The quality...... well, maybe stadium rock is not thing, really. But the quality here is not good by anyone's standards. There are not really any good songs here and nothing I really find appealing. But this is an OK album, but nothing more. I guess the stadium rock and AOR fans here will like this album better than me. Sorry !

2 stars

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3.08 | 6 ratings

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The debut album from this South American band.

This band from Venezuela is still alive to my knowledge. I interviewed them last year. This is their debut album from 1983 and that makes this band approx 30 years old.

The music on this album is a mix of latino rock/pop, AOR, hard rock and some symphonic prog. It most of all sounds like 1983. The sound is good and not a problem at all. The instruments is the usual drums, bass, keyboards and guitars. The Spanish vocals are both female and male. Reference points are perhaps Rush, The B 52's, the Spanish scene and the 1970s Rock Progressivo Italiano scene. There is a lot of RPI in their music, in fact.

Due to the lack of funds and recording premises in Venezuela at that time (the 1980s), it is pretty obvious that only the best musicians from that scene was recorded. In the case of this album; that shows. The musicianship is excellent throughout. The quality of the songs is good throughout without really leaving an everlasting impression on me. But it is obvious that the songs here are far better live than on a sterile recording. This is though one of the better records from this era and worth checking out. If I had been listening to this album back then, I think I would had added another star, at least. It is a good effort, anyway.

3 stars

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Review by Fargue

3 stars I'm not sure at all that the Equilibrio vital music (of course, i'm referring exclusively to this album) could be exactly labeled under the simphonic genre, but leaving out this mere question of classification, this album is al in all a good album, not a masterpiece, not excellent, but a good album; frequent changes of rhythm, a certain effort in differentiating the "offerta musicale" (also an acoustic and like-ballad tune "Madre"). in short, there are some of the expected features...; I find very discrete the binomial use of the male and female voices; also it seems to me generally discrete the electric guitar (including the long solo in Guerra, and in "A mi padre"); incisive, even if sporadic, the flaute section, very similar to that of some italian groups (Osanna, New Trolls); my rudimentary knowledge of spanish language does not let me express any consideratios about the literary quality of the lyrics; three stars.

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