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ALUX NAHUAL

Crossover Prog • Guatemala


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The Prog Rock band from Guatemala. and probably the most important and succesful rock band from Central America. Alux Nahual were a very luck and odd band. They enjoyed commercial success without compromising the artistic value of their music. Their appeal was based on making music that no one from Central America was doing at the time, rock sung in Spanish, and singing about very native themes. Anyone from the region could identify themselves with the subjects of their music, such as civil war, mayan philosophy, history, social issues, etc.



Consisting of up to eight members during the top of their game, they released 8 studio albums and a live album during their career (1979 - 1999). They released 4 gems of prog: "Alux Nahual" (1981), "Conquista" (1982), "Hermanos de Sentimiento" (1984) and "Centroamerica" (1986). The first two are more folky and organic. One could compare the sound of th albums to Kansas and Jethro Tull. "Hermanos" and "Centroamerica" introduce synthesizers to their sound still sounding very good. These two albums are harder to compare, but maybe to 80's Latin American rock with Camel and Led Zeppelin. Their sound is also hard-rocking at times. In 1987, with the change of their drummer and the exit of their violinist they changed their sound, being more rock oriented. Even so, they released an extremely important album in centralamerican rock history, which is Alto al Fuego (1987). They performed the song "alto al fuego" (Cease the fire) during the conference of the presidents from Central America, demanding the stop of the civil war. Their other three albums are very good rock albums with tinges of prog. They disbanded in 1999 to work on solo projects, but reformed in 2006 for a tour to raise funds for the people that lost their homes because of the hurricaine Stan.

Highly recommend to any prog fan. The studio albums are very hard to find, but the compilations are more available. Start with "Leyenda I", or "Antología", and then try to find their first four albums.



Raúl Soto.



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Discography:


- Alux Nahual (1981)
- Conquista (1982)
- Hermanos de Sentimiento (1984)
- Centroamérica (1986)
- Alto Al Fuego (1987)
- Con Tus Manos EP (1988)
- La Trampa (1989)read more

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Leyenda II 15 HitsLeyenda II 15 Hits
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Leyenda: 15 ExitosLeyenda: 15 Exitos
T.H. Rodven 1994
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AmericamorfosisAmericamorfosis
Sony International 1993
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Leyenda 15 ExtiosLeyenda 15 Extios
Universal Music & VI 1994
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Se Cantan RetratosSe Cantan Retratos
Sony U.S. Latin 1997
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4.09 | 10 ratings
Alux Nahual
1981
4.11 | 10 ratings
Conquista
1982
3.88 | 5 ratings
Hermanos De Sentimiento
1984
2.91 | 4 ratings
Centroamérica
1986
4.24 | 6 ratings
¡Alto al fuego!
1987
2.61 | 3 ratings
La Trampa
1989
4.00 | 6 ratings
Americamorfosis
1993
2.95 | 2 ratings
Se Cantan Retratos
1996

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

4.00 | 1 ratings
La Leyenda del Duende en Concierto
2002

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4.32 | 3 ratings
Leyenda
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
Leyenda II
1996
2.00 | 1 ratings
Antología
2001
3.00 | 2 ratings
De Principio A Fin
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
Antología 2
2002

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 La Leyenda del Duende en Concierto by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Live, 2002
4.00 | 1 ratings

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La Leyenda del Duende en Concierto
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by jampa17
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— First review of this album —
4 stars This is the only live performance officially released by Alux Nahual. It was recorded during their 18th anniversary concert in the legendary venue of National Theater "Miguel Angel Asturias" in 1998. The band split soon after this presentation and the release was on standby for almost five years. Finally, in 2002 the band get together especially for two nights shows in which they presented this long awaited album. Since then, the album is only available in their live shows, not in stores.

The album contains 14 songs performed live, most of them with special arrangements made for that particular show. First of all, it contains the essential "hits" of their 80's material all of them with the extra energy of their fans singing from start to finish each and every song. From their famous ballads "Mujer", "Libre Sentimiento", "Lo que siento por Ti" and "Hoy" to their heavy rock anthems "Alto al Fuego" and "Como un Duende" in which the message of the songs, enforced by the 2 thousand fans voices took the performance to a complete new level.

Through a live performance you can appreciate better the quality of musicians, the maturity of the songs and the complexness of the different textures, structures and polyphony these musicians can construct to take the audience into an intimate ambient. Cellos, flaute, sax and even marimba merged with regular rock instruments to build up and impressive performance, depth and meaningful. The epic symphonic songs are the ones that shined the most in this production. "La Fábula", "Hombres de Maíz" and "Conquista" sounded great and powerful with the help of the String Ensemble Orchestra. Besides, they invited former drummers Pablo Mayorga and Orlando Aguilar to perform one song each and Lester Godinez, a total legend of the marimba made a collaboration in the song "Toca Viejo".

The sound and postproduction is just great. You hear enough of the crowd but never overshadowing the bands performance. The only bad thing about the production is the limitation of only a single CD, when Alux plays for more than two hours, there are several "hits" missed in the production that were played in the show and that could have space in a double CD album. I think to save some costs they decided not to do it. We will have to wait then.

To fulfill the goal of making of this album a MOST HAVE for the fans, the band included the biography of the band by famous journalist Haroldo Sanchez within a 34 pages booklet, including photographs of the whole career of Alux Nahual.

This is really a great relic, an impressive proof of the level of quality that a professional band can achieve and now, almost 12 years after they are still growing in quality and fan base. Next December will be out a new DVD of the band commemorating their 31th anniversary. Until then, this album will be played several times. 4 stars. Any prog fan would appreciate this jewel.

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 Se Cantan Retratos by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Se Cantan Retratos
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by jampa17
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3 stars Excellent production... not their best music...

This is their 9th studio album and their last one as well. It was 1996 and they have change a lot during all this years. His most emblematic member, Paulo Alvarado ,quit the band before they get to the studio, so all their symphonic elements are gone with him, so this is their most Alternative pop-rock album, but it has a lot of interesting elements as well but it's very evident that the members are not so interested in a group achievement, so this is their most wide oriented album, that shows their different styles each one of them have choose to go... at the end the album leaves a very bittersweet taste in my mouth... it's good, but it's sad at the same time... so, lets see...

The Goods: the albums starts with their last radio anthem, one of the most heavy and singable songs they compose in the vibe of "Como un Duende" and "Alto al Fuego", "Con Todas tus Fuerzas" is a strong song with great lyrics and with enough space to all instruments to develop great, seems like a perfect song, with enough instrumentation and very radio friendly, just great. But the great following to this song just never happened.

Oscar Conde cover the emptyness of Paulo Alvarado, and gives three rock'n'roll songs in the vibe of the old fashion Alux Nahual... well, there are not symphonic elements on the songs, those are more oriented to alternative rock sound, but are odd and rare enough to stand in a little proggy vibe. "Tren de Media Noche", "Tráfico Gris" and "Canción de Juan" are the ones to hear in this album. this last one track is the only pure prog song and it's the best clousure to the whole discography of Alux. The song starts with a sad and melancholic flaute with an acoustic guitar as an intro, then breaks in the main song with a full band structure with acoustic guitars, many flautes solos, percussion and heavy guitar riffs. The songs goes in this folk-rock-andine vibe in a fast tempo with great and fresh sound. After a swift in the tempo the songs changes and become and moody ambient song, retaking the intro's theme, and become a power ballad with a bass solo, a very melodic and sad chorus and then a guitar solo, a repited chorus and the end of the song... an amazing song.

The other highlight of the album it's a strange collaboration between the two main songwriters of the band... it's show that they are not interested anymore in sharing ideas but the manage to work together in one song "Miguel Matabachas". The song is short and very alternative, but the vibe of the band, and the understanding of each musician working together is great and it's good for the album.

Now, the bads: when one of the best songwriters of the last decade, Alvavo Aguilar, bring out 8 tracks and non of them is memorable enough to get a single or some recongnition, you can said it's bad luck; but when you see that this songwriter, who is a great acoustic guitar player put aside his guitar and start using a lot of layering synth-pop keyboards, you can start worring about... and then, you see that his songs are nothing but pop oriented tracks and he didn't give too much room to the rest of the instruments, you get that there's something wrong about this...

The other big songwriter, Ranferí, gives 4 tracks, all of them are great, but three of them are just power ballads, very popy and minimalistic. those three tracks could fit great with his first solo album better than with Alux. So, these 11 songs are really not a band ensamble which is what Alux is known about for. So, It's so evident that the band members were not interested in collab anymore and that's one of the reasons of their split a few years after this realase...

In the other hand, the sound quality is the very best of all their career and even today is one of the best sound to any Latin American band can achieve... the name of the album means something like "Singing portraits" so, the booklet has a particular design or portrait for each song so it's nice to see the effort the label put in the production, which is great... so, 3 stars because it has it's lights and shadows, and that sad bittersweet taste knowing that it's their last production... we are expecting something more, there is 14 years since this album so... we are still waiting for some special issue or a rarities compilation...

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 De Principio A Fin by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2001
3.00 | 2 ratings

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De Principio A Fin
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by jampa17
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3 stars A boxset... great idea to get their first 6 LPs. The name of this always makes me laugh. It means "From the beggining to the End" and it is not by any means... well, from the beggining, yes, here we have their first albums, but we don't have not even their last LP on the DIDECA era "Leyenda" even less their other two albums recorded with Sony Music. Less, we don't have also the non comercial EP "Con tus Manos" published in 1988 and only 200 copies in vynil. A complete raritie on their discography...

The box said that it's a remastered version, but I found that a couple of the albums are not remastered, and I have the little suspicious that they mix the old albums with the new remastered versions. But well, DIDECA was a very short minded label, now it's gone, maybe because of it's own mediocracy but well, now we can get this boxset through "Jaguar Record", which has published the same compilations, just altering a little bit the covers of the albums with an awful filter which gives the impression of a cheaper material...

After all this inside, I think this is a perfect package for new fans, or for those who have older material or only the vynil records, so you can safe those and give this a spin... the complete material, just as you can find it separately... so, there's no bonus, nor extras, nor nothing... but is a good way to get the complete material... the rest of the DIDECA era is out there so this is a good idea... shame that we are still waiting for some obscure archives or maybe demo versions... but well... 3 stars for the plenty material we get...

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 Antología 2 by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2002
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Antología 2
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by jampa17
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— First review of this album —
2 stars Another compilation, the 5th one...!!! now we don't have hits, just random material, little more progressive but with no specific order at all...

I don't understand how this people decide the order of the songs, I feel that's my biggest problem... If the Antología 1 was wrong because they even chop the songs to fit into an 80 minutes limit, in this the music doesn't reach to 60 minutes, how they decide it...??? it wasn't better to leave two songs out of the first compilation and include those here...? don't know but well, let's see...

The 12 songs from Alux are OK taken from 5 of the 7 LPs they have in their DIDECA era. It would be nice if they include a couple of songs from their first album and they have enough space to include a song from their EP "Con Tus Manos" but again, we remain with more of the same... most of the songs were already published in the "Leyenda II" compilation, with the exception of "El Retorno de la Alegría", "Concierto al Fin", "El Loco", "En el Camino" and "Torres de Papel". The material is resmastered, but the sound quality is not as good as in the first Antología. I found that this production is not that cohessive than Leyenda and Antología 1. The songs seems not to fit together nor in the order they put it. Five or six songs are memorable with good symphonic arrangements, but if you already have the original albums you don't need this. So, this is again a good but forgetable and unneeded compilation.

As well as the other Antología, the album came in a nice cardboard box with nice and shining colours. They made another nice booklet with the same text than the first Antologia but use different pictures and even material. This is make up, sure, but it's nice.

Finally, we have two bonus tracks. Well, this songs are Alux Nahual covers that other Central American bands played and recorded for two tribute albums. Both were the singles with good acceptation in the audience. Both are the farther away from progressive possible. Most the tributes are their symphonic songs rip off and converted into plain alternative songs, but at the end, these two songs are very comercial and nice. So, at least you can get the most decent covers inside this rare compilation. The songs are not bad, but don't be a shadow from the original... so... again, good and bad at the same time... Two stars is fair... just for fans or collectors...

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 Antología by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2001
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Antología
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by jampa17
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— First review of this album —
2 stars We are celebrating the 30th anniversary from Alux Nahual, so I found myself very pleased to continue the reviews from this amazing and historic Guatemalan symphonic band. So, well, this is the fourth compilation the label bring out in less than 10 years, maybe too much but it has it goods and bads, so lets see...

Finally we have a remastered material (that's a good thing) so the sound is improved and is very welcome. The bad thing is that they practically chop three songs, just to make it an 18 songs compilation instead of 15 songs. I don't know anyone who can appriciate a 7+ minutes song being abruptally cut into a 4 minutes song leaving the whole instrumental part out, just awful. The other two songs suffer as well and is very sad that the producers didn't respect the songs.

The songs sellection is very obvious, the 15 hits Alux Nahual had in their first 7 LP albums plus three more random songs. This is a DIDECA compilation, so there are no hits from the the last decade in which Alux Nahual were with Sony Music. Another negative thing, because it's just more of the same. This is the third time we have those 15 songs publish in a compilation so, this is only required by new fans 'cause all the material have being already publish several times.

On the goods we can put as well the effort they put in the production. Finally we get a decent booklet, with a few band photographs and a little text describing the music style and even a cardboard box and inside we found the traditional plastic CD box. They even use a new nice design so, at least this is an improve over the other compilations.

So, recommended for the remastered versions, but the awful chops on particular songs really let down the production. Only for collectors and fans, or maybe for new listeners... just hits, no too much progressive material here. 2 stars is fair.

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 Leyenda II by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Leyenda II
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by jampa17
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Well, this is just a compilation... nothing special, no remastering, no nothing... but well, for people who only have the Leyenda or the greatest hits, here's a good treasure of obscure songs, more complex and proggy, not so comercial stuff... so it's a good place to start digging, if you're not into the comercial sound...

Well, the album was made only to compite with the studio album that Alux publish that year with Sony, so, DIDECA try to sell some discs more... they do the same when Alux brings out the Americamorfosis, DIDECA bring out another tired compilation just trying to use the publicity of the band... Wasn't bad at the end, 'cause many people buy these compilations and save some $$ in buying the whole discography...

The only special thing is that DIDECA chop the original version from "Passacaglia Maestosa- Bar Rocko" and left out the introduction, that was a piano part, and just put the rocking ensamble of the song... and that's all... all in all, these album have great songs, some of my favorites from the band... but i've allways trouble with compilations... feels like everything is out of it's own identity and context... but nevermind... you get many interesting symphonic and fussion song here... so lets try it...

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 Americamorfosis by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Americamorfosis
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by jampa17
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4 stars Well.. after the success of Leyenda, Alux had the challenge to achieve another good album, and get finally international... with a new label... Sony Music... and for our lucky, this album standout in every department. Finally, this great songs have the sound that they diserve... so this is a standard 5 star album... but in prog matters, and excellent addition, especially for fans of symphonic elements in rock...

supprisingly, the album is heavy, with songs focus on elec. guitar riffs and vocals... symphonic songs are like "El Gigante del Jardín", "Salva" and "500 años"... those songs manages a heavy driven style with great cello's leads and solos that makes interesting stuff... three great songs...

Then we have more regular alternative songs... like "Arboles", "La Plegaria del Hombre Lobo", "Qué me pasó?" and "Niños de Maíz"... the first two have great flaute arrangements that really lift the songs to a complete new label, very fresh and interesting. The other two are more "normal" for their standards... but still rocking nice... so you can just dive in and enjoy...

Then we have the ballads... "Del Suelo se Suele Aprender", "Sola", "Alma Verde" and "Vuelve"... These four are really their best work on ballads -maybe just Libre Sentimiento is above all of these...- The songs are touching, inteligent, have great arrangements and are very different between them. "Sola" is one of the most beautiful acoustic guitar songs ever written, while "Vuelve" is a piano power-ballad that brings out a lot of nostalgia in me... don't know why... then "Alma Verde" is kind of average but still cleaver and sounds well... and "Del Suelo...", men... what a great song... I have no words... really...

I leave "Trovador de la noche" on the side because is kind of odd... Was a single, it is a hit... some good atmosphere around, great chords riffs, good brass ensamble and is a funny song... but don't know... that song feels to me that doesn't belongs to the album... still, is a good song and is something interesting for a lot of fans from Alux that I met...

All in all, the album had 6 singles... go sells "gold"... Vuelve is maybe the most succesful song in radio rotation of Central America... and today is a raritie... those yerks from SONY don't make any more copies... so... if you're lucky to find an used one, buy it... it really worth the listen... a great addition to your discography... for sure..!!!

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 De Principio A Fin by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2001
3.00 | 2 ratings

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De Principio A Fin
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by RaúlGuate

3 stars This is a boxset of Alux's albums in their time on the label Discos de Centroamérica, which are their first 6. All albums are remastered. I can't compare the sound of the remasters to the originals, since I only have Conquista on vinyl and CD and the others I only have the CD. In the case of Conquista, the remaster was of some benefit for the music.

I think this is a good buy, because finding the albums individually is hard and expensive. This is a much cheaper option. As a boxset it fails to deliver any extras, since it doesn't have a book, bonus discs, outtakes or extra photos and the package is mediocre. But I rate this 3 stars because the music in there is really good and I found it at a very good price.

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 Americamorfosis by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Americamorfosis
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by RaúlGuate

4 stars For this album, Alux switched to Sony in order to find international recognition, something that never happened, although the album was very succesful in Central America. One would expect much more simple and commercial music if they're trying to get some recognition, but no! They bring back the symphonic elements. Every song has excellent arrangments and exquisite interplay between the instruments. Yeah, the songs are short, the structures aren't off the wall and the emphasis is on the vocals, but that's what makes crossover prog, doesn't it?

"El Gigante del Jardín (De atras)": From the first notes, we find that we're in for a thrill. As had been usual even from their first album, the oponer is an energetic song, rocking, fun and interesting. Driven by cello and organ with very nice riffs, this is surely one of the highlights of the album. In this album we're going to find many interesting bridges within the verse-chorus structure, and this is the first one. The song has a political theme, usual for Alux, which is the self-affirmation of Latin America.

"Del Suelo Se Suele Aprender": I love this one. It has a really nice overdubbed cello riff driving the song, and also some tasty guitar licks. The chorus is very catchy. Again, the bridge is my favorite part. Lenin plays very convincingly, not only on this song but on the whole album.

"Árboles": The intro is very dreamy, with synthezised voice and vocals doing the same melody. Then we go into a rocking flute riff, sounding much like Jethro Tull. This song, much like others in the album, have and ecological theme. This can also be called Alux's "green" album. Alvaro's vocals have matured to this point of his career, and an example of this is this song. Great performace by everyone.

"El Trovador de la Noche": this song changes a bit the pace of the album, after three rockers, this is much lighter song, with some jazzier leanings. Sax is very prominent. The lyrics are ok. It's not the best song but it's a welcomed break.

"Vuelve": A piano driven ballad and with delicious bass fills. A few times it has actually made want to cry a little.

"La Plegaria del Hombre Lobo": Another "green" song. At first I didn't like it much, because I found it too plain. It grew on me and now I like it more. It's similar in spirit to "árboles", because of the ecological message and the prominence of the flute in a rock context.

"Salva": A good song about the country El Salvador. Much in the style of the previous song, we're treated with the tasty symphonic arrangments.

"Alma Verde": This one is a ballad about a bird that lives in the city. Alvaro sings that the bird should go back to the forest because that's were he belongs. The lyrics are nicely written and also the arrangments.

"Niños de Maíz": Oscar Conde composed a song about the kidnapping of children to make them fight with the army. This happened during the civil wars in Central America. The song is fast-paced, and with some key-changes. The middle part again is of interest, with nice drumming.

"¿Qué me pasó?": This a different song for Alux, since it's blues based. The guitar solo and the vocals at the end are very rock and rollish, in an old fashioned way. The song is fun, but a bit forgettable.

"Sola": Ranferí's ultimate ballad. They always included one or two ballads in their albums, but IMO here is where they perfected their style of ballads. The subject of the song, just like in "Un Minuto de Ilusión" from their first album is about a woman that didn't find a couple and now is alone. The lyrics convey this image so perfectly, that you can sympathize with the woman. The song only has acoustic-guitar playing with a string synth pad and some cello complementing it. The guitar is excellent. The bridge has an unexepected vocal variaton which ends with many (or all) of the vocalists in the band singing the word "Sola". I love it so much! It's a spine-chilling moment. By the ending of the song I'm driven to tears.

"500 años": Some have said that this is "Conquista part II". It treats the same issue as Conquista, which is the conquest of Latin America by the spaniards. And the music? I think it's up there with the original. An organ intro with an ominous guitar riff. The vocals then sing the first verse that then lead to an organ-guitar little duel. The guitar then goes into arabic mode for an instrumental part previous to the second verse. The bridge has some tight drumming, with the organ helping to set the mood. Then we have a repetition of the arabic mode. After that, another bridge with cello. The outro is a nice climax with cello and layered guitars. As expected, Paulo Alvarado has deliverd one of the greatest song's in Alux's catalogue.

This is an extremely hard to find album. I'm ashamed to admit that I downloaded it. If they ever reissue it, I recommend that you get it if you like crossover prog. It really is crossover prog at it's very best! It doesen't get the five stars, because it's not essential to the prog fanatic, but it sure deserves four stars.

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 Leyenda by ALUX NAHUAL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1992
4.32 | 3 ratings

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Leyenda
Alux Nahual Crossover Prog

Review by RaúlGuate

3 stars A good introduction to Alux's world.

Jampa already discussed the context of the album and went into the detail with the songs. I won't analyze the songs too much, since the record has only one song not available in the studio albums, which is "Con Tus Manos". This is a song that I don't play too often, since I dislike the guitars, the brass and specially the vocals and find them annoying. Ok, the instrumental parts are interesting, but they aren't not long enough to overshadow the sung parts

I have the 15 songs version, which I don't feel is ruined by the addition of the extra songs. In fact, you get "Centroamerica" and "Espíritu del Duende" which are masterpieces. The other three extra songs (Fiesta Privada, Toca Viejo, and De La Noche A La Mañana) are also good, but not of special interest to the prog fan.

Ok, on to the remakes. In general, I'm not buying the idea of recording symphonic songs and giving them an "alternative rock" twist, specially because the violinist (Jack Schuster) is gone and the drummer, Lenin, plays as a rock drummer when the songs had melodic playing (courtesy of Orlando Aguilar) in their original form. Nonetheless, I must admit that the new sound works very well for "Aquí Esta tu Tierra", which is played a bit faster and overall feels better with a more developed vocal style by Álvaro. "Dime Que Has Olvidado" has pretty much the same improvements made in "Aquí está tu Tierra": faster tempo, better vocals and different instrumentation. I used to like the remake version of "Dime que has olvidado" better than the original, but right now I'm liking more the older one. "Hombres de Maíz" isn't better or worse than the original, it's just different. I guess the alternative sound also works here. Violin is sorely missing, but we're greeted with some double-bass parts that spark the interest of the listener. Plus, now we have the flute parts, which were added for the remake.

The failure comes in both "La Fábula del Grillo Y El Mar" and "Conquista". They actually butchered the songs. The first one is nothing without the violin. The improvement on the singing doesn't redeem the song. The sound effects that were part of the essence of the original are gone or badly substituted. Also, they try to fill the string parts with a string pad.... yuck. The intro of "Conquista" was basic to the song, and they removed it! It has an awful guitar tone and disgusting, almost vomitive synth parts. The tempo is too fast, almost rushed. Something that I didn't point out in my review of the original version is that it had two drummers playing at the same time. In some parts, this was also essential. And now it's gone... Ok, jejeje, maybe I'm overreacting, musicians are allowed to make mistakes, but I'll avoid listening to this one!

Honestly, I never noticed anything different in "Libre Sentimiento" but now I stand corrected by Jampa. You always learn something new every day!

Pretty much everyone who didn't follow Alux in the 80's, discovered Alux through this album. I was one of them and many people continue to do so. It's probably the easiest to find album by Alux Nahual, so it's a good starting point. But remember, if you're in it for the prog, go find their studio albums, because you're missing their proggiest compositions. If you're a music fan in general this is a must!

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