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R-U KAISER

Symphonic Prog • Chile


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Founded in Antofagasta, Chile in 2002

The embryonic period of R-U KAISER (a German visionary in the early Seventies) began in the early 2000s as a shared idea of drummer Oscar Arias and singer/keyboardist Pilar Núñez. Later on, Mario Pizarro "Morus" makes his entrante as the main keyboardsman, and so do bassist Lino Oré and guitarist Pablo Lizana. All this took place in Antofagasta. The idea of a symphonic rock ensemble was increasingly enhanced by the band with the incorporation of members on flute, violin, cello, classical guitar, etc. This particular enterprise was doomed to be inconsistent, but it helped the band to mature its vision as it moved to Santiago, in order to expand its dissemination opportunities. Their music reamined well rooted in the symphonic prog trend with its "constrained" instrumentation of guitar-bass-drums-2 keyboards. With the entrance of Bárbara Wilson as a second female singer (a contralto who complements Pilar's soprano range) and Pablo doubling on guitar and bass, R-U KAISER finally achieved the line-up set to record their debut concept-album "Ocelos", which has been released by Watcher Records in November 2007. The recording sessions were intermittent, starting in 2006 and finishing it in half 2007; meanwhile, the band had been introducing their "Ocelos" material to audiences in various concerts. The band attained a loyal following in the last two years.
- Highly recommended to lovers of symphonic prog, the music of R-U KAISER reveals influences from classic WAKEMAN, UK, GLASS HAMMER, and it also bears relative similarities to their compatriots of ENTRANCE and MATRAZ.

Cesar Inca Mendoza

Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
This is a very promising new Chilean band that presents a dynamic and captivating debut CD featuring wonderful female vocals, lots of exciting work on keyboards and guitar and an adventurous rhythm-section.

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3.97 | 15 ratings
Ocelos
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
Desde La Oscuridad
2018

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Demos
2006

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Sala Master
2005

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 Desde La Oscuridad by R-U KAISER album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Desde La Oscuridad
R-U Kaiser Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars The fascinating name of this Chilean formation was an idea from drummer and prime mover Oscar Arias Galvez, he had picked the name from a book about Krautrock by Julian Cope: Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser was an important producer in the German Krautrock scene but got in trouble when he started to release informal jam sessions from the Krautrock supergroup Cosmic Jokers (including Klaus Schulze and members from Wallenstein) without their knowledge.

R-U Kaiser is rooted in 2002, in 2008 the band released their debut album entitled Ocelos. Then it became silent, very silent, until August 2018 when R-U Kaiser presented the successor Desde La Oscuridad, 11 years after their first CD. So you can conclude, with sense for understatement, that R-U Kaiser takes its time to produce albums. About that debut CD I wrote on PA these words: "To me this sounds as a strong debut CD, with variety, adventure, emotion and skills. You can hear that this band plays together for many years. If you are up to the very special native female vocals (to me she sounds like 'a Gothic angel'), this will be an exciting album to discover." On the new album the line-up is almost completely different, only drummer Oscar Arias Galvez was also member on Ocelos. And the female singer is replaced by two female singers.

1. Sangre (7.52) : The dreamy intro delivers soaring keyboards, then a catchy beat and passionate duo female vocals, wonderful. Halfway a moving electric guitar solo, supported by dynamic drums. In the final part high pitched soprano-like vocal contributions, subtle shifting moods and tasteful work on harder-edged guitar and keyboards. What a very pleasant blend of symphonic ? and Neo-Prog, topped with R-U Kaiser their trademark 'celestial' female vocals.

2. Conciencia (5.19) : This tracks also starts with soaring keyboards, blended with twanging electric guitar and duo female vocals. Gradually the music turns into very compelling with varied keyboard play, the distinctive duo vocals are loaded with warm expression.

3. MI-789 (6.15) : The tight and propulsive drum beats create a Neo-Prog-like atmosphere (inspired by Pendragon and Marillion), the guitar and keyboards colour this bombastic instrumental track in a very tasteful way.

4. Alguien (8.51) : A varied and compelling song, between dreamy (featuring delicate twanging electric guitar) and bombastic with wonderful work on guitars and keyboards. The duo female vocal contributions sound adventurous and add a special flavour to the music. In the end a strong build up to a sumptuous grand finale with bombastic keyboards, a dynamic rhythm-section, those wonderful 'angelic vocals' and propulsive electric rhythm guitar. This is one of the best tracks on the album and showcases R-U Kaiser their potential.

5. Desde La Oscuridad (9.24) : First a dreamy climate with subtle work on the electric guitar, passionate vocals, soaring keyboards and a powerful rhythm-section. Then the music alternates between mellow and bombastic outbursts, creating an exciting tension. This culminates in a mindblowing final part with stunning work on electric guitar and keyboards, topped with an awesome female Gothic-like choir sound and a powerful rhythm-section, this is R-U Kaiser in its full splendor, goose bumps!

To me this second effort sounds as a strong and very pleasant successor. In comparison with their debut CD the band is more flirting with Neo-Prog (mid-Eighties, not Nineties polished Arena or Everon sound) and the compositions sound more mature and structured. But the emphasis is still on creating compelling atmospheres with subtle changing climates, delicate work on keyboards and guitar and very distinctive 'celestial' duo female vocals in Spanish. A big hand for R-U Kaiser: during 50 years of progressive rock our beloved genre is often nailed for being too clinical and too self-indulgent, but their new CD strongly showcases the opposite. That is why I rate Desde La Oscuridad with 4 stars, creating emotion in music is an overlooked quality and R-U Kaiser delivers this wonderful emotional prog!

 Desde La Oscuridad by R-U KAISER album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Desde La Oscuridad
R-U Kaiser Symphonic Prog

Review by progadicto

4 stars After 11 years, chilean symphonic prog band RU Kaiser releases their second album. After several changes in their original lineup, finally the drummer and leader of the band found a new ensemble of female voices that keep the textures of the group's first stage.

The technical deployment of the band also continues with its new members projecting the bombastic symphonic prog of their first album 'Ocelos' (2007) but we can feel some evolution with the incorporation of some neo prog sequences in songs likes 'Sangre' (Blood) or 'Alguien' (Someone).

Once again we're in presence of a conceptual album which explores the human conscience from a spiritual and philosophic point of view, plenty of soaring keyboard athmospheres complemented or in opposition of very strong guitar riffs and solos, building some hypnotic music walls along the five suites of the album.

Although the lyrics are in spanish, every song is very enjoyable because the delicate technique of the musicians even when this one doesn't have the weight of their first release. 3.5* for me.

 Ocelos by R-U KAISER album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.97 | 15 ratings

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Ocelos
R-U Kaiser Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars 'The voice of a Gothic angel'.

In the last two decades we could enjoy a a cascade of new and intersting bands that emerged from The New Latin- American Progressive Rock Movement: Angulart, Astralis, Supay, Seti, Amagrama, William Gray, Bauer, Flor De Loto, Entrance, Jaime Rosas Cuarteto, Vlad V and Toccata, to name a few.

Another interesting band from that prolific movement is five piece Chilean formation R-U Kaiser, they are on the brink of releasing a second album so I would like to go back to their first effort entitled Ocelos. The band is rooted in 2002 but it took five years before R-U Kaiser released their debut album entitled Ocelos, on the Chilean progrock label Watcher Records. R-U Kaiser their first effort is a concept album about the experiences of the different and emotional phases in the band, it contains four movements.

The first movement is Dioscuros (The Genesis - 09.12) : This is a very alternating piece with spectacular work on keyboards (from a soaring choir-Mellotron sound to a flashy synthesizer solo and powrful organ runs), wonderful and distinctive native female vocals and fiery guitar runs, it sounds very dynamic and exciting!

The second movement is Letargia (The Flight - 06.41) : A very atmospheric climate with the sound of the sea and birds, very mellow with those distinctive, high pitched female vocals and tender piano. Then gradually more hypnotizing with a slow rhtyhm delivering twanging guitar and a choir-Mellotron sound, a majestic piece of music that contrasts perfectly with the previous song.

The third movement is Semjases (The Encounter - 08.47) : This is also a very alternating track, from dreamy with wonderful female vocals to mid-tempo featuring propulsive guitar and drums, and flashy synthesizer flights. Finally a compelling final part with the focus on sensitive and fiery guitar work.

The fourth movement is Ocelos (The Future - 10.58) : R-U Kaiser their 'magnum opus' featuring lots of flowing shifting moods, sensational work on keyboards and guitar . In the end a splendid bombastic final part with awesome interplay between sparkling piano, propulsive and fiery guitarplay, beautiful female vocals, an adventurous rhtyhm-section and spectacular synthesizer runs, what an awesome symphonic rock sound!

To me this sounds as a strong debut CD, with variety, adventure, emotion and skills. You can hear that this band plays together for many years. If you are up to the very special native female vocals (to me she sounds like 'a Gothic angel'), this will be an exciting album to discover.

In August 2018 R-U Kaiser will release their new album entitled Desde La Oscuridad, 11 years after this very promising debut CD, I am looking forward to a first listening session!

 Ocelos by R-U KAISER album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.97 | 15 ratings

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Ocelos
R-U Kaiser Symphonic Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars After 5 years of continuing struggle to let their music be known by domestic audiences, Chilean symphonic prog ensemble R-U Kaiser finally got to release their debut album Ocelos. Powerful and pompous, tow words that describe many prog bands arouund the globe and that also fit a general portrait of what R-U Kaiser is all about. The dynamics of obvious sophistication is properly enhanced by the fact that two classically trained female singers come to the fore wnehenver lyrics are involved, making good use of their contralto and soprano timbers. This album is also the debut of the label Watcher records, and if we must judge a label for its first release ever, it would be fair to hope that they manage to release many more good albums through the following years. R-U Kaiser's sound is lead by keyboardist Morus (recurrently supported by one of the two female singers): the keyboard department is full of orchestrations, ornaments and lush layers, with a controlled sense of pyrotechnics during the solos. Glass Hammer, mid-70s Yes, vintage Wakeman, as well as contemproary compatriots Entrance and Matraz, are revealed as R-u Kaiser's main influences through the album's repertoire. It is just a pity that this album is only 35 minutes long, but considering the fact that 3 of the 4 tracks are between 8 and 11 minutes long, it is clear tha tthe band feels confident about developing and arranging long songs in a very progressive fashion. Well, let's go and take a look at the tracks themselves. The first 9 minutes are occupied by 'Dioscuros', which promptly reveales the dominant explosive facet of the band: the keyboard sounds travel fluidly from Emerson to Wakeman to Ozric Tentacles, while the scheme elaborated by the rhythm section and the guitarist (well, he plays bass, too) seems to relate the track's spirit to the standard of melodic prog-metal. 'Letargia' passes to a totally different mood, in a more contemplative tone built on cosmic keyboard layers and adornments, washed by elegant piano phrases that stand somewhere between chamber music and new-age. When the general instrumentation is settling down, the listener finds himself captivated by a well-orchestrated scenario where the melancholic and the dreamy marry in a sonic unity. A special mention has to go to the beautiful. brief passage in which the harmonium sound and the acoustic guitar alternate in a moment of serenity; another special mention goes to the closing passage, very much in the Phedra-era TD with those floating mellotron and VCS3 sounds (I suppose they're emulated on digital synths). 'Semjases' gets started with a connection to the previous track's spacey structure, but it won't take long before it takes the road of pure, pompous symphonic rock with hints to prog-metal: this track very much sounds like a communion of classic Yes and Images and Words-era Dream Theater, indeed. This track is complex enough to satisfy the average prog melomaniac, and catchy enough to please the melodic prog lover, although I must admit that I feel that the band should have developed some of the motifs a bit further, in order to exploit this track's musicality more throughly. Anyway, it's an amazing prog number, but not as amazing as the namesake closer. 'Ocelos' fills the album's final 11 minutes, as if it were recapitulating the mos trecurrent ambiences of the three previous tracks, only with a more solid cohesion in the arrangements: once again, the Entrance and Matraz family likeness comes to mind when listening to this song, but R-U Kaiser patently rely on their taste for cosmic-instilled symphonic prog to make a statement about their own sound. There is an organ solo tha tsounds very Emersonian, albeit with the filters of Jaime Rosas and Gerard. Well, Ocelos is a very good album that should grace the collection of any serious South American prog researcher. R-U Kaiser was to me one of the most pleasant prog surprises during the last moths of 2007.

 Ocelos by R-U KAISER album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.97 | 15 ratings

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Ocelos
R-U Kaiser Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This five-piece band comes from the Northern part of Chile and is rooted in 2002, it took a while before they got the opportunity to release this debut CD on the new Chilean progrock label Watcher Records. This CD is a concept album about the experiences of the phases into the band, it contains four movements.

1. Dioscuros (The Genesis) : a very alternating piece with spectacular work on keyboards (from a soaring choir-Mellotron sound to a flashy synthesizer solo and powrful organ runs), 'angelic' Spanish female vocals and fiery guitar runs, it sounds very dynamic and exciting!

2. Letargia (The Flight) : after the sound of the sea and birds, the atmosphere is first mellow with thin vocals and tender piano and then more hypnotizing with a slow rhtyhm delivering twanging guitar and a choir-Mellotron sound, a majestic piece of music that contrasts perfectly with the previous song.

3. Semjases (The Encounter) : this is also a very alternating track, from dreamy with wonderful female vocals to mid-tempo featuring propulsive guitar/drums and flashy synthesizer flights and a compelling final part with the focus on sensitive and fiery guitar work, very moving!

4. Ocelos (The Future) : this is their 'magnum opus' (at about 11 minutes) with lots of flowing shifting moods, sensational work on keyboards and guitar and a splendid bombastic final part with awesome interplay between sparkling piano, propulsive and fiery guitarplay, beautiful, often thin female vocals, an adventurous rhtyhm-section and spectacular synthesizer runs, symphonic prog at its best!

To me this sounds as a very strong debut CD. You can hear that this band plays together for many years. If you are up to the often thin and high-pitched, 'angelic' Spanish female vocals, this will be an excellent symphonic prog experience!



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