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A new band of progressive rock and fusion veterans (among them, Manuel MANRIQUE, who took part in the first line-up of AZAHAR), TRICANTROPUS was formed with an aim to explore the current possibilities of prog rock. The band's sound has a clear symphonic basis, but the overall result of compositions and arrangements stands in a crossroad of various trends: the symphonic factor is somewhat predominant, yet it goes fluidly combined with jazz-rock, fusion, stylish psychedelia and new-age related sonorities. The band's forte are the management of a wide range of textures and the delivery of moderately complex arrangements, allowing the musical ideas get highlighted through the solid instrumental interactions. "Recuerdos del Futuro", their debut album recorded in 2007 and released the following year, is a straightforward manifesto of the band's ideology.

TRICANTROPUS is especially recommended to those who appreciate lyrical symphonic prog with a modern twist (not unlike OMNI, H20, IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE), as well as eclectic modes of melodic art-rock.

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3.52 | 13 ratings
Recuerdos del Futuro
2007
3.80 | 15 ratings
El Sueño De Arsinoe
2011

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 Recuerdos del Futuro by TRICANTROPUS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.52 | 13 ratings

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Review by apps79
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3 stars Madrid-based Spanish act, the roots of which can be found in 2002 in the band Amarna of guitarist Javier L. Pardo and bassist/keyboardist Pedro Parraga.In 2005 they crossed ways with ex-Azahar's keyboardist Manolo Manrique and a change of name to Tricantropus occured the following year, at the time when the group started the recordings of their debut.Most tracks were recorded with drummer Willie Sagnon and guest members appeared in several of them: Curro Cueto on flute, Oscar Gavillan on synths/piano, Marina Martin on viola and Carlos Ramirez on rhythm guitar.The final work '' Recuerdos Del Futuro'' was released in 2007 on Mylodon Records.

An all instrumental work, the album kicks off not exactly in a weak way, but definitely in a very accesible CAMEL-esque mood with references to the late-70's and 80's period of the British masters, being heavily based on melodious guitar textures, smooth piano lines and atmospheric synthesizers along with some jazzy flavors in a few passages, but overall you could call the music quite laid-back and dreamy.It recalls the works of compatriots FRANC ALBIR, being split between synth-based Symphonic Rock, smooth Fusion and Melodic Rock with plenty of interesting melodies and ethereal atmospheres, while the presence of Hammond organ and flute at moments offers the appropriate retro stylings.As the album unfolds, the music gets stronger and stronger.More emphatic interplays, more dynamic performances and lots of grandiose attempts on orchestral moves offer series of great progressive pieces.Now the music is quite diverse and definitely more balanced with heavier guitar parts, striking melodies and trully excellent guitar solos by Pardo.CAMEL are still the driving inspiration of the group, but this time supported by more influences by Classic 70's Prog, a bit of GENESIS symphonic flavors are thrown in, while the flute work reminds me of GOTIC and the Spanish-flavored synthesizers are along the lines of IMAN CALIFATO INDEPEDIENTE.

Essential album for all fans of melodic Progressive Rock with nods to the Classic era.Stunning guitar work, pleasant ideas and an overall enjoyable mood guarantee some rewarding spins.Recommended.

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 Recuerdos del Futuro by TRICANTROPUS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.52 | 13 ratings

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Review by Gooner
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4 stars Tricantropus, as Cesar Inca wrote - can best be described as instrumental '76-'78 Camel. I would also use references to light prog.rockfusion such as Gotic and keyboards not unlike Lyle Mays of The Pat Metheny Group. Having said that, this isn't clone-Camel - it just has that Camel air about it. Well written instrumentals and the album really takes off on track 4 _Al Otro Lado del Vado_ which reminds me of the dreamy passages of Il Banchetto by PFM from _Per Un Amico_. Another highlight is the almost 9 minute _Bajo el Síndrome de Koro_ which sends me to a place along with _Ice _ by Camel. TRICANTROPUS _Recuerdos del Futuro_ is an overlooked gem. It is an excellent addition to anyone who enjoys progressive instrumental rock. A solid 4 stars. If you enjoy Gotic, then this is worth a try.

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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars Tricantropus, being a new band of prog, jazz and art-rock veterans, is a group of which it is valid to expect great musical things; and from what I hear in the debut album "Recuerdos del Futuro", the understandable high expectations are met quite satisfactorily. The band's overall style is in many places quite similar to that of compatriot ensemble Omni - basically, symphonic prog powerfully based on melodic developments, seasoned with jazz and fusion cadences (the fusion element can be inspired on Flamenco, Latin American or Middle East flavors), and even some occasional flirtations with space- rock (in a soft way) and new age. Progressive names as points of reference for the completion of this description can be the following: Camel, 76-78 Genesis, Pegasus, Imán Califato Independiente. The band's sonic structure allows the lead guitar assume the leading role most of the time, although the abundant presence of keyboards in orchestrations, harmonic bases and solos makes them very important as a complement for the guitar interventions. Meanwhile, the rhythm duo is confident and precise, confining itself to a supportive role and letting the guitars and keyboards overcome in the spotlight. Eerie sea sounds and synth layers give way to the beginning of the effective opener 'Los Puertos Grises', a very warm piece built on a pleasant rhythmic cadence. 'Mar de Cristal' is just as warm, but more intense than the opener: the implementation of jazzy textures for the most extroverted sections makes the track reach its potential for catchiness. Such a pity that it isn't longer! 'Saitama' states the band's introverted side: the viola da gamba complements the ethereal guitar lines. 'Al Otro Lado del Vado' brings back that mixture of Camel-style symphonic and melodic jazz-rock that had worked so well on track 2, only this time with a fuller development. The presence of a guest flautist adds color to the overall beautifully crafted melodies. This sense of agility is preserved on the next track, 'Piedra', which reflects some Focus influences. 'Bajo el Síndrome de Koro', with its 8 ½ minute span, is the album's longest piece: the cosmic intro fits the Floydian standard before the arrival of the main body, built on ethereal symphonic ambiences that alternate 6/8 and 5/4 tempos - by now, you can tell what the prototypical Tricantropus sound is all about. 'El Lamento de Galadriel', not unlike 'Saitama', opens the window to the band's introverted side: the melody is nicely constructed, but its short duration makes it practically impossible to be properly noticed after the preceding three excellent pieces in a row. 'Siete Lunas' does make itself noticed, getting quite close to the melodic magic of tracks 4-6. With its 7 ¾ minute span, the title track is the second longest track in the album. The Floydian intro is softly nurtured with Santana-like Latin fusion nuances, properly complemented by a (too brief!!) jazzy piano solo. Then, a moderately pompous interlude arrives, serving as a bridge toward a fresh, dynamic section that equals the catchy vibration of tracks 4-6. The last minute states a reprise of the opening motif, as a closure in a circle. Particular pieces like this and the recurrently mentioned 4, 5 and 6 encapsulate the great artistic interest that Tricantropus' music generates for the preservation of the prog genre. The album is closed down by the new-ageish epilogue 'El Mar Nos Llama al hogar', dreamy and evocative in its calculated simplicity. 1) Symphonic prog is still alive; 2) Spain is a country to look at attentively in the current prog rock scene - two ideas confirmed by "Recuerdo del Futuro".

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3.52 | 13 ratings

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Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars

Two years ago I started to write for the English version of The Spanish Progressive Rock Page in order to support the Prog Andaluz bands (from Triana and Cai to Alameda, Mezquita and Azahar). Soon I discovered that the New CD Releases section on that site delivered a lot of interesting unknown new progrock bands. After reading the reviews about Bijou, Zaguan, Senogul and Unoma I decided to order their new albums and I am still delighted about the music of these promising new bands. My latest Spanish progrock discoveries in that section are Albatros (captivating heavy psychedelic oriented prog, I hope to see this band very soon on PA) and ... Tricantropus, a trio in which every member plays keyboards (along bass and guitars) with additional guest musicians on instruments like drums to rhythm-guitar.

The instrumental debut-CD entitled Recuerdos De Futuro (nice play of words, it means "memories of the future") contains 11 compositions that mainly alternate beween mellow atmospheres and slow rhythms, often with jazzrock undertones. But to me it never becomes boring or too laidback because of the interesting accellarations and solos like in the tracks Mar De Cristal (fiery guitar solo with fluent drums and an accellaration with powerful bass runs and a flashy synthesizer solo), the alternating Bajo El Sindrome De Koro (lots of howling guitar runs and a swinging bass) and the beautiful and exciting titletrack (including a jazzy piano solo, a swirling synthesizer solo in a mid-tempo with delicate flutework and a strong guitar solo, supported by organ waves). In the 11 songs we can also enjoy excellent, often sensitive gitar play, a pleasant keyboard variety and an adventurous rhythm-section. The tasteful colouring by the guest musicans on flute, violin and piano adds an extra dimension to the music.

After a few listening sessions I started to appreciate this album more and more, the jazzrock fans and lovers of a guitarsound in the vein of Carlos Santana and Andy Latimer will be pleased. I am curious to their development and hope Tricantropus is not just another fine one-shot-band! My rating: 3,5 stars.



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