Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

CLIMAX

Heavy Prog • Bolivia


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Climax picture
Climax biography
Painfully obscure trio from Bolivia that made a bold, raucous but jazzy and deceptively simple heavy prog during the early 1970's. The band formed in 1969 (or possibly even '68) and was constituted by guitarist/keyboardist/singer Jose EUGENIO, drummer Alvaro CORDOVA, and Javier SOLDIAS on bajo [a 12-string bass/guitar]. They recorded throughout the early '70s but no official album was released until 1974's 'Gusano Mecanico' on Discolandia. On the surface the material may remind more of hard rocking cousins Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix than anything Prog but the jazz elements, sense of experimentation, and clear influence from ELP and PINK FLOYD on certain cuts - as the three-part title on the '74 LP - leave very few doubts this is a vintage Heavy Prog band worth its salt.

-- Atavachron (David) --

Climax official website

CLIMAX MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

CLIMAX forum topics / tours, shows & news


CLIMAX forum topics Create a topic now
CLIMAX tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "climax"
Post an entries now

CLIMAX Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to CLIMAX

Buy CLIMAX Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
CLIMAX precious and few NORWAY -only 45 PS 1972 rare PS RARE blues USD $35.00 [0 bids]
BEASTMILK "CLIMAX" 10 TRK RARE PROMO CD USD $7.91 Buy It Now
Climax Blues Band - Gold Plated (BTM1009, 1976) USD $6.59 [0 bids]
45 RECORD CLIMAX- PRECIOUS AND FEW USD $3.59 Buy It Now
Climax Golden Twins ?- Dream Cut Short In The Mysterious Clouds WHITE VINYL LP USD $22.41 Buy It Now
Climax Blues Band "Gold Plated" 12"LP Sire GF VG/EX Wax! cover shows some wear USD $4.99 Buy It Now
Trilogy: Conflict Climax Resolution USD $4.74 Buy It Now
CLIMAX BLUES BAND featuring sonny geraci RRR US ORIGINAL LP NM MINT USD $7.99 Buy It Now
CLIMAX BLUES BAND 45-" WHEN TALKING IS TOO MUCH TROUBLE " - K17134 USD $1.31 [0 bids]
Couldn't. get it right, Climax blues Band. 7" vinyl single. USD $6.59 [0 bids]
Climax Blues Band "Lucky For Some" 1981 Rock LP, Vinyl, Nice EX!, Promo USD $2.95 Buy It Now
Climax Blues Band Flying The Flag Warner Bros BSK-3493 USD $9.99 Buy It Now
Climax Featuring Sonny Geraci - Climax (CD Used Very Good) CD-R USD $10.21 Buy It Now
Precious & Few & Other Favorites - Climax (CD Used Very Good) CD-R USD $10.21 Buy It Now
CLIMAX BLUES BAND sample and hold LP Record 1983 PROMO USD $18.40 Buy It Now
EG FULLALOVE Aint It What You Need 12" VINYL 4 Track 2 F Climax Mix (Plsm23991) USD $4.73 Buy It Now
CLIMAX ASHER Rockers Arena 12" VINYL 2 Track B/W Version (12Bro56) Pic Sleeve USD $11.72 Buy It Now
AURORA B Good Love 12" VINYL 3 Track Full On Climax Mix B/w 12" Extended USD $6.58 Buy It Now
GUSTO WIDGET Climax 12" VINYL 4 Track B/W Ripe Mix And Slave And Slave Vibe USD $6.58 Buy It Now
CLIMAX SPECIAL SAMPLER Various Artists LP VINYL 12 Track Studio 2 Stereo Issue USD $6.58 Buy It Now
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Real To Reel LP VINYL 8 Track In Gatefold But Has Sticker USD $6.58 Buy It Now
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Shine On LP OOP late-70's blues-rock gatefold-cover USD $2.99 Buy It Now
Climax Blues Band - Take Off / Best Of - Rock - Vinyl Record Album LP - Import USD $3.00 Buy It Now
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Couldn't Get It Right 12" VINYL 3 Track '88 Mix Extended USD $10.34 Buy It Now
CLIMAX ASHER Rockers Arena 12" VINYL 2 Track B/W Version (12Bro56) Pic Sleev USD $10.34 Buy It Now
The Climax Blues Band - 20 Greatest Hits - Very Rare CD Very Good USD $19.95 Buy It Now
Climax Jazz Band - Rainbow Round My Shoulder USD $9.99 Buy It Now
USED (VG) Climax Community (2013) (Vinyl) USD $38.22 Buy It Now
Climax Blues Band Lucky for Some Album LP 1981 Warner Bros Records #BSK3623 USD $8.99 Buy It Now
Climax Blues Band Gold Plated Album LP 1976 Sire Records #SASD7523 Gatefold USD $8.99 Buy It Now
Climax Blues Band Stamp Album Vinyl Record SASD-7507 USD $10.00 Buy It Now
ThriftCHI ~ Record Collection Liquidation Climax Blues Band Chicago Joan Baez 50 USD $11.69 Buy It Now
Climax Za Za Za Mesa Que Mas Aplauda CD USED LIKE NEW USD $12.99 Buy It Now
Climax Chicago Blues Band 1970 UK Harvest LP Copy of "a lot of bottle" MINT!! USD $5.00 [1 bids]
Climax Blues Band "Gold Plated" LP USD $4.95 [0 bids]
Vintage Album - CLIMAX BLUES BAND - GOLD PLATED 1976 Sire Records - Near Mint USD $9.99 Buy It Now
USED (VG) Climax (Limited Edition Color Vinyl) (2013) USD $21.38 Buy It Now
CLIMAX BLUES BAND SHINE ON CLIMAX BLUES BAND 1978 SIRE LABEL LP USD $3.99 Buy It Now
Climax Blues Band-real To Reel-lp-sire-bsk 3334-nm USD $4.49 Buy It Now
Tightly Knit by Climax Blues Band (CD, Jun-1998, Plum Records) USD $11.99 [0 bids]
USD $15.99 Buy It Now
Rock Lp Climax Blues Band Gold Plated On Sire USD $7.99 Buy It Now
Rockford Kabine - Copenhagen Climax [Vinyl New] USD $46.79 Buy It Now 53m 2s
The Climax Male Voice Choir with the Mabe Ladies Choir Vinyl LP Sentinel Label USD $10.54 Buy It Now 1h 26m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND. COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT. 7" VINYL USD $1.71 [0 bids]
2h
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Mistress moonshine 7" USA PROMO POP ROCK USD $7.90 Buy It Now 3h 41m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND When talking is too much trouble 7" ROCK POP USD $4.60 Buy It Now 3h 41m
Climax Blues Band - Flying The Flag CD (2012) USD $8.90 [0 bids]
3h 55m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND: Couldn't Get It Right 45 (test press w/ handwritten lbl) Roc USD $8.00 Buy It Now 4h 31m
Climax - 3rd Blue Vinyl Beastmilk vinyl LP album record Finnish SVR242 USD $51.37 Buy It Now 8h 58m
Climax Blues Band - Stamp Album LP UK 1st Press BTM1004 A-1E/B-1E EX/EX Vinyl USD $19.77 Buy It Now 9h 35m
Climax Blues Band Pages From An Autograph Book UK memorabilia Autographed USD $102.80 Buy It Now 9h 49m
Climax Blues Band vinyl LP album record Gold Plated USA SASD7523 SIRE 1976 USD $24.99 Buy It Now 10h 24m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND SHINE ON SEALED LP USD $5.99 Buy It Now 10h 37m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND LUCKY FOR SOME LP SEALED USD $4.99 Buy It Now 10h 37m
BEASTMILK-CLIMAX-Ltd clear LP GRAVE PLEASURE/HEXVESSEL/THE OATH USD $59.90 Buy It Now 10h 41m
Climax Asher Rockers Arena 12" vinyl single record (Maxi) UK 12BRO56 BRONZE USD $24.99 Buy It Now 10h 45m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND-11 Rock & Blues Radio Station 45's Up For Bid-7 are Promo's USD $19.99 [0 bids]
11h 13m
Climax Blues Band Gold Plated Record Sire Records SASD-7523 #161 USD $11.99 Buy It Now 11h 25m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND - - Beat 60s 70s USD $16.66 Buy It Now 11h 58m
CLIMAX, Featuring Sonny Geraci iLP USD $10.00 Buy It Now 12h 21m
CURVED AIR CLIMAX BLUES BAND Poster size LP & Tour advert 1975 Cutting/Clipping USD $14.51 Buy It Now 13h 7m
VARIOUS ARTISTS Studio 2 Climax Special Sampler UK LP STWO 8 USD $6.45 Buy It Now 13h 44m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Couldn't Get It Right 7" vinyl Sound Clip in Listing USD $4.98 Buy It Now 13h 56m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Listen to the Night UK 7" 45 USD $6.73 Buy It Now 13h 56m
CRASH N BURN Sunrise / CLIMAX 69 High Noon 12" vinyl USD $5.60 Buy It Now 13h 56m
CLIMAX Precious and Few / Life and Breath 7" vinyl Sound Clip in Listing USD $6.73 Buy It Now 13h 56m
CLIMAX 69 Fly With Me 12" USD $7.85 Buy It Now 13h 57m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND . Blues From The Attic . Made In EEC 1994 . used/vg USD $12.00 Buy It Now 14h 26m
Rock Promo 45 Climax Blues Band - Sense Of Direction / Sense Of Direction On Sir USD $5.00 Buy It Now 14h 29m
SENS 1019 CLIMAX MALE CHOIR/MABE LADIES Born in Song 2 LP USD $13.45 Buy It Now 14h 51m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND - SHINE ON, SRK 6056 SIRE; LP USD $19.99 Buy It Now 15h 11m
BEASTMILK Climax CD Finnish apocalyptic postpunk vaura soror dolorosa night sins USD $13.98 Buy It Now 15h 14m
Climax Blues Band Gold Plated vinyl LP gatefold cover Sire USD $3.99 Buy It Now 15h 31m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND - REAL TO REEL, BSK 3334 SIRE; LP USD $19.99 Buy It Now 15h 57m
Climax Blues Band- Sense of Direction - Free UK Post USD $16.62 Buy It Now 17h 35m
99p SALE* Climax Blues Band Listen To The Night UK 45 7" single +Picture Sleeve USD $1.31 Buy It Now 18h 45m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND..1975.. STAMP ALBUM.. SIRE RECORDS SASD 7507 WLP PROMO LP USD $4.99 [0 bids]
18h 55m
Shine On Climax Blues Band Audio CD USD $11.63 Buy It Now 19h 26m
Sample & Hold Climax Blues Band Audio CD USD $11.63 Buy It Now 19h 26m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND A Lot Of Bottle 1990 Made in France CD issue C5 Records USD $12.00 Buy It Now 19h 35m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND ( GOLD PLATED ) LP USD $2.49 [0 bids]
19h 42m
Five Play The Climax Ceilidh Band Audio CD USD $18.08 Buy It Now 19h 43m
TEN TO SEN Climax Heaven JAPAN Soundtrack CD KDSD-273 NEW USD $41.52 Buy It Now 20h 7m
I Love You / Horizontalized ~ Climax Blues Band 45 rpm 1980 Warner Bros NEW R33 USD $8.77 Buy It Now 22h 43m
CLIMAX "PRECIOUS AND FEW" OZ 7" RECORD USD $6.11 Buy It Now 22h 49m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Gold Plated 12" Vinyl LP Sire 1976 ~i USD $6.95 Buy It Now 23h 33m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Shine On 12" Vinyl LP Warner Bros 1976 ~u USD $7.95 Buy It Now 23h 59m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND Sense Of Direction 12" Vinyl LP Sire 1974 ~u USD $7.95 Buy It Now 23h 59m
CLIMAX BLUES BAND_Flying The Flag_used VINYL LP album_ships from AUS!__shF4r USD $22.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Classical Climax - London Symphony Orchestra (CD) USD $2.62 Buy It Now 1 day
CLIMAX CHICAGO TIGHTLY KNIT 9 TRACK CD - NEAR MINT - LN USD $10.33 Buy It Now 1 day
NEW Back To The Wall by Bloody Climax CD (CD) Free P&H USD $53.08 Buy It Now 1 day
CLIMAX BLUES BAND - LIVE SHOWS BOX SET 3 CD NEW+ USD $24.76 Buy It Now 1 day
Climax Blues Band - Blues From The Attic (NEW CD) USD $12.84 Buy It Now 1 day
Climax Chicago Blues Band - Climax Chicago Blues Band (Remastered And E (NEW CD) USD $15.15 Buy It Now 1 day
CLIMAX BLUES BAND "SAMPLE AND HOLD" CD NEW+ USD $19.50 Buy It Now 1 day
CLIMAX BLUES BAND "FLYING THE FLAG" CD NEW+ USD $19.50 Buy It Now 1 day
Climax Blues Band Couldn't Get It Right UK 7" vinyl single record SBT105 USD $13.11 Buy It Now 1 day
Stamp Album - EX Climax Blues Band UK vinyl LP album record BTM1004 BTM 1975 USD $71.15 Buy It Now 1 day
Lucky For Some Climax Blues Band vinyl LP album record Canadian XBS3623 USD $24.99 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy CLIMAX music online Buy CLIMAX & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for CLIMAX DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)
CLIMAX has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

CLIMAX discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

CLIMAX top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.68 | 13 ratings
Gusano Mecanico
1974

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

CLIMAX Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

CLIMAX Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

CLIMAX Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

CLIMAX Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Gusano Mecanico by CLIMAX album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.68 | 13 ratings

BUY
Gusano Mecanico
Climax Heavy Prog

Review by PROGNATURE BEAST

4 stars I don't "get" the low ratings and the negative reviews on this one.... frankly, I trust only my ears at last. Whatever, I think we have an excellent Southamerican psych heavy prog album here. A Bolivian power trio who promises to blow your mind and is inspired equally by Jazz in general, Cream, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Keith Moon, Keith Emerson in particular. The music is mainly instrumental because you dont need a voice with so good playing. Bass and drums really compliments one the other and both, pave the way for Jose Eugenio's energetic and psychedelic guitar pyrotechnics that never stay in one place. Also, in rare occasions you get Eugenio's Keys in a NICE psychedelic manner ! Obviously, I like Climax powerhouse very much and find them in close (and strong) competition with other European acts of the period especially the German ones (check out the similar and more experimental sounds of the " Silberbart " group alone). It strikes me more that this gem never came out on cd.... Four stars
 Gusano Mecanico by CLIMAX album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.68 | 13 ratings

BUY
Gusano Mecanico
Climax Heavy Prog

Review by Sagichim
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars A while ago I managed to listen to a video posted in our respectable forum, and although the sound quality was poor something grabbed me, what I remember hearing between the lines is great guitar, fast rhythm and some nice percussion. Placing this one on my turntable, at first I thought this is nice and energetic, but repeated listenings revealed that there isn't much behind this album.

This trio from Bolivia were much more influenced by the playing of artists like Hendrix, Blackmore and Budgie rather than the progressive rock presented by Yes or ELP, they just wanna rock. The music is leaning heavily on the wild guitar played by Jose Eugenio leaving drummer Alvaro Cordova no choice but to follow him on their quest to fast-madness city. The music is mainly going on one direction and is not trying to branch out to much, they are certainly not trying to be the world's biggest rock band. The compositions here were written as guide lines to the band to jam on, the riffs are fast and rocky and always leading to some crazy jamming with electric guitar soloing. One refreshing addition are the percussions accompanying the music and giving it a southern american tribal vibe, really cool although in some cases are useless and does not add anything, they should have censored it a little bit to a greater effect, but I don't mind, it is better than not having it at all.

What we have here in this short LP are six compositions (if you can call them like this), all are played with enormous amount of energy, maybe too much energy, there is no logical line that the band is following or developing, it's as if they are not listening to each other. The drummer is clearly on a few ecstasy pills, it doesn't matter what the other two are playing he's always improvising like a mad man, he can't just lay back and produce a good beat or throw a few imaginative ideas, it's really tedious at some point. Guitars has some good riffing and a few occasional good solo moments, his playing is furious and fiery but lacks any feel, he's one of those fast guitar player dudes that doesn't really know how to generate anything good, but gets something nice by accident. But actually I've heard far worse albums than this, some moments does work out nicely and I gotta give them some credit for their enthusiastic playing. "Pachacuttec" is the album's opener and although it starts very promising, the band just didn't know how to go from one idea to the next so they just faded away in the middle of the song and turned right away with something different, stating that they weren't that creative or experienced in writing an effective essential prog piece, still as a whole this track actually works fine and the music is ok. "Gusano Mecanico" the album's title song can be considered as the highlight and their most progy track, since it does switch from one part to the other and have an overall progy feel. Since the drums are filling an importanat role here, the band thought it would be wise to include a drum solo track, like we didn't hear enough drums already. I'm glad it didn't lasted more than 3 minutes, as nice as it is. The closing track actually shows some diversity, featuring a jazzy tune and a more relaxed atmosphere, with some nice piano.

The album has "debut" written all over it, since it's supposed to be fun and energetic but it still contains all the mistakes a band can do on their first album, which is fine and acceptable. They should have worked on and polished their compositions more, before recording the album. So if you are a guitar freak or just like high energy music without being so progressive, this is a good find.

 Gusano Mecanico by CLIMAX album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.68 | 13 ratings

BUY
Gusano Mecanico
Climax Heavy Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

2 stars About a week ago, while searching my LP's collection I found a rarity called "Gusano Eléctrico" (Electric Worm) by the Bolivian band CLIMAX, I remember buying it in the mid 70's just because the store dealer told me it was good Rock from Bolivia, and had forgotten why haven't listened it for almost 35 years.

So placed it on my old turntable expecting some Andean Rock with the class of Los Kjarkas, but the explanation of why it was gathering moth in a box fell by it's own weight, the album is absolutely amateur to say the best, I honestly don't know why it was added, because it's some sort of very late Psyche, with some leanings towards folk, but with an incredible lack of imagination and no Prog connection or originality.

"Pachacutec (Rey de Oro)" (Pachacutec King of Gold) opens the album and the first question comes to my mind...What are this guys doing?

It's obvious that they are trying to play of Andean Hard Rock, but the folk component is so poor that gets lost inside the horrendous distorted guitars, there's absolutely no coherence or structure, they seem to jam without any purpose or idea, it's clear that the guitarist is a Jimmy Hendrix wannabe, but of course very far from the original.

When I listen "Transfusión de Luz" (Light Transfusion), I wonder why they took the time to write it as a separate song from "Pachacutec ...", they could just had made the first track longer and add some vocals, it's exactly the same chaos, but even worst because the vocals.

By this point a second question arises...Why did they credit keyboards if I can hear none? It's just a noisy guitar shredding and a fast drummer who abuses of the cymbals.

"Cuerpo Eléctrico - Embrión de Reencarnación" (Electric Body - Reincarnation Embryo) is as lack of sense as the name of the track, the song is more calmed but the drummer continues playing as in the same tempo as in the first two tracks, at last I can listen a bit of keyboards lost behind the loud guitar but nothing special.

Close to the end there's a break that seems to announce a radical change, but it's just a loud Blues that you can listen in any pub...Where is the Prog?

"Gusano Mecánico" (Mechanic Worm) seems to be a multi part 10 minutes epic (well at least in the credits), but still I don't know what this guys are trying to do, an Emerson inspired keyboard gives some hopes, but the drummer continues playing the first track (as he has done up to this point), and ruins the effort of the band do something different......It's evident that trying is not a synonymous of achieving, because the multi parts can't be noticed and the sound is as basic and loud as in the rest of the album.

"Prana - Energía Vital" (Prana - Vital Energy) is a pleonasm, because Prana means Vital Energy in Sanskrit, but it's a pompous name for a drum solo of 3 minutes.

The album ends with "Cristales Soñadores" (Dreamy Crystals), a jazzy but repetitive track with nothing special or worth to be mentioned, they base their sound in a couple of chords repeated ad nauseam while the guitar keeps jamming without any idea of what they are trying.

I won't insist in my question about the Prog connection of this band, because everybody in the mid 70's had some relation with our beloved genre, and I respect the teams opinion, but I have to say that hardly heard an album with less imagination than this one, loud, chaotic and lack of originality, will go with 2 stars, even when 1.5 would be the correct rating.

 Gusano Mecanico by CLIMAX album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.68 | 13 ratings

BUY
Gusano Mecanico
Climax Heavy Prog

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars A band so obscure and album so painfully rare it makes those underground acetate reissues look like garden variety pop and the only Bolivian group listed in these archives, Climax is a rough and scratchy sheep in wolf's clothing, a progressive power trio in the finest tradition that bloozes its way through this only release from 1974. They'd been together since around '69 and it shows, with plenty of post-Cream atmosphere, the bass-heavy swing of Zep, Hendrix's acid funk, and the not-quite-right jazz of Tempest.

But there is definitely something else going on here. You can let the fumbling grandeur of 'Pachacuttec' roll over you but you'd miss the subtle Latin hints, continual variance, and Alavaro Cordova's not so subtle Keith Moon drums. You may dismiss 'Tranfusioin de Luz' as mere Page-baiting with its near-distaterous tempo and awful guitar solos, and you'd be right. And 'Cuerpo Electrico' sounds like all the B-list heavy psych you ever heard rolled into one unsure cement block of love, face-blushing mistakes and all. But then there's the 3 part title cut and suddenly guitarist/singer Jose Eugenio's keyboard breaks out the Keith Emerson and we have a whole new ball game, a heavy prog opus in miniature that belies this band's shameless lack of polish. It makes us realize there was mediocre Prog that still cooked and had hidden away in it something for those wishing to dig a little deeper, made by unassuming musicians who wanted to be part of what was happening. The piece is an epic in a toilet and Cordova, Eugenio and 12-string bass player Javier Soldias were ambitious if woefully inadequate. The result is rather fascinating, a brief meeting of the salty dog bluesmen of the 1960s and art rock sophistry that was to follow.

Only recommended to those willing to jump into this ice-cold water but if your taste for raucous and leathery heavy prog of the vintage variety needs saitiating, check em out one Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to atavachron for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives