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Symphonic Prog • Argentina


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Founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1974 - Disbanded in 1977

This Argentinian band featured Gustavo Montesano (bass/vocals), Anibel Kerpel (keyboards), Pino Marrone (guitar/vocals) and a drummer from Uruguay named Gonzalo Farrugia (from the known progrock band Psiglo). They existed from '74 until '77 and made two records: "Crusis" from '76 and "Los Delirios Del Mariscal" from '77. The music has a typcial Seventies sound with echoes from THE NICE and FOCUS.

Both LP's were released as separate CD's but finally re-released on a 1-CD entitled "Kronologia". The music is half instrumental/half with strong Spanish vocals and the emphasis is on the keybaords (organ, string-ensemble, synthesizers, Steinway - and Fender Rhodes piano), the rhythm-section sounds powerful and adventurous. The compositions are strong and dynamic with surprising breaks and the interplay between the electric guitar (often spectacular wah-wah) and keyboards is captivating. On their second album the tracks are longer with more solos and a stronger influence from jazzrock and Dutch masters FOCUS.

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3.78 | 132 ratings
Crucis
1976
4.18 | 199 ratings
Los Delirios Del Mariscal
1976

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

3.08 | 12 ratings
Delirios en el Luna
1977
4.38 | 8 ratings
Crucis ‎- En Vivo Enero 1977
2017

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4.56 | 62 ratings
Kronologia
1995

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 Los Delirios Del Mariscal by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 199 ratings

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Los Delirios Del Mariscal
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars One of the best progressive albums to ever come out of Argentina (together with MIA - Cornonstipicum). Excellent musicianship, great amount of enthusiasm and energy, stunning playing and good sound underline the 5-star rating. Luckily, this is mainly an instrumental effort.

The album starts with the least strong piece containing also vocals. It doesn't blow away but set the minimum acceptance criteria for this highly over-average album. The title track is the most elaborate composition equally accessible to demanding and more straightforward prog fans. It has clear Focus/Finch signatures, emotional main motive and a lot of emotions with graduating tension. Keyboard layers and excellent guitar solo bring the main quality. Just when you think it will stay a calm song with repeated motive, the more energetic Rhodes driven passage with great synths/drums.

"Pollo frito" features explosive drumming, a lot of time signature changes, nice mellow quiet section, absolutely Finch-emotionally coloured guitar solo a la their second album. Shortly after mid-section, we have a furious fusion jam with keyboard/bass/guitar soloing and typical 70's American fusion drumming. "Abismo terrenal" is played in the same vein when it comes to drumming and soloing. This time, we have 12 minutes which is ample time for keyboard atmospheric synth solo, agressive and acrobatic guitar solo replaced by an emotional melodic guitar. Then come the less fitting bass and drum solos to stay fair. The end could have been better developed as it ends quite abruptly.

The bonus tracks are less essential as they are less elaborate. All in all, an essential prog-rock masterpiece.

 Crucis by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.78 | 132 ratings

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Crucis
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Second half of the 70's was the peak time for Argentinian prog easily equaling their European counterparts and bringing their folk elements to the mix.

The debut album of the band in early 20's shows promising music, execution and own characteristics while taking inspiration from heavy prog a la Atomic Rooster, Dutch progressive rock school (classically influenced acts like Focus) and traditional British prog (Genesis, Yes) with a bit of Italian prog especially in drumming/keyboards. Let's be honest that vocals are pretty average; most listeners will prefer instrumental pasages. The album is rawer than the more polished and sophisticated second album.

Songs are not that long but distinctive enough. Hammond is used more frequently than synths and Moog so it retains the early 70's sound. However, the Hammond is more polished and not showcasing chords a la Deep Purple. Music is pretty versatile with mellow elements; all instruments are adding a lot in the mix. Good examples of prog are the first "Todo tiempo posible" with good-enough symphonic elements and great melody. The next two songs are not that spectacular and contain equally heavy prog and symphonic elements. " La Triste Visión Del Entierro Propio" is a good composition in a prog vein but ruined a bit by too much singing.

Album is closed by two jewels - firstly the dynamically progressive "Determinados Espejos" that contains jamming and fusion elements. Great drumming and synth soloing at fast pace, then a Finch-like guitar kicks in. Stunning moments and progressive moments. "Recluso Artista" is a magnifient opus with a memorable symphonic motive played in various ways - you don't need to play 100 notes a minute if you find a great motive and put emotions inside. We also baroque synth playing, jazz intersection. Flawless keyboard layers and sounds enrich this composition. No wonder it was popular on live albums.

 Los Delirios Del Mariscal by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 199 ratings

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Los Delirios Del Mariscal
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
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5 stars I'll make it known once again: I love Argentinian prog. The guys were the masters of making the stuff, back in the 70's and even today. And Crucis was just one part of a greater national mosaic of fantastic music. After a very blues rock- influenced debut, "Los Delirios Del Mariscal" saw the band experimenting more with longer song structures; the album only contains 4 tracks, two of which are instrumentals spanning over 10 minutes apiece. And with more breathing room to develop their music, we arrive at a spacier, and at times more symphonic, listening experience.

I won't bother going into a "track-by-track", since I feel that the whole album really gels together as a single unit. What really defines the album's sound, though? Bluesy space rock jams, a vast cosmic vibe carved out with lush synths, blistering rhythmic firepower, there's really no other band out there that can so cleverly blend the dichotomies of spacey and contemplative, aggressive and exciting. Crucis really are masters of gradual build-ups; this can especially be heard on the title track and the closing "Abismo terrenal", where quiet synth vistas give way to breakneck guitar solos, sexy in their grooviness and fiery in their intensity. The last two minutes of the title track alone are a perfect representation of this, and make the album worth buying to hear them alone.

This album really fills a niche in Argentinian prog that not many of their contemporaries even attempted, and works splendidly from start to finish. The only minor complaint I might entertain is the fact that the longer tracks can sometimes get a little repetitive; for an album of under 35 minutes, you shouldn't have to strain yourself to "bulk up" something that's already so short. Having said that, this is still an excellent prog classic that ranks up there as one of the top prog albums of the late 70's. An excellent, excellent, excellent addition to any prog collection and an easy 5 stars!

 Kronologia by CRUCIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1995
4.56 | 62 ratings

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Kronologia
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by MyDarling95

5 stars These guys from Argentina have only 2 albums, 13 songs (counting their first single) and yet they are one of the most astonishing bands I've ever heard, really, EVER! Their works are really a must-have for every single prog lover, and the best they could do here was to pull the tracks from their two LP's in a single CD, awesome! I've always loved "Los Delirios del Mariscal" more than their debut, but both are great! I would say that this band made symphonic with a touch of space rock. It's a shame that they didn't do a third record, it would have been a masterpiece without a doubt, but for having really few material, they make it into any prog lover collection easily. Really great, an obligated adquisicion. I am really proud that a many bands that sing in Spanish came to be known around here!
 Los Delirios Del Mariscal by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 199 ratings

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Los Delirios Del Mariscal
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars This is a truly magnificent album. Except for the first song, the rest are instrumental and I think their strength lies on that part. I didn't like much the voices used, but the music is superb. The song Los Delirios del Mariscal (the same name of the album) contains symphonic prog elements and the progressions are really adequate. Pollo Frito is a short but nice song, with very good progressive movements, some jazzy elements are shown here. Finally, the epic track Abismo Terrenal is excellent, with glorious guitar and bass guitar solos, and drum parts, this track sounds sometimes full of psychedelic elements and jazz touches. Crucis, a band you should hear!
 Los Delirios Del Mariscal by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 199 ratings

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Los Delirios Del Mariscal
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

5 stars I feel different emotions to remember about this album. A very dark and sad time in my country had begun. Music has no relation to what. Actually the only song with linguistic content is No Me Separen de Mí (No separate me from me).

The whole work is imaginative and with local touches, especially Pollo Frito (Fried chicken).

The production is very clear. It was mixed and mastered by Jack Adams in Miami. Each member plays an important and significant role.

The two lengthy instrumentals are the best musical group contribution in his short career. I find most original and moving the title track to the album, Los Delirios del Mariscal (Delusions of Marshal), with his pace and mesmerizing beauty.

4,5 rating

 Los Delirios Del Mariscal by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 199 ratings

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Los Delirios Del Mariscal
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

5 stars An outrageously good slice of Argentine prog-rock, this second release from Crucis finds the group on seriously breathtaking form, channelling elements of symphonic rock, jazz, funk and folk into a blistering whole that truly defies expectation. Featuring Gustavo Montesano(bass, vocals), Anibal Kerpel(keyboards), Pino Marrone(guitar) and Gonzalo Farruiga(drums), this four-piece existed for a brief while during the mid-seventies, a time which saw a clutch of talented groups emerge from the countries folk-inflected past. Crucis, alongside the likes of Invisible, La Maquina De Hacer Parajos, Alas, Aquelarre and Espiritu, formed the core of a remarkable scene that failed to find an international foothold at the time yet has since become more and more popular with fans of more obscure progressive music. Made up of just four extended and mainly instrumental tracks, 'Los Delirios Del Mariscal' is the pick of the bunch, an album filled with virtuoso musicianship, razor-sharp guitars, shimmering synthesizers and some beautifully serene momente sof blissed-out latin prog. Highlights include the superb ten-minute title-track and it's gorgeous acoustic embellishments and the intensely epic closer' Abismo Terrenal', a piece which features a strong dose of jazz-fusion layered over the carefully-crafted progressive melodies. Simply put: A genuine masterpiece of the highest order. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012
 Los Delirios Del Mariscal by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 199 ratings

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Los Delirios Del Mariscal
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 again

Their follow up from one yar later from 1976 named Los delirios del mariscal transled approximate The Marshal's delusions is a more intristing and much better in manner of composing. Clocking around 35 min with only 4 pieces, totday it would be like for an EP, Crucis developed their sound into much more polished one and with more elaborated sections. The combination of instrumental passages with emphasis on long instrumental parts specially the keyboards and guitar have an important role here that goes somewhere between symph prog and heavy prog are succesful here, the musicianship is top notch, but again I don't know why I can't give more then3-3.5 stars. Is to much improvised passages and aswell this album is less dynamic then their forst one. I prefere No Me Separen de Mi , I think is the best track of the album , the guitar and specialy the drummer is excellent. So, another fairly good album, not a weak moment here, but nothing excelent aswell, at least for me, even they iprove their sound with more elaborated passages , the album is date it in places. 3-3.5 stars, both albums are more then ok.

 Crucis by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.78 | 132 ratings

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Crucis
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 this time

Crucis from Argentina, was one of the most promissing progressive rock groups frm mid '70's from South America. Having a short career of almost 4 years and 2 albums for Crucis was hard to make it big in those times, but with all that they succesfully made two great albums. Conducted and formed by excellent Gustavo Montesano, helped by Psiglo drummer Gonzalo Farrugia, Anibel Kerpel on keyboards and Pino Marrone on guitar, Crucis mange to come with a good first album. To me, the selftitled album from 1975 is a cross between symphonic prog and heavy brog . The album is up tempo, dynamic with lots of tempo changes, with good solos and some great keys parts, but overall nothing is really impressive. Crucis was quite diffrent then most of their country fellows and from South America in general the latest being much more influenced by italian synphonic prog, Crucis was more towards heavy prog typical for british music in that early to mid '70's. So, not a particular piece is in front, all are good and all are not excellent, a fair album with plenty of great moments.3-3.5 stars

 Los Delirios Del Mariscal by CRUCIS album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.18 | 199 ratings

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Los Delirios Del Mariscal
Crucis Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I actually don't like the mostly-instrumental Los Delirios del Mariscal quite as much as I do the band's debut - it's an engaging enough and competently performed prog album in a similarly keyboard-led mode, but none of the tracks particularly stand out and the band's performance isn't quite as energetic and vibrant as it was first time around. Still, the reduced prominence of the vocals will come as a pleasant bonus to many listeners, and if you were particularly taken with their debut album Los Delirios is hardly an embarrassment. It's another significant album from the Argentine prog scene (such as it was), but it's not the groundbreaking effort its predecessor was.
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