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FUGHU

Progressive Metal • Argentina


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FUGHU is a progressive metal band originating from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were formed in 1998, but it wasn't until 2009 that they released their debut album titled Absence.

The album can be described as progressive metal in the vein of DREAM THEATER in SYMPHONY X, though FUGHU does have their own sound. It contains 12 songs, and is definitely worth a listen for someone looking for some good new progressive metal.

Their popularity in the progressive metal community began when they were DREAM THEATER's opening act in March 2008 during their tour in Argentina. FUGHU shows a lot of potential with their debut, and it is recommended for any prog metal fan. If FUGHU continues down the road they began with Absence, I'm sure they can become one of the great progressive metal bands.

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Human: The TalesHuman: The Tales
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4.04 | 7 ratings
Absence
2009
3.94 | 11 ratings
Human (The Tales)
2013
4.19 | 19 ratings
Human (The Facts)
2013

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 Human (The Facts) by FUGHU album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.19 | 19 ratings

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Human (The Facts)
Fughu Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Argentinian band FUGHU is among the veterans of the progressive metal scene in Argentina, with a band history going back to 1998. It took the band a good few years to start recording material however, as their debut album "Absence" didn't appear until 2009. Four years later Fughu returns with an ambitious project: two full length albums that were simultaneously released, named "Human: The Tales" and "Human: The Facts" respectively.

Rich in mood and atmospheres, especially of the darker and more haunting varieties, "Human: The Facts" revolves less around progressive metal and more around arrangements closer to neo progressive rock than its companion release "Human: The Tales". A darker musical journey through and through, but with a suitably ominous progressive metal oriented number to conclude the album, this is a very nice and markedly different chapter to the dual part Human production Fughu has been working on for a few years. As this is the second of two CDs released as individual entities I suggest that buying both of them is the thing to do. As far as recommendations beyond that go, I'd think that fans of neo progressive rock might be more of a core audience for this album, especially those among them with a taste for dark music, who don't mind the occasional metal bites.

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 Human (The Tales) by FUGHU album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 11 ratings

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Human (The Tales)
Fughu Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Argentinian band FUGHU is among the veterans of the progressive metal scene in Argentina, with a band history going back to 1998. It took the band a good few years to start recording material however, as their debut album "Absence" didn't appear until 2009. Four years later Fughu returns with an ambitious project: two full length albums that were simultaneously released, named "Human: The Tales" and "Human: The Facts" respectively.

With "Human: The Tales" Fughu has created an enticing blend of accessible yet quirky progressive metal that roughly speaking can be placed inside the Dream Theater school, as far as progressive metal goes, but with a stronger emphasis on calm and ballad oriented sections alternating with darker, harder edged sections that feature guitar riffs and keyboards in more or less majestic combinations, depending on the overall mood and atmosphere needed. An album easy to recommend to fans of accessible but sophisticated progressive metal of the Dream Theater variety.

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 Human (The Facts) by FUGHU album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.19 | 19 ratings

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Human (The Facts)
Fughu Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

4 stars Released simultaneously with "Human: The Tales", this album has quite an interesting dichotomy with its sister release. I was really impressed with "The Tales" for its acrobatic, unique riffing and the vocalist's amazingly operatic style. I was certainly expecting more of the same, but Fughu has surprised me with an album that is head -and-shoulders above its counterpart.

"The Facts" is dark. Really dark. It loses its mythical charm as we move into reality---the filthy reality of the human experience. Because of this, the music comes across as way more psychedelic and even psychotic. On top of that, however, this album is also way more progressive, as there is a greater variety of arrangements, very strange time signatures, and ambiance. We even get Floydian atmospheres tinged with metallic riffs and glorious harmonies. This is quite a bit to swallow on the first listen, I'll tell you.

Guitars are heavy, dark, and crunching, but I must say that outright metal is not really present on this album. The soundscape is ever changing, eclectic, and even always inventive. The bass and drums are also on point with funkiness and technical bits to thrill metal fans. The overall composition of the album, however, is atmospheric and blackened, with a huge mix of sounds.

Santiago Burgi, the vocalist, blows away his performance in "The Tales". This guy is just incredible with his sound that is like a cross between Damian Wilson and Devon Graves. Thus, he has a rich, powerful sound, but a timidly creepy one, too. This style perfectly fits the music and the themes, and he outdoes himself again and again with his opera-tinged performance and his introverted dialogue. Believe me, I can't believe that I enjoy it so much, but he simply wows me every time.

So, this awkward and slightly scary music really finds a place in my mind. From the surreal "Void" to the very Headspace-like "Quirk of Fate" to the beautiful "Climb", every track is very well done. However, the final track, "The Facts", is the best track here, and one of the best songs I've heard this year. Incredibly shy lyrics meet crashing guitars and perfectly-placed blast beats to ascend to a glorious chorus of harmonies and simply interesting and haunting vocals. I'm stuck on this song, as it is worth the album price by itself.

Fughu has outdone their other release by an impressive amount. It's almost as if they matured in a short amount of time, as "The Facts" is perfectly balanced, unique, and fits together beautifully. This little band from Argentina has officially made my watch list.

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 Human (The Tales) by FUGHU album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 11 ratings

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Fughu Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

4 stars I just love it when I trip over a really strange album that I'm not sure about at first, but then it grows on me. I listened to Argentinian prog metal band, Fughu, and their new release "Human (The Tales)". Apparently, this is one of two releases for them in 2013, the other one being called "Human (The Facts)". These titles really interest me, and I will definitely listen to the other album soon.

I find it interesting that much prog metal I've heard lately has actually been shying away from the norm. Fughu is no cliche, ordinary prog metal band, as they utilize almost psychedelic/space rock atmospheres and keys along with their strange riffing style. The music is also full of variety, so there aren't many points in the album where the band simply drops into a breakdown or chugs along with the same riff over and over again. Indeed, sometimes the band simply gives us an eerie and melancholy track with great bass. No, Fughu doesn't normally stay put, and I'll tell you why.

The reason is that the singer is so prolific and strange. Yes, the singer leads much of the music, and he's also one of the strangest parts of this album. I really wasn't sure what to think of him at first, but I decided that I really like him. Just imagine a voice on the deeper end that also utilizes opera-esque vocal climaxes often. In fact, Simone Simons of Epica has some of the same techniques, so I would point to her as a female counterpart. Because of the vocalist, this album comes off as really unique, melodic, and really, well, just interesting. For an example of the range of this singer, try the track "Goodbye" where he does some really great singing on the low and slow side and also on the climactic side.

The album seems to deal with human problems, depression, and universal questions of worth and meaning. I want to look into the lyrics a little more, but this album is solid to be sure.

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 Absence by FUGHU album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.04 | 7 ratings

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Fughu Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars A strong and promising debut from this Argentinian ensemble.

Like many others, Fughu takes their cues from the back catalogue of artists like Dream Theater and Symphony X - in this case the former seems to be the main and dominating one of these. Which pretty much reveals the musical elements utilized: Powerful lead vocals, dark-tinged drawn out guitar riffs and riff patterns, organs and synth cascades as embellishments. While the tracks tend to be on the long side, with elongated soloing passages.

Fughu manage to create songs that are somewhat unpredictable at times though, and add in both subtle unexpected twists in the shape of quirky instrumental flurries, jazz-tinged details, mellow sequences and a generally more refined approach to this genre than many others do. The songs are generally well written too, and while by no means a revolution the end result is a good album with generally strong efforts overall, and a production that should be high on the shopping lists of anyone fond of classic progressive metal.

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