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This was a Brazilian septet including Mario Neto (guitar/vocals), Sergio Villarim (keyboards), Delto Simas (bass), Marco Veríssimo (drums), Marcus Moura (flute/accordion), Mr. Paul (percussion) and Jane Duboc (vocals). A rich and symphonic music with wonderful keyboards and a very nice flute which enlightens the compositions full of interest and detours. A few female vocal interventions complete to enrich this great work. The band surpasses their influences: LOCANDA DEL FATE, PFM, QUELLA VECCHIA LOCANDA and ILLUSION.

They made two albums entitled "Depois Do Fim" ('83) and "Sete Cidades" ('99). In '95 Rarity Records released their first LP on CD with the addition of a bonus track (due to appear in their second LP). The CD "Depois Do Fim" is one of the highlights of the South-American Prog rock: a compelling blend of varied keyboards (vintage synthesizers, strings, piano, organ), skillful acoustic and electric guitar and strong Portuguese vocals. The nine compositions (four instrumental) sound warm and elaborate with many changing atmospheres. I'm mostly impressed by Mario Neto's alternating guitar play: from powerful and howling electric guitar to a slight Andalusian touch and classical like JOHN WILLIAMS (Sky-era) or using the tremolo-technique on the Spanish guitar (like "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" from TARREGA). Not to be missed by any serious Prog rock aficionado!

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4.34 | 610 ratings
Depois Do Fim
1983
3.50 | 55 ratings
Sete Cidades
1999

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 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
4.34 | 610 ratings

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Depois Do Fim
Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars BACAMARTE hails from Brazil and released this one album back in 1983 (although a second album would eventually emerge in 1999) which is a strange year indeed for such symphonic prog treat like DEPOIS DO FIM (After the end) when new wave and classic metal were ruling the musical roost and sophisticated music like this was certainly not the norm. The band was one of those latecomers to the prog game in the late 70s and exemplifies a whole plethora of influences from earlier 70s prog bands. As the story goes this album was recorded way back in 1978 and it definitely sounds like a 70s album. The band leader and founder Mario Neto decided that when this was recorded it wasn't the right time to let it out into a world intoxicated by the hypnotic and simplified world of disco and punk. They in effect sat on it and didn't release it for a several years when Neto was finally convinced to unleash his masterpiece to the public. He submitted it to a local radio station in Rio de Janeiro and the rest is history. The album has been lauded by proggers since its release and for good reason. It really is a compelling and outstanding slice of symphonic prog.

Despite being a product of South America there is little to reveal its geographical origins for it sounds like an album that could have easily been manufactured in Rome or Naples or Milan. This is pastoral symphonic prog of the Genesis type but wrapped in that Italian touch for making it romantic and classically infused with Spanish guitars and Romance language splendor of the PFM or Banco camp. The guitar runs are very Yes inspired that are of the Steve Howe type and splendiferous melodies that remind me of Renaissance with beautiful keyboards and the lovely vocals of Jane Duboc. The music just holds together very well and all the tracks just float on by never getting dull for one moment despite the album never really having a radically different sound than the influences that contribute to its whole. At first listen I didn't really hear the big deal behind what makes this so special but after a few it presented itself in a different light. The sum of the parts that make it take on a new mojo that leaves a satisfying feel to the whole thing. I have succumbed to the insipid charm of DEPOIS DO FIM and find myself loving this album more each time I give it a spin.

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 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Review by Brazilian Progger

5 stars Simply put, an absolute masterpiece and a basic addition to any serious progressive rock fan - the flute and guitar work are just flawless, and Jane Duboc's wonderful vocals are a perfect match to this album that will surely take you places.

As others have already said, this is to be appreciated along with some of the best Italian prog released in the 80s - however, this goes way beyond any sort of "melodic" or "symphonic" prog cliché - it's an almost perfect confluence of vocal and instrumental talent that can only be found, yes, in true masterpieces.

Highlights:

UFO, Pássaro de Luz, Miragem and Mirante das Estrelas (which is actually a bonus track).

An interesting addendum is that charming Ms Duboc used not only to be a famous MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) singer but also an accomplished professional sportswoman, winning various national competitions in swimming, volleyball, tennis and table tennis.

Definitely another reason to be a proud Brazilian.

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 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars Bacarmate's debut album is a breath of fresh air in the midst of an era what most would consider a dry time for prog. Perhaps it is because this album sounds as if it could have been released a decade earlier than it had been. The symphonic touch of bands like Genesis, ELP, Jethro Tull, and the quirkiness and intensity of Italian band's such as Banco and PFM is certainly there. But its own unique blend of these sounds is enough to separate it from these greats, and into a unique and enjoyable album.

As mentioned, this album definitely has that Symphonic sound, and is mostly drowned in synth to provide the lush atmosphere often associated with the genre, as noticed in the first song 'UFO,' of which the main theme is a divine synth passage. Besides this, there is also frequent usage of acoustic guitar on shorter songs like 'Pássaro De Luz,' and in passages of other songs. The more quirky moments can be found in the shorter 'Caño' and 'Controversia.' More overall, the album attains a rather upbeat and intense feeling, a la Banco, except for some of the more acoustically driven sections as mentioned, but is always melodic and interesting. This makes this a pretty diverse album overall.

The songs themselves aren't terribly long, but still manage to be quite diverse in their song structure and instrument choice, which includes tons of synth (used both atmospherically and melodically), frequent use of flute, and female vocals in Portuguese. 'Último Entardecer' is obviously the only exception length-wise, coming in at nearly 10-minutes, and is probably the best song on an album which really has no weak songs.

While it may not be the most as groundbreaking as the Genesis and Yes of a decade earlier, this is a solid listen from beginning to end, and should not be passed up by symphonic prog fans. It is a shame they were never able to record an album of this caliber again.

8/10

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 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Review by Argonaught

5 stars Brazil has given the world a lot of wonderful music, the universally beloved Garota De Ipanema being one of the most beautiful songs of all time. And, if you know where to look, you can find tons of competent 3- to 4-star Brazilian non-pop albums,

But the Depois Do Fim is unique in at least two important ways.

(1) It's Bacamarte's very first album; it was released 6 (six!!!) years after it'd been recorded, after which the group just went ahead and disbanded itself. Bacamarte did get reformed a decade later, but the new lineup clearly didn't have what it took to re-create the Depois Do Fim magic (the mediocre Sete Cidades was their only "other" album).

(2) Depois Do Fim remains the only Brazilian prog album that made it into the PA Top 40 list; other Brazilian prog bands haven't gotten (yet) anywhere near.

I would describe Depois Do Fim (DdF) as 100% flawless; the songwriting and the musicianship (both acoustic and electric) are of the highest world class, and Jane Duboc is an astounding marvel in herself. Like I said, there is positively nothing that is wrong with this album, other than perhaps the jacket art that's a little too vague.

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 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by stefro
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5 stars Although they only produced one album during their initial phase of activity, Brazillian outfit Bacamarte deservedly belong to the list of great non-European progressive groups thanks to 1983's far-reaching symphonic masterpiece 'Depois Do Fim', an album that continually finds itself embedded in the upper echelons of various progressive rock best album lists.

Sitting in the same grade as the likes of Harmonium's beautifully folk-inspired 'Si On Avait Besoin D'une Cinquieme Saison' and the highly-influential pair of Klaus Schulze- produced Japanese space-psych marathons 'Nipponjin' and 'Parallel Worlds' from the Far East Family Band, 'Depois Du Fim' has now reached the level of legend amongst progressive rock fans, a lofty sonic perch indeed. Curiously, however, this is an album made more than a decade after progressive rock's golden era, a fact made all the more amazing by the sound and style of an album that sounds nothing like it's 1980s origins. Such is it's sonic authenticity, 'Depois Do Fim' sounds as if it were made circa 1973, not 1983.

Featuring a seven-strong line-up but written mainly by guitarist Mario Neto, 'Depois Do Fim' features an enchanting blend of acoustic-and-electronic instruments melded into a strong symphonic style. Elements of medieval music, folk and the occasional jazz touch are added artfully to the mixture, whilst the group's latin heritage also plays a prominent role throughout.

Album highlights include the multi-part instrumental opener 'U.F.O.', a track featuring warm woozy synthesizers courtesy of keyboardist and co-writer Sergio Villarim, the intricate operatic flute-led latin-rock of 'Smog Alado', and the gorgeous nine-minute centrepiece 'Ultimo Entardecer', a captivating brew of symphonic melodies adorned by Jane Duboc's unique vocals.

Beautifully played, unnervingly complex and filled with a multi-coloured array of textures and ingredients, Bacamarte's wonderful debut truly deserves its strong reputation, multiple listens revealing the album's highly-skilled and carefully-crafted nature. The real mystery, however, is why they only made the one album(a belated and inferior follow-up with little relation to 'Depois Do Fim' would appear during the mid-nineties). That said, the mystique of stand-alone albums of great quality is also a large part of their appeal, and although one would have liked even more Bacamarte albums to mull over, asking for more seems almost greedy. 'Depois Do Fim' is a fine album - a masterpiece even - and that should be enough.

In a word then: gorgeous.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by joaquim

5 stars As a Brazilian and also an admirer of the progressive world scenario, I consider this disc Bacarmarte simplesmemente impeccable. This work does not lose, in my opinion, for the best albums of bands like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Camel, Renaissance, ELP, and others devoted bands of the genre. Perhaps, for most of you who have English as the language-country, sounds strange to hear sounds sung in Portuguese. But I believe that this will not hurt your ears. Music is universal - and most of the songs on this album are instrumentals.

Unfortunately, this disc here in Brazil is very little known. The rock is not by far the most publicized musical rhythm here.

Anyway, I am very happy to see how this album's debut Bacamarte is recognized around the world.

Who wants to know more bands Brazilian progressive rock or other genres, feel free to contact us.

Hug.

PS: I translated by google translator this text ...my english is not good.

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 Sete Cidades by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.50 | 55 ratings

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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by Sagichim
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Bacamarte's second album is more of a Mario Neto solo album since he plays pretty much everything here, and although he was very dominant in their debut, is the music and writing any different here? ...Yes it is! Out goes the electric guitar and with that, the rocky energies that were so evident in their previous album (except for a few moments here and there), but still leaving us with Neto's great ability of playing acoustic guitars. The sound had severely changed but i don't mind that, what i do mind and having a tough time to understand are the drums sound, why? why? and i ask again why use this sound and turn the album from a warm sound to a plastic sound? this could have been much better. Although Neto is credited for playing the drums, it doesn't really sound like natural drums, it sounds like a programed drum machine with an awful sound, but as i searched the web i found no information stating otherwise than what said here. Drum machine or not this is one of the worst drumming i have heard in an album, it's awkward, lame and lacks any punch.

Said that i still enjoy the album, there are some great moments and some moments i don't like so much or think it could have been done better. Neto's guitar playing is still very good and inspiring, flutes are good and with the addition of the keys and acoustic guitars, the album have a very pastoral and tranquil atmosphere. Neto's vocals are not bad but are not remotely close to the beautiful vocals presented by Jane Duboc on their debut. The writing although different is still very good, and i give a lot of credit to Neto for handling all the instruments and overall constructing a very good album. 'Portais' has a beautiful promising start with good acoustic guitar and flute, piano is added and altogether creates a wonderful opener. 'Ritual Da Fertilidade' is a great example of how this album should have sounded, with drums absent the percussions lead the way and creates a good, kind of tribal track. 'Filhos Do Sol' is not more than ok with Neto's lame vocals. 'Espritos Da Terra' and 'Mirante Das Estrelas' are both great even though drums are putting me off, the first featuring a pastoral mood and great guitar solo, and the second featuring a more upbeat rhythm with maybe Neto's greatest guitar playing in the whole album. 'Carta' is quiet with an ok vocals and has definitely grew on me. 'Canto Da Esfinge & Portais' is a tricky, it stands beautifuly by itself but here it disappoints me to hear the first track all over again although it's an extended version and done with a slightly different instrumentation, but like i said by itself it's maybe the best song out of this album.

This could have been an easy 4 star album, the music definitely is, but i can't put the drum sound aside, it's not only the sound the whole drumming tend to be dragged behind which brings a lot of the material down, and ruins some of the greatest moments. I admit i wasn't impressed at all at the begining but this has definitely grew on me, and i am listening to this more than before despite the almost unbearable drums. For those of you who enjoyed their debut, this one is a good addition, but for me it's 3 stars.

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 Depois Do Fim by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by Dark Nazgul

4 stars Sambaprog!

"Depois Do Fim" is a very pleasant album and without doubt one of the best records of the eighties, at least in the context of progressive rock. The style of the band reminds PFM, with the same great atmospheres, the use of flute and harpsichord, and a great guitarist, Mario Neto, clearly a follower of Franco Mussida. Unfortunately the production is not at the same level of the music, particulary for the bad use of the synth, that is at least questionable in almost all the songs. The album consists of nine tracks, almost all interesting, I describe briefly.

U.F.O. A great instrumental opening track. The guitar intro reminds me "La Carrozza di Hans" with echoes of Mussida's style. Gradually make their appearance the other instruments, flute and harpsichord in evidence. Pleasant. Rating: 10/10.

Smog Alado. Introducing the femal vocalist, Jane Duboc. Once again, the references to the PFM are evident, this time the song reminds me "E' Festa / Celebration". Pity about the use of synth in some way, but the keyboards in the final section are great and this part is masterfully executed. Rating 7/10.

Miragem. Excellent instrumental, one of the best songs of the album. It is a kind of exotic dance with amazing solos by Neto on guitar, then a slower interlude with flute and classical pastoral atmosphere. Echoes of Camel, here. Rating 10/10.

Passaro de Luz. Wonderful acoustic ballad, full of the typically Brazilian melancholy, only with Neto and Jane Duboc. Simple but also very exciting. Rating 10/10.

Cano. Track with numerous change of pace, clearly sees the rhythm section on the spot. Final variation with accordion. Interesting, but not at the same level of the previous songs. Rating 6/10.

Ultimo Entardecer. The longest song of the album and the most complex, with many parts of keyboards and guitars. Amazing central part sung by Duboc and introduced by a beautiful piano in the style of the best Rick Wakeman (that of "The Six Wiwes" just to be clear ...). Rating 9/10

Controversia. The song title says it all unfortunately. Short (thankfully) jumble of meaningless sounds in ELP style. Rating 3/10.

Depois Do Fim. Another exciting track, unfortunately introduced by the keyboards with a bland chord progression. However, all remaining parts are outstanding, with a great performance by the singer. Rating 9/10.

Mirante Das Estrelas. Closing instrumental. It would have been the best track on the album because of the impressive guitar solos by Neto. Unfortunately, some parts are devalued by some questionable synth solos. However, it is still a piece of excellent quality. Rating 8/10.

Overall an excellent album, although obviously derivative, which will delight PFM fans and lovers of symphonic rock in general, close to the status of masterpiece. Final Rating 8/10 and four stars.

Best song: Miragem

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Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by Sagichim
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

5 stars Well this one got a fare share of reviews and the rating is definitely acceptable. For the ones who are still not familiar with this, bacamarte are a Brazilian band who plays symphonic prog with an amazing guitar , beautiful melodies , top that with high writing skills and you got your self a winner. Although released in a peculiar year 1983 it has a definite 70's style and atmosphere , no 80's sound in sight. Music is very colorful and melodic using flutes, keyboards and that fiery guitar. Electric guitar is distorted but in a gentle way so the music is never heavy , and has a one of a kind sound. Jane duboc's vocals are purely angel like , simply beautiful , singing in portuguese which sound refreshing and are pleasant to my ears. The music is mainly fast and upbeat with great interplay between everyone , very intricate stuff , the songs ranges between 4 minutes long to the longest 9 minutes , the short songs are still progy with a lot going on thanks to the incredible guitar. Cd version contain an extra track taken from their second album , although is quite good , contain a programed drum machine sound which definitely ruins the sound after the previous tracks.

This is one of the most lovable symphonic albums ever and with a good reason , so it's a must have for all you readers , I can not imagine anyone who wouldn't like it. I can't think of any highlights either , everything is equally beautiful. Perfect stunning release , it is an easy 5 stars.

Don't miss it!!

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 Sete Cidades by BACAMARTE album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Sete Cidades
Bacamarte Symphonic Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Their debut album is a masterpiece, there's no arguments about that. However, this album is, somehow unfairly, lying in a shadow of its predecessor . When judged, more or less independently - by its own merits, it's a pleasant and accessible, yet still complex enough (and boy, what a wonderful soundscapes Sete Cidades manages to capture) to please all kinds of Prog lovers. That itself is a impossible feat sometimes One song known from previous album's bonus section, one long track, several short ones and great acoustic / virtuosic Prog all around. Album that certainly should not to be missed by any serious Prog lover. You simply can't go wrong with this one.

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