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Héctor ?Daddy? ANTOGNA is a living legend in the Argentinan modern music scene, ever since his early days in AVE ROCK (pioneering prog rock band in the country) and other adventurous rock, jazz and fusion outfits through the 70s. He was acknowledged by colleagues and the musical press for his excellent craft, which included a liberal use of polyrhythmic paces and rhythmic explorations. In the early 80s, he suffered an accident that left his body partially paralyzed, but after undergoing a long, intense rehabilitation phase, he continued to play the drum kit. And so, joining forces with bassist Nicolás DIAB, second drummer Fernando DE LA VEGA (both from LAS OREJAS Y LA LENGUA) and guitarist Alan COURTIS (formerly of REYNOLS), DADDY ANTOGNA Y LOS DE HELIO was born. The band has been and still continues to be quite active in the local scene, which has gained them an important cult following. Now, with the release of their debut album ?Viva Belice? in mid-2009, there is an opportunity to reach a wider audience.

The band?s style is strongly based on an intense mixture of jazz-rock, heavy prog and fusion, all of it sustained on a powerful psychedelic basis, alternating adventure and subtlety with equal prowess. DADDY ANTOGNA Y LOS DE HELIO is an important item in contemporary progressive rock, indeed, an important name in the contemporary Argentinean experimental rock scene.

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 Viva Belice by ANTOGNA Y LOS DE HELIO, DADDY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.51 | 5 ratings

Viva Belice
Daddy Antogna y Los de Helio Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Viva Belice is a nice initial effort by veteran drummer Daddy Antogna and his latest project, the cooperation with the band Los de Helio.

As Antogna is bound to a wheelchair following a bad accident almost 30 years ago, his input will never be what it was when he was at the top of his game musically, but with an additional drummer and a specially adopted drumkit for Antogna he's able to provide his expert additions to the sound of the band musically and compositionally, even if the former is in a limited capacity.

And while the end result isn't breathtaking this time around, those with a soft spot for instrumental psychedelic rock with a foundation in the 70's harder rocking parts of this universe should find quite a lot to their liking here. Dissonant art rock tendencies, fusion-tinged touches and a distinct Indo/Raga spice added for final number Veronica D. adds variation to the proceedings, but never to the extent of taking these songs out of a psychedelic universe.

 Viva Belice by ANTOGNA Y LOS DE HELIO, DADDY album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.51 | 5 ratings

Viva Belice
Daddy Antogna y Los de Helio Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Daddy Antogna y Los De Helio is an incredible Argentinian super-group that makes quite an exciting statement in the contemporary world of prog rock: creating an electrifying mixture of psychedelic rock and jazz-rock in a powerfully driven progressive framework, the band sure reveals itself as a solid source of proficiency and finesse. Comprising Mr. Antogna (formerly of Ave Rock and a long time prog rock and jazz veteran), guitarist Alan Courtis (formerly of Reynols), and the Las Orejas Y La Lengua members Nicolás Diab and Fernando de la Vega, the ensemble realy made the best out of their mutual fruition. The fact that the band has dual drum kits (Antogna has been paralyzed since the early 80s) effectively helps the band to achieve a robust sonic scheme: at times, this factor is utilized for groovy shared solos. The album starts with 'Frascos Tendidos', a convincingly rocking piece whose energy is wisely ordained: with the extra colors provided by the guest violinist and the elaboration of an accentuated coda, this piece makes an impressive starting point. Immediately after, 'Desincrustante' and 'Sub Umbra Floreo' bring the rocking power to a higher level. The former's dynamic intensity may remind us (to a certain degree) of early Guru Guru, while the latter builds a peculiarly muscular approach to Crimson-inspired cadences (and Courtis' guitar feels quite Frippian in its own terms, as well). Caught between these two tracks is the namesake piece, which leans on the band's softer side - its delicate jazzy structure brings a warm spirit, occasionally ornamented with moderately uneasy moods, but mostly, the track's predominat ambience bears a dreamy quality. Oh, and by the way, its title is a homage to one track in Ave Rock's debut album, where Antogna himself played drums and percussion. 'Brazo Largo' also states an introspective stance, delivered by the musicians with clever constraint. The fact that the final passages find the rhythmic pace going faster does not kill but complement the underlying serenity, if only adding a touch of optimism. 'Colapsa' begins and ends with autumnal moods, while its interlude states an explosion of KC-style grooves. 'Al-Carreta' is much more explicit, closer to the sense of confident energy that we had met earlier in tracks 2 and 4. The last track 'Verónica D.' lasts 10- minutes, bringing an effective climax to the whole listening experience. The track's compositional scheme is quite simplistic, but its richness lies in the clever elaboration of two successive crescendoes: I perceive a perfect balance of guitar-oriented krautrock and standardized post-rock in this piece, and if I'm right, this will give you a proper idea about the sort of mood delivered in the closing track. After what I've been listening in the "Viva Belice" album, I completely understand why this band has conquered such a loyal following in their local area. This album, as an item, is the opportunity for all prog fans around the world to get acquainted with this refreshing type of progressive rock. 4.45 stars for this one.
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