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RIVENDEL

Neo-Prog • Spain


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Excellent neo progressive band from San Sebastian, joined in the middle 80's with a basis in the days of glory of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, KING CRIMSON or GENESIS. The music is symphonic with full keyboard arrangements. "The Meaning" is made of three long suites: a very composed Progressive music, with complex constructions alterning sung sequences and instrumental ones. The vocals are in English, Spanish and French.

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3.35 | 12 ratings
Manifesto
1990
4.22 | 19 ratings
The Meaning
1996
4.31 | 18 ratings
DHD
2015

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 DHD by RIVENDEL album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.31 | 18 ratings

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Rivendel Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Heaven

5 stars After listening three times this album I'm still very surprised. First track (+ than 20 min) begins like warm, organic symphonic prog. But very different elements slowly make presence. From blues to electronics, from RIO to chamber, even Zeulh. The music becomes a labyrinth where the listener visits different corridors and chambers. Still everything is related somehow, a part of the whole thing. But you can't find the keys to put things together until the closing parts of the song. Ashtounding! Second track (12 minutes) seems much more calmed, even ambient music. But there's a feeling of inconvenience, a dissonance here and there. A feeling of no escape, like if you are on a Kafka or a Lovecraft story. That's the general feeling of this album. Third track (+10 minutes) is once again a very different proposal. It seems like a sound motion of the fight between industrial machinery and oppresed workers Or this is what the tittle, Metropolis, suggests. In the middle part of the song there's a terrible fight where once again Rivendel become deliciously chaotic. But in the end it looks that there's not a real winner for this battle. A very interesting album that is far from the prog mainstream. Like another reviewer says, this has absolutely no relation with neo-prog (as the band is tagged). Very recommended but be aware that this is not an easy listen.

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4.31 | 18 ratings

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Rivendel Neo-Prog

Review by Daledebil

5 stars The first thing I must say is that this album must be taken off from the classification of neo-prog. This is not. Maybe "ecleptic rock" or "avant rock" is a better identification. After nearly 20 years comes this third album from the Donosti (Spain) band, Rivendel. If you have already listened to some of their two previous albums.. forget them. This follows a completely different path. Only three tracks. All instrumentals. One of them last more than 20 minutes and two over 10, involving a whole kaleidoscope of sounds where multiple references appear in a more conceptual than literal way. In my opinion, nowadays, it is virtually impossible that a group practising fully instrumental music posseses a "completely original sound". Perhaps this is neither the case, but, even when you can find references, I think that Rivendel, with this album, have got an universe which is more particular than the one they offered in the previous discs. I said "references", and, it's true, here you can find echoes from David Gilmour (more than Pink Floyd) at the beginning of the first track or, even,Tangerine Dream further in the same track. In the second one you can find sounds from the most atmospheric side of Pink Floyd. But they are only sound flashes integrated on a completely differente unit. Anyway, my favorite track is the last one, "(die von maschinerive) Metropolis". A track where they play a strange game with the tension between impressionists and expressionists sounds. References that probably are more explicits if you take a look to the cover, where Jose Mari Aguirrezabala has used images from the Wiene's film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari . An special reference to the instrumental palette. Bass, keyboards and guitar. No drums anyway. This is important because the sound in this album is very particular. An instrumental album like this, rather than show its content in the first listen, trends to "suggest" moods and, in this regard, it's easy to imagine it as a struggle between darkness and light. If there is a moment that exemplifies the album for me it is the end of that first track. You can imagine that moment as a canvas where Monet and Kirchner were painting together. Congratulations, Rivendel. This is by far its better album. An album you must listen to.

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 The Meaning by RIVENDEL album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.22 | 19 ratings

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The Meaning
Rivendel Neo-Prog

Review by St_V

5 stars This album is really good, a better effort that their first one "Manifesto". The three long songs are divided into many different parts. The three suits are quite different, even each one of them are sung in a different language. First one, "La Telarana" is sung in spanish and it's a very lyrical song, with a lot of 12-string, flutes and oboes (or something alike). It remains classic RPI (italian progressive), because of some mediterranian feel. There is also a soprano-like guest voice. It sound beautiful and original. Vey symphonic. The second suite "The Meaning" that gaves tittle to the álbum seems the centerpiece of the álbum. It's the longest one. Every part is different. Guitar based parts follow keyboard based ones and sometimes in between there's is some nice vocal parts. A great opus. The final piece "L'Art Brut" is te shortest one. It's sung in french (?!) and it's the most bizarre song in this album. It seems it's about crazy artista and it's sounds like is! Also a very interesting piece of music. By far, the best Rivendel album in the 90's. I wonder why did they stopped because there is a feeling like if a third effort could have been even better.

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 Manifesto by RIVENDEL album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.35 | 12 ratings

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Rivendel Neo-Prog

Review by St_V

4 stars This album has good melodies and structures. Many good ideas but also some problems. Electronic drums are too loud and mechanical on some pieces. Vocals are also a bit forced at some points. Even those youth faults, some parts are very outstanding and emotional. For example the closing part of "The Stairs" and "Joker". Also the intensity of "Fools' Talk". "Jardin Secreto" is a bonus track. This one, sang in spanish I think, sound quite different, more radio friendly tan the others but it's also a nice effort. The second effort from this band "The Meaning" would solve the youth problems of this one.

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 Manifesto by RIVENDEL album cover Studio Album, 1990
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Manifesto
Rivendel Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Another band in the line,who fell into obscurity as the time passed by. RIVENDEL came from the town of San Sebastian and were formed around mid-80's, featuring Oscar Belio on keys and vocals,Tono Cruz on guitars and vocals,Jose Mari Aguirrezabala on bass,wind instruments and vocals and Juan Carlos Perez on drums.Their debut ''Manifesto'' was released in 1991 on Lednevir Records,propably a label,behind which were members of RIVENDEL.

Despite having received mediocre critics around the web,''Manifesto'' sound to my ears as a quite original effort,definitely in the neo prog vein,but having a rich sound coming from the mix of melodic distorted guitars and the interesting use of synths and electronic sequencers.It's not far from reality to say that there is sometimes an ambient/electronic feeling throughout the compositions,created by the atmospheric use of synths and the slow-tempo of the music,however the use of drum machines in the album will not satisfy everybody's ear.I can notice as a plus for the band the nice guitar work with influences from MARILLION and even STEVE HACKETT with a touch of ROBERT FRIPP here and there.Vocals are in English with an obvious foreign accent and often they come out with a strong theatrical leaning,not always succesful.All in all,I really can't find a horrible track in here.''Manifesto'' sounds very interesting to my ears despite it's low recording quality and the mistakes a new band makes.Recommended to fans of neo progressive rock with a touch of electronics (but I think it can please a lot more ears than only these)!

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4.22 | 19 ratings

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The Meaning
Rivendel Neo-Prog

Review by gerem

4 stars Continuing with the tradition of good Prog from northern Spain, Rivendel affirms with the Meaning the good taste of Spanish prerformers of continuing with the tradition of the classical prog bands that exploded with sound the underground prog scene of the 70's. Very tasteful small peieces of music tightned together to form a unified and unique long piece sung in three different languages. Good deep voice of Ana Loreto, in la Telaraña, the rythmic section is very precise, Toño Cruz's guitar is almost everywhere, but what makes the record delightful is Josemari's bass and wind work. too bad there hasn't been a release lately which Would Confirm Rivendel's quality.For anyone who apreciates Spanish Prog, if you liked Crack or Galadriel you should get this one. Congratulation to Roman who designed the cover: just unfolded the cover and glued it to my wall.

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