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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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3.04 | 9 ratings
3.96 | 16 ratings
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 Manifesto by RIVENDEL album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.04 | 9 ratings

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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 The Meaning by RIVENDEL album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.96 | 16 ratings

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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