Header

CAST

Symphonic Prog • Mexico


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Cast picture
Cast biography
Due to the lack of support from the Governments who see art as a way to get more taxes or private industry who prefer to invest in foreign acts, and the difficulties to reach the USA or British markets, it's unusual for a Latin American band to have a long and prolific career, but 31 years and 15 studio albums make of CAST from Mexico, one of the exceptions to this rule.

The story of CAST begins in 1978 when the first golden era of Progressive Rock was agonizing, when the Keyboardist Alfonso Vidales had the idea of creating a Rock band that blended Symphonic passages in order to keep his beloved Prog alive.

Very little information can be found about the first 16 years of their existence, until 1994 when "Landing in a Serious Mind" is self released, an album that presents us a serious Symphonic band with an original sound, maybe the only problem is the strong accent when singing in English.

1994 and 1995 are years of great activity for CAST, the band releases 5 albums, the already mentioned, "Sound of Imagination", "Third Call", "Endless Sounds" and "Four Aces", what makes me think this material was recorded during the previous years.

After two more albums and three years, the band signs with Musea for the release of "Imaginary Window" in 1999, an album that shows us a band that leaves behind the few Neo Prog leanings to embrace fully the Symphonic genre

The years keep passing and still in 2009, the band is preparing a new album that will be called "Cast Arte" and knowing the band is, we have CAST for several years more.

Being such a prolific band, it's hard to define a unique style, because the have evolved through the decades, performing Baroque, Medieval, Ethnic, Fusion, etc, but always keeping the unique sound in which we can here references from ELP, GENESIS and several more bands, but to be precise, I believe it's more the sound of the 70's rather than a direct influence from any band.

No Prog collection is complete without a least three or four albums of this Mexican band who defied time and won.

:::Iván Melgar Morey - Perú:::

Cast official website

CAST MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

CAST forum topics / tours, shows & news


CAST forum topics Create a topic now
CAST tours, shows & news Post an entries now

CAST Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to CAST

Buy CAST Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Original London Cast (CD 1990) Highlights From Webber OST USD $8.33 Buy It Now 33m 58s
ORIGINAL CAST RECORD BILLY ELLIOT CD 2-DISC BONUS CD- ELTON JOHN NEW SEALED USD $12.18 Buy It Now 35m 10s
NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS Plamondon Cocciante (CD 1997) French Cast FREE SHIPPING USD $7.64 Buy It Now 37m 18s
Fiddler On The Roof-Original Broadway Cast Album/Original Issue in EX/Mint Con! USD $17.00 [0 bids]
USD $25.00 Buy It Now
43m 1s
Columbia Records Original Cast "SESAME STREET RECORD" 45 RPM 1970 USD $4.19 Buy It Now 44m 49s
LITTLE FISH OFF-BROADWAY CAST RECORDING CD 2008 SUPER HOT CLASSIC! USD $10.99 Buy It Now 45m 8s
1970 Original Cast Jesus Christ Superstar 2 Album + Rare Insert Ian Gillan NM NM USD $17.99 [0 bids]
47m 37s
High School Musical 2 [Original Soundtrack] by High School Musical Cast (CD,... USD $0.99 Buy It Now 48m 9s
Mr. President Original Broadway Cast KOL 5870 USD $7.20 Buy It Now 49m 7s
Annie - Original 1977 Broadway Cast Recording CD USD $4.95 Buy It Now 50m 8s
GUYS and DOLLS Frank Loesser orig NAT Theatre cast BOB HOSKINS/Julie Covington USD $15.59 Buy It Now 52m 42s
THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS OFF-BROADWAY CAST RECORDING CD 2004 SUPER HOT CLASSIC! USD $9.99 Buy It Now 53m 8s
On The Town (1995 Studio Cast), Bernstein, L., Good Original recording remastere USD $20.61 Buy It Now 54m 59s
LOVE MUSIK BROADWAY CAST RECORDING CD 2007 SUPER HOT CLASSIC! USD $9.99 Buy It Now 56m 1s
flower drum song LP, ORIGINAL CAST, Good USD $0.99 Buy It Now 56m 21s
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES OFF-BROADWAY CAST RECORDING CD 2008 SUPER HOT CLASSIC! USD $10.99 Buy It Now 59m 1s
Kiss Me, Kate 1949 Broadway Cast CD Alfred Drake Patrician Morison Cole Porter USD $3.00 [0 bids]
1h
Sondheim: Into the Woods [Original Cast Recording] by Various Artists CD USD $3.50 [0 bids]
1h
Crazy for You [Original Broadway Cast] CD USD $3.00 [0 bids]
1h
Cast-original : Company CD (1998) USD $3.00 [0 bids]
1h
GUYS AND DOLLS [1992 BROADWAY REVIVAL CAST] CD USD $3.00 [0 bids]
1h
West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster] CD USD $3.00 [0 bids]
1h
ME AND MY GIRL (ORiginal Broadway Cast) (CD) USD $2.50 [0 bids]
1h
I Do! I Do! (1966 Original Broadway Cast), Mary Martin Robert Preston USD $3.00 [0 bids]
1h
Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific (The New Broadway Cast) USD $4.00 [0 bids]
1h
Anything Goes - New Broadway Cast Recording USD $3.00 [0 bids]
1h
Cats (Original Broadway Cast) (2CDs) USD $3.50 [0 bids]
1h
The Producers (2001 Original Broadway Cast), Mel Brooks, Matthew Broderick USD $3.00 [0 bids]
1h
New Sealed Titanic CD Broadway Cast Recording RCA A New Musical 1997 USD $8.99 Buy It Now 1h 2m
The Megilla Of Itzik Manger in Yiddish and English Mike Burstein Broadway cast USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 6m
LUCKY STIFF CONCEPT CAST RECORDING CD 1994 SUPER HOT CLASSIC! USD $10.99 Buy It Now 1h 6m
Best Foot Forward-Original Cast-LP-Vinyl Record-VG+ USD $5.99 Buy It Now 1h 7m
FLAHOOLEY,ORIGINAL CAST, YMA SUMAC, Barbara Cook,..CAPITOL S-284, 1951 ORIGINAL! USD $29.00 Buy It Now 1h 7m
Glee: The Music, Volume 1 by Glee Cast - CD Free Ship #FJ37 USD $7.95 Buy It Now 1h 10m
HATS! A new musical for the rest of your life Live Cast Recording Album CD - NEW USD $5.00 [0 bids]
USD $6.50 Buy It Now
1h 10m
LOVE NEVER DIES ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING 2 CD SET 2010 SUPER HOT CLASSIC! USD $12.99 Buy It Now 1h 14m
The King and I [Madacy] [Highlights] by Original Cast (CD, 1995) Free Ship #ER23 USD $3.99 Buy It Now 1h 15m
Show Boat [1993 Toronto Revival Cast Premeiere] by Original Cast CD Mint #BG97 USD $5.35 Buy It Now 1h 15m
Hairspray (Original Broadway Cast Recording) by Original Cast CD Free Ship #DA41 USD $4.97 Buy It Now 1h 16m
Hairspray (Original Broadway Cast Recording) by Original Cast CD Free Ship #CH67 USD $4.97 Buy It Now 1h 18m
L'HOMME DE LA MANCHA PARIS CAST RECORDING CD 2005 SUPER HOT CLASSIC! USD $10.99 Buy It Now 1h 18m
'GUNS N' ROSES' 1980s NOS CAST METAL PIN BADGE SLASH AXL ROSE USD $10.91 Buy It Now 1h 20m
Cast Recording - All Night Strut! [CD New] USD $16.83 Buy It Now 1h 21m
KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY STUDIO CAST RECORDING CD 2011 SUPER HOT CLASSIC! USD $10.99 Buy It Now 1h 21m
Blood Brothers : London Cast Recording CD (1993) USD $3.95 Buy It Now 1h 21m
George M. Cohan Tonight! - Cast Recording (CD Used Very Good) USD $15.40 Buy It Now 1h 22m
The Music Man [Original London Cast] by Original Cast (CD, Feb-1995) Mint #AA07 USD $4.46 Buy It Now 1h 27m
MY FAIR LADY ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING JULIE ANDREWS 4 TRACK REEL 7 1/2 IPS USD $6.99 Buy It Now 1h 27m
She Loves Me Original Cast Album CD Barbara Cook Massey USD $6.50 Buy It Now 1h 30m
LP Zero Mostel In Fiddler On The Roof (The Original Broadway Cast Recording) USD $5.99 Buy It Now 1h 31m
London Cast - Great Balls Of Fire [CD New] USD $9.07 Buy It Now 1h 32m
Broadway Cast - Broadway Musicals Of 1930 [CD New] USD $17.94 Buy It Now 1h 32m
ZERO MOSTEL "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING LP 1964 USD $3.99 Buy It Now 1h 35m
PUCCINI:LA BOHEME THE DREAM CAST (CD) USD $17.41 Buy It Now 1h 40m
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $22.77 Buy It Now 1h 40m
SEALED APPLAUSE ORIGINAL CAST SOUNDTRACK LP ABC RECORDS ABC-OCS-11 USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1h 40m
HAIR (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $17.25 Buy It Now 1h 40m
35MM:MUSICAL EXHIBITION (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $22.61 Buy It Now 1h 42m
NOW HERE THIS (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $22.61 Buy It Now 1h 42m
Topol - Fiddler on the roof ( London cast) CD USD $6.23 [0 bids]
1h 43m
PURLIE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST BY MOORE,MELBA (CD) USD $16.15 Buy It Now 1h 44m
CABARET (OCR)-NEW BROADWAY CAST RECOR (CD) USD $17.25 Buy It Now 1h 44m
SOUND OF MUSIC NEW BROADWAY CAST BY ORIGINAL BROADWAY CA (CD) USD $15.15 Buy It Now 1h 44m
1964 BROADWAY CAST:GOLDEN BOY (OSC) BY DAVIS,SAMMY JR. (CD) USD $15.81 Buy It Now 1h 45m
WICKED (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $27.13 Buy It Now 1h 45m
MOTOWN:MUSICAL CAST RECORDING (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $20.24 Buy It Now 1h 46m
DIO RONNIE JAMES HOLY DIVER CAST METAL PIN BADGE NWOBHM RAINBOW BLACK SABBATH USD $15.59 Buy It Now 1h 46m
CAST OF THOUSANDS COUNTRY GARDENS/THE CASTS BLUES 7"45 AMY RECORDS PROMO USD $4.92 Buy It Now 1h 50m
DREAMGIRLS Original Broadway Cast Album ~ SEALED orig. 1982 LP gatefold MINT USD $9.88 [0 bids]
1h 51m
New Broadway Cast Recording Grease! 21 Trk CD Album USD $7.79 Buy It Now 1h 54m
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF-LONDON CAST BY ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (CD) USD $17.25 Buy It Now 1h 54m
LES MISERABLES (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $35.62 Buy It Now 1h 55m
BELLS ARE RINGING-BROADWAY CAST BY ORIGINAL BROADWAY CA (CD) USD $15.15 Buy It Now 1h 55m
MISS SAIGON (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $24.87 Buy It Now 1h 55m
WE WILL ROCK YOU:THE ROCK THEATRICAL BY ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (CD) USD $19.92 Buy It Now 1h 55m
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $24.87 Buy It Now 1h 56m
LES MIZ HIGHLIGHTS (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $20.96 Buy It Now 1h 56m
LES MISERABLES-SYMPHONIC HIGHLIGHTS BY CAST-SYMPHONIC (CD) USD $20.96 Buy It Now 1h 56m
LES MISERABLES (OCR) 10TH ANNIVERSARY BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $26.94 Buy It Now 1h 56m
Original Broadway Cast The Full Monty 15 Trk CD Album USD $7.79 Buy It Now 1h 56m
PIPE DREAM:NEW CAST RECORDING (OCR) BY 2012 ENCORES! CAST (CD) USD $22.61 Buy It Now 1h 57m
HAIR (OCR)(2009 REVIVAL CAST RECORDIN (CD) USD $22.61 Buy It Now 1h 57m
FANCY NANCY:MUSICAL (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $22.61 Buy It Now 1h 57m
GIANT (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $24.90 Buy It Now 1h 57m
IN THE HEIGHTS (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $24.90 Buy It Now 1h 57m
HANDS ON A HARD BODY (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $22.61 Buy It Now 1h 58m
FOREVER PLAID (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $16.15 Buy It Now 2h
GLEE:MUSIC PRESENTS THE WARBLERS BY GLEE CAST (CD) USD $18.25 Buy It Now 2h
GLEE:MUSIC PRESENTS GLEASE (OST) BY GLEE CAST (CD) USD $15.50 Buy It Now 2h
WAR HORSE (OCR) BY ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (CD) USD $18.25 Buy It Now 2h
GLEE:MUSIC VOLUME 4 BY GLEE CAST (CD) USD $21.00 Buy It Now 2h
GLEE THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE BY GLEE CAST (CD) USD $21.10 Buy It Now 2h
GLEE:MUSIC SEASON 4 VOLUME 1 BY GLEE CAST (CD) USD $18.25 Buy It Now 2h
KINKY BOOTS (OCR) BY ORIGINAL CAST (CD) USD $18.25 Buy It Now 2h
SEVEN BRIDES for SEVEN BROTHERS ROYAL WEDDING ORIGINAL CAST 1954 MGM RARE DG LP USD $24.99 Buy It Now 2h 2m
THE ROTHSCHILDS Bock, Harnick, Yellen.Original Broadway Cast Vinyl LP USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2h 2m
Sesame Street Original Cast Record CR21530 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 4m
MINT CD! The Producers [Original Broadway Cast Recording] by Broderick/Lane USD $8.50 Buy It Now 2h 4m
Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie, , Good Cast Recording, Box set USD $11.00 Buy It Now 2h 5m
London Cast inc: Paul Nicholas Highlights Jesus Christ Superstar 13 Trk CD Album USD $7.79 Buy It Now 2h 6m


More places to buy CAST music online Buy CAST & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for CAST DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

CAST shows & tickets


  • Summer Sonic 2015: Osaka on 15 Aug 2015
  • Summer Sonic 2015: Tokyo on 15 Aug 2015
  • Cast at Norwich Waterfront, Norwich on 28 Aug 2015
  • Victorious Festival 2015 on 29 Aug 2015
  • Bingley Music Live 2015 on 4 Sep 2015
  • Progressive Promotion Festival 2015 on 10 Sep 2015
  • Live in London on 11 Sep 2015
  • Cast at The Hub, Plymouth on 4 Oct 2015
  • Cast at The Ironworks, Inverness on 17 Oct 2015

CAST discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

CAST top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.81 | 18 ratings
Landing In A Serious Mind
1994
3.19 | 23 ratings
Sounds of Imagination
1994
3.48 | 23 ratings
Third Call
1994
3.31 | 27 ratings
Endless Signs
1995
2.89 | 25 ratings
Four Aces
1995
3.58 | 41 ratings
Beyond Reality
1996
3.70 | 45 ratings
Angels and Demons
1997
3.70 | 48 ratings
Imaginary Window
1999
3.35 | 24 ratings
Legacy
2000
3.16 | 12 ratings
Infinity
2002
3.67 | 37 ratings
Al-Bandaluz
2003
3.28 | 27 ratings
Nimbus
2004
3.86 | 7 ratings
Pyramid Of The Rain
2005
3.18 | 21 ratings
Mosaïque
2006
3.57 | 43 ratings
Com.Union
2007
4.07 | 67 ratings
Originallis
2008
3.71 | 61 ratings
Art
2011
4.03 | 61 ratings
Arsis
2014

CAST Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.53 | 15 ratings
A Live Experience
1999
4.32 | 15 ratings
Castalia
2000

CAST Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

CAST Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 4 ratings
A View of Cast
1996
3.06 | 8 ratings
Laguna de Volcanes
2000

CAST Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

CAST Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Endless Signs by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.31 | 27 ratings

BUY
Endless Signs
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars The show at the pre-Progfest Festival at Barnsdall Theater made only good to Cast, not only their performance was satisfactory, but they also managed to hit big time sells on the running ''Four aces'' album and their next work ''Endless signs''.Self-produced by the band, this marked the fifth full-length album by Cast in a 2-year period!

I am dissapointed to say that the bulk of recording sessions and written tracks did not end up to a really strong album this time.They haven't moved an inch from a refined symphonic-oriented and occasionally melodic Symphonic Rock, I think that the front covers with the main figure of jester just say it all regarding the direction of the group, but the music sounds not that inspiring as on the last few albums.Nevertheless, it would be a statistical error to release so many albums in a limited time with all of the being equally good.The tracks are pretty long with plenty of different segments and mood changes, influenced by GENESIS, MARILLION and the likes, featuring lots of guitar and keyboard fests, but I am afraid that the material is rather forgettable, especially the two longer pieces, the title-track and ''Spirit of man'', seem like the weakest links on this CD.Production was never Cast's strongest point, but with the music being just above average, it certainly hurts the consistency of the album.Latter pieces do include some very good moments, on par with Cast's best efforts on the previous albums, like the romantic and more Neo Prog-flavored ''Allow me'', the dramatic ''Mayday'' with the huge organ waves, while ''Hidden poems'' excels through the first bunch of tracks, being heavily Classical-oriented and containing some good switches between different themes.

Not a bad album, but one of the less interesting works on Cast's repertoire.The talent is there as always, it has not been translated though into really satisfying compositions on ''Endless signs''.Anyway, Neo Prog and Symphonic Rock buffs will apprecaie some of the contained material...2.5 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Art by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.71 | 61 ratings

BUY
Art
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Cast's musicianship is beyond competent- it has to be to keep up with so many demanding passages that come back-to-back and rarely let up. A number of these compositions are harried displays of technique, which, though impressive, should ideally come in bursts. The vocals have that slippery Neo-Prog texture that appeal to some but not others. Overall, this is a fine symphonic album, one that could have been stronger with some pruning that would have enabled the brightest moments to shine a little more.

"Duction from the Intro" Wasting no time, Cast plaits a medley of jarring instrumental passages together, pairing strident lead guitar with various wind instruments, walking a tightrope between symphonic and heavy jazz,

"A Night of Candles" / "Our Many Hands" Where that introductory piece was a commendable exercise in controlled chaos, this one comes from all directions, with the drummer in particular sounding unsure of what should happen when; in places it's all far too busy.

"Handing a Challenge" An abrupt change of pace, this piece is a peppy blend of jaunty symphonic music and tacky jazz. The dramatic vocals ring out over swirling keyboard and crunchy guitar riffing.

"Equal Strokes" The hectic pace is hard to follow, again with the snare receiving a lot of attention. The bass pops nicely from time to time, and the keyboardist offers both a fast synthesizer solo and a whirling organ workout, the latter of which is marred by overwhelming, ghostly vocalizations.

"Between the Face and the Mask / Reprise" The opus moves right into another busy movement, with the guitarist and the flautist sharing the spotlight in between the keyboardist's thematic recitations. This instrumental feast demonstrates a high level of sophistication. The vocal section of the song does not appeal to me, again because of the barrage of activity all crammed together, which continues on during a squealing, shredding guitar solo.

"Return to Same" In stark contrast to all that has come before, "Return to Same" begins with confident piano, darker vocals, and woodwind accompaniment. In some ways, it reminds me of one of the many "filler" tracks on an album from The Flower Kings, but at times it sounds like something from Ritual's "The Hemulic Voluntary Band," which appeals to me.

"Ojales" Following the respite of "Return to Same," Cast returns to the heavy commotion of before. Electric guitar and saxophone take turns, with the latter exploring more exotic phrases.

"Selajo" Another restless instrumental, this one is less memorable than many of the other works found on the album, but it does contain some satisfying keyboard passages.

"Intrada" After an explosive beginning, the listener is treated to light flute, piano, and energetic guitar and synthesizer. As a whole, the grand atmosphere of the piece is like that found on a Proto-Kaw album.

"Less Complicated / The Rescue" Immediate vocals, low and sinister, pulse over softer music before that music transforms into what could be rousing battle music for progressive rock fans. The keyboard passages are reminiscent of classic Genesis, while the uplifting vocal section brings IQ to mind.

"More Complicated" Another heavy instrumental, this time chock full of staccato and demanding snare work, "More Complicated" consists of several rapid-fire sections that, after the excess of the previous tracks, feels like overkill.

"In Front of My Eyes" One more peaceful section introduces the vocalist again. The heartening melodic themes of this piece serve as a highlight of the album, although further instrumental gymnastics occur.

"Pyrolamb" The final track is a semi-metal addendum that comes across as unnecessary and unnecessarily flashy.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Al-Bandaluz by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.67 | 37 ratings

BUY
Al-Bandaluz
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars The beginning of a new stage.

From Al-Bandaluz, Cast became a stable and homogeneous band, IMHO. Strange, when you consider that this is the 11th studio album. It is also true that "Angels and Demons" is a callable work, as well as some parts of the good "Imaginary Windows", especially the fabulous 'Moving Universe' .

While Alfonso Vidales remains the principal mentor and leader, the arrival of Carlos Humarán (guitars and vocals), Kiko King (Drums), José 'Pepe' Torres (Saxophones, Flutes, Clarinet, Kena) and Flavio Miranda Jimenez (Bass ), gives way to a different musical product, slicker and more original than before. Adding some indigenous touches and originating in music and especially in the lyric. Becoming one of the most important bands of symphonic rock from Latin America.

Music never loses dynamic and lively way. Great instrumental virtues are perceived and contains captive jewelry, El Puente (central section is reproduced in formidable 'Arsis'), Viento, La Ballesta, Viajero Inmóvil, Encrucijada and Damajuana. Some instrumental parts are not so memorable; plus added some touches of Jazz-Rock, which do not set too well. Some people accuse Cast of lack of originality, may have some truth, but I find no active similar group for so long in the scene, especially by its Latin distinctive.

Although there would be some personnel changes in the future; most of his subsequent works are significant and worthy of being considered.

I mention some Latin artists who deserve to be in ProgArchives I think: Vox Dei (La Biblia), Astor Piazzolla (Libertango, Zero Hour) and Rodolfo Mederos (Generacion Cero).

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Arsis by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.03 | 61 ratings

BUY
Arsis
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars a beautifully crafted album you should not miss ...!

It's a pity that this excellent album has not been reviewed yet by anyone. I am totally surprised with this fact as I have been for such a long time not paying particular attention to this great prog band from Mexico where at its initial years I collected all of their albums and only lately I realized that I do not follow this band until this album even though I have their previous albums before this from my colleague prog head. In fact I only knew from him that some tracks featired here in Arsis album are basically taken from previous album (?). Well, I don't know. Just give a chance to write my view of this album the way it is.

First off, the opening epic La Iliada (30:13) opens beautifully with a piano work under its first movement that sets a wonderful tone for the whole album : a) Atrida Agamenon - 4.29. In fact through this piece the band tries to bring back my memory of opening track of Angels and Demons album with a wonderful instrumental of Initiation. Of course the composition is different but the nuance of the piece is quite similar only that under this part it's a piece of the whole epic. The guitar solo by Claudio Cordero is really stunning and he plays as wonderful as previous guitar player Francisco Hernandez Reyes - or probably better in a way that Claudio is much rocking. I don't feel any sense of change to the next movement b) Helena en la Muralla - 2.25 as they have crafted the transition piece beautifully - I only realize there is a tremendous change on the next third movement c) Diomedes el Tidida - 3.08 which s still another excellent instrumental using flute as one of the melody altogether with guitar and piano / keyboard. I can sense the bass playing is also really good throughout the song. There is an element of classical music right here at third moment but the band play it in relatively fast tempo and it's really an excellent piece!'

The fourth movement d) Andromaca - 6.42 sounds differently even though still using flute as its melody maker but now the guitar plays critical role in providing fills and improvisation, combined wonderfully by keyboard work of Alfonso Vidales, who is I think is the chief composer of this Cast music. The guitar solo by Claudio is really rocking and stunning. He plays his guitar on his own style not representing any legendary players like Hackett or Howe. It's really nice. The fifth movement e) Batalla Interrumpida - 5.10 is naturally much classical in nature. It opens wonderfully with a flute work in classical music style. But then the music moves really fast and rocking with electric guitar takes the lead for the song. Wow! What is interesting is the keyboard augmentation after the guitar solo sometime at minute 1:25 of the piece. It's really wonderful and in some way it reminds me to Rick Wakeman. This is then repeated again at the other segments. It's totally cool! The music turns rocking and wonderful starting at minute 3:35. Oh my God ... It's really nice! You should not miss this piece! And the peak is the insertion of classical ensemble at minute 4:30 until it ends and continues to the next piece ...

...yeah ... the sixth piece is f) Embajada a Aquiles - 3.03 with still maintaining the classical nuances through flute work but then piano solo takes the lead followed with guitar work in rhythm section mode instead of solo. The musical break using piano is really nice. And the peak of the epic is the last piece g) En Donde Estabas?... - 5.16 which starts in an ambient mode with great combination of guitar and piano. What a cook opening! What follows is a simple guitar solo that represents like a melody maker even though not that long as it is continued with piano work and flute. Well overall epic of 3o minutes duration is really excellent and I enjoy from the beginning to end with all wonderful segments throughout the epic. Vocal line only happens on the next track 2. The Old Travel Book (9:10) with another excellent musical composition that accompanies the vocal. The flute still play as background music during the vocal session and then the guitar provides its short solo. You can sense the bass guitar playing is nice. The composition at this track is not that complex and it is performed in relatively slow tempo, and a bit of boring as it's too long with minimum change of style.

Next epic is not as long as the first: El Puente (18:32) with first movement a) El Puente - 6.22 starts with a vocal line accompanied by piano and bass guitar. It continues with nice keyboard work augmented with flute. The ending part of this first movement is really great and it's rocking combining keyboard, drums and stunning guitar solo. It flows nicely with great piano work that opens the next movement b) Luz Al Final Del Túnel - 4.02 followed excellently with flutework. What becomes my favorite is the third movement c) Valle de Los Sueños - 8.08 that concludes the album wonderfully. It starts with a string section using violin followed with female vocal, brings the music in crescendo with tight basslines. Violin provides nice fills and augmentation throughout the song. The guitar solo that starts entering the scene at minute 2:27 goes on and off until it takes the lead in its fullest potential with stunning solo and rocking nuances. I do enjoy the whole piece of this third movement but the climax is really at the last two minutes where guitar really take its full lead until the end. What a great closure!

Overall, this is truly a progrock album that anyone should not miss at all. All tracks are excellent and the composition is top notch! It's a four-star plus rating. The sonic quality of the record is not excellent - and it's typical of any Cast albums. But ...the composition is great! Keep on proggin' ...!!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Four Aces by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.89 | 25 ratings

BUY
Four Aces
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The path Cast were walking start to become less and less lonely with each release.In 1995 the band plays outside Mexico, receiving an invitation for the pre-Progfest Festival at Barnsdall Theater in Los Angeles, USA.At the same time they kept producing music in a prolific way and the year finds them launching their fourth full-length production ''Four aces'', where Dino Brassea and Francisco Hernandez share vocal duties.Still this was another self-released production by the band.

The front cover evokes the mighty Fish-era MARILLION, but the Mexicans' roots are still grounded in a more symphonic tradition, covered by the strong Neo flashes of British Prog.This was more than an hour of lush, refined and at times complex Progressive Rock with certain YES and GENESIS influences, becoming even more ambitious as time goes by, now with two epics longer than 10 minutes each.The music is always very good, melodic and captivating with endless display of smooth guitar lines, piano interludes and sharp synthesizers, which still sound a bit cheesy, buried by a mediocre production, but fortunately the lovely arrangements will save the day.While not a first-league album, ''Four aces'' contains all the right elements of a proper Classic Prog album, with switching keyboards and pianos, lots of themes' variations and mood changes, maybe COLLAGE around the same time could be a fine comparison.The long tracks do have a reason of existence, nothing here is stretched or excessive, from the pompous instrumental parts to the laid-back textures and from the instant melodies to the lyrical passages.The band suffers from a period sound, which wanted your prog experience to be bombastic and accesible at the same time, but they overcome these flaws with a professional performance, where the symphonic and Classical inspirations stand out.

They were yet to be discovered by a proper prog label management, but Cast kept producing elaborate progressive music, rooted in the 70's, and they would get a reward for this.''Four aces'' is another winner in their discography, pretty nice, GENESIS-linked Symphonic Rock with some beautiful instrumental moments.Recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Third Call by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.48 | 23 ratings

BUY
Third Call
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The dynamic entry of Cast in professional discography continues with the ''Third call'', another album released in 1994.This time the band displays four compositions from 1989, in one of the rare opportunities the band had to move on to some proper recordings of its material (without the presence of Dino Brassea), and four more pieces, which were composed during 94'.It was also the third private release by the band, which still failed to attract any interest from the major Prog labels.

First half of the album is captured by the old material of the group.It is a nice combination of dynamic Neo Prog and 80's-suffering Symphonic Rock with lots of keyboard textures and melodic lines, a bit similar to Italian bands such as CALLIOPE, SITHONIA or ATON'S, with emphasis on symphonic themes, sensitive English vocals and discreet electric guitars.There are evident AOR flavors is some pompous keyboard ideas and a tendency towards incosistent, melodramatic singing by Francisco Hernadez, but the arrangements are pretty strong, especially during the 15-min. long ''Door of the world'', which passes through some complex structures and even contains some nice organ parts.Unfortunately the sound quality is rather mediocre, lowering the true value of the compositions.The second half of ''Third call'', now with the addition of Dino Brassea on vocals, is more convincing and solid.It reminds me often of the Greek band APOCALYPSIS, refining their GENESIS influence in updated forms of synth/piano-drenched Symphonic Rock with plenty of interesting melodies, bombastic keyboard waves and flashy synthesizer flights.Guitars have now a more consistent role, although the material remains mostly keyboard-driven with a touch of E.L.P./RICK WAKEMAN in the more complicated passages and a certain level of quality regarding the compositions.Long, instrumental parts with symphonic references and energetic moves guarantee a pretty nice result.

Pitty, because the band still walked silently during the time, failing to be discovered by the scouting of the European, American or Japanese market.Solid Neo/Symphonic Prog with excellent keyboard work and evident vintage blinks.Recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Sounds of Imagination by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.19 | 23 ratings

BUY
Sounds of Imagination
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars In 1994 another self-released work from Cast appeared, entitled ''Sounds of Imagination'', containing a full hour of Neo/Symphonic Rock music.This fact strengthened the rumor that the material of the band's first albums was actually compositions written during Cast's long absence from discography between the years 1978 and 1994.

While ''Sounds of Imagination'' holds strong similarities with the band's debut ''Landing in a Serious Mind'', the tracks are more conveincing and definitely fully symphonic-oriented, containing nice arrangements, proggy breaks and fine instrumental themes.Again GENESIS and MARILLION are the most obvious influences and the album offers twelve satisfying compositions with great keyboard parts and sufficient guitar work.A few of them still present a bit of AOR-oriented vibes in the vein of SAGA, especially in the synth parts, but even these are exposed with a very symphonic and grandiose approach.The vocals of Dino Brassea are theatrical, expressive and intense, much in the vein of FISH, and the music offers some really interesting moments, based on smooth TONY BANKS-like organ themes, careful guitar melodies, deep synthesizers.And while the album lacks any kind of monster compositions, the truth is that all of them are far from weak and often even flirt with the top-notch level.

Great second round by Cast.Smooth and well-developed Neo/Symphonic Prog with emphasis on keyboards, an album of decent value for all fans of the style.Warmly recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Angels and Demons by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.70 | 45 ratings

BUY
Angels and Demons
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The worthy follow up of previous album Beyond reality is the 1997 release Angels and demons. I quite like a lot this band, with rich sound , complex arrangements and perfect musicianship makes, at least for me, Cast atruly great band that needs a far mor exposure to the public. Angels and demons keeps the symphonic prog tradition of previous album, with some simply amazing instrumental sections and instrumental pieces aswell. The opening track again an instrumental one Initiation is a true gem of a piece. Symphinic/neo prog like in old good time, vintage sound, nice , smooth and virtuosic passges where the keybords are the main attraction. The album goes in this direction with no weak moments, only top notch performance. The highlight besides opening track is Revealing Signs of Love, 13 min of sheer beauty. 4 stars again, simply said I like a lot Cast, is not only one of the front prog rock bands from Mexico but can be considerate one of the great symphonic prog bands world wide, with each album they become better and better. I can only recommend Cast music and for sure I will buy more albums from their catalogue because I was simply pleasent surprised by their music.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Beyond Reality by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.58 | 41 ratings

BUY
Beyond Reality
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Cast is one of the most prolific and why not intresting symphonic/neo prog band Mexico ever had in last 20 years. Releasing almost every year an album since 1994, even 2 albums a year Cast proves that they know from the start how to make good music and offering some very worthy albums. I considered Cast to me little under rated, really thay participat to the revive of prog rock music in the'90's and with all that they had only moderate succes world wide. One of their better albums from the catalogue and since I've first spin it one of my fav from them is Beyond reality from 1996. From the excellent cover art to the music Cast did a great job here. The instrumental sections are great, symphonic prog very well melted with some neo momenets here and there. I like a lot the vintage sound of the album, how keybords were constructed in combination with the rest of the instruments, no weak parts for me here. I'm not bothered by the voice like others said, ok the vocal passages are not the main attraction here, but are well sung and has it's moments of beauty. Now the instrumental pieces and instrumental sections are truly great, each musician offers his best moves just to be checked the opening track Introduction, what a nice and intresting little pieces with lots of keybords, inventive drums and brilliant guitars. The album goes in this direction from start to finish, plenty of memorable moments, musicianship is top notch so no complains from me. They did also a Camel cover Another Night who sounds pretty ok in this context. So 4 pieces only divided in smaller parts, but worthy every second. I was very pleasent surprised about Cast music, even I know them for quite some years only now I had the time to make a proper review of this excellent band. 4 stars easy in same league with their next album aswell very good Angels and demons. They need more recognition, much better them many well know bands from this realm.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Imaginary Window by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.70 | 48 ratings

BUY
Imaginary Window
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by Tormato

4 stars CAST "IMAGINARY WINDOW"

IMO the best prog album from a Mexican band, IMAGINARY WINDOW makes me proud of being Mexican too. "Moving Universe", instrumental, with a nice flute work, starts joyfully, full of happiness, with a glorious feeling of plenty, and then changes to a dynamic symphonic prog rock, then to a psychespace hypnotic blues very intense. It continues changing and changing, masterfully, brilliantly, virtuosic, like the best progressive bands of the world!.

"Alter Ego" has vocals and flute too. All the singing in the album is in English with a good accent, so don´t worry about the language. This is more like a heavy neoprog song.

"A Blossom in the Spring" is a slow symphonic prog song that sounds a little like GENESIS or better, like the slow songs of AD INFINITUM or PFM.

"Dawn" is a dynamic instrumental prog song with many tempo changes, syncopated time signatures, well, you know, very proggy.

"Simple Things" (it´s not Carol King's song of the same name) sounds like those piano slow songs by ELP excepting for the voice. A very pretty song. It has so many chords in it that it also sounds like GENESIS.

"Snail" is like classical music, sweet and tender.

"Around and Around" begins fast and complex. It reminds me of the fast passages of "A Passion Play". After that, with the voice, the song changes to something like THE FLOWER KINGS, or something. A lot of changes, very symphonic, very progressive.

"Dessert Rainbows", the shortest song, is a keyboards only piece, with a MOZART feeling on it, that combines baroque, classical and jazzy moods.

"Cotton Dreams" starts like the JETHRO TULL of the recent times, and then it turns into a pastoral (not sure what it means, hope I'm not wrong) soft song, like soft MARILLION or AD INFINITUM.

I don't have enough words to describe "Imaginary Window" or "Where's the Light". All I can say is that those are epic, long songs, 100% symphonic prog of the first class, with every single thing you can expect from an excellent prog band. They're amaaaaazzziiing!!!

Well that's it. I tried to be objective, not emotional. And I've never been a fanboy of CAST, but this album is breathtaking. I'm still surprised. I didn't know that we had this caliber of music in my country!

Four round stars!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.88 seconds