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Symphonic Prog • Mexico


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Founded in Mexicali, Mexico in 1978 - Still active as of 2017

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:::

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3.05 | 31 ratings
Landing In A Serious Mind
1994
3.14 | 38 ratings
Sounds Of Imagination
1994
3.52 | 37 ratings
Third Call
1994
2.95 | 41 ratings
Four Aces
1995
3.48 | 47 ratings
Endless Signs
1995
3.61 | 59 ratings
Beyond Reality
1996
3.74 | 71 ratings
Angels And Demons
1997
3.70 | 66 ratings
Imaginary Window
1999
3.39 | 42 ratings
Legacy
2000
3.24 | 28 ratings
Infinity
2002
3.75 | 63 ratings
Al-Bandaluz
2003
3.40 | 47 ratings
Nimbus
2004
3.36 | 42 ratings
Mosaïque
2006
3.53 | 64 ratings
Com.Unión
2007
4.04 | 106 ratings
Originallis
2008
3.74 | 89 ratings
Art
2011
3.97 | 116 ratings
Arsis
2014
3.88 | 100 ratings
Vida
2015
3.96 | 178 ratings
Power And Outcome
2017
4.22 | 72 ratings
Vigesimus
2021

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

3.64 | 18 ratings
A Live Experience
1999
4.28 | 27 ratings
Castalia
2000
4.67 | 3 ratings
Sinfonico Live
2018

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

4.67 | 9 ratings
Sands of Time Live
2016

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

3.96 | 8 ratings
A View of Cast
1996
3.09 | 11 ratings
Laguna de Volcanes
2000
3.04 | 16 ratings
The Pyramid Of The Rain
2005

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

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 Vigesimus by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.22 | 72 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by alainPP

5 stars CAST, known by chance in 2006 thanks to Musea when they had been playing since 1978, released their 20th album! CAST is a symphonic sound added to a basic neo-prog tune tinged with medieval, ethnic, belonging to this distant continent having something to do with it; a little GENESIS and ELP, KANSAS for the violin, a little MARILLION just by the covers and a little prog metal with metallic structures. This twentieth is due to his mentor Alfonso who did not hesitate to leave the instrumentation more important to convey a modern sound, after 43 years, based on the epic, the fantastic and in fact the symphonic. CAST has this hallmark of filling their albums to the maximum and often offering jazzy and alternative experimental tracks.

'Ortni' for an energetic instrumental debut, make way for the good violin if I say KANSAS or SOLSTICE; a twirling theme, a grandiose, hard violin-guitar fight, from violin to synth, a conciliating power and progressive tune, breathtaking title, setting the bar high, followed by "Black Ashes and Black Boxes" sung by Bobby and Lupita for a sustained tune ; oozing energy, a frantic rhythm, the violin behind boosting this flamboyant, fruity and dynamic track; you have to be used to melting pot musical effects to fully appreciate this deluge of notes; the air slowly rises to a basic melody embellished with fresh and airy moments. "The Unknown Wise Advice" and one of the 4 great titles arises with the pride of melodic synths, it goes up keeping the rhythm of the power prog, pause of the piano then it swells,the violins and the guitar solo (Ah a bit of SAGA here) start off on verbal jousting at ARS NOVA; the tempo increases again, goes to semi-oriental tunes, the symphonic remains in place, electronic too, the KANSAS-style violin firmly in place ending in joust with Claudio's immense guitar, the voice on ARENA, in short it is complex and one feels the great instrumental mastery. 'Another Light' short, dark, melancholy, flirting on alternative rock more digestible, less stamped; the voice on an a la FAITHFULL in softer, violin and guitar bringing sounds of enjoyable romantic spleen, rock-pop is here with a short but fruity solo as it should be. 'Manley' for an anachronistic instrumental, violin variation on a jazzy tune, then metal, a little on the land of THERION without voice.An air of suspense, of fear linked to this chopped, aggressive violin which sets off to rave film music, a good refreshing interlude in fact, the drums frantically ensuring this colorful title which changes from the original sound. 'Location and Destination' for an ersatz ' la KANSAS, the voice making me think of MAGIC PIE and KERRS PINK, a good track which stretches but without much progression, more melodic, violin like RONDO VENEZIANO; you have to wait for the guitar solo that tears to have the break that kills, final rhythmic military to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.the drums frantically ensuring this colorful title which changes from the original sound. 'Location and Destination' for an ersatz ' la KANSAS, the voice making me think of MAGIC PIE and KERRS PINK, a good track which stretches but without much progression, more melodic, violin like RONDO VENEZIANO; you have to wait for the guitar solo that tears to have the break that kills, final rhythmic military to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.the drums frantically ensuring this colorful title which changes from the original sound. 'Location and Destination' for an ersatz ' la KANSAS, the voice making me think of MAGIC PIE and KERRS PINK, a good track which stretches but without much progression, more melodic, violin like RONDO VENEZIANO; you have to wait for the guitar solo that tears to have the break that kills, final rhythmic military to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.rhythmic military final to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.rhythmic military final to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.

"Crossing" begins on the divine piano, you can feel the epic piece, the cavalcades of horses, in short, a title which makes you react, which takes you wherever your thoughts want it, full of drawers which make the piece very pleasant; after this instrumental interlude (ELP and GENESIS in the crosshairs), it's time for languid vocals, a calm air that will slowly rise in a fruity, jerky crescendo and at the limit of prog power metal, I find DREAM THEATER not for nothing. A flagship title with all the sensitivity and power of CAST, timeless. "The March" with a dark, intimate intro, the moving voice of Bobby on Roberto's violin and daddy's piano amplifying this moment; sweetness of a track which digests with a riff in the background starting, giving a classic metallic impulse, bathed in the romantic,sudden fall that goes out of context. "Contacto" for a centerpiece: symphonic, medieval, romantic, epicurean intro, majestic variation of the violin and keyboards, acoustic addition then it launches into a frantic race where all the instruments go to party, the pride of the guitar boosted; quality, technique, uncompromising progression, the synchronic sound of CAST in fact where everything is piled up to create the best, that's it; master-piece. 'Dredging to the Higher Plane' for a KANSAS-style sound by this twirling violin and its ubiquitous keyboards: it starts with an agreed theme, fruity, energetic and entertaining; the voice halfway through jerks just adds to the developed tune; it starts again in a thunderous way, hold a rhythm which starts on the tango, it becomes more modern like sound,less vintage in fact, with instruments that work to finish the album in the most beautiful way by intoxicating you.

CAST made prog symphonic at CAST, mastering his titles from start to finish; CAST may surprise you given the debauchery of disparate titles and sounds released on this album; very high level, current sound and a wonderful moment that I did not expect so intense; I have to say that it will reach my top potential, a guarantee of quality.

 Vigesimus by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.22 | 72 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars STILL ALIVE AND PROGGING AFTER 40 YEARS!!

In the Nineties I listened to a serie of albums, and witnessed Cast on a Dutch progrock festival. But then I lost the band, this new studio album (#20 since Landing In A Serious Mind from 1994) is my first musical encounter with Cast since the late Nineties, so I was very curious to Cast its latest effort entitled Vigesimus (the successor of Power And Outcome from 2017). Well, during my first listening session I could hardly believe my ears, because in my memory Cast was a fine blend of symphonic rock and Neo-Prog, no more or less. But this 2021 version of Cast blows me away: outstanding musicians and interplay, tastefully arranged compositions (between 3 and 11 minutes) with flowing shifting moods and lots of musical ideas, the Holy Trinity of keyboards, violin and guitar, and what an exciting blend of classical, symphonic rock, jazzrock and Heavy Prog!

The album opens with Ortni, one of the 3 instrumentals. This track showcases the huge progress and skills of this current Cast line-up. The band starts with an exciting up-tempo in a bombastic atmosphere, featuring outstanding interplay between heavy guitar, keyboards and violin. Then the music turns into a slow rhythm with wonderful piano and violin, soon followed by a virtuosic acoustic guitar solo. Then a mid-tempo with propulsive guitar riffs, the amazing interplay is in the vein of the best jazzrock, including swirling violin work. In the end a sumptuous atmosphere, topped with with fat Minimoog synthesizer flights, intense violin, and heavy guitar riffs, welcome to Cast its the New Musical World, wow! The other two instrumentals are also amazing, often Kansas come to my mind. Manley delivers propulsive and dynamic percussion, a bombastic climate, awesome interplay guitar, violin and keyboards, and finally a blistering guitar solo. Contacto features lots of captivating musical climates (alternating between dreamy and bombastic), embellished with intense violin and piano, heavy guitar, sparkling piano, an acoustic guitar solo, romantic work on piano ' and violin play, and halfway a break with Heavy Prog, including a blistering guitar solo. So many thrills, this instrumental part of Cast reminds me of 76-82 jazzrock master Al Di Meola his exciting solo work.

The other seven outstanding and alternating tracks (from dreamy to bombastic) feature strong contributions from a male and a female singer (solo and duo), from warm to powerful, at some moments the use of the vocals brings Ayreon to my mind. Prime mover Alfonse Vidales shines with his varied and tasteful keyboard work: from sparkling Grand piano and orchestral keyboards to flashy Minimoog flights. Alfonso is the leader of Cast but he gives plenty of room to his talented fellow musicians: the classical sound of the violin (from warm to swirling) and the heavy sound of the guitar (from moving to blistering) create lots of tension and dynamics in the music.

What a very tasteful stew of classical, symphonic rock, jazzrock and Heavy Prog, check out!

 Vigesimus by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.22 | 72 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by BlazingProg

5 stars This is the first album I have heard by Cast and it is fantastic. The melodies here are magnificent and each song is written with perfection. This album is definitely a solid contender for the best album of 2021. The keyboards are especially great here. The vocals also shine on almost every track. There is not one bad song on this album & every song perfect or near perfect. My favorite songs on this album would be The Unknown Wise Advice, Location and Destination and Dredging to the Higher Plane. I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys symphonic prog rock.
 Vigesimus by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.22 | 72 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by omphaloskepsis

4 stars Awesome symphonic, heavy prog album. Cast's 20th album...where have you been all my life? You're my favorite Mexican prog album! That said, Vigesimus doesn't adorn herself with Mexican musical baubles. Truly, I could never guess what country this devilish ditty sprung from. The singer offers no clue. His English enunciation is perfecto.

Bouncing back and forth between dramatic instrumentals and lyrical "what's is life?" songs, Cast never loses focus. Four ten minute mini-epics! We die alone, yet we share a common soul, hurtling toward a future unknown, powered by something delightful, I can't quite fathom, but we'll celebrate with every fiber of our senses, our energy bound up this corrupted flesh. Mature compositions. Melodies abound. Highly recommended. Easily, a top ten 2021 album.

 Vigesimus by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.22 | 72 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by daisy1

5 stars The 20th album release from Mexican band,Cast,formed by keyboard maestro,Alfonso Vidales,in 1978. Power and Outcome was my album of the year in 2017.They since released Sinfonico live in 2018,and so to Vigesimus in March 2021.Almost 80 minutes of music -10 tracks -4 of which are around 10 minutes long. If you had to compare,I would say early PFM,simply because of the interplay between keyboards,violin and guitar -but Cast have a more symphonic,almost Ayreon-type operatic sound.. Solos are brief and not over extended -the band create more of an orchestrated sound with vocals similar to Power and Outcome. Track 3 The Unknown Wise advise is a representative,complete band sound with brief guitar,keys and a constant violin backing. Manley is an odder track - thinking of ELP but more violin.All in all an excellent album - production is great - I think a contender for best of 2021.
 Sounds Of Imagination by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.14 | 38 ratings

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Sounds Of Imagination
Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Cast from Mexico is without doubt one of the most prolific symphonic/neo prog band in last 30 years in this field. As I said before and said again Cast is an under rated band for sure, they participated and revive '90 prog scene by releasing some more then respected albums since then. With all that they have moderate succes to public and I wonder why, their music is passionate, intresting, complex, melodic all the ingredients are here.

Sounds of imagination is the second release issued in 1994 and from this one on they become a prolific band releasing 2 even 3 albums in a year. As previous output this is another fine little Marillion/Genesis inspired music with some mexican prog Nazca or Iconoclasta added in the mix, memorable moments from start to finish. Everything is around of truly top keyboard player Luis Alfonso " Poncho" Vidales, one of the most overlooked keyboard players ever.

The instrumental sections are great, symphonic prog very well melted with some neo prog momenets here and there. I like a lot the bands vintage sound, it was impossible to sound for 1994 year but after a small research everything was clear, the first 7 pieces were recorded in 1985.The keybords were constructed in combination with the rest of the instruments, creating a fine symphonic/neo prog sound. 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 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. Pieces like Dragon's Attack or lets say A Run In The Rain are more then ok like the rest. The vocal passages are theaterical recalling the best of some french neo prog bands of the era, aswell dutch neo prog.

I was very pleasent surprised about Cast music for many years now, being one of my fav bands ever regardless of genre, 3.5 stars easy for Sounds of imagination. They need a far more more recognition, much better then many well know bands from this realm.

 Landing In A Serious Mind by CAST album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.05 | 31 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Mexico may not be the most recognized nation on Earth when it comes to the subject of progressive rock but the fact is that dozens of bands have emerged from Latin America's most northern nation in the past decades including bands like Nazca, Cabezas de Cera, Decibel, Nirgal Vallis, Hummus, 0.720 Aleacion and many others. While most of these bands formed in the Mexico City area, the true hub of international influence, others found their way into the genre in the more remote regions. CAST is one of those bands that is from Mexicali which sits on the border with the USA across from California's Imperial Valley which sits west of San Diego.

The band was founded all the way back in 1978 by keyboardist Alfonso Vidales who fell in love with the Anglo sounds of Genesis. With the first lineup the band put together a self-released album called 'Complot' which has all but disappeared into the great annals of time and the 80s would see the band going through various lineups with long time drummer Antonio Bringas joining the cast as well as guitarist / vocalist Francisco Hernandez. flautist / vocalist Dino Brasse and bassist Rodolfo Gonzalez who would all find their way onto the band's true debut album LANDING IN A SERIOUS MIND which wouldn't be released until 1994.

This debut album opened many doors for the band as they received international recognition which landed them an invitation to the Pre-Progfest festival in the Barndall Theater in Los Angeles where mostly European bands performed leaving CAST as the only bona fide version of 'Baja-Prog' on the entire scene from an area much more associated with Tex-Mex and mariachi bands. LANDING IN A SERIOUS MIND sounds like it could've come from anywhere in jolly old England without a lick of Mexican or Spanish cultural identifying features. The lyrics are all in English and the band's sound is primarily based on keyboard rich prog from 70s Genesis as well as the 80s neo-prog scene from the usual suspects such as Marillion, Pallas, IQ and Twelfth Night.

LANDING IN A SERIOUS MIND is a lengthy album for 1994 extending just past the 69 minute mark and is characterized by a strong interplay of keyboards, guitars and vocals and while the band may have been inspired by neo-prog actually delivers more impressive prog twists and turns with crazy time signatures and soloing outbursts which is dominated by Vidales' keyboard skills. Compositionally speaking CAST does sometimes sound a bit too much like early Genesis but the energetic deliveries and angularities actually remind me a bit of the Swiss band Island especially with Hernandez' rather intense vocal style. The album has ten tracks with with only one track hitting the ten minute mark: the eleven minute 'Just Another Way.'

The debut album by CAST is surprisingly a really good one. The band's lengthy existence between its formation and this debut album meant a good decade plus allowed the tightening of the skills needed to compete in the Euro-centric prog world and CAST pulls it off amazingly well. The instrumental interplay is the key to the success of this one with all the musicians finding ways to insert their own personal fills while not derailing the flow. While most tracks are vocal led, there are many instrumental outbreaks that allow a stampeding flow of rock energy to dominate. 'Just Another Way' is a personal favorite as it the melodramatic changes of 'Athens.' While the guitars can adopt a recognizable Steve Hackett soaring effect, they can also be more in the vein of traditional hard rock showing that CAST were adopting heavier rock elements before English neo-prog bands were jumping on board.

In addition to having crafted 20 studio albums since this debut was released in 1994, CAST has also been instrumental in hosting the annual Baja Prog festival in their native Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico which features bands from not only Latin America but from all over the entire globe. While i would probably classify this debut more as neo-prog than symphonic the truth is it really lies somewhere in between, in that gray area where the two someone magically and mysteriously pass the baton but whatever you want to tag this, it is certainly some excellent melodic keyboard led prog that takes 70s Genesis sounds to an alternate universe and in the process sounds like a CAST of seasoned veterans from the very start.

 Power And Outcome by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 178 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

5 stars 5 out of 5 Stellar Symphonic-Progressive Signatures

This is Essential Progressive Music

In an alternate universe, where musicians were honored as much as war-mongers and wealth-accumulators, where intelligent, virtuosic, passionate, stunning music was as heralded as pop-showmanship and pandering, where kindness, wisdom, and public concerns mattered as much as financial piracy and cold-blooded near-legal theft and exploitation- CAST would be world renowned, loved, and respected.

Longevity

"Power and Outcome" has been reviewed various times before. It's fitting to honor it now, at the forty-year anniversary of this venerable, prolific, force-of-nature band of musicians.

It is fitting to honor Luis Alfonso Vidales, who in 1978 founded CAST, which has become a symbol of nearly unbelievable virtuosity and musical passion, and who provides most of the musical composition and direction upon which other musicians build, together giving us these gems.

Promoting progressive music

CAST and CAST members have traveled the world, performing their progressive music for audiences who love and admire this band.

Most of all, the music

Here, "Power and Outcome" represents much if not all that makes CAST and this album essential progressive music, and to quote from this website, "a masterpiece of progressive rock music".

Consider the bold musical maelstrom opening track, "Rules of the Desert". True, there are spoken words (minor quibble, lyrics are not easily found for this album), but this is mostly instrumental beauty.

I review all sorts of music under the Progressive Rock rubric, and try to evaluate it on its terms. Does it succeed in fulfilling its stated aims? Does the band play well together as an ensemble? Is it mixed and produced in acceptable fashion? Is the art work appropriate and appealing? What are the lyrics telling us about this work? What level of musicianship is demonstrated? Any stand out performances? What are the quibbles and concerns and growing edges?

I review albums I don't personally like, yet value for what they are and what they say.

"Power and Outcome" however, strikes me where I live, "scratches my itches" in most ways.

Its stated aims

CAST was intended to focus on symphonic progressive music at a time when progressive music was under attack in the late 1970's, as the intelligentsia of that era were pontificating that progressive music was bloated, pompous, and overblown foolishness.

By contrast, "Power and Outcome" and opening track "Rules of the Desert", fulfill these stated aims. The music is superb.

Superlatives come to mind

For instance: grand, vibrant, glorious, majestic, seething, relentless, passionate, joyful, inventive, energetic, creative, and soaring. The heart of the music is the vision brought by Luis Alfonso Vidales and his use of keyboards- grand piano, organ, orchestral settings, synthesizers.

If I'm not greatly mistaken, he's had excellent classical training, and brings that plus a progressive music lover's heart to the mix.

Musicianship

Each musician appears to be technically skilled. I was captivated by the interplay, sometimes quite intricate and interwoven, of guitar, violin, synthesizer, organ, undergirded by the superb rhythm section. At times I found the drumming exquisite- notably on "Through Stained Glass", but always present. Tasteful, rambunctious, dynamic.

Guitar work was amazing- leads flowing like a hot knife through butter, tones and textures bringing various moods. The dancing violin added zest and fire.

Perhaps because of the instrumental fire and purity, the vocals sometimes seemed like an afterthought, and the lyrics I was able to capture were adequate. I found myself thinking that an all instrumental CAST album would definitely be a must-have.

In sum

An "Essential: masterpiece of progressive rock music."

Originally published in www.progressiverockfanatics.wordpress.com/

 Originallis by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.04 | 106 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I hadn't heard any Cast prior to listening to Originallis - I knew of them mostly as an extremely prolific Mexican band who hit the scene in the mid-1990s with the feat of releasing five albums in the space of two years. Nobody can accusing them of lacking a work ethic - but does this rapid release schedule mean a lack of editing and care?

Well, apparently not - at least, not on the strength of Originallis. Many acts would struggle to knock out a 90 minute album of all-new music a mere year after their latest release without stuffing it here and there with filler, or belabouring the point to the extent that the 90 minutes drag out. If anything, Orignallis does the opposite, with its musical journeys keeping up my attention to the end and its running time flying by like a breeze.

What you get here is largely pleasant symphonic prog with strong instrumental performances and the occasional pastoral touch, played in a style distinctive to Cast but with a broad range of influences from the major bands of the 1970s to more local scenes. Not a classic, but far from an embarrassment.

 Power And Outcome by CAST album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 178 ratings

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Cast Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Mexican band CAST are veterans in the progressive rock scene, with a band history going back to 1978 and a recording history that started in 1994. They have been signed to several labels over the years, and have a grand total of 19 studio albums to their name, in addition to live albums and some compilations. "Power and Outcome" is their most recent studio production, and was released through German label Progressive Promotion Records in 2017.

If vintage era symphonic progressive rock is a type of music you tend to appreciate, Cast is a band you should be familiar with at this point. If you aren't, this is a band you need to have a go at. With as many albums to their name as they have finding a good place to start can be challenging, but as far as I'm concerned any of their three most recent productions are excellent points of entry to the charms of this veteran act. This most recent one is perhaps a tad more intriguing than the duo that came before it. All in all a high quality, excellent example of vintage symphonic progressive rock.

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