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SONIC PULSAR

Crossover Prog • Portugal


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Sonic Pulsar biography
SONIC PULSAR is a new ambitious project by Hugo FLORES* and Carlos MATEUS. The idea for this project started after the release of Hugo's cd "Atlantis". This cd is an excellent work, full of new fresh ideas and revealing of the great talent of this youngster. "Playing The Universe" is a mixture of progressive rock/metal, instrumental music and classic rock. This guy shows the way to the future of music production, a guitar, and lots of talent. DEFINITELY ENJOYABLE MUSIC...!

*Hugo FLORES is young Portuguese multi-instrumentalist that has a passion to compose and perform music. He composed all songs except for some lyrics that were written by Carlos MATEUS. He is already the veteran of 4 edited Cds produced and recorded by himself. His style is capable of being appreciated by progressive-rock fans who enjoy DREAM THEATER, QUEENSRYCHE, MARILLION or PINK FLOYD.

DISCOGRAPHY:
Hugo FLORES's albums:
1- Hugo Flores - 1998
2- Perspective - 1999
3- Atlantis - 2000
SONIC PULSAR's albums:
4- Playing The Universe - 2003
5- Out of Place (... coming soon ...)

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3.84 | 6 ratings
Playing The Universe
2003
3.02 | 10 ratings
Out Of Place
2005

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 Out Of Place by SONIC PULSAR album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.02 | 10 ratings

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Out Of Place
Sonic Pulsar Crossover Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The debut album from this Portuguese band (although more the job of one man ? their leader Hugo Flores) was a pleasant surprise: some good mix between prog metal and symph.

"Out Of Place" is using the same principles and consequently is pretty much similar to the "Ayreon" inspired "Playing The Universe". Still, the metal angle is more blatant ("Burning Inside Me") and therefore I don't like it as much.

One of the most elaborate song is the mini suite (just over ten minutes) "Schizophrenic Playground". It opens as a Floydean affair, very spacey and aerial as the name of this section imposes ("Falling Asleep").

This song is supposed to depict a standard night: fall asleep, dreams, nightmare and awakening. At times, KC is at reach (especially the guitar play). The "Nightmare" part mainly. But is this a surprise with such a title?

This instrumental track is a highlight for sure.

Some short numbers are sounding like fillers and could have been avoided ("Always Knew", " A Chain Of Actions") but the long "I Hear Of A Place Called Earth" is quite attractive. Once again, Floyd is the reference (the intro has a lot to share with "Hey You") with some added prog metal lines. Skilled guitar work as well during this quite good piece of music.

The closing parts from "Out Of Place" are not do good: but that's only due to their metal progressiveness I guess ("Solitary Star" and the well named " Instrumetal"). Fortunately the melodic closing "Time Has Been Broken" brings some variety again.

This album is not as good as its predecessor. Three stars.

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 Playing The Universe by SONIC PULSAR album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.84 | 6 ratings

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Sonic Pulsar Crossover Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars The music performed by this Portuguese band ranges from prog metal to symphonic. And I have to admit that they are doing it with style thanks to several compositions which are very well crafted like the very good opener "Radio Silent".

The good impression lasts for more than this. A song as "Dreamscapes" is really worth: aerial keyboards and a nice melody are the body of this instrumental track which gives another angle to the music of "Sonic Pulsar" and demonstrates that the band plays diversified music. Another good instrumental but more guitar oriented ("Sonic Pulsar") also allows an enjoyable moment.

Vocals (in English) are quite decent as well, and the use of keyboards makes the whole melodic if not spacey at times. This album is almost the work of the leader Hugo Flores and his song writing is more than acceptable ("Sending Dead Flowers").

This album is pleasant so far, and "Wasting" is another good song which can be related to "Ayreon": bombastic and heavier. Again, keyboards are quite elegant amongst these metal guitar lines and some smooth vocals are welcome at mid time.

There are even acoustic moments available under the form of "Old Man's Tale" which is a short rock ballad. Very nice acoustic guitar work for this gentle piece of music which sounds drastically different from the heavy atmosphere of the uniform and repetitive "In Slow Motion" which is one of the weakest track.

On the other end, the wonderful instrumental "This Is Not A Jam Session" is a highlight. The guitar play is absolutely awesome and the heavy pace is even mixed with spacey passages. Very catchy.

After two average songs, the music gets back more interesting with the closing suite made of two parts: "Playing Tthe Universe..." and "...Somewhere In The Universe". Actually these are two songs which flows one into the other with brilliance and offer a fine combination of prog metal instrumental, and some good neo style.

I was a bit sceptic before my listening: over seventy minutes can be longish or even boring; but this is by no means the case with this album. Seven out of ten (but upgraded to four stars). A nice discovery.

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 Out Of Place by SONIC PULSAR album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.02 | 10 ratings

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Sonic Pulsar Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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2 stars Well I have to agree with Eric and Menswear that this particular recording is more of a Prog- Metal album then anything else. The guitar is all over it and very impressive. Unfortunately the sound quality is not good at all. Not a fan of the programmed drumming either. Oh and the vocals are weak.

"Out Of Place" kicks in with heavy drums quickly. Vocals a minute in. I like the guitar solo before 3 minutes and the synths that follow. "Burning Inside Me" is laid back as guitar cries out. Vocals and drums take over and it gets heavier before 1 1/2 minutes. The guitar is grinding away after 3 minutes then we get a blistering guitar attack after 5 minutes. "Schizophrenic Playground" is the highlight,a 10 minute instrumental with tons of guitar and aggressiveness. "Always Knew" is a lightweight tune with strummed guitar and reserved vocals. "Intro" opens with spoken words and synths. It kicks in before a minute with some amazing guitar.

"I Heard Of A Place Called Earth" opens with synths. Processed vocals before a minute. It's building, then it kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes. The guitar is lights out good. "Ghosts Of The Lost Planes" features lots of atmosphere. "Solitary Star" has some spoken words and piano early. A relaxed melody takes over with vocals. It's heavier 1 1/2 minutes in. "Instrumental" opens with bass as riffs follow. Lots of tempo and mood shifts on this one. "Moving Engines" opens with spoken words and atmosphere. Reserved vocals before a minute as the music comes in. Lots of atmosphere still. "Time Has Been Broken" opens with vocals then the music kicks in quickly.

At almost 70 minutes it's way too long. I really like the guitar but I have too many complaints unfortunately.

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 Out Of Place by SONIC PULSAR album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.02 | 10 ratings

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Sonic Pulsar Crossover Prog

Review by Menswear
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3 stars Perhaps the progressive metal section'd be more appropriate?

This really rocks all the way, all the time. There's not much rest on this record; the band's really pouring it's heart out to impress the listener. Was I impressed? Hmm, I'd say by moments I was stunned by the amount of stuff they actually crammed in the record. There's sooo much stuff to digest, were to begin?

First, this is truly a prog metal album, in the Ayreon way. Which means big guitar chords, big voices and big space-travelling keyboards. Despite the ressemblance with Star One and other such, Sonic Pulsar is really living it's name: the concept of space travelling and cosmos exploration is well fulfilled. We could even state some Star Trek influences on the narration/ computer voice, welcoming you many times. On some tracks, the feeling is different...there's actually some good pop moments in the end. And boy oh boy, they didn't hide their influences; this sounds like, hold on tight: Depeche Mode! Yes, I couldn't hide a smile either. The voice, the beat box, the keyboards and the choruses are truly a spin-off from the Violator album. Hey, who knows? Maybe progressive pop's the future? Tee hee.

Overall, this album didn't made noise in 2005. The Portugese trio didn't reached out too much people at first, but I'm sure that word-to-mouth will make this record get a better crowd. Despite the thickness of the record (changing pace, obscur melodies, the amount of everything) it's an album were you hear the apply they've given from start to finish. From Ayreon to Dream Theater by Rush and finally Depeche Mode, you will find something interesting there, for sure!

An ambitious record from a rigorous band that obviously wants to be part of the greats.

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3.02 | 10 ratings

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Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars I am not really into progressive metal but when I got this CD as a promo I was stunned by this Portuguese trio: most of their music is dynamic and energetic progmetal (fortunately not those endless scale-acrobatics) with lots of exciting ideas and variety and splendid metallish guitarwork (many biting and howling soli and propulsive heavy riffs), this man is a sensation! Sonic Pulsar also creates moments to relax featuring acoustic rhythm guitar, great keyboards (wonderful piano, classical orchestrations and a soaring string-sound) and some panflute. In my opinion Sonic Pulsar has made a progmetal album on an international level, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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