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Jose CARBALLIDO is an eclectic progressive rock musician hailing from Spain who writes complex and creative rock operas for a near orchestra of rock musicians, including, guitars, flutes, basses, keyboards, strings, choir, and much more.
CARBALLIDO himself was born in Germany in 1979, and his family moved to Spain when he was about two. At a young age he studied music, and soon he developed an affinity for modern music, guitar, and composition. He played with numerous bands around Spain before beginning to write solo material. CARBALLIDO's efforts culminated with the release of his debut studio album, the rock opera Requiem, which was released in 2010.

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Jose Carballido Eclectic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter


Jose Carballido was born in 1979 in the German city Mannheim but moved to La Coru'a when he he was only two years old. At an early age Jose studied music and got a grade in classical guitar. Then he went on with studying modern music, electric guitar, compositions and vocals. And Jose started to play in bands, from the symphonic rock band M'zar to the Piazzolla quartet and the baroque trio Algarab'a. And finally in the hardrock formation Aeternam.

This versatility can be traced on his dubbel CD Requiem, the theme is death and the resulting mental pain. There is an important role for a choir (soprano, contra-alt, tenor and bass), this turns out to be a captivating contrast with the progmetal-like guitar and rhythm-section. It is topped by powerful and expressive Spanish vocals, really an extra dimension.

In general the 15 tracks on this 2-CD sound fluent, propulsive and sumptuous, layered with blistering guitar work and varied keyboard play. The climates range from mellow with Grand piano to bombastic with church organ (like in the instrumental opener Obertura). A strong point is the colouring with swirling flute (in the vein of Solaris and Jethro Tull), along some pieces with classical ' and duo electric guitar, especially in the instrumental final composition Epilogo. Another strong point is the choice of the musicians, these are outstanding, I was blown away by the amazing interplay, especially between the fiery guitar and sparkling flute.

I impressed by this music, but you have to be up to harder-edged prog (like Ayreon and prog metal), loaded with sumptuous parts and expressive Spanish vocals.

My rating: 3,5 star.

Thanks to epignosis for the artist addition.

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