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THE BRAINWASH MACHINE

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THE BRAINWASH MACHINE is a progressive metal band formed in Bogota, Colombia in 2011. It all started when Jorge ARANGO (keyboards) proposed a progressive rock project in Javeriana University. Using the concept ideas of his cousin and friend Diego Vargas, the project finally takes the form of a band to materialise the album 'Modern Day Sisyphus'. The album was finally released in November 2011. The concept focuses around man?s duality in reason and emotion and takes influence from art, science, and philosophy. The band, as of early 2012, consists of Jorge ARANGO (Keyboards/Piano), Alvaro COTE (Guitar), Diego ANTE (Guitar), Manuel HENAO (Bass guitar), Andrés RAMÍREZ (Lead vocals) and Christian GAITÁN (Drums); however the drums on the album were served by session musician Juan Manuel GAONA.

The band quotes the following as influences in their music: DREAM THEATER, PAIN OF SALVATION, OPETH, PORCUPINE TREE, FROST *, GUNS 'N ROSES, QUEEN, YES, RUSH, TOTO, KANSAS.

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Modern Day Sisyphus
2011

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I Live in Fear
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— First review of this album —
4 stars This band has risen very quickly in the progressive metal scene in Colombia, having just in the last year released an album, finished 2nd in the main countrywide independent rock showcase, and gotten two nominations for best album art and best new producer/keyboardist. Although the metal scene has changed in recent years in South America, even in countries with a stronger rock tradition such as Argentina and Brazil, black and heavy metal still seem very prevalent. With Modern Day Sisyphus, this band brings a refreshing sound not just to the region but the progressive world.

Some of the highlights include the energetic Of Man and Moth, the eclectic Unwilling Flame, and the grandiose Event Horizon. At times Pain of Salvation and Porcupine Tree come to mind with well-placed acoustic guitars and very pervasive keyboards. And even though each song seems to have some atmospheric elements, most guitars, bass, drumming, and vocals seem deeply rooted in traditional progressive metal.

Finally, the concept is ambitious. The cover art is reminiscent of the big names of the 70s (Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, ELP), and together with the lyrics, it explores the confrontation between reason and emotion through Sisyphus's mythological cyclic task. Vocals are aptly emotive tying together a great proposal from a band that shows great potential with this impressive debut.

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