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BAD SALAD

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BAD SALAD is a progressive metal band from Brasilia, Brazil formed by guitarists Thiago CAMPOS and Marcelo SEABRA, bassist Felipe CAMPOS, and drummer Caco GONCALVES in 2007. The bands originated with little vision for a set style, so the band began to jam and bounce ideas off each other which slowly gravitated towards a heavy version of rock bordering on metal. SEABRA left not soon after they wrote their first tune, and the band continued as a power trio for some time. It was during this formative time that the trio began to write their first "progressive metal" songs - lengthy, complex, heavy arrangements full of odd times and technical instrumentation. However, while the band had an album's worth of material written, they felt that as a power trio they were not able to express their music to their fullest potential, so they went on the hunt for a vocalist and a keyboardist during 2008 and 2009, which were relatively inactive periods for the band.

By 2010 the band had still not found new members for the band, so they decided to refine and perfect their previous compositions and make an album with or without a full lineup. However, in March of that year, keyboardist Cesar ZOLHOF joined the band, making the band a dynamic quartet. Now with an added dimension to their music, the band tried to find a vocalist to finally complete the iconic "prog" quintet. They uploaded a demo video of one of their songs, which would become their popular single "Crowded Sky" on YouTube, and asked for vocal tryouts. After a lengthy process, vocalist Denis OLIVEIRA was chosen.

From then on, the band worked full-time to develop their debut album. Through months of refining, perfecting, re-arranging, and writing, the band finally completed seven tracks to make up their debut album. However, ZOLHOF left the band in November of 2010. Hindered by the loss of the member but still determined to finish the album, the band continued, and were able to record and release their debut album, "Uncivilized," in July of 2012.

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3.75 | 37 ratings
Uncivilized
2012

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Crowded Sky
2010
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Nemesis
2011
3.97 | 4 ratings
Puzzled
2013

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3.97 | 4 ratings

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Puzzled
Bad Salad Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars This is actually first music I ever tried buying from I-Tunes. But then I realized that I never bothered not only to remember the password (which is easily recoverable), but the user name as well. So, this shows that even though I may not necessarily love bad salad (and who does?), at least I am interested in them as a band. They are a Dream Theater inspired band that actually structures their songs in much the same way, with long intros and unpredictable instrumental jams in the middle, giving each instrument a chance to shine. Somewhat more aggressive than DT and with less overt pop motifs, but still quite melodic. So, they adhere pretty closely to the standards to satisfy those who hasn't yet tired of the DT universe, yet maintaning separate identity. Puzzled is a three song EP, one slower, two faster. They sound very much alike the longplay, Uncivilized. This EP is billed as a collaboration with a prominent keyboardist. He is versatile, but truthfully his contributions dont amaze that much, maybe because this is only three songs and he hasn't had a chance to stretch himself.

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3.97 | 4 ratings

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Puzzled
Bad Salad Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars What do you do after you release an incredible debut album? Well, Bad Salad has gone and done the correct thing: They've released a follow-up EP that will make sure we remember them while they write their next album. Yes, "Puzzled" is Bad Salad's EP follow- up to "Uncivilized", a really grower if I do say so myself.

Their style of progressive metal is back in full force, as we still get the incredibly complex guitar work, the awesome but never overbearing drums, the pulsating bass lines, and the ethereal and atmospheric keys. This time there is a bit more to the formula, however, as I feel these guys decided to experiment a little bit. Indeed, there are some spacey synth breaks, some islandic passages, and some awesome bass solos that really break through the wall of normal that most progressive metal bands usually decide to erect. Vocalist Denis is also part of this, as he is pretty darn dynamic. His voice is strong with a bit of rasp to it, and that is fine. There are no caterwaulings or pretentiously overbearing highs. In fact, I love this guy's voice, and it is so different than what I've heard.

I think this EP gets better with each track. It opens with the epic "Pain that Binds Us", which is as technical and metal as expected. Next, "Moonlight" reveals the softer, ballad side of the band with a beautifully executed melody. Lastly, "Deep Roots" wows. It is complex in its variety, and also very low key at points. There is nothing normal about it. They experiment, and I think they succeed.

But, now, I want to write a personal note to the band. Dear Bad Salad, Do not be afraid to try new things. I can tell that you did, and you probably wanted to even more. I know how notoriously picky metal fans can be, and how fearful of change and eclecticism they can be. Don't fear them. There are several points during the EP where I could tell certain aspects were held back a bit. At one point, there is some almost wild west style piano, but it gets lost in the mix. Now, I really enjoyed it, but I know metal fans that would think it is dumb. Don't be afraid to bring that to the forefront. That change---that willingness to evolve---is exactly what will keep you on my radar for a long time. That is the attitude that will keep you from becoming another Dream Theater. Sincerely, Jason.

Hold your breath. This small EP is BETTER than all of Dream Theater's new album. Yep. I hope the guys appreciate this comment because it's true. Bad Salad shows more energy and more willingness to experiment. I applaud these guys for an excellent showing, and I'm really looking forward to their next full album.

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3.75 | 37 ratings

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Bad Salad Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars With an album title and cover that recall hardcore and a name bringing to mind ska-punk, Bad Salad are actually loyal Dreamtheater followers (just check their YouTube content). More precise, the mid-period, more thrashy DT. So, expect 10-minute plus songs, lots of themes that develop gradually, rather than abruptly (which is a plus), crazy instrumental workouts and time signatures.

What you shouldn't expect, however, are DT-like melodic and vocal pop sensibilities. This isn't harsh by any means (although some screaming and "evil robot" vocals make brief appearances), and there are 2 out of 7 slow tracks (which overstay their welcome, just like some DT tracks, by the way) but the focus here is more on technicality than melody. But this is good, technically talented prog metal.

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 Uncivilized by BAD SALAD album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.75 | 37 ratings

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Uncivilized
Bad Salad Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Uncivilized" is the debut full-length studio album by Brazilian progressive metal act Bad Salad. The album was independently released in July 2012. Bad Salad were founded in 2007 by , but struggled for a couple of years to find the right members for the lineup, so it wasn´t until early in 2010 when keyboard player César Zolhof joined the ranks, that the band were able to start searching for a vocalist, who would fit their new more dynamic sound. After a lengthy tryout the band chose Denis Oliveira as their frontman. Unfortunately César Zolhof left Bad Salad again in November 2010, but the band were able to finish recording "Uncivilized" anyway with César Zolhof as a session musician.

The music on the album is what I´d charachterize as "traditional" progressive metal. Traditional is of course quite the contradictionary term to use about a progressive metal album, but in this case it covers the fact that Bad Salad aren´t about to revolutionize the world of progressive metal with "Uncivilized". What they do deliver is one hell of a powerful, well performed, well produced and well written album. They are first and foremost great composers and the tracks are generally very catchy, which is actually quite the achivement considering that all 7 tracks on the 78:28 minutes long album, are between 6 and 15 minutes long, and that most of them are over 10 minutes long. The tracks are very dynamic featuring both heavy riffs, challenging instrumental parts, memorable choruses, skillful keyboard work and strong rythmic playing too. As mentioned above they don´t necessarily play anything you haven´t heard before, but they do what they do damn well...

...the musicianship is outstanding all the way around. The instrumental part of the music is spot on and lead vocalist Denis Oliveira is incredibly skilled. He is able to deliver both smoth/soft styled vocals when that is needed but also some really raw vocals when the music calls for that. He is a great asset to the band´s music.

"Uncivilized" is overall a very convincing debut album by Bad Salad and it would be wrong to just call them promising because these guys are already at the top of their game delivering quality progressive metal to the people. In other words this doesn´t sound like a debut album to my ears, but rather the work of a seasoned band. I´d be very interested to see what these guys are able to create in the future. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

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3.75 | 37 ratings

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Uncivilized
Bad Salad Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Brazilian prog metal band with a strange and funny name Bad Salad was known to me since 2 or 3 years ago when they were and still are very popular on youtube making Dream Theater cover versions. I must admit they are pretty good at that some covers are more then killer sounding very good and above all the musicianship is awesome like on Metropolis from Images and words. The year 2012 is the year when they release , finaly their own material named Uncivilized available at cdbaby among others. I was very curious to hear this one, because I know that they are very capable musicians, each member is very skilfull for sure, I must admiting that some passages are beyond excellent, I'm impressed how such young band can deliver so solid prog metal, technical, complex. So, on this release we have progressive metal well performed, well produced, musicaianship is killer only the originality lacks big time, sounding ike a DT clone from Brazil. Well I'm not bother about that here, because some pieces are excellent like Mourning, well balanced guitars and keyboards, nice vocal delivery and stunning druming another great one is the opening track the shortest one, because the rest are all over 10 min. Technical prog metal with nice changes in tempo, nice breaks and all ingredients for a good album. I like it and fans of the genre can easy take some spins worth it. In places sounding better then DT who lost their ideas since Octavarium. 3.5 stars

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