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RC2 forms in Caracas, Venezuela during 1999 as a result of RADIO CLIP's dissolution. RADIO CLIP was an emblematic band that released four albums in Venezuela between 1988 and 1994. Wanting to be more than a RADIO CLIP spin-off band, Felix Duque (vocals), Eduardo Benatar (drums), Arturo Torres (base) and Demian Mejicano (guitar) contact Rafael Paz (keyboards) in order to work on a complete change of musical style. Accordingly, they begin composing in the music genre they had always longed to play: Symphonic Progressive Rock. Citing MARILLION, YES, RUSH, GENESIS and CAMEL as major influences, the band, still using RADIO CLIP as its name, composed in only two weeks what they foresaw would be the recording material for a demo. However, the project had to be called off when Arturo Torres left for the States.

The band came to a complete halt. Then, on December 1999, the four remaining members decided to take in Pedro Misle (bass player and Eduardo Benatar's band mate in Luz Verde) and enliven the project, now under the new RC2 name. Two months later, they recorded their first three-song-demo which included: "Nada "(Nothing)", Sombras (Shadows) and "Gira la Tierra" (The Earth Turns). The demo was presented to various connoisseurs of the genre and earned good notices.

During the year 2000, relying on the critic's good reaction, they recorded two more demos. These were then presented to the prestigious Musea record label through Alexis Lope Bello, a talent scout who has introduced over the years the work of various Venezuelan bands to Musea. The response was overwhelming; the record label was determined to release RC2's first album.

After learning the news, the five musicians and producer Francisco Diaz entered the studio to begin recording the album in late 2001. By June 2002, the album was completed and the job of finding a cover art concept for the production began. An excellent picture of a lunar eclipse taken and generously lent by Spanish photographer Juan Carlos Casado conveyed exactly what the band wanted to portray with their music. After graphic designer Daniela Troconis gave the finishing touches, the artwork was ready and delivered to Musea. The album was released by the end of June 2003.

RC2 is currently in the studio working hard on album number "2".

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 Future Awaits by RC2 album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.95 | 23 ratings

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RC2 Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars RC2 from Venezuela was and is after all those years since issued a one hell of a great ride for me. They must be the best band Venezuela ever had in prog circles, that is for sure. They established their reputation with the second album issued in 2008 named Future awaits. Man, this album kick ass from start to finish. With one foot in prog metal, the melodic side and with another in symphonic prog, RC2 manage to come with a splendid complex and quite intresting second offer. Imagine you combine Dream Theater (from Images and words and Falling into infinity era) with hints that goes towards Marillion, Yes and even italian school the result is Future awaits. Definetly the best from the two albums released by the band and for sure one of the best albums of 2008 and still one of the intresting albums ever coming from South America in last decade, RC2 really capture my attention big time. From the opening Time Pieces, a 10 min piece with complicated swirling keybords and inventive guitars and a voice that remind me of LaBrie in his prime moments to the middle of the album Autum and ending two part Voice of the Storm this album is a total winner in my book. Lots of instrumental sections,there are even two entirely instrumentals here El Diablo Suelto with a clear symphonic prog/folk side and the uptempo and energic highly intresting first part from Voices of the storm shows big potential in this band. All pieces are fairly solid, the musicinship is top notch, maybe little much more originality was needed, but is excellent this way to. From me easy 4 stars, recommended , they remaining in silence since this second album was issued, no news for more then 5 years. Nice art work, remind a lot with Tiles Fly paper released same year.

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Review by Thierry

4 stars Those Venezuelan guys paradoxically play prog in the Italian vein. The Italian school of the seventies: think of Il Volo, Le Orme for instance? Symphonic, labyrinthine, lyrical and 'merry' music. Expect no Italian, no Spanish lyrics though since they sing in English. Expect no Latino touches here, this is not Los Jaivas. Only a few South American guitar parts here and there, that's all. That doesn't mean there's no originality in this disc, not at all! This new opus really deserves your attention: there are no weak moment, the record is intense, rich, lyrical and perfect on a melodic point of view. What else do you need? Yes, you got it, this is a must.

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 Future Awaits by RC2 album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars RC2's sophomore album is an undisputed improvement on their debut album, released 5 years earlier: while "RC2" established a peculiar dynamics in the band's mixture of melodic prog-metal and standard neo-prog, "Future Awaits" happens to take this musical stance to another level by reshaping its dynamics and enriching it with enhanced eclecticism. RC2 is at the time being an English-lyric band (not unlike fellow band Aisles, Argentinean acts William Gray and Fughu, plus a host of Brazilian bands). The almost 11 minute long opener 'Time Pieces' with a robust delivery of musical colorfulness: this piece states the crafty equilibrium between rocking power and melodic drive that we are to witness throughout most part of the album. The complementation between the softer and harder passages is implemented is such a fluid manner that the contrasts almost seem to disappear. The dominant neo framework shows coincidences with the sort of sound that bands such as In Nomine and Sylvan pursue; there is also some Yes influence here, more concerning the softer passages' mood than any individual musician trying to emulate Howe, Squire or Wakeman. The follower is the title track, which is the one that brings the prog-metal element to play an important role in the sonic framework: more specifically, it is the influence of Rudess-era DT that becomes more apparent in the extroverted parts. This electrifying resource meets a mid-term with the melodic agility of standard neo. The final part includes some cosmic nuances for good effect. '11' bears a more explicit hook, it is certainly catchy, but we are not talking about indulging into simplistic pop: quite the opposite, the eerie atmosphere created for the softer passages state a sophisticated source of variation against the dynamics delivered in the powerful instrumental expansions (halfway between Arena and DT). 'Autumn' solidly recapitulates the dominant moods from the previous two pieces, even taking the emotional drive to an enhanced level, which in no small degree is due to the lead vocalist's defining input ? as a whole, this song represents a convenient culmination for the album's first half. And so we get to the instrumental 'El Diablo Suelto', an inventive piece that finds the band exploring a folkish vibe through symphonic prog filters. The basic rhythm pace, based on the Venezuelan joropo, is tremendously delightful: the rhythm duo shines here big time, and so does guitarist Barroeta with his vigorous phrases. Just before getting at the 3 minute mark, the track shifts to a calm, piano-led interlude, which serves as a threshold toward the folkish reprise that states the coda. 'Coming Down Again' is a whole different beast: a progressive travel with plenty of electronic sources, fed with modern space-rock nuances and occasional heavy prog ornaments ? Porcupine Tree seems to be the main influential reference here. The synth solo performed halfway marks the track's central mood. The last nearly 16 minutes of the album are occupied by the two-part 'Voices Of The Storm'. The first part is totally instrumental, and once again we are face to face with the band's most energetic side, with the musical scheme equilibrated between neo and prog-metal. Part 2 bears a less pompous sonic framework, but the expressiveness remains at the same level. The very brief interlude that starts at minute 7 is just lovely, a small moment of intensity before the eerie sung closure (which somehow reminds me of Yes-meets-PF). This is how this very good prog album ends: "Future Awaits" is the definitive RC2 statement so far, so now we prog collectors must feel glad that this band is being more noticed gradually and expect more good albums from them in the future.

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 Future Awaits by RC2 album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars This sophomore effort from Venezuelan act RC2 was a nice surprise.

Symphonic rock is something of a foundation on this creation, with acoustic and clean guitars skillfully mixed with keyboards as main melody providers, a Hammond fleshing out the composition way back in the mix for most songs and quite often a driving bass line making the odd appearance when the rest of the instruments mellow down.

The vocals are clear, melodic and of high quality; while swirling keyboard soloing, a few instances of the Hammond taking the lead and atmospheric guitar soloing are the features of the non-vocal segments. Most times the band stay in the more mellow part of progressive rock; but in a few instances leanings towards classic hard rock like Deep Purple or more modern prog metal a la Dream Theater is offered up as well - alongside more atmospheric explorations quite similar to acts like Sylvan.

Vintage symphonic rock is a distinct influence on this band; but they do mix in more modern sounding details too. Fans of acts like Sylvan and Flower Kings might find this one just as interesting as fans of Kansas and Genesis - in fact there's somewhat of a transitional quality to this release overall; residing somewhere in between vintage and modern progressive rock. Well worth checking out.

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 RC2 by RC2 album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.44 | 17 ratings

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Review by apps79
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2 stars 2.5 stars really...

Raised out of the ashes of a band called Radio Clip,RC2 came to birth at late 90's in the capital of Venezuela,Caracas.After some changes in the line-up and the release of several demos,the band entered the studio at the end of year 2001.About six months of rehearsals were enough for the band to finish their debut album,which carried as a title the name of the group,and contained 10 compositions,some of them were totally new tracks,while some of them were re-worked tracks from the older demos.The year 2003 was the one for RC2,as this work finally came to public...

The band notifies CAMEL,RUSH,MARILLION,YES and GENESIS as their biggest influences.After several careful listenings I would say that this band sounds very much like ENCHANT or a lighter version of the mexican band AGORA.Though it is evident that the tracks are very carefully arranged,this album didn't grow on me.The vocals leave me totally cold,too mellow at most of the moments,with just a few elements of real expression,except maybe from the track ''Soledad'',which is a dramatic one.Then comes the song structure,which have a typical rock song format with over-repetitive choruses,a factor almost opposite to what I call ''progressive rock''.Yes,however there are two 14-min. epics.But ''Fria'',after a decent 6-min. instrumental section,contains an over-repetitive chorus,while ''Se pierde de sol'' has a more epic-structure format with changing moods,but at the end I find it rather boring and I prefer ''Fria'' from the two of them.

RC2's is an album for those who like a non-adventurous type of hard prog rock with a few up and downs and mostly song-structured tracks with some nice keyboard flights.Personally I prefer a bit of adventure in my music so this work comes a lit flat to me...

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. Very enjoyable borderline Prog-Metal. Spanish vocals that I especially like that remind me of Gil Moore from TRIUMPH. When he tries to hit those high notes though it just doesn't work. Lots of synths in this one as well.

"Obertura" is a short orchestral-like intro with piano. "Joroprog" is one of my favourites. It opens with synths and drums leading the way. It settles with piano a minute in with vocals not far behind.When he sings passionately he really reminds me of Gil. Piano and percussion 2 minutes in and then the guitar starts to shred. Riffs 4 1/2 minutes in and a great sounding section 5 minutes in. "Nada" is laid back to begin with as drums, percussion and vocals lead the way. It kicks into a higher gear 3 minutes in with some tasteful guitar. "Sombras" has a nice aggressive start with lots of synths. Vocals before a minute as it calms down. The tempo continues to shift. Guitar soars after 2 1/2 minutes. Themes are repeated. "RM" features intricate acoustic guitar throughout.

"Fria" is my favourite and not because it's the longest track either. Some excellent organ to start with as other instruments join in. Great sound. The first 3 minutes are an uptempo instrumental that just kills. Then it settles down until guitar starts to lay down some blistering melodies a minute later. Nice. Back to the uptempo melody. The song stops 6 minutes in and restarts with piano, then fragile vocals join in. This is such a good section that lasts almost 8 minutes. "Gira La Tierra" has a heavy sound with riffs and synths leading the way. Fragile vocals come in. It's ok. "Soledad" opens with percussion, piano and vocals. It gets fuller 1 1/2 minutes in as this contrast continues. "Voz De Tempestad" sounds so good with the tasteful guitar melodies. "Se Pierde El Sol" opens with some excellent sounding drumming as the guitar comes in sounding even better. I love the tone of it. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in as it calms down. The song will continue to contrast the calm passages with the more aggressive sections. Very good closing track.

I just don't like it enough to give it 4 stars even though it has some great passages throughout. A lot of sections I want to skip though that just aren't my style.

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 Future Awaits by RC2 album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Review by Kestrel

4 stars [Review 1]

DON'T LET THE PROG METAL TAG SCARE YOU AWAY!!!

I feel the genre tag for RC2 is inaccurate. They do have some metaly moments, but for the most part I would place them in heavy prog. There are some heavy riffs (in the beginning of the album), but there are no double kick drums and no screaming vocals. Not that these things are bad, but they are what I think is associated with the genre a lot of the time and turns many away. I would even consider RC2 softer than the heavy prog of Uriah Heep and Rush (at their heaviest).

What I like the most about the album is how it's neither dominated by keyboards nor dominated by guitars. They both receive equal time, one always backing up the other, coming in and out of the foreground and background. The keyboards are also constantly changing sounds throughout the entire album, going from a modern sound to a piano to a Mellotron-ish sound regularly (particularly in both parts of Voice of the Storm). The guitar is also varied up quite a bit. In the first two songs the guitar is definitely that of a metal band with its riffing, but in the latter part of the album, it becomes much more melodic or atmospheric (depending on the song).

The drumming on the album is very well done. One of things that can turn me away from a band very quickly is if I find the drums uninteresting or basic. RC2 does not make this mistake! Although the drums are somewhat basic in the softer parts, the drums are constanly changing and doing different things for most of the album. (Forgive the lack of technical terms; I know almost nothing about the technical features of music, unfortunately.)

I think some people might have trouble with the singer's voice, but I find it quite beautiful (reminds me of Banco's vocalist). Even though the lyrics are no longer in Spanish, the vocals still have a Spanish feel to them. This Spanish feel (in the music and the vocals) is perhaps what makes RC2 distinct from the traditional heavy prog (or prog metal, whatever). A soft Spanish guitar makes a few reappearances throughout the album (El Diablo Suelto, Voice of the Storm - Part 1), adding to the atmoshere and backing up the lead guitar.

I don't think this is as strong as their debut, but it is still an excellent album and their technical skills have definitely improved. It doesn't offer much of anything new to the prog scene, but it doesn't try to recreate the sounds of its predecessors. RC2 is definitely their own band and they have their own sound.

I very much look forward to their next album and I'll continue to keep my eye on them. The album isn't a masterpiece, but I think it would be an excellent addition to any prog collection, especially if you're looking for some modern stuff that isn't retro. If you're not willing to shell out the money for this album based on my review, check out their samples on MySpace and hopefully that will convince you!

~Kestrel~

Highlights: Time Pieces, Future Awaits, El Diablo Suelto, Voice of the Storm - Part 1

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Review by Rodolfo

4 stars First, I must say that I discover this band by chance, I received a message from the band themselves through My Space recommending their work because they thought I might be interested given my musical taste, well they were right. Thank you RC2! Your work is outstanding, your music beautiful and with lots of feeling on it. Production on this CD is top of the tops. It sounds better than for example, new Marillion album. The songs are very well crafted and I think the band put a lot of effort and care on composition and of course execution. They sound original with a touch of everything we like (sometimes IQ, sometimes Yes and a little bit Marillion). Prog-metal, I don't think so, progressive of course! Recommendation, my dear friends, buy it without hesitation and please be open minded on Spanish singing, their next album will be in English.

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Review by eugene

4 stars First of all, IMHO it is wrongly filed under"progressive metal" here. An occasional metal-ish guitar riff does not make a band to be prog-metal. Music of RC2 is pure symphonic progressive rock with neo-prog touches. Very close to be a masterpiece, their music is profound and beautiful, complex enough as well; arrangements are superb. The only weak point IMO are the vocals sang in spanish - otherwise wonderful piece of art. An excellent addition to any collection of prog. Recommended!

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Review by Cesar Inca
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3 stars RC2 is yet another great Venezuelan band that has something interesting to say in the world of progressive rock for the new millennium. Their eponymous debut album is a well accomplished catalogue of melodic hard rock material refurbished in a modern symphonic frame: this specific frame is quite useful when it comes to enhancing and enriching the melodic potential of the compositions, not as much in terms of pyrotechnical complexity as in terms of emotional drive and intensity. Just to name a few points of reference, let me say that RC2's sound reminds me of Arena, Enchant, Pendragon, contemporary Marillion, Royal Hunt, and to a certain degree, post-Waters Pink Floyd. Mejicano's guitar soloing is impeccable and full of sensitiveness, but the main instrumentalist in the band is, no doubt, keyboardist Paz, whose work is the focus for almost every track's ambience - besides providing some excellent leads. Meanwhile, the rhythm duo of Benatar and Misle displays a solid foundation, and lead singer Duque performs his lines with enormous conviction in both the aggressive passages and the romantic ones. The intro 'Obertura' is a brief keyboard-centered piece that announces the energy of the first proper song, 'Joroprog': this one is based on a rock-bluesy motif effectively adorned with some folk-oriented nuances somewhere in the middle. A nice start, indeed. 'Nada' and 'Soledad' are the most emotionally charged songs in the album, but never getting corny or simplistically sentimental - the punchy guitar leads, the amazing keyboard orchestrations and Duque's robust singing assure that the spirit remains rooted in the grounds of good taste. The most complex and extended tracks are 'Fria' and the closure 'Se Pierde el Sol': the common major merit of both tracks is the organic feel that the band shows during the expansions of the main motifs and the occasional mood shifts. The brief guitar solos 'RM' and 'Voz de la Tempestad' bring an air of sheer serenity among the waves of emotion that go crashing on throughout the album. This is a very good album, perhaps not groundbreaking, but very interesting in itself: RC2 is clearly developing a style of their own with the material of the influences they receive from others - these guys are skillful enough to continue growing up as a band and capable enough to come up with new and better material in the future.

[I dedicate this review to my Venezuelan brother Milton]

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