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ILVCIA

Symphonic Prog • Spain


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In 2010, three musicians from the Spanish coast of Barcelona, joined in order to create a power trio formed by the drummer Santiago Arderiu , Ricard Rius in the bass the guitarist Victor Gil. Soon after they recruit Gerard Marrugat (Guitar - lead vocals) and Guillem Laborda in the keyboards, so with the lineup complete, they took the name of ILVCIA and started their musical career.

After gaining a respectable fanbase in their native Spain, the band started to work in their debut album, a hard and exhaustive job being that they self produced, recorded and edited "In the Nature of Reason" which saw the light in 2013.

Even when the band members claim that their main influences are 70's icons YES, KING CRIMSON & RUSH, there's much more in their music, because they blended their natural Symphonic atmosphere with the delicacy of flamenco plus a hint of Post Rock that darkens even more their already haunting sound.

When ILVCIA was suggested to our team, we had serious doubts, being that their style is incredibly eclectic, but the Symphonic essence is there, but complemented with other genres that make the fusion of sounds richer.

Excellent addition for fans ready to accept that Symphonic Prog evolved since the 70's.

Iván Melgar-Morey :::: Perú

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3.02 | 8 ratings
In the Nature of Reason
2013

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 In the Nature of Reason by ILVCIA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.02 | 8 ratings

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In the Nature of Reason
ILVCIA Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

2 stars Ilvcia is a new band from Barcelona, Spain. It was formed in 2010 by Gerard Marrugat (vocals, guitars and samplers), Victor Gil (guitars), Ricard Rius (bass, samplers, effects and backing vocals), Guillem Laborda (keyboards) and Santiago Arderiu (drums and percussion). After 3 years their first album, In The Nature Of Reason (2013) was released.

As soon as the first track 'The Safe' begins you can see that this young Spanish band has some very good ideas. Unfortunately, the recording and producing/mixing quality of the album is way too amateurish and in many moments the band seems completely lost in its own ideas, especially when it comes to the most complex instrumental parts. Each instrument tries to play different parts sometimes, but they are not quite there yet, so it seems as if they were doing mistakes sometimes. The second track is a heavier 'Universe Of Fields', but again Ilvcia shows a great writing skill but the poor recording makes it almost unbearable to my ears.

The next 3 tracks form a suite called 'Baghdad'. The initial sequence is called 'The Gates' and has a great acoustic guitar intro with the 'middle eastern' flavor which the title suggests. We'll have the same acoustics across the suite, later joined by the other instruments. Keyboards seem to be completely out of music's tempo here. Compensating for the first part mistakes we have very nice keyboards in the second part 'The Market'. What's more, this part has an intricate Rush-like riff. The final part of 'Baghdad' is called 'The Suburbs', a slow and haunting keyboards piece that follows a Post Rock sound with hypnotic rhythm. The acoustic guitars have the most interesting role in the song and pretty much throughout the whole album too!

Closing In The Nature Of Reason (2013) we have the only track with proper vocals and it's a piece more 'minimalist' with an interesting bass sound. The CD comes only in a cardboard envelope, but at least the art is nice!

As I mentioned in the beginning, Ilvcia is a good band with many interesting ideas throughout In The Nature Of Reason (2013). The problem is that the amateur recording and mixing (and sometimes also instrumentation) makes it really hard to enjoy the final result. I think though that Ilvcia is a band to pay attention to. If they have the chance to record in a good studio with someone producing it, they'll have a great result! For now I cannot give In The Nature Of Reason (2013) more than 2 stars!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 In the Nature of Reason by ILVCIA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.02 | 8 ratings

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In the Nature of Reason
ILVCIA Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars A new breed of Symphonic

A few days ago, the Spanish band ILVCIA was suggested to the Symphonic Team but after listening The Nature of Reason, we had a hard time accepting them, being that they play a blend of Folk Prog and Post Rock in a Symphonic structure. The sound is impressive, but this is not what we normally expect from a band of the genre.

Only after listening the Baghdad trilogy, we were convinced that if we wanted ILVCIA to be added, the only place they would somehow fit was in our genre, and we were sure that the fresh, innovative and intelligent compositions, should be in Prog Archives, so we gave the green light for addition.

The Nature of Reason, is opened by the 12:07 minutes epic The Safe, a song that has everything except Symphonic, but the mysterious approach that combines an intriguing guitar work with hints of MOGWAI and very elaborate percussion fused with an echo of Flamenco, captured me from the beginning. Hey, I knew this is not Symphonic, but was tempted to say yes because the quality of the music.

The only problem I found relies in the vocals, when I heard them for the first time, I believed that Gerard Marrugat was singing out of key all the time, but then noticed that it was an intelligent experiment with dissonances that I started to like. But still a problem subsisted, and it was caused by the language, their accent is so strong that they should avoid singing in other language different than Spanish. But overall, it's a great track that keeps the listener interested.

Universe of Fields is much more aggressive than the previous track, end even when it's Heavy Post Rock rather than Symphonic Prog due to the distorted guitars, the music is captivating. Again they insist singing in English but the choral work is so well done that hides the pronunciation. At this point, I was sure we wouldn't add the band, because this is brilliant stuff, but not Symphonic at all.

Luckily the Baghdad trilogy is a turning point in the album and changed the perspective of the team: Baghdad I: The Gates is simply delightful, from the acoustic Flamenco intro we knew that ILVCIA was entering into Symphonic territory. The mysterious melody with Moorish overtones is oneiric and hypnotic, reminding me a bit of bands like TRIANA and MEZQUITA, a fascinating fusion between the Spanish spirit and symphonic Prog with a brilliant keyboard work and thick dense atmospheres.

Baghdad II: The Market is simply impressive, the lush keyboards combined with the impeccable rhythm section reminded me of TRIUMVIRAT and the dissonant choirs melt perfectly into a frantic mix of sounds and flavors. By far the best track of the album.

Baghdad III: The Suburbs starts as a piano based track with a strong and haunting melody, but as it advances, the instruments enter by turns creating a marvelous atmosphere, again they hit the nail in the head.

The Nature of Reason is closed by Sir T. Weaver, a song that was described in a couple reviews I read as too simple and catchy, something with what I strongly disagree. Yes it's more upbeat and catchy, but a good change that demonstrates versatility is always welcomed and the music is outstanding with a brilliant bass work.

Even when the dark atmospheric sound is lost, I love the change, sounds as a hint of evolution in the band's style that captivated me from start to end.

I would love to rate this promising debut with 5 stars, but the production (with a few flaws) and the vocals n English, keep me away from 5 stars, but would be unfair if I rated The Nature of Reason with less than 4 solid stars.

Hope that the guys from ILVCIA make a few changes in the production and start singing in their native language (or stick to instrumentals) and I'm 100% sure they will be able to release a memorable masterpiece, being that the performing skills and intelligent composition are already present in this new breed of Symphonic Prog.

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