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Dry River started life in 2004 in Castellon (centre-east Spain) as a cover band playing material such as Queen or Dream Theater. They released their debut album in 2012, 'El Circo de la Tierra' ('The Circus of Earth'). This made an immediate impact within the Spanish progressive rock scene, due to the way they combined symphonic rock, progressive metal, jazz and hard rock, and they received several awards for being the best new band of the year. They also have dramatic live shows, with the addition of clowns as well as the carnival appearance of the members. They soon also obtained a strong following in Japan.

The lyrics are always in Spanish, and are well though out, often bring in themes of comedy, love without moral constraints or a satirical message about the Spanish crisis; 'The Circus of Earth' is, in fact, a metaphor of institutionalized corruption in the political-economic system.

In November 2014, they released the second album, 'Quien Tenga Algo Que Decir... Que Calle Para Siempre', (this is the common phrase often used in marriage ceremonies, 'Whoever Has Any Objections, Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace'). The album was launched by Rock Estatal Records, and continues where the first album left off, and even manages to surpass it in some ways. Again, their eclecticism is claimed as one of the most complete musical projects in Europe; they have more powerful moments and feeling in this album, but with a very similar focus, mixing drama and humour. The context of a wedding is intentionally brought for pairing different styles; we could highlight Van Halen, Deep Purple, Jamiroquai or some Spanish bands like Baron Rojo or Asfalto (his veteran vocalist, Julio Castejon take part into one song in this album). With the firm idea of being original in all aspects, they present this album with new costumes.

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3.26 | 8 ratings
El circo de la Tierra
4.67 | 6 ratings
Quien tenga algo que decir... que calle para siempre
3.69 | 13 ratings

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Rock & Rollo... ¡Y Caña!

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3.26 | 8 ratings

El circo de la Tierra
Dry River Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Dry River from Spain was a really nice surprise for me. They are a young band who released in december 2011 their first opus named El Circo de la Tierra. Well, what we have here is a mixed bag of everything, progressive metal, some hard rock here and there on couple of pieces, some more mellower tracks, but the result is quite intristing to my ears. The musicians knows to handle the instruments and creating something of intrest specilly for those who are more into prog metal I guess. This is the kind of album , at least for me that has no head and no tail. The band incorporated to many genres into one unit, overall is not bad but is not a clear direction , musicaly speaking. The highlights to me are the two progressive metal pieces Pequeño Animal and Nuevos Tiempos, really solid pieces and the musicianship is top notch. The rest are ok, not bad but to hard rock for my taste , minus the title track who is like the title hahah, circus prog metal at some point. Aunque Sin Ti and Quédate un Rato Más are hard rock tunes and it sounds like in early '90's, not bad but nothing special either. So, in the end I like what I've heard here, overall intresting is the main word, if the next album will be concentrated more on one style will be better, for me. 3.5 star good towards great in places.
Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition.

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