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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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3.38 | 10 ratings
El circo de la Tierra
4.50 | 10 ratings
Quien tenga algo que decir... que calle para siempre
3.73 | 15 ratings
4.04 | 6 ratings
Cuarto Creciente

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4.67 | 3 ratings
Rock & Rollo... ¡Y Caña!

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 Cuarto Creciente by DRY RIVER album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.04 | 6 ratings

Cuarto Creciente
Dry River Crossover Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars "Cuarto Creciente" has been the first album I've heard by the Spanish band Dry River. And what pleasant a surprise I got!

Produced by the highly renowned guitarist Carlos Raya (Sangre Azul, M-Clan, Fito y Fitipaldis), who also participates in the composition of the song Funeral (which sounds very similar to the splendid Swedish band A.C.T.), this self- edited by the band "Cuarto Creciente" sounds powerful, modern when needed and old-fashioned when appropriate. A success in terms of sound, yes sir.

As for the quality of the songs, there were many doubts among the band's followers after the departure of guitarist Carlos Alvarez (who also was one of the main composer of the band) and keyboardist Marti Ballmunt, but it only remains to say that the compositional and instrumental level is still absolutely masterful on this album (with few exceptions) Progressive, sometimes theatrical hard rock with very catchy eighties touches. It is very difficult to find music of this style in Spanish, and much less with this quality.

The new members of the band, Guillermo Guerrero on guitars and Miquel Centelles on keys also do a sensational job, and I would like to highlight the great singer Ángel Belinchón, who has a wide vocal range and is always pleasant to hear and well intoned. The lyrics are also intelligent and above average in terms of writing. Well done!

So, if you want to listen to a progressive rock record singed in Spanish with a touch of bands like Dream Theater, Queen or A.C.T. mixed with eighties influences a la Van Halen or Journey, I recommend you give this "Cuarto Creciente" a try.

I definitely did not expect such a quality record!

Best Tracks: Culpable (one of the most progressive tracks if the album, tubular bells included), Segundo Intento (great keyboards that sounds like something out of the 80s), Capitán Veneno (fast and powerful, recalling at times the great Spanish band Barón Rojo) and Calles Inundadas (incredible work on guitars and very good poetic lyrics)

 El circo de la Tierra by DRY RIVER album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.38 | 10 ratings

El circo de la Tierra
Dry River Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

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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