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CASA DAS MÁQUINAS (meaning 'house of wonders') are a mid-70's Brazilian band from São Paulo borne out of the disenchantment of two musicians from glam/dance pop band OS INCRÍVEIS, namely drummer/percussionnist Netinho and guitarist/vocalist Aroldo who wanted to take a less commercial route. Recruiting three other musicians, they recorded 3 albums between 1974 and 1977; a compilation disk was also released in 2000. Their material is mostly heavy, bluesy hard rock with complex arrangements and thick guitar leads. The vocals are in Portuguese.

Their debut and self-titled album, released in 1974, is plain old hard rock. Their second, "Lar de Maravilhas" (1975), however, is considered a national prog classic. Donning a slick production, it incorporates the intensity of the first album with more sophisticated elements such as stronger melodies, better arrangements and an emphasis on spacious, multi-layered symphonic keyboards (particularly the synths). It is a strange collection of tunes in that it ranges from superb symphonic flights to some very banal pieces. Their third album, "Casa de Rock" (1976), reverts to their more primitive hard rock style, featuring two drummers and no more spacey keyboards. The compilation cd "Pérolas" is made up of 16 tracks taken from the second and third albums (tapes of the first are lost forever).

Certainly not essential, but fans of hard prog may want to check out "Lar de Maravilhas".

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2.29 | 9 ratings
Casa das Máquinas
1974
3.39 | 22 ratings
Lar de Maravilhas
1975
3.50 | 12 ratings
Casa de Rock
1976

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3.67 | 3 ratings
Ao Vivo Em Santos
1978

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3.17 | 3 ratings
Pérolas
2000

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 Lar de Maravilhas by CASA DAS MÁQUINAS album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.39 | 22 ratings

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Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

3 stars Casa Das Máquinas was always a weird affair for me. Being Brazilian we always got this as one of our Prog Bands, but in fact, most of the time, they're not that Prog, being more a Hard Rock kind of band.

Lar De Maravilhas (1975) is their most Prog album tough. If I would analyse only the music of the album, this would be a 4 stars without much thinking. But the fact is, I can understand the lyrics...

When it comes to the lyrics, Casa Das Máquinas was always lame, and it's no different here. I understand the surreal colors in many Prog Rock albums, and I like that. But it came all twisted to this band and they're singing about 'Conic Cilinders', 'Astralizations', 'Rays Of Moon' and 'Active Reflex' too much, too much. Will not even mention the 'Rock Epidemy'.

If you can't understand Portuguese it's a great album tough.

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2.29 | 9 ratings

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Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

2 stars 01. A Natureza Intricate beginning of battery, resulted from a quite progressive riff 70's, letter viajona and full of second voices. Ground of quite legal guitar and I 'find strange' while the safe legal base the riff. And a final stranger.

02. Tudo Porque Eu Te Amo Well what of Floyd this beginning. A vocal 'air one', somewhat how much ' trapeze acrobat ' this song, narrative and everything. Emotion on the surface of the skin, a declaration to a father.

03. Mundo De Paz That one from here has a face of Barry Manilow (laughters), has ground of sax and completely. A quite interesting melody with the doubled vocal ones (that I already spoke in another opportunity which era a mark of the rock 70's Brazilian).

04. Quero Que Você Me Diga Almost a psychedelic samba, a lot of foda. Existentialist and letter everything. The vocal ones in falsetto, a clever guitarrinha giving the tone. Almost a samba - rock

05. Canto Livre Almost a lullaby. A legal keyboard in a quite interesting melody, and a guitar of bottom. It has a what of MPB, with a few quite legal keys. It reminded me Silvio Britto a 70's Brazilian singer.

06. Trem Da Verdade This from here is a Rock and roll, with riff and completely. I risk telling that to the best of the disc full of energy and sticky melody, of those good ones even. And vocal many people leave the thing still more legal. Ground of battery of Netinho in the very legal environment. Only the riff as you only already is worth the same. Quite crazy end.

07. Preciso Lhe Ouvir Have a beginning of quite delicate keyboard, a flute permeates the whole belt, while the people of the House sings on a future devastation. A bleated conscious beauty!

08. Cantem Esse Som Com A Gente Riff wha and everything, gale in the bottom giving climão. A slope of rhythm, even a vaudeville appears, a clever guitar, a few sounds and everything more, it would hit the front, in English of the type we want to be understood sentences by all. And I sole rock. Then alone joy as the title suggests.

09. Domingo A Tarde I miss this sound of battery of the 70 years in Brazil! This belt is the most amusing, a sort of alien story. With a quite outstanding riff.

10. Sanduíche De Queijo This from here is total Made In Brazil, good nonsense same. But the instrumental thing is very good. A rockão 50's of chipping.

It is not the prog what any world comments of the House Of the Machines, but I decided on postair in order then this is the 1st disc. I think more interesting when the people hear in the chronological order.

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 Lar de Maravilhas by CASA DAS MÁQUINAS album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.39 | 22 ratings

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Review by CCVP
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4 stars A painfully underrated quintessential album of brazilian progressive rock (with hippie thematics)

At their second album, the band Casa das Máquinas dropped almost completely the hard rock (almost because the second to last song is a hard rock song) and went to explore the experimental and psychedelic side of music that was blossoming in the 70's (specially the mid 70's here in Brazil), probably influenced by Os Mutantes and O Terço. Besides Lar das Maravilhas being a good album, it never received all the attention it should, and that is probably because the brazilian prog giants released their albums in the same year (or almost in the same year) as Casa das Máquinas released Lar das Maravilhas: O Terço released Criaturas da Noite (their so called magnum opus), Os Mutantes released Tudo foi Feito pelo Sol and Terreno Baldio released their debut, also entitled Terreno Baldio.

In this album, as i said before, they went for a more experimental and psychedelic approach, concerning their music. However, at least here in Brazil, the psychedelic stuff had a big deal of hippie influence. That can be seen on almost all of Os Mutantes albums and in this whole album, except the song Epidemia de Rock.

About the songs, musicianship and other features there are some thing i would like to state:

Casa das Máquinas don't show us any sign of extraordinary musicianship in any part of the album. However, the songs don't require any kind of extraordinary musicianship because their most important feature is the feeling. In fact, i can see (or listen, i don't know) here many influences from prog giants like Supertramp, Yes, Os Mutantes (mainly lyric-wise) and Pink Floyd (mainly music-wise). Also, this band is only at PA because of this album and i don't understand why it is classified as prog-related since it has so many clear influences from the crossover and psychedelic prog.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Although i think this albums is unfairly underrated i must be fair and give it a fair grade, according with my feelings. I really wanted to give it the 5 stars grade, but it is simply not worthy. It hurts me to say, but this is a 4 stars album.

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3.39 | 22 ratings

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Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars After their eponymous debut album, here's Brasilian five piece band Casa Das Maquinas their second effort. The sound is warm, alternating and in general rooted in the Seventies progressive rock tradition but with some surprising sidesteps. We can enjoy symphonic prog in the tracks Astralizacao (wonderful keyboards and Hackett-like gutiar work), Vale Verde (fluent rhythm and again beautiful keyboard play) and O Sol (moving Grand piano intro and a great grand finale with howling guitar and powerful organ). It's rock and roll time in Libertade Espacial (raw guitar and fat synthesizer sound) and Epidemia De Rock (strong organ solo and fiery guitar), mellow acoustic guitar play in Raios De Lua and lots of shifting moods and nice musical ideas (like flamenco guitar) in the titletrack, the absolute highlight of this pleasant and melodic CD.


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 Lar de Maravilhas by CASA DAS MÁQUINAS album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars Most of the tracks on this album feature an ear-pleasing combination of electric piano and moog, with the former giving a slightly celestial feeling and the latter inevitably marking this as a ‘heavy’ band. Which they are really, based on their other studio albums. This appears to be the most reserved studio work by the band, and even here there are a couple of tracks where the boys kick up their heels a bit.

I don’t actually know anyone who knows much about this Brazilian band, but their albums all seem to be available on CD, so they must have a fan base somewhere. There aren’t too many Portuguese-language symphonic bands in my collection, mostly because I don’t know the language and I’m one of those music fans who likes to know what someone is singing about.

But that’s not particularly important on this album since the themes are fairly obvious, and none of them are overly deep or complex.

Like the band’s debut, this album treads pretty wide territory, ranging from symphonic to light psych to heavy rock, and even to pop ala ELO or the Beatles (“Epidemia De Rock”).

Most of the tracks though are fairly heavy on keyboards, and like so many South American bands, most also feature copious amounts of plucked acoustic guitar. The one exception is also the best track on the album – “O Sol Reflexo Ativo” (er…, something about the Sun). This one opens with a lengthy piano and acoustic guitar intro that is accompanied by some spoken-word ramblings, presumably about the Sun given the title. After a quasi-psychedelic transition of the voice and keyboards using digital manipulation, the moog and electric guitar come in for three or four minutes of extended instrumental noodling that is actually quite engaging as it slowly builds to a rather frenzied pitch before an abrupt drum roll and crashing cymbal bring it all to a finish. Like the rest of the album, there is nothing new, innovative, or particularly complex here, but I get a distinct sense of upbeat energy being exhibited by the musicians, and I’ve managed to play this a half-dozen times or so and find new little nuances, particularly in the acoustic guitar and piano, that catch my attention and make me think these guys put an honest effort into this collection of tunes.

This isn’t a masterpiece by any means, but it is a pretty decent record, and recommended to those who enjoy acoustic guitar with their seventies keyboards, and very loose arrangements that are pretty much devoid of the typical blues or jazz stylings one could expect from this time period and geographic location. Three stars is reasonable.

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 Lar de Maravilhas by CASA DAS MÁQUINAS album cover Studio Album, 1975
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Review by Marcelo Xanadu

5 stars This is their best effort! A truly prog gem! Great album! So beautiful!

Liberdade Espacial and Vale Verde are the best tracks, but all are wonderful. The Lyrics are a mix of non-sense, heavy drugs in the vein (lol) and some esoteric/spiritual. Of course you have to be familiar to the portuguese language, but if you are not don't worry... the instrumental is very good and worth the price!

I used to sleep listening to this album, it is a incredible journey! Very relaxing.

Art Rock/Symphonic Prog with some hard rock, space rock and pop/rock moments it's a resume of this brilliant album. The songs are not too complex, but are very very very creative! The feeling of rock and roll is very high, and the band put their heart on this!

Vocals, guitars, bass, drums and keyboards in perfect simetria!

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 Pérolas by CASA DAS MÁQUINAS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.17 | 3 ratings

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Review by claudss

3 stars This album is a good collection of songs originally present in the three first studio albums of the band. In reality, only the second album called "Lar das Maravilhas" can be classified as progressive rock. Casa das Máquinas produced a style between classical Rock´n´Roll and prog-folk of the 70´s. In this collection, I put in highlight the song called "Vale Verde", a true masterpiece of brazilian prog rock: variated keyboiards work, beautiful melodies. The long instrumental parts are really good. I can mention other songs that will certainly enjoy the fans: "Lar das Maravilhas" (same title of the CD) and "Cilindro Conico". Good aquisition to my brazilian prog rock collection. Taste it.

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Review by Prog-Brazil
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Casa das Máquinas (house of machines) is an art-rock band (in my opinion). They recorded three Long plays. I think it is the best of Casa, I means, it's the most progressive. The best song is "Vale Verde". The last one, "O Sol/Reflexo Ativo" is very good music, but with very poor lyric. "Vou Morar No Ar" and " Lar De Maravilhas" is very good too. Other songs are a mix of progressive and rock and roll. Well, three stars: not the best, but very good album, with instrumental passages, beautiful melodies and good rock and roll!

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Review by Steve Hegede
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3 stars I've been unable to find information on this Brazilian prog band, but I can say that they seemed to have been influenced by early GENESIS, and YES. The music never gets too complex, and the songs range from excellent to poor ("What the hell were they thinking when they wrote this crap?"). I wouldn't call this a classic, but "Lar De Maravilhas" is a decent prog album.

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