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    Posted: October 16 2007 at 20:40

Another "band" from... thread.

MAR DE ROBLES is an instrumental band, featuring exciting sax fronted rock with great percussions and guitar. They create a lovely falvoured music from various influences and combine the old with the new, prog with fusion and psych.
 
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They released so far two albums, Mar de Robles in 2003 and this year they released a very good album in Indígena.
 
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MAR DE ROBLES — Indígena

Review by Cesar Inca (César Inca Mendoza Loyola)
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5%20stars For their sophomore effort “Indígena”, Mar Robles achived the ultimate confirmation of their ballsy, multi-textured and dynamic prog- fsuion style. Enhancing their robust side (particularly, the use of hard-rocking guitar riffs and Crimsonian cadences) and augmenting their input with the inclusion of Chpaman Stick, their music now has aquired a more hardened presence without losing an inch of the refreshing vibe that they portrayed oh so well in their excellent debut "MdR" some years ago. the fire never stops, it is always lit up, shining in ever-explosive colors, at times getting more subtle, but always in flames. It is amazing how the energy is consistently incandescent, yet the five performers create such a well-ensembled unit that the explosion is always under control: proof of Mar de Robles' talent as an outstanding prog act of our times. ‘Chúcaro’ opens up the album in categoric fashion, a perfect example of combination of fusion and psychedelia, a sort of hybrid between Ergo Sum and Gordian Knot. The track's aggressive vibe gets enriched with successive elements of jazz-fusion and funk rock that go on with the track's development until the initial theme's reprise. Eight minutes of pure musical excitement. ‘X_2004’ allows the band to continue delivering their energetic mixture of various moods and motifs, this time with a lesser degree of complexity. ‘Perimontu’ kind of follows a similar scheme, ony with a more mteiculous and challenging management of contrasts between the various moods, hence generating an incredible sense of tension and adventure. The dialogues betwee nflute and guitar add up to the track's overall sophistication. If ‘Chúcaro’ had been the perfect entrance, this number serves as a perfect assurance of the album's general statement. ‘Rancagua Nocturno’ bears an ostensibly agile vibe, heading fluidly toward the more avantgarde side of the band, with that heavy-rocking tribal interlude that intrudes the candid colorfulness of the first motif. The ethereal textures that flood across the final motif are simply awesome, becoming incresaingly dreamy as the fade-out approaches. A real highlight, together with tracks 1 & 3, also, a genuine paradigm of MDR's sound. After these 26 minutes, the band is far from exhausted, as the delirant frenzy of ‘Aborigen’ shows, all over its sick funny vibe - this piece includes an inserted tribal section, dynamically interrupting its flow as a breath from a parallel universe. ‘Sobreviviente’ gets started with some Stick's spacey chord progressions, very much a-la "Disciplne"-era Levin. This is, all in all, an interlude to yet another exhibition of powerful fire by the whole ensemble. ‘Chileneos’ is set on a 6/8 tempo with a lilting mood, a thing that the band takes advantge of to explore their occasional eerie side; that is until the frenzy side emerges at its most Crimsonian. Not unlike track 4, the one that bears the same title as the band's name incarnates an example of the band's versatile ideology: hard psychedelic rock, jazz-fusion, Crimsonian ornaments, all of them fused in a compact progressive unit. Finally, ‘Ubuntu’ closes dwon the album with a major emphasis on teluric cadences and rhythms, which helps the rhytm section to assume a more prominent role than usual, especialy during the climatic passages. In conclusion, “Indígena” reveals itself as a masterful work that invigorates both MDR's CV and South America's prog scene in a crucial manner - the dramatically abrupt ending of the closer 'Ubuntu' proves tremendously effective for this Mar de Robles masterpiece.

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MAR DE ROBLES — Indígena

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4%20stars Four years after their debut album, Mar De Robles came out with an awesome release named "Indígena". Unlike "MdR", this album is purely instrumental except for little passages in "X_2000" and "Chileneos", and that means Lucho Tobar mostly played the sax and flute throughout it. The results are beautiful: 9 tracks of ethnic latin prog, chaotic at times and mellow at others, but this fulfills what we were expecting from the band. Every band member knows how to make his instrument sound like his own soul, being it Rodrigo's guitar or Ignacio's djembé, and that's extremely appreciated when listening to progressive music. I bought this and I can tell you that it is worth every cent and I give it four stars because I know Mar De Robles has much more to show and sooner or later will come out with a five-stars amazing records.

Recommended to: any fan of King Crimson, Focus and latin prog in general, specially fans of Akinetón Retard.

Be aware of this exquisite chilean band!!

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MAR DE ROBLES — Indígena

Review by FranMuzak (Fran Muñoz)

5%20stars NOT A PROMISING BAND... BUT A REALITY!

This is indeed one of the best bands i´ve heard from South America and maybe the whole Latin America! I had the big, big luck to see these guys playing live in march this year and it was a blast, the way they took the stage and performed like only the experimented ones do, really amazed us all. Also i had the chance to meet Julio Tobar (Sax, flute player and singer) and Cristián Larrondo (Bass & stick) and let me tell you that they are very nice, young and humble guys. It was a great experience to chat with these extremely talented musicians.

OK, to the album... I did get to know this CD and their debut at the same time because i bought both arfter the concert and i really liked their first homonym disc but this second album is just something else. You can clearly hear the improvement of the compositions and their tighter and more original sound. Althought you can still listen to the KC influence, they reached maturity and creativeness at the top. Another thing i liked about this output is that Julio doesn't sing as much as the 1st album, and that's a good sign because they focused on the instrumental part which is their real strength (keep playing sax and flute pal !).

All of these guys are very high skilled musicians, and you can hear it as the songs progress, no one really overshadows another member. It is very common to say that the guitarist or the keyboardist (here doesn't exist) or X person is the leader or the dominant player of the band, but in this case the group is quite cohesive and you can enjoy equally all instruments (BTW they have both drummer and percussionist).

Without being exactly influences, i can hear some little flashes here and there from bands like Anekdoten(and KC of course), Rush, Cabezas De Cera, Fromuz, VDGG, Porcupine Tree, Naikaku, Jethtro Tull and Flor the Loto among others.

Highlights: THE FULL ALBUM!

I'm pleased to see how are emerging new great bands in all the different fields of Prog, like Fromuz in the Jazz-Rock fusion genre or Flor the Loto and Cabezas De Cera from Latin America, and the excellent Mar De Robles which fits in both categories i mentioned.

5 stars. Yes... 5

Viva el Prog!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2007 at 23:40
I wait for Cesar Inca to come post in this thread....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2007 at 00:50
Great, really a great band!
I could attend to a concert of them along with Cabezas de Cera in march, i was quite impressed with their music, i bought their first album and they kindly sign it to me, Indigena is a serious candidate to be in my 2007 Top 5.
 
They have a unique style fusion oriented but sometimes i find some eclecticism within their music, a worth listening!!
 
Besides, they are great people, i hope they come to Mexico again soon.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2007 at 21:09
Originally posted by memowakeman

Great, really a great band!
I could attend to a concert of them along with Cabezas de Cera in march, i was quite impressed with their music, i bought their first album and they kindly sign it to me, Indigena is a serious candidate to be in my 2007 Top 5.
 
They have a unique style fusion oriented but sometimes i find some eclecticism within their music, a worth listening!!
 
Besides, they are great people, i hope they come to Mexico again soon.
 
Yep, Indigena is also high on my list, very good  album.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2007 at 03:22
"Indigena" is the top candidate for my "best album of 2007", but then, I don't get to listen to a lot of modern prog, to which I'm still newbie. Otherwise, it's a great band, highly recommended. I'll do a review, sometime (other tasks pending right now).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2007 at 12:15
Originally posted by andu

"Indigena" is the top candidate for my "best album of 2007", but then, I don't get to listen to a lot of modern prog, to which I'm still newbie. Otherwise, it's a great band, highly recommended. I'll do a review, sometime (other tasks pending right now).

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Great to see you like them so much, they do deserve the recognition.
Indigena is a grower, but even at first listen I was captured by the mix of melody and energy of the music.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2007 at 09:11
How come Cesar Inca hasn't posted here... LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2007 at 20:23

Now it comes the gigs posted by César Inca.

 
I think I'll accept your recommendation, go to the shows, by an album...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2007 at 22:20
Originally posted by Proglodita

Now it comes the gigs posted by César Inca.

 
I think I'll accept your recommendation, go to the shows, by an album...
 
You won`t regret, they are awesome on stage

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