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4 stars I seem to continue liking this record after already a dozen years or so, even though it's not the most "grab your throat" complex prog workout available. More like a trusted companion by virtue of apparent modesty and an uncanny desire to please. Masterpiece ? No not really, but a definite should have. Opener "Midday" serves up an appropriate introduction, a shining upbeat instrumental that showcases the identity of the crew, with prolific 5 string bass runs, majestic guitar excursions, sparkling melodic keys and dynamic drumming. Being from Brazil, this is no hurry-up kick-ass prog but truer to its warm cultural heritage and spirit, they set a languid, relaxed pace best displayed on the next opus "The Search", where cool exploration yields some fine piano tinkling and exciting axe ripples, featuring guest female vocals (aided by some weird noises and laughter) and offering up a grandiose finale. Next up, the enthralling "Burn the Witch", where a string quintet settles comfortably with a delicate flute, a breezy little ditty, so soothing and its time for a cool "Bavaria"! On "Hymn", you guessed it! The band showcases the Choir, weaving another solid composition into the fray. "The Place" caters to some excellent male vocals, giving the track a healthy dose of growl without losing focus of their name brand laid back attitude, with some fanfare parping synths showing the way. "The Landing" is an imperial piece loaded with atmospherics (crackling thunder, cascading sheets of torrential rain, creaking doors, footsteps.), all window dressing for a 10 minute epic symphonic prog etude , very deliberate in its buildup , adding to the trepidation. The finale title track, a 12 minute sweet adventure puts the exclamation mark firmly on the charming value of owning this record , where keyman Renato Coutinho, drummer Daniel Mello, guitarist Fernando Campos and bassist Barao get to deliver their obvious passion for prog . Brigadinha!Oh, I forgot, a beautiful cover with engaging artwork. 4.5 estrellas
tszirmay | 4/5 |


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