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Chac Mool


Prog Folk

3.27 | 19 ratings

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3 stars 1981 was a good year for Chac Mool and they even flirted with playing alongside Queen in Puebla, but financial conflicts with the promoter prevented what would be a lifetime experience for the group.Anyway, there were no particular reasons for them to slow down, they were still under contract with Phillips and they secured a second album that same year with ''Suenos de metal'', recorded at Estudios Golden.

Looking at the Glam Rock-like frontcover, considering the year of releaseand even listening to the opening track ''Paranoia'' and its rhythmic, synth-based, almost Space/Electronic sound one would expect a huge drawback from the band, but fortunately this was not the case.With ''Kandahar'' Chac Mood presented a trully original mix of Folk, Symphonic Rock and Space Music with archaic flutes, soft piano and cosmic synths, surrounded by poetic lyrics and wrapped up in a varied mood, while ''Brillo de luna'' follows a more Prog Folk vein with slow, psychedelic electric guitar and melancholic flute.''Libertad'' is a weird piece, where orcestral moves meet with heavy bass, sharper electric textures and spacious synthesizers, ending with a nice dramatic section.With ''Que buena razon'' the band sinks again into a diverse, folky enviroment with an orchestral background, very original music with a symphonic arrangement, sentimental vocals and rich instrumentation.The 9-min. closer ''Sombras de la noche'' is among the darkest pieces written by the group.An odd, trippy listening experience of nostalgic flutes with pre-Hispanic orientations, doomy rhythms, powerful symphonic strings and cosmic synthesizers.Personal and intricate approach on Rock music, moreover showered by another sensitive singing effort by Mauricio Bieletto.

The strongest among Chac Mool's early albums.Space Rock meets Mexican Folk meets Orchestral Rock in a trippy and consistent album.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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