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4 stars Prog bands out of South America aren't so many. But when you listen to this great album, you are entitled to be furious. How come ?

There should be more attention paid to these bands probably. Money is also an issue I guess. How is it possible to promote these bands. Nationally (Brazil is bigger than Europe) or internationally ? Only some dedicated prog sites (like PA) could reveal such gems. Portuguese lyrics ? So what ? I really like Latin languages combined with prog music (sorry for German and Dutch).

These languages (Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, French - sorry I don't know any Romanian) "chant" on their own and make the music even more melodic. Anyway, this album is very much instrumental so, this shouldn't be an issue even for some Shakespearian purists.

The opening track sets the pace for the whole work. Absolutely gorgeous. Almost classic guitar to start. This pastoral mood will be joined by a fantastic and so melodic flute part. Short but sooooo nice. The whole sounding very much as "Stagnation" ("Trespass").

But the whole of this album is superb. At times delicate ("Passaro De Luz"), at times fully symphonic ("Cano"), more complex in the rhythm and featuring such convincing fluting ("Smog Alado"). If ever you would like to listen a true symphonic prog version of the deadly intro of "Speed King", just have a listen to the opening of "Miragem". Rather curious how "Bacamarte" comes close.

The utmost highlight is IMO the sublime "Ultimo Entardecer". The longest number. An incredible collection of melodies, grandeur, emotional passages, harder moments as well. An ocean of virtuosity. It is really a pity that htis band didn't get the rewards that they ought to. They really would have deserved it.

Great "Howe-ish" guitar sounds and so sweet piano. This duet of instrument peak in sensitiveness during the middle part. FABULOUS my prog friends. When you will have experienced the finale of this track, I guess that, like me, you only have one wish : play it again and again. This song holds everything a symph proghead might dream of. A JEWEL.

The short and jazzy follow-up "Controversia" is not on par of course. But how could "Ultimo Entardecer" (last dusk) be equalled. It should have been the closing number actually. The title track "Depois Do Fim" (after the end) will almost achieve it. This YesSong is again brilliant. The guitar meastria being very close to Steve's one. The wonderful flute play will combine this YesFeeling with some fantastic Crimson ("ITCOTCK") or "Genesis" ("Trespass" of course) flavours. Another great, great song.

Four solid stars for this great work.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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