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Continuo Renacer


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.10 | 22 ratings

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4 stars Continuo Renacer - Continuo Renacer 4.5 Stars

What an excellent Jazz-Metal cd.

After the endless praise and recommendation of this band by Jody, I gave in. This band certainly hasn't been talked about or reviewed enough, so I feel obliged to do something to get this band noticed.

Javier Guiterrez on guitars, Arkaitz Kako Carrasco on bass, Imanol Aizpuru on drums and guest keyboardist Fredy Pelaez. Great musicians that I hope go further with this band, play in side-projects and guest on albums.

This is a pure instrumental album, and what separates this from most of the jazz-metal albums you hear is that there are no vocals unlike the contemporaries (Athiest, Cynic, Spiral Architect etc.). Then again what about the bands like Behold.The Arctopus, Spastic Ink and Canvas Solaris? Well, all of the aformention bands are metal, with jazz leanings. Now back to the previous statement I made, Continuo Renacer is a jazz-metal band but they split the jazz and metal about 50/50.if not, possibly more of the jazz part, which is something that is still quite uncommon.

For all those bass-junkies, this is an essential album. Sometimes even the guitar just sticks in the background while the bass takes the forefront. Like most jazz-metal bands, Continuo Renacer contains virtuosos.

We have 8 tracks here. I'll give a little bit of info.

'The Intruder' starts off. This is quite a deceptive track for a starter. You would think this is a band that has the instrumentation tendencies like Spiral Architect, but do not worry, you are in for a treat. A good tech-metal track though.

'The Unknown Man' is where they bring in the jazz. Starts off with a great guitar interlude. Then the guitar is hitting sustained notes while the bass plays some good leads. The rest of the track contains a superb guitar and synth solo as well.

'Fusion for Suckers' is pretty much what we're in for. This track has the most fusion-like vibe to it, done quite well with some death metal type drums thrown in. At 3:50 the song takes an entirely new direction, which is insane. It contains the bass and guitar just dueling and switching lines. It's some of the best work done together with these two instruments that I have ever heard.

'The Blessing of the Damned Ones' is a very Cynic-like oriented track minus the vocals. This is a predominately heavy track with some clean jazz moments.

'Lost in Black Matter' is the most Cynic oriented track on the album. The intro is very much like 'I'm but a Wave Too.' so they lost some originality in this one, doesn't harm the music though cause this is an excellent track.

'The Chaos Theory' is the most experimental on the album. You will hear a lot of Behold.The Arctopus with much more jazz breaks. This is another well-done track.

'.And Harmony Therapy' is a split track. The first half is a nice jazzy jam, followed by some crescendo into a very metalish sound.

'Tap That Angel' has that.bass and guitar dueling like at the end of 'Fusion for Suckers' that I loved so much. The track is the epitome of brilliance, earning a spot as one of my favorite instrumentals.

This album is just stunning. For fans of jazz-fusion and technical metal and any willing to hear mind boggling music. So open your mind and just flow with the sounds.

I also noticed that 'Fusion for Suckers' is on their PA page. Check it out and see what I'm talking about in my description.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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