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Bacamarte was a Brazilian symphonic progressive rock band formed in 1974. The band was formed by three colleagues from the Marist College San Jose in Rio de Janeiro, but because of their ages, they soon disbanded. The band suffered several lines up changes all over the time and in 1977, Mario Neto, the guitarist of the group, reformed the band with a new set of musicians. It was with this new line up that they recorded this great and fantastic musical opus piece.

"Depois Do Fim" is considered one of the best progressive Brazilian rock albums, and it can be considered also as some of the best and most expressive creations of the main bands of the genre, like Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant and Camel, especially because it was released in a very difficult times for progressive rock.

The music of "Depois Do Fim" is rich and symphonic, with wonderful keyboards and an excellent flute work that illuminates the compositions with full of pomp. The band has their biggest influence in the Italian school of progressive rock, mirroring in bands like, Locanda Del Fate, Premiata Forneria Marconi and Quella Vecchia Locanda. Some tracks are instrumental while others feature some vocals in Portuguese, influenced by bands like Renaissance and Curved Air.

The line up on "Depois Do Fim" is Jane Duboc (vocals), Mario Neto (acoustic and electric guitars), Marcus Moura (flute and accordion), Delto Simas (acoustic and electric basses), Sergio Villarim (keyboards), Marco Veríssimo (drums) and Mr. Paul (percussion).

"Depois Do Fim" is the debut studio album of Bacamarte and was released in 1983. The album has eight tracks. The first track "Ufo" is an instrumental track very influenced by the classical music. It's a memorable song with a very beautiful classical guitar entry and has a very beautiful flute work, too. It has also a magnificent keyboard performance and a beautiful choral part. But, the main important thing here is the performance of the guitarist Neto, which is fantastic. The second track "Smog Alado" is a very good track. It's a song that reminds me Jethro Tull, in some parts, due to the flute performance of Moura. This is the song where we can listen, for the first time, the very beautiful voice of Jane. The third track "Miragem" is another fantastic instrumental track. This is a song with great use and influence of organ and flute. The sound of the flute is very classic and beautiful. However, what catches more my attention again, is the magnificent guitar work of Neto. It has an exotic, complex and intricate guitar performance that reminds me the Swedish symphonic band, Anglagard. The fourth track "Pássaro De Luz" is a small but is at the same time a very nice acoustic piece. It's a classic acoustic song very well performed by Neto and where once more we can hear the beautiful voice of Jane. The fifth track "Caño" is another short song, another instrumental track. The main musical instrument focused on this song is the accordion of Moura. It's a fantastic progressive track, and sincerely, I think this is one of the best examples of how a two minutes song can be a great progressive track. The sixth track "Último Entardecer" is the lengthiest track and represents the great opus of the album. This is a perfect progressive song. It has the fantastic voice of Jane, has great individual musical performances and has, especially, the best and the most memorable guitar performance of Neto, which is absolutely wonderful. The seventh track "Controvérsia" is another short instrumental song, a kind of a transitional track. It's a song dominated by the musical style of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The eighth and last track "Depois Do Fim" represents also one of the highest moments on the album. Once more it has everything of what is present on "Último Entardecer". It's a song that proves once more that Neto is a truly genius guitar player.

Conclusion: I want thank to Progarchives because, once more, this site made me know another unknown progressive pearl. Sincerely, this is the only Brazilian progressive rock album that I know, until now. I agree with my Brazilian brother (this is how we, Portuguese and Brazilians, like to call to ourselves), of this site Evandro Martini, when he wrote that is a shame that Brazil and Portugal are so distant culturally, when he reviewed "Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas" of Quarteto 1111. We are so close and so far, at the same time, my friend. I really think that we can do some parallelism between "Depois Do Fim" and "10.000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus E Marte", de solo album of José Cid. Both albums are from two countries with a very small tradition in the progressive rock music, both have lyrics in Portuguese, both are symphonic, both are masterpieces, both can be considered the two best progressive albums of our countries, and above all, both have achieved the rare status of being considered two cult albums. I think we may say that Portugueses and Brazilians can be proud of these two fantastic prog albums, especially because they honour our common mother tongue, the Portuguese language. "Depois Do Fim" is a very rare, special and unique prog rock album, very varied and very well performed. It can't be missed by any serious prog rock lover in any part of the world.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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