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4 stars Their finest and best work!

If you dont know, Iconoclasta is maybe one of the most representative bands in the prog scene in Mexico, is one of the pioneers ,of course not the first, buy maybe the first to envolv show a blend of musical imagination, very creative passages where we can listen from jazzy tones, through folkish sounds to symphonic rock. Im sure that maybe this is one of the most well known mexican bands around the world, and it has to be because of some works like this.

This is their second album, compared with the first (another great album) this has a more mature sound, a bit more challenging, an album where we can listen to their particular techniques and musicianship, in some passages showing us perfect arrangements making the album enjoyable. I havent listened to a couple of Iconoclasta`s albums yet, but for which i know, this is my favorite, because i found a more creative sound perfectly texturized. Reminiscencias was released in 1985 as the book says but actually it was released in 1986 after 11 long months of work, produced by themselves (1985 was the year of that awful earthquake, the year when i was brought to this world), and of course when Re-Birth of prog rock was in it`s apogee with Neo Prog bands.

This is a concept album, which express a posture totally anti - nuclear, anti - war, a pacifist posture. "La Gestacion de Nuestro Mundo" is the first song, which is a beautiful entrance plenty of piano and synths sounds , making some strange noises using instruments such as gong and chinise bells, giving to it a nice sound.

"El Hombre Sobre la Tierra" is a great 89 minute song, this song in particular mix jazz folk and symphonic passages, remind me to some Focus IV passages,here we can listen to the ordinary instruments, i mean guitar and bass more than others, it is a nice slow tempo song,with also good atmospheres.

"La Era de los Metabolismos Tecnologicos" is an awesome song, im sure this song shows a clear ELP influence, bass and keys in it`s highest point, this song is faster, with some tempo changes and with a very particular guitar sound and the best drums in the album, also this song has another particular point, a choir, a group of both men and women gathered as a choir, making a great vocal work.

"Reminiscencias de un Mundo sin Futuro", oh man, what an incredible song, it is a 18 minute epic, im sure that it is the first epic made by a mexican band (chronologically), im not sure if it was the first ever created, but believe me is great, is something like all the songs` characteristics gathered here, great changes during the song, in fact it is divided in 7 sections, somewhere about 10th minute we can listen to the first word of the album, female vocals appearing in a short time, singin a few but deep words, the voice is also great, musically this song has a blend of different textures and sounds, acoustic guitar is great, in fact all here is great, i wont get enough of it.

After listened to it several times, im sure that this album is great,im sure that it could be great for you all, symph , jazz and prog fans, i really love it, as i said above i think this is my favorite and maybe this is their finest and most beautiful work. I highly recommend it, give it a try and enjoy it, im sure this has been one of the best prog albums ever created in Mexico.

Really 4.5 stars...

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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