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3.44 | 29 ratings

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Like most of us, i know this band by tracking Marcela Bovio after her participation with Arjen Lucassen projects. And i´m glad I did. Elfonía is a unique band although compared sometimes with other Prog-Folk acts such as Mostly Autumn, Iona and Karnataka. I think the Mexican band is not as folk as the quoted British groups but with the same quality. And not as metal as the side projects with Mr. Lucassen but with the same intensity.

Talking about the Dutch multi-instrumentalist, he takes an interesting participation in the song "Camaleón" which is the heaviest in the album without being a classic representative of the Prog Metal genre. Great song with very good solos and intense riffs collating with mellow and atmospheric parts.

As said many times before, the main ingredient of the record (and the band) is the heavenly voice of Marcela, without forgetting the importance of Alejandro Millan, keyboard player and writer of most of the music, with the collaboration of Roberto Quintanilla, guitarist and another important piece of this machinery. Of course the rhythm section is very good too, but you can clearly hear in the compositions who leads the band.

Highlights: "IV", the initial song and supposedly final part of the "Gigantes" saga (!?), a space-rock track in the same vein of the other 3 parts. "Desaciertos", a beautiful and peaceful song with nice piano and good guitar. ".de los libros del tiempo" , another atmospheric track with good riffs and the voice shining to the top, one of my favorites. The already mentioned "Camaleón". "Mañana", an excellent jazzy track with heavy guitar, good drumming and great singing (well, that's a constant in the album), another fave of mine. "Traveling", another very jazz oriented song where Marcela sings in English, for your pleasure; and of course, all 3 parts of "Gigantes", great tracks, spacey, intense and (again) beautifully sung. Actually part II reminds me of Porcupine Tree (Sky Moves Sideways, Signify era).

I really hope they return to the studio and keep progressing in a very promising career, which so far is in standby due to the multiple occupations of their members with other projects. I wish this is not the final recording and be able to yet make a review of another great release.

Well done paisanos! 4 stars

FranMuzak | 4/5 |


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