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Crossover Prog

3.46 | 14 ratings

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If you are into artists like California Guitar Trio, King Crimson, Tony Levin, Liquid Tension Experiment, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Cabezas De Cera and especially Iconoclasta for sure you'll enjoy this one.

The difference is that these guys are more focused in the guitar playing skills rather than composition complexity. Don't get me wrong, the songs are entertaining, rhythmic and complex enough to satisfy most of Prog listeners, just don't expect odd music a la RIO/Avant- garde or a multi-instrumental feast.

The songs flow easily demonstrating the technical virtuosity of the musicians, especially both guitar players Francisco Estrada and Ricardo Moreno (he plays in Iconoclasta too, so that´s why the sound is similar to this band), who print the characteristic sound of the band, sometimes jazzy, sometimes bluesy, acoustic in a few moments, heavy in some others and even symphonic in one track. I can hear some similarities (Influences) here and there with great guitar players as Fripp, Howe, Hackett, McLaughlin, Lifeson (especially in the acoustic parts) and Di Meola.

Highlights: The opener "Garhi", a 10 minute piece with lots of interesting rhythm changes and guitar layers and a jazzy feeling, "Paradigma" which besides the great guitar effects also has a powerful rhythmic base, "Improv" is another demonstration that these guys know how to play guitar, the title track "Bestiario" changes the direction a little bit, becoming more symphonic and including lush keyboards from the beginning to the end, excellent drumming and good guitars too but less dominant.

As said before, i would recommend this one to anyone that like guitar oriented Prog and the aforementioned bands. These are great musicians indeed that unfortunately won´t be playing together anymore as Francisco Estrada told my sister(they work in the same place) that each member has their own plans, so it seems that this will be the 1st and last release that we will see from the band.

4 stars.

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 4/5 |


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