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EL FIN DE LA INFANCIA

Témpano

 

Crossover Prog

4.17 | 56 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This was a comeback album for this Venezuelan band, as it had been 11 years since their last release.This is a good symphonic record, but for me nothing more.The guest cello from Peter Pijtsik(AFTER CRYING) is a nice touch on several tracks, but the bass player is the star on this album.There is some orchestration sprinkled in here and there as well.

"Tres" is a short introduction track with drums and bass leading the way and cello playing overtop. "Timorato" features more great bass to open with a full sound arriving quickly.The tempo shifts a lot on this one. Cello 2 minutes in as bass throbs. Tribal-like drumming to end it. "Lugar De Casas Nuevas" is my favourite track by far. The most symphonic in my opinion with an addictive keyboard melody throughout. The bass is once again prominant in this catchy, bright song. Some tasteful guitar after 2 1/2 minutes as drums pound. "Sin Retorno" opens with strummed guitar with vocals and a mellow sound before a minute. Some vocal melodies and nice guitar that comes and goes.The best part is the instrumental section 4 minutes in. Not a fan of the light vocal ending at all.

"Grillos" is kind of jazzy until 2 minutes in when it gets heavier. The drums and bass stand out. It settles back down before it ends. "El Fin De La Infancia" is the almost 25 minute epic. It takes a while to get going, but hey they have lots of time right ? There are actually a lot of different moods to this one early.Then some classical guitar, orchestration and even a haunting section after 16 minutes. More fat bass lines 21 minutes in as they truly throw everything but the kitchen sink at us. I hate to say i was underwhelmed but... "Escape Para El Hombre Comun" is mellow to start but it does get a little heavier. Mellow again to end it. "En La Via" opens with slow paced piano melodies. A nice uptempo rhythm a minute in with more fantastic bass. I really like this tune. If you listen to the vocal melodies and the heavy bass lines you'll find a very Zeuhl-like flavour to this one. Check it out after 5 minutes. The song ends as it began with piano.

Like I said this is a good one, it just failed to capture my prog-imagination in any way.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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