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Blezqi Zatsaz


Symphonic Prog

3.86 | 31 ratings

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4 stars This second (and last so far) album from this Brazilian band is more achieved than their debut which was released some nine years prior to this one.

The same great musicianship and gorgeous keys (from Fabio Ribeiro who is the head & soul of this band, or project as he called it) are felt throughout the whole album which is fully instrumental. There are undeniable Yes, ELP or Genesis influences on the synths but this is fine with me like in Parallel Paradise or Ways Of Control. This last song is excellent and features some very nice fluting and superb guitar, really.

Most songs have an excellent bombastic flavour; but the music is not pedant therefore. Gifted people playing inspired and symphonic music: that's it. Maybe that some nice and melodic vocals wouldn't have hurt but so is it.

With so many members in the band, it is no wonder that some sections of this album sounds really grandiose. The guitars during Thy Fake are so wonderful. It is one of my fave track.

Classic music are often mixed with prog elements (The Well Tempered Dunbar) and as such are quite interesting. They are really burned into modern prog music. I am not a deep lover of classical music, but I can stand these parts very well.

Most of this (long) album is a pure enchantment for the listener. The pastoral and so moving Azzivullas' Suite leaves me speechless. The intro is just phenomenal; it's just a pity that it only lasts for two minutes (the intro I mean). It is the epic track of this album and the fluting is pretty extensive and adds a very light feeling to the ensemble.

The beat changes are exceptional and this song is probably the most bombastic of their whole work. Some sort of ELP, with added emotional fluting and passionate guitars. Can you believe this?

The whole band is at his best here and I would like to have a special mention for Hugo Hori who has a major role on flute and sax: he is simply brilliant. I like this piece of music very much. It is a highlight, but frankly this whole album is such a magnificent travel into the world of symphonic music.

After some weaker songs, the band comes back as strong as ever with the splendid Gates Of Ixtlan. It is another fusion of keys and guitars which should please any symphonic passionate.

I will rate this album with four stars. A bit too long maybe. But still, it is a solid and extremely pleasant album. It is only a shame that only one commented review before mine was posted for this excellent album. Wake up guys, there's a good Brazilian band out there!

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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