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THE SUN AND THE EMBRYO

Grandbell

 

Symphonic Prog

3.70 | 16 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars A pretty unkown act form Brazil that delivers a mix of symphonic prog, brazilian folk and even some jazzy touches here and there. Their main influence is obviously Yes, specially on the vocal parts, but the playing is more simple and subtle. There are lots of flute that will probably please the italian symphonic fans, although Roberto Reolonīs style is more playful.

The CD was recorded in the 90īs but the general feeling is one of the brazilian prog bands of the 70īs. Thankfully there is none of those horrible synthetic keyboards sounds so many other south amreican groups we using at the time. Henrique Kunz use of the piano as the as the main instrument is a blessing. The overall atmosphere here leans towards the more acoustical side of prog, although there is eventually some good electric guitars runs and generous doses of electric keyboards too (again very 70īs like).

With long compositions and its over 70 minute running time, the CD is varied and showed the band had a great knack for writing melodic, inspired tunes. the production is quite good and teh arrangements are tasteful and well thought. Yhere are no fillers. Also I found hard to point out a highlight, since all the songs are equally well craft and performed. It is only a pity that they didnīt release a follow up so far.

A lost gem form the 90īs no doubt about it. And I was glad I found it! If youīre into melodic symphonic prog, specially those with strong 70īs influence you should not miss this one. It may be a little hard to find, but it is well worth the efford. Rating: four stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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