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Crossover Prog

3.21 | 25 ratings

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3 stars This is the first album of the Spanish band Asfalto (apart from an album of covers from the beatles they released before), the genre of it I would say its art-rock very oriented to hard rock.

And is it good? Yes, pretty good. In fact, the sonority of the album tends basically to classic rock bands at that time, having everything that you would expect of such work. The songs are more oriented to the common structure: verse- chorus-verse-chorus with most instruments creating the rhythm while the guitar takes the lead.

One cool thing is that therefore the songs have this is structures it usually have some sections where the bands breaks off with a more progressive segment. These "breaks" normally are formed by great instrumental sections and the insertion of a psychedelic feel. A great example of this is the song "Dias de Escuela" whose the major part is an outstanding hard rock song that has a sudden psychedelic moment inserted into it (this song is probably on my top 10 songs in Spanish)

Although most of the time the music is very simple is possible to see that the artists are very competent, the drummer has some parts that are very cool and the bass it's just awesome with strong lines that gives energy to the music. The guitar who dominates most part of the songs is nothing really spectacular but solid.

Certainly the lyrics are the best part of the album, whose are all sung in Spanish and are brilliant, if you don't understand this language, I recommend checking the translations. The general theme of the songs are about liberty and urban life, the band uses of wordplay in creative ways, like in the song "Ser Urbano" (Urban Being) which the title is a play with "Ser Humano" (Human Being). The music "Rocinante" refers to the Spanish literary hero "Dom Quijote", making parallels with the Spanish modern life. This kind of content really makes the album more worth and captivating.

This is album is basically a hard-rock album with some more artistic spice into it, is by any means something that would break your concepts of rock but is certain an album really cool to just put into your car before going to work and enjoy some rock n roll, I recommend it for those who are into classic and hard rock or prog fans that don't care to listen to some more accessible stuff. 3 stars

koresea | 3/5 |


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