Excellent prog from Cuba!!!
Hailing from Cuba, ANIMA MUNDI have always
combined prog sounds with other music genres
and used instruments that are uncommon for rock.
Echoes of Celtic, Cuban, New Age, and
Symphonic Rock music can be clearly distinguished.
It´s a surprise to find this band, I thought Cuba was really far
to have progressive rock bands, but i have found a couple
of excellent bands, one of them is "Sintesis", another great
band, is "Anima Mundi".
About the album: here you will find 12 songs, the first one
"Horizonte" is kind of introduction, and instrumental,
in fact there are various instrumental tracks, this first track
could sound as a new age track, so dont think that New Age
is the way of the album, then "Por Siempre" is another
instrumental, but this time we will find the predominative
sound of bagpipe, I simply love it, it´s maybe what makes
this album unique and special, the song could sound a bit
folkish due to that bagpipes, but then when keys and
drums appears, you will notice a clear Neo sound.
"Centinela" is the first song which includes vocals,
the song is again plenty of keys and some soft guitars,
also I like to sing it.
We will find a lot of bagpipe here, it´s the sound or
instrument that takes the album, and I like it because
it´s something different, normal in folk music, but in
a symphonic band it´s not usual and that´s why I liked
this album so much.
A beautiful example and song is "La Montaña del Vigia"
which is again completely instrumental but sooo
enjoyable, also it sound a bit gypsy.
"Las Praderas del Corazon" is my favorite song, not
the best song of the album in my opinion, but I simply
love it, I love the sound, the rythm and vocals.
To finish the album we will find 3 excellent songs
"El Hallazgo", "El Umbral" and "Septentrion", here we
will notice a blend of all their elements , folk and
symphonic passages, also in "El Umbral" we will find
the best moment of guitars, through the album there
are lots of acoustic and soft guitar sounds, but this time
they take the lead role and show us an excellent sound,
the last song is excellent!
Very proggy and never boring, I said this because the
album´s lenght is over 70 minutes.
released May 10, 2002
bagpipes, recorder, & clarinet
drums & percussion
bagpipes, recorder, & whistle
electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
keyboards, programming, backing vocals
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