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Crisálida - Terra Ancestral CD (album) cover

TERRA ANCESTRAL

Crisálida

 

Neo-Prog

3.96 | 8 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars This a wonderful album!

Last year I had the chance to meet the Crisálida guys while visiting Mexico City, I witnessed a great intimate show where they played several songs from their repertoire, focused on Terra Ancestral, which is their latest album and in my favorite so far. Besides listening to them in concert, I could know them better since we spent a day together with some friends, taking the band to some nice places in Mexico City, so it was a pretty cool experience and I hope to see you guys sometime soon.

This Chilean band has brough some folkish tunes on their discography, however, in this album we can notice a clear tendency to the heavy side of prog, touching the prog metal realm. The album has 7 songs that make a total time of 40 minutes in which Cinthia Santibáñez enchants us with her voice, while Atilio Sánchez gives his always accurate and powerful drum playing, perfectly accompanied by young prodigy Damián Agurto on guitars and the great Octopus-man Braulio Aspé on bass. A great combo! This record opens with "Cabo de Hornos" which is a great first track because since the first two minutes they give us a hint of how powerful their music can be in both, instrumental or with vocals. I love the bass lines here (I once was a bass player, in another life), and also love the guitar solo in the last part of the song.

"Morir aquí" works as the perfect single of this album. It starts soft with a kind of post-rock feeling and then when vocals enter it becomes heavier and powerful, Santibáñez is a wonderful singer indeed. This track might be catchy, since it is easy to learn the lyrics, but the song itself makes you feel part of it. Great! "Bosque triste" is a nice track that confirms they are into the heavy side of prog rock. The balance between instrumental passages and the ones with vocals is wonderful, so in the end the four musicians are equally important. "Hidromachi" is very melodic, beautiful in some moments, disarming in others, I love the lyrics here, very touchy. In the last part Aspé provides delicate bass lines which later will be accompanied by funeral-drums and nice guitars.

"Lágrimas negras" is one of the softest track of the album at least for the first three minutes which are delicate, with nice guitars and a sense of tranquility, but beware, after those three minutes it explodes and becomes heavier, like a wave of rage for a brief moment. Later it becomes more and more emotional, and it includes a piano that can be heard softly as background. Great track! "Kawesqar" is the longest track. It starts again with a kind of post-rockish guitars, making let's-say-a-modern-prog-sound that I like a lot. This song brings lots of passages and atmospheres, it is a very nice musical journey that has a climax after four minutes where an outstanding guitar solo appears. The album finishes with "Violeta Gris", the shortest composition and also the softest of them all. The sense of goodbye is evident here, one can feel the melancholy.

Great album by Crisalida, very solid that even opened them the gates to perform with Orphaned Land in an European tour. This is a great band, believe me.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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