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MASCARAS URBANAS

Rael

 

Neo-Prog

3.22 | 42 ratings

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b_olariu
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3 stars actualy 3.5 stars

Rael from Argentina, this unnoticed and forgotten band so called clone of Gnesis, really make a good impression on me. They release a single album in 1992 named Mascaras urbanas (it sounds so great in spanish the title of the album) aka Urban masks and traced 5 years after by mighty french label Musea and re issued. They had the chance to promeote their album and open for greats as Steve Hackett or Rick Wakeman they disbanded a year later in 1993 and gone into oblivion I might say. Well Rael playes something between symphonic prog not far from genesis fame with traces of neo prog , not bad at all, really here are some fantastic moments , specially on guitar and keyboards. While are far from being original Rael delivers some great moments like opening track , title track , nice keyboards here. Also the vocal department , not the strongest part of the album, the voice of Ignacio Rodriguez is pleasent most of the time and have also sung in both english and spanish, nice, no complains from me , even is nothing spectacular. Very smooth keyboards on Peregrinos del Tiempo or Pilgrims of time, mid tempo piece sung in spanish, really good, elegant piece. The similarities with Genesis , to me at least is sporadicaly because some pieces doesn't sound at all like Gnesis, maybe in places with bands such Marillion more towards neo then symphonic and the voice is much closer to Fish then to Gabriel the perfect example is Icarus. So all in all, nice album that I really like, nothing is roundbreaking here but is pleasent most of the time. I think this band desearves a little better attention. 3 towards 3.5 stars.

b_olariu | 3/5 |

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