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ANIMA DOMINUM

Symphonic Prog • Brazil


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Anima Dominum are a rather eclectic Brazilian band with no strong obvious influences, which makes sense since the band's members claim their formation was borne out of a desire to express themselves musically without the restriction of any particular genre or style. The band's keyboards bear a mild resemblance to earlier ELP, but the heavy Latin accent in their guitar and especially percussion give them a sound all their own.

The band formed in Rio de Janeiro in 1991, and despite numerous personnel shifts and short periods of inactivity, are still an active band today. The band returned to the studio in the fall of 2006 to record their fourth release.

The band's music can best be described as slightly gregarious, keyboard intensive with an electric rhythmic guitar that manages to project a Spanish inflection that makes for a unique and interesting sound next to the other, more traditional rock guitar and bass. The band's studio work is marred slightly by low-resolution mixes (probably 16-track), but the energy demonstrated clearly suggest the band is a pleasure to witness in a live setting.

Anima Dominum continue to tour and appear in trade magazines and on radio today, having restored many members from the original lineup


Anima Dominum deserve a place in the Archives for their clearly creative and progressive use of keyboards, complex and multicultural compositions, and expansive instrumental passages in their infrequent but well-scored extended tracks.

Bob Moore (ClemofNazareth)

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3.86 | 16 ratings
Tempus Stetisse
1992
3.30 | 14 ratings
Singularities
1996
3.98 | 21 ratings
The Book of Comedy
1999

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 Singularities by ANIMA DOMINUM album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.30 | 14 ratings

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Singularities
Anima Dominum Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Anima Dominum seems to be one of those bands slipping through the cracks in our music genre. This is the first Anima Dominum I have heard too. It is their second album though.

Melodic symph prog album is what I would call this album. Actually, the right phrase is Neo Prog. That's what the music is here. Abel Ganz is a very good reference. Unfortunate, the sound is very flat and muddy. Even when playing around with the sound on my desktop sound studio, I cannot get a good, clear sound. The separation of the instruments are really bad. Which is really bad too for this album because given a good sound, this album would had been a lot better.

But the mud does not totally disguise the good songs here. I am not keen on the male vocals. The female vocals are great though. The neo-prog songs here are performed with long guitar solos, choirs and keyboards. This in addition to bass and drums. The music is run of the mill, but still very good.

A good album from a band I would like to know more about.

3 stars

 Tempus Stetisse by ANIMA DOMINUM album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.86 | 16 ratings

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Tempus Stetisse
Anima Dominum Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Unfortunately ANIMA deserved much more attention that they enjoyed throughout their career.The band was formed in Rio De Janeiro by bassist/singer Little David, guitarist Ze Lima and drummer Fred Castro in 1991. Numerous auditions for the keyboardist spot would follow with Flavio Araujo being the chosen one.The band recorded a two-track demo,catching the attention of collector Jorge Alegrio,who financed their first full-length release.This would come out in 1992 under the title ''Tempus Stetisse'' on Jade Records.

Trying to capture the real essence of music,ANIMA recommend you a sweet approach to Symphonic/Art Rock saturrated in melody and extensive instrumental passages. With influences coming from CAMEL and mid-70's GENESIS as well as some hints from the Neo Prog territory,''Tempus Stetisse'' is a work where melodic HACKETT-ish guitars meet groovy bass lines,acoustic guitars are mixed with symphonic keys,while the dramatic interplays and atmospheric synth-filled passages are also present and strong.Though not that complicated,the album is trully inspired and well-performed with catchy arrangements without losing a single minute its progressive approach.Vocals are in English and they are also nicely performed without evident traces of a Brazilian accent.ANIMA were playing and performing long before famous Brazilian acts like TEMPUS FUGIT or AETHER even appeared in the horizon and their style could have been a big influence for the later Brazilian Symphonic/Art Rock scene.Highly recommended and definitely essential!

 The Book of Comedy by ANIMA DOMINUM album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.98 | 21 ratings

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The Book of Comedy
Anima Dominum Symphonic Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This is a first rate recording to be added to the usual Brazilian suspects : Quaterna Requiem, Tempus Fugit and Aether. The entire disc is chock full of highly interesting compositions, well balanced and loaded with atmospherics, stylistic twirls and zesty leads from (brothers?) Ze Lima on guitar and Ricardo Lima on keys. The true obvious "genius" is bassist Claudio Cepeda who lays down some neat rythms throughout , very much in the Squire Rickenbacker mode with lots of trebly tones and deft fingerwork. I always go through at least once all prog albums listening uniquely to the bass guitar , generally a very good barometer of overall quality.Tracks 3 and 4 provide the epic extended pieces where each musician has the stage to express their craft but the real killer track is the aptly named "Leviathan" a monster piece that has CLASSIC written all over it. Perhaps the album is a little clinical for some of the more experimental prog fans out there but prog played with such gusto and finesse dissipates any negative sub-impressions , as this is quite original , typical of the "looser" Brazilian attitude towards music where technique is always relegated by emotion (just like with soccer, of course!). This album comes strongly recommended for symph prog fans. 4 laughing pages
 The Book of Comedy by ANIMA DOMINUM album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.98 | 21 ratings

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The Book of Comedy
Anima Dominum Symphonic Prog

Review by amelloc

4 stars This is a very good album!!! I really like songs,vocals and musicians, except the drummer. The bassist is very Chris squire fan, I see! There are a very good compositions...The vocals (by the keyboardist Ricardo lima)are very good too!!In my opinion a great brazilian band. TRY!!!

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