Sunday 1 January 2017

Apocalypse - Apocalypse (1991)

The debut album from this Brazilian band.

The band was a trio on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and Portuguese vocals.

I got all their seven albums and will review them, one by one, this winter. I believe it will be an interesting journey through this symphonic prog band's discography. A band formed in 1983 and who is still with us (I hope).

Their first attempt to record music is a somewhat interesting journey through a landscape of British neo-prog. It is by no means a coincidence that they have chosen to cover Marillion's classic song Lavender. The band sounds like a Brazilian version of Marillion, the Fish era.

More or less sounds like Marillion, I have to hastily add. There is a lot of local colours and music scene on this forty minutes long album. A lot of Latin-American progressive rock.

Their version of Lavender sounds like the odd one out here. It is not in line with the rest of the album. The reason is that Lavender is a ballad or even a lament. The rest of the album is uptempo with a lot of lots of keyboards.

The keyboards sound is a bit strange. The vocals are good. The sound not the best one. It is a product of the 1980s and 1990s.

The end result is an album somewhere between decent and good. A debut album where lessons is to be learnt. Check it out.

2.5 points

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