Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mantra "Próximo"

Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 3, 2018
1. Contos do Plano Mental (6:28)
2. Refrão da Modernidade (4:12)
3. Havana (5:11)
4. Libertas Que Será Também (4:32)
5. Confesso, Exagerei (3:49)
6. Podes Crer (5:17)
7. Caminhada (7:37)
8. Árvore Vermelha (3:35)
9. Rupestre (4:27)
10. Vera Cruz (5:35)

Total Time 50:43

Vinícius Moselli
Léo Dias
Hugo Bizzotto
Igor Ribeiro
Marcelo Dias
André Mola
Rodrigo Boi (9)
Maíra Cimbléris (1)
Matheus Petrus & Judson (2)
Rodrigo Garcia (3)

Proximo is the third release from Mantra, a five piece prog rock band from Belo Horizonte in Brazil. The band has virtually no web presence so I can't really elaborate much about their history. What I know is that they are what I call a "kitchen sink" band - they have so many influences they wear on their sleeve that its like listening to a who's who of prog. Overall I'd categorize this as symphonic rock but there are some interesting moments like when they incorporate a ripping Blue Rondo A La Turk into the tune. Gentle Giant also seems to bear their imprint on their writing. Some of the fluid guitar runs remind a bit of Camel but Yes and ELP are obviously part of their DNA as well. Yeah - some Mellotron sounds, flute - its all here at one point or another. One of the better prog rock albums I've heard in 2018. Easily highly recommended. (Ken Golden at waysidemusic.com)
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