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Старый 20.02.2011, 18:51   #1
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Icon CD Iconoclasta (Mexico - Progressive rock)



Artist: Iconoclasta
Album: Adolescencia Cronica
Year: 1988
Label: Musea FGBG 4356.AR
Country: Mexico
Style: Progressive rock
Genre: Symphonic, Jazz-rock
Format : ape (image), log + cue + md5 + artcover
Size : 304 MB (5 % recovery)

Iconoclasta is part of the "new generation" of progressive music still being produced, and one of the few progressive bands from Mexico. While Mexico is not an obvious hot bed of progressive coals, Iconoclasta makes a worthy attempt at creating quality progressive music.

Iconoclasta's fifth album "Adolescencia Cronicas" from 1988 have now been re-released on the French progressive label Musea, so it was with great expectations I started listen to this CD. I was more than pleased with what I heard. Iconoclasta are blending progressive rock with some jazz-rock. This instrumental concept album is very complex with reminiscences to Arachnoid, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Genesis, King Crimson, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Terpandre and Yes.
Iconoclasta is definitely one of Mexico's most classic bands. For Y2K the band celebrated their 20th anniversary with the release of a great album: "La Granja Humana". Fronted by guitarist/keyboard player (and composer) Ricardo Moreno, the band also includes Ricardo Ortegón (guitars), Nohemi D'Rubín (bass) and Victor Baldovinos (drums).
For those who are not familiarised with Iconoclasta's works, it is actually the band's 9th studio album (if we include the EP "Suite Mexicana"). Their style goes from symphonic instrumental pieces (see "Adolescencia Crónica") to nice female-sung tracks ("De Todos Uno"), Mexican folklore ("Suite Mexicana") and even jazzier themes ("Soliloquio").
As it is usual with the band, their albums follow in series of two, and as the two previous albums: "La Reencarnación de Maquiavelo" and "De Todos Uno", are partly similar, "La Granja Humana" sounds quite different to them. First of all, there are no sung parts, it is a wholly instrumental album; and second, the music is more energetic. Nevertheless, Iconoclasta's approach is easy to recognize thanks to the keyboard sound, to Moreno's own guitar style and to the acoustic passages that characterize some of their music.
The rhythms change on most tracks: there is a jazzy-bossa touch on "Alquimia"; a more symphonic keyboard-guitar led rock on "Hoy fue la oveja, mañana el pastor", a highlight; twin guitar melodic riffs on "Ruleta Genética"; a soft Spanish guitar intro on "El Ultimo de los Dodos" (which is actually one of the best tracks on this album); acoustic guitars and flute leading to more rocking sections on "Sabiduría Viviente" and "Destruyendo el Mito de la Cración".
The balance between the instruments is fine, even if the guitar is mostly the lead instrument. The rhythm section works fine: D'Rubin is a great bass player whose melodic lines always step in the right place; Baldovinos is a precise drummer, the rhythms are carried out perfectly, even though it is necessary to say that he sounds more energetic live. There is also a balance between Moreno's and Ortegón's twin guitar parts or keyboard-guitar works.
Another point that has to be mentioned is the artwork: the cover painting (signed Carlos Tello, as on other Iconoclasta's albums) shows what the group wants to express with their music: cloning and the reproduction of living creatures in an abstract way.
To conclude, "La Granja Humana" is a great record. Nevertheless, we can not say that it is the most innovative album of the year. The music is nice, the compositions are good, the instrumentations have a great quality. Nothing to say on that side, we could even applaud them. However, there is something else. Iconoclasta creates good music, but I think that now, what they need is to record a more surprising album, I would dare say their masterpiece. The group can be happy with what they compose and play, but they should be thinking seriously in doing something that would place them among the best bands worldwide, and not only in Mexico or in the Hispanic world. They have the level and the talent, they need the will.

Tracks:
1. Six seconds of silence
2. Vivir con el deseo sin la esperanza
3. Es una historia
4. Esquizoide
5. Más allá que la cortina moral
6. El alivio del clímax
7. Otra vez en el camino... por mientras
Total Time: 43:18

Line-up/Musicians
- Héctor Hernández / guitar
- Alfredo Raigosa / bass
- Ricardo Ortegón / guitar
- Victor Baldovinos / drums, percussion
- Ricardo Moreno / keyboards
+ Alexandro González / flute (2-6)

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Старый 23.02.2011, 15:51   #2
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Icon CD Iconoclasta - 1989 En Busca De Sentido



Artist: Iconoclasta
Album: En Busca De Sentido
Label: Musea FGBG 4357.AR
Year: 1989
Country: Mexico
Style: Progressive rock
Genre: Fusion, Jazz-rock
Format : ape (image), log + cue + md5 + artcover
Size : 281 MB (5 % recovery)

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En Busca de Sentido represents quite original and complex instrumental music and all seven tracks on the album have been composed, arranged and performed within the frame of a united, monolithic stylistics, which at the same time is not unusual for the Classic Art Rock genre.
While all compositions featuring En Busca de Sentido stylistically and structurally are of a real monolithic character, each of them contains about a dozen of different themes and arrangements within itself. Musically, all these seven lengthy pieces are also quite similar one to another too, which at least in this exact case doesn't mean it's a drawback. Quite the opposite, the album is so rich in complex arrangements that it demands at least a few repeated listens to comprehend. While En Busca de Sentido is rich in themes, arrangements and other essential progressive ingredients, tempos don't change too often here, as these hot Mexican guys use their instruments mostly like hot Mexican horses, especially since they're strong musical jockeys and the musicianship of each member of ICONOCLASTA is as high as their joint performance. So there is a lot of bombastic arrangements on the album, and most of the others go up- tempo too. Each of the seven compositions presents the ICONOCLASTA musicians as masters of soloing parts and fast keyboard, guitar and bass solos or interplays between keyboards and two electric guitars drive to the accompaniment of quite diverse drumming along with cascades of excellent drum solos, though, of course, keyboards and electric guitars play prominent roles in creating the principal musical palettes on the album.
Tracks:
1. Mentes Encapsuladas (7:23)
2. La Vida es un Juego Hasta que Pierdes (7:20)
3. Yonkie (dedicada a Charlie Parker) (7:17)
4. La Muerte Complemento de la Consagración (7:44)
5. La Obsesión por Buscar a Alguien (8:19)
6. La Historia Supera a Cualquier Ideología (to all victims of Beijing 07/02/1989) (5:27)
Total Time: 45:35

Line-up:
- Ricardo Moreno Echevaria / keyboards
- Héctor Hernández / electric guitar
- Ricardo Ortegón / electric guitar
- Alfredo Raigosa / bass
- Víctor Baldovinos / drums & percussion

Band Discography (gepr):
Iconoclasta (83)
Reminiscencias (85)
Suite Mexicana (87, EP)
Soliloquio (87)
Siete Años (88, Compilation)
Adolescencia Cronica (89)
En Busca De Sentido (89) (ProgressoR review)
En Concierto (91, Live)
La Reincarnación De Maquiavelo (92)
De Todos Uno (94)
Trece Años (96, Compilation)
La Granja Humana (00)

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Старый 28.02.2011, 03:38   #3
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Icon CD Iconoclasta - 2000 La Granja Humana


Artist: Iconoclasta
Album: La Granja Humana
Year: 2000
Label: private
Country: Mexico
Style: Progressive rock
Genre: Symphonic, Jazz-rock
Format : ape (image), log, cue, md5 & artcover
Size : 292 MB (5 % recovery)


This is 9th album of this prog-jazz-symphonic excelent mexican band.

Band Discography (gepr):
Iconoclasta (83)
Reminiscencias (85)
Suite Mexicana (87, EP)
Soliloquio (87)
Siete Años (88, Compilation)
Adolescencia Cronica (89)
En Busco De Sentido (89) (ProgressoR review)
En Concierto (91, Live)
La Reincarnación De Maquiavelo (92)
De Todos Uno (94)
Trece Años (96, Compilation)
La Granja Humana (00)
Resurrección (09)

tracks:
1. Hoy Fue la Oveja, Mana El Pastor (6:09)
2. Ruleta Genetica (4:28)
3. Alquima (4:03)
4. La Coincidencia de los Ciclos (3:55)
5. El ultimo de los Dodo (9:35)
6. Del Microcosmos al Universo (6:00)
7. Requiem Para un Milenio (5:13)
8. Destruyendo el mito de la Creacion (6:27)
Total Time: 45:50

Line-up/Musicians
- Ricardo Moreno / guitars, keyboards, composition
- Nohemi D'Rubin / bass, vocals
- Ricardo Ortegon / guitars
- Victor Baldovinos / drums

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