Nobilis Factum: Mutante (LP, 39:30); Discos Pentagrama, LPP-020, 1982 E-mail: N/A Cyberhome: N/A 10 words or less: Very good symphonic ProgRock with a touch of ethnicity. Elaboration: This is the debut album by this symphonic Mexican quartet who in addition to the typical quartet instrumentation all play Korg synthesizers. The first track, ´Obertura´ is a flowing instrumental 3/4 piece with nice keyboard work (of course). ´Me Gustas Cuando Callas´ is a mellow ballad with light percussion under a bright acoustic rhythm guitar with decent vocals, pretty synth lead augmented by a soaring yet subtle electric guitar. ´Quetzalcoatl´ is next up; a wonderful Happy the Man styled 6/8 with a keyboard duel and many tempo changes. ´Mutante´ is almost connected to ´Quetzalcoatl´; an ominous intro leads us to an uptempo keyboard solo before changing tempo in the bridge and then changing a couple more times before ending in a bizarre 5/8, 7/8 electronic coda over various jazzy percussion. ´Armonicos en Crisol´ is the shining star of this album. A short vocal verse is followed by a series of acrobatic time changes that take the listener on a dizzying instrumental journey. If all the compositions on this album were of this caliber it might be considered a classic. ´Suite Natural para Ella´ is the longest track at 11:10 and the LP´s closer. It starts off quite interesting and ominous with the synthesizers setting a Vangelis-style mood before the melody comes in and with it the vocals; not bad really. There is a good instrumental interlude before the vocals come in again but this time they are not so well-arranged; kind of spastic actually. I dont know Spanish but this seems to be some kind of weird Prog love song; it´s definitely not what you could call a ballad ... oh well, not awful, just not very good. Aside from the last track, the album is pretty solid and I would give it a 9 out of 15. This is one of the better Mexican ProgRock releases I've heard to date. This has been re-released on CD but I have no info on that. ~ L Perez
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