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Nobilis Factum: Mutante (LP, 39:30); Discos Pentagrama, LPP-020, 1982
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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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