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lunes, 11 de enero de 2016

Cast - Infinity (2002)


Material bien raro y casi inconseguible el que resubió Sandy. El rock progresivo mexicano se hace presente, el Mago Ucraniano Sandy resubiendo álbums latinoamericanos. Ya me habían pedido que tengamos todos los discos de Cast activos, veremos si lo conseguimos ahora.

Artista: Cast
Álbum: Infinity
Año: 2002
Género: Rock sinfónico
Duración: 70:00
Nacionalidad: México

Lista de Temas:
1. Castopolis
2. Movieland
3. Yuridia
4. Never Expect Them To Smile
5. Infinity
6. Nature's Way
7. Illusion
8. Nightmare
9. October Winds

Alineación:
- Francisco Hernandez / vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
- Rodolfo Gonzalez / bass
- Dino Brassea / vocals, flute
- Alfonso Vidales / keyboards
- Enrique Slim / drums and percussion
- Carlos Humaran / electric guitars, backing vocals
- Jorge Vidales / backing vocals



Últimamente estoy con el sinfónico y de México, sigamos en el mismo estilo, pero no en la misma onda, Cast no tiene demasiados puntos en común con Marco o Hyacintus, aunque sí alguna pequeña similitud con Apocalypse.


10º álbum oficial de estudio (^) de CAST, grupo mexicano alineado en esta realización por Luis Alfonso VIDALES (teclados), Francisco HERNÁNDEZ REYES (guitarras), Carlos HUMARÁN (guitarras, voz), Rodolfo GONZÁLEZ QUIROZ (bajo) y Enrique SLIM (batería, percusiones). Quizás el álbum más desconocido, además del menos tomado en cuenta incluso por los mismos miembros […] Contiene una buena cantidad de temas anteriores como 'Movieland', 'Ilussion', 'In my own' y 'Never make them smile' y muestra el curso que la banda podría tomar
Manticornio

Este no es el mejor álbum de Cast, aclaro para el desprevenido que no conoce la discografía de este grupo y quiere escucharlos, no le conviene comenzar por este disco, por ejemplo tiene a "Al-Bandaluz" recientemente publicado, pero cuidado que no es mal álbum, tiene muy buenas canciones como por ejemplo "Movieland" (aunque esa es una canción que ya estaba en otro disco) y otras, melodías intrincadas son desplegadas por todo el disco y logra buenos picos con buenos momentos musicales, pero es uno de los álbums que tiene más altibajos desde mi punto de vista, y ello también porque algunos de sus temas ya habían sido incluidos anteriormente.

This very prolific but rather anonymous Mexican band has already released lots of albums. Some of them being too long to be fully interesting, but here and there a few gems (of which "The Rescue" from "Beyond Reality") have been released throughout the years. Earlier releases were frankly influenced by ELP, PFM and Genesis (but to a lesser extent).
I would say that "Infinity" is probably the most "Cast" album of all so far. They develop a less intricate music: more melodious, less technical. This band has been pretty stable throughout the years (they were playing together since 1979). For this album, we'll get a new drummer (Enrique Slim) and an addtional guitar player (Carlos Humaran). Jorge Vidales (I guess Alfonso's little brother) will be featured as well on the backing vocals.
The addition of a guitar player won't change that much the orientation of the band. Keys, keys, keys (to your heart). Only in the two longest pieces, more guitar than usual will be heard.
They won't forget to write some long songs, but at no moment boring like it was the case before. Their compositions sound fresher, more harmonious than before. I hope for them that they will be rewarded for this, but when I see the little interest for this band on PA, I am quite uncertain. Since I should go to Mexico pretty soon (next week if health allows) I'll be able to check if they are successful over there.
The first five numbers are really good. Lots of keys, long musical passages (the opening number being a all-instrumental). "Movieland" has a very long instrumental intro (almost six minutes out of nine). Again, we'lll get an orgy of keys, complex rhythm and structure. The high technicity of Cast is fully highlighted again here.
"Yuridia" is the first Spanish song from the band (if you except their double compilation "Laguna De Volcanes" which was a Spanish version of earlier songs recorded in English). I wouldn't say that singing in Spanish will add a big deal (as I have already mentioned, I am half Mexican so Spanish has no secrets for me). I can not feel an addtional emotion from Dino while singing in his mother tongue. A pleasant number, though.
The long pieces are outstanding. "Never Expect Them To Smile" (almost forteen minutes) and "Infinity" belong to the best of their catalogue. The former might be related to Genesis ("Wind & Wuthering"). It is really nice all the way through. Of course, if you are a guitar fan, you might be a bit disappointed but this is really the trade mark of the band : the (over) influence of their leader and main composer (Alfonso Vidales) on the keys holds the other member under his influence. But piano parts here are so strong that one can only be pleased. And, yes : here and there we'll get some more guitar than usual as well.
My preferred song of the album is the title track. Again, this long song (just under twelve minutes) starts with a great instrumental part. It is very diversified, harmonious : just beautiful music.
The first song sounding a bit like PFM (mostly due to the vocals) is the short "Nature's Way". It is rather strange that the shortest song is one of the most complex of the whole. It shows strong relations with their previous works.
A song as "Illusion" is full of melody and poetry. Sweet, subtle, light. One thing though upsets me a bit since the start of this album and is put more in evidence in this song. I have been quite positive about Dino (the lead singer) so far, but I find him not as good as before on this album. Although several people think he is a weak link in the band, I have never felt so, but in this particular track he is not really good. On the contrary, the final intrumental section is very pleasant.
"Nightmare" is a good song but only in the instrumental parts (which is the majority of these seven minutes). The closing number "October Winds" has a medieval mood which is not really great. It might be a song too much (but Cast is used to produced lenghtly albums, like TFK and Mostly Autumn).
The minus point on this album is Dino on the lead vocal. But it is the first time in their long career that I make such a comment (and this is my twelfth Cast review), so maybe it was just not his time.
I know that the band will be in Europe in November 2007 (in Germany for a prog convention and in The Netherlands as well). I will try and push to get a concert organized in Belgium (at the Spirit Of 66 of course). The place is fifty KM from the German and the Dutch border. About 100 KM from Luxemburg and France. So if it takes place (I'll keep you posted), give Cast a try : they deserve it.
ZowieZiggy

Este es uno de sus discos más criticados y, se podría decir, flojo, pero tiene algunas piezas musicales deliciiosas, como "Illusion" (al final de este post está el video con el sonido de este tema), con bastantes y evidentes influencias a Pink Floyd y Marillion a lo largo del álbum...

This isn't as good as the "Angels And Demons" album released five years earlier but it has it's moments. My main problem is how loud the drums are mixed into the sound. Way too outfront much of the time.
"Castopolis" builds then settles in.The guitar solos for a while then the flute leads 3 minutes in.The guitar is back late. "Movieland" is keyboard led and the tempo picks up around 3 minutes followed by guitar.Vocals 6 minutes in for the first time. "Yuridia" opens with piano and atmosphere as fragile vocals join in.This is cool. "Never Expect Them To Smile" is the longest song at around 14 minutes. Piano and guitar lead early as reserved vocals join in. Drums around 2 minutes but way too loud. Otherwise i really like this.Guitar takes the lead before 8 minutes. It settles with piano 9 1/2 minutes in then builds.
"Infinity" builds quickly with ripping guitar and powerful drums.It does settle back.Vocals after 3 minutes. It settles right down late to end it. "Nature's Way" is vocal led with lots of keys too.A fuller sound before 1 1/2 minutes with some lead guitar. "Illusion" is mellow to start then it changes after 1 1/2 minutes and the vocals join in. I like this except for the drums. A good instrumental section comes in late to end it. "Nightmare" opens with fragile vocals and keyboards.This has an almost haunting atmosphere. It does pick up though. "October Winds" is an ethnic folk-like track. A good beat with flute starts to lead at one point. Not a bad track.
John Davie

Well 2002 marks a new chapter in Cast history, most notably the line-up, also a new beginning of a new sound. Upon looking at the liner notes, gone is Antonio Bringas and he's replaced by Enrique Slim. While I enjoyed Antonio's drumming, I personally think Enrique's style is more fitting to the newer Cast sound.
Another change is that I noticed that Dino is only present on the flute, leaving Franscisco to being the main lead singer. Fransico is aided on the guitar duties by Carlos Human.
Musically this is, in my opinion, Cast's best recording to date. There's more of a European progressive sound, more agressive playing by all.
One of the best releases of 2002, keep continuing the good work here on "Infinity", Cast!
Prognaut

This Mexican band deserves to be one our page. Not only because they managed to survive all those years since the late eighties. But in the first place because they made some great prog albums. Cast's history goes back to 1978, but the first CD was released in 1994 after their dream of building their own studio came thru. The last years they managed to distribute some albums in Europe with the help of French distributor Musea. But most albums came on the market as independent releases. "Infinity" is their fourteenth album so far. For people who like to know all the album titles, here is the long list of Cast releases: “Landing in a serious mind”, “Sound of imagination”, “Third Call”, “Four aces”, “Endless signs”, “Beyond reality”, “Angels and demons” (a must for all progfans!), “A view of Cast” (live album), “Imaginary window”, “Live experience” (live double album), “Legacy”, “Laguna de volcanes” (compilation of new versions with Spanish vocals), “Castalia” (live album) and “Infinity” the new album. The main force behind the band is composer and keyboard player Alfonso Vidales. Cast is also known for hosting and organizing the important Baja-Prog festival. This prog festival of four days gives each year promising bands the opportunity to present themselves to South America and the rest of the world.
The line-up of the band was very stable. This new album introduces two new members (change of drummer and an extra guitar player) but all those years the band existed out of the following members.
The new album counts 70 minutes divided over nine tracks. All the compositions are again from the hand of Alfonso Vidales. The first track is called "Castopolis" (5:30) and is an instrumental. Build on a basis of keyboards the melody lines are mainly also played on the keys. The track is not so hectic and temperamentfull (typical South American I think) as usual. The electric guitar parts are also more melodic as usual. Maybe this is the influence of new guitarist Carlos Humaran. A good start of the album. Next is "Movieland" (9:11) which is also packed with loads of keyboards but also includes the flute of Dino Brassea. The keyboards of Vidales have often a classical atmosphere. The last three minutes are more uptempo and hectic with vocals. In "Yuridia" (4:47) the keyboards of Vidales sounds like Tony Banks and are very beautiful. The vocals of this ballad are sung in Spanish. Most of the Cast albums have English vocals but I believe that bands must always sing in their native language. That is better for the atmosphere, I think. "Never expect them to smile" (13:53) opens with classical piano and melodic electric guitar parts. The vocals are again sung in English. The vocal line is very melodic and is accompanied with melodic electric guitar parts. The keyboards of Alfonso Vidales are sounding delicious are as always very prominent in Cast's music. They are stitching all the melodies together. In the second part of the composition we can hear melodic electric guitar and some great piano work. This long track is one of the best compositions I heard from Cast. I like the classical and symphonic sound of the keyboards combined with the melodic guitar parts. Next is title track "Infinity" (11:53) and this one starts up-tempo with heavy guitars and fast drum work. After one minute the music slows down a bit and becomes more melodic but the sound is still huge and majestic. Those long tracks are like small symphonies. The music sounds symphonic and has sometimes a kind of Genesis atmosphere. If you like keyboard drenched symphonic music, you will like those two long tracks. "Nature's way" (2:44) is one of the shorter tracks with some Yes influences in the first vocal part and a fat synth/guitar duel in the end. The next long piece is called "Illusion" (10:20) and has a real Genesis atmosphere. (listen to the guitars in the opening). The longer tracks of this album are the best ones. "Nightmare" (7:03) has a slow and mysterious opening with melodic vocal lines. But at a later point the composition becomes more up-tempo with some nice electric guitar solos. The album ends with "October winds" (4:39) an instrumental with fast keyboard work with classical and oriental atmospheres.
The music on this album is not so hectic, more melodic and it sounds more European to me. A positive development I think, because most people I know don't like the hectic and neurotic atmosphere of some old Cast pieces. The tempo of music has more variation now. I enjoyed this album very much. Especially the keyboard dominated long pieces and the melodic guitar solos. This is an album for lovers of melodic, symphonic and keyboard dominated prog with a classical touch.
Douwe Fledderus


Para mí, el único problema que tiene Cast es que creo necesitan grabar y sacar a la venta todo lo que hacen, todo lo que crean. Si seleccionaran solamente lo mejor los álbums serían geniales porque tienen calidad y músicos como para hacerlo.
En todo caso, vamos completando la colección de esta banda que resulta ser una de las más importantes de la historia del rock progresivo mexicano.

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