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lunes, 21 de diciembre de 2015

Akashic - A Brand New Day (2005)


Metal sinfónico muy melódico, brasilero y cantado en inglés, en otro lindo disco resubido por Sandy.

Artista: Akashic
Álbum: A Brand New Day
Año: 2005
Género: Metal progresivo sinfónico
Duración: 55:01
Nacionalidad: Brasil

Lista de Temas:
1. Revealed Secrets
2. Envy-Days
3. Be The Hero
4. Coming Home
5. Give Me Shelter
6. Count Me Out
7. The Oasis's Heart
8. Hush Break
9. Vaudeville
10. Nose-To-Nose

Alineación:

- Rafael Gubert / vocals
- Fabio Alves / bass
- Éder Bergozza / keyboards
- Marcos De Ros / guitars
- Mauricio Meinert / drums



Y otra vez venimos con metal progresivo brasilero, muy melódico y cantando en inglés, en el segundo, y creo que último álbum de esta banda. Y ya saben que no me gusta este estilo, que no me gusta las canciones cantadas en inglés cuando el disco salió de acá cerquita nomás, y que no me gusta que su sonido sea impersonalmente universal, pero les recomiendo que igualmente le den una escuchada porque el disco está bueno, no una maravilla, pero está bueno y tiene sus lindos momentos, sobretodo llevado por un vocalista con mucha pasta y desgarrada y potente voz.


Un disco interesante para comenzar el día...

There is a broad definition for what “progressive” music stands for. Some people understand it as incredibly technical with time signature changes and a lot of focus on solos and instrumental section, to the verge of turning musicianship into “wankery” as it is often criticized as. Then there’s the layman’s definition, which includes any band that changes from clean vocals to growling or screaming, or changes from a distorted guitar to a clean acoustic sound.
Then there are bands like Akashic. These bands are criticized for kidnapping the umbrella term “progressive metal” and watering it down to a bastardized version. They are progressive in the sense that the songs progress in a certain path and use some key elements of traditional prog to better fit the scene, while not actually establishing a unique sound or any musical creativity.
What you must understand about Akashic’s album “A Brand New Day” is that it is fairly simple pop-prog, and that they’re considered metal probably only because their use of power chords and distortion. The vocals are the focus, and most songs revolve entirely around the pre-chorus and chorus. This fact also ensures that even on your first listen to the album, the last half of the songs will sound familiar since they are structured the same way as the previous songs.
However, if you are willing to accept this brand of prog instead of dismissing it as a lesser form of music, there are quite a few good points to the album as well. While the amount of guitar solos are somewhat short, few and far between, they are really good in the context of the song, especially in “Give Me Shelter.” The same can be said about the use of keyboards. More often than not it becomes a filler instrument, but when there is a point to it and it gets to lead like in the beginning of “Vaudeville” and “Revealed Secrets”, it’s quite good.
“A Brand New Day” is a very consistent album, which can also mean that it lacks variety. Solid gold to some, solid crap to others. Personally I think it is an average album with a few better songs and some good moments here and there, enjoyable but not excellent.
EDIT: Two and a half years later, I still stand by what I said, but I'm bumping up the score to 3.5 stars. I suddenly find myself appreciating the catchiness, the accent that's thicker than London fog... all the flaws now seem quirky rather than distracting or annoying.
Strontium

If a band hails from Brazil, we expect anything but progressive metal. Yet Akashic comes from the land of the fragrant coffee plantations and plays melodic metal with obvious Dream Theater influences. If you can stand the comparison with that prog institution without failing, you are doing well. It is not really original – or progressive in the real sense of that word – but it is a satisfactory album with a sure-fire recording quality. These recordings took place in Brazil, but ‘A Brand New Day’ was mastered in Germany by Tommy Newton.
In Rafael Gubert the band has a vocalist with a fitting voice for this kind of material. Initially he sings calm and nearly humble, but later on he proves to be skilled in powerful outbursts and shrieks as well. And they never become too complex. The songs are quite compact with an average length of five minutes, so that we can speak of an accessible and rather light exponent of progressive metal. The softer tracks will appeal to fans of AOR and classic hard rock too.
From the very outset in the first track ‘Revealed Secrets’, chunky ponderous riffs and fluent guitar lines are a lust for your ears. The more quiescent ‘Be The Hero’ with its pretty vocal-lines and accentuating guitar licks is another proper composition. Progressive yet sensitive guitar runs remind me a bit of Riverside in the next track. In two tracks they slacken down pace to ballads and ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Hush Break’ do have that sensitive tinge without being mellifluent. ‘Coming Home’ could be labelled as classic rock track, but they really rule in ‘Hush Break’. The song begins very sentimental, but reign by its restless prog runs which is a beautiful contrast with the average starry-eyed nature of the vocals. A song that remains in the back of your head. But in other occasions the band cuts loose as well. Absolute stunners in musical acrobatics are ‘Count Me Out’ and ‘The Oasis’ Heart’. These are heavy tracks in decent infamous Dream Theater style when keyboards and guitars often display stirring duels. In ‘Give Me Shelter’ especially compelling vocal-lines and freak out guitar soloing appeals to me. And when talking about powerful vocals of Rafael Gubert, I want to refer to the marvellous ‘Vaudeville’. This is a very meritorious album coming from an unexpected side. Besides: the more I listen to it, the better I like it.
Vera

Didn’t I just review this album a few weeks ago? No? That was SECTION A? Oh.
This is the second full-length (I think) from Brazil’s AKASHIC, a relatively obscure Prog Metal who obviously owes a lot to SYMPHONY X and any number of bands so widely known they’ve practically entered a Jungian collective consciousness and no longer can be differentiated from each other.
I want to yell “C’mon, AKASHIC, give me something unique I can talk about! Something unique!” Not-progressive Progressive is what we have. There’s nothing wrong with the musicianship, as every member is perfectly competent or skilled at their instruments. The vocalist (gimme a break, I’ve got no information and can’t read Portuguese) actually sticks out a little as he’s slightly different from your typical Power/Prog high-pitched singer.
Ooo! There’s something that sticks out! The chorus on “Give Me Shelter” sounds like something CREED wrote. Oh. That’s not something to be proud of either. I mean, it’s not so bad and it doesn’t sound like that from a vocal stand point, just a musical one. But…still. CREED as a sound alike, even for a brief instant?
Okay, okay, something substantial. I…got nothin’. I spent so much of this album simply trying to place where I’d heard this passage or that riff before and failing. It’s just so crushingly generic. Competent, but generic. If you like your music in this generic vein, snap it up.
Keith

AKASHIC was conceived in the year 98 to produce a high quality progressive metal with meaningful lyrics. The band is formed by Marcos De Ros (guitar), Rafael Gubert (vocals), Fábio Alves (bass), Maurício Meinert (drums) and Éder Bergozza (keybords)
Akashic (an energy where everything is registered) recorded a debut album called Timeless Realm in Portugal and available also in Brazil through Hellion Records.
The songs join the very best elements of classical, rock, metal and progressive. The album has an incredible sense of melodic balance. The result is a highly sophisticated and rich sounding music.
The band displayed in its songs a unique style with melodic rhythms and progressive beats, impressive guitar solos, powerful bass lines and belting vocals. Tracks such as "For Freedom", and "The Fire of Temptation" have already made waves throughout the musical scene.
A Brand New Day is the second album released by Hellion Records and produced by Luis Barros, who brought the new sounds and reaffirm the talent of Akashic. The songs are a culmination of hard work, unmatched musicianship, and with the incredible unstoppable musical talent and vision. A Brand New Day is an inviting record for music fans of all kinds.
A Brand New Day' songs flow so easily that let fans amazed and wanting more. Certainly the audience recognizes a mature band with a highly artistic, songwriting and performing skills.
The band also have made an enormous impact on the extreme music scene with highly acclaimed shows and amazing reviews. The group is perhaps the finest example of a pure prog/metal band with technical wit and a catchy songwriting approach.
Akashic have made a lot of gigs around countries such Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, and Belgium.
"Rafael Gubert is the best brazilian vocalist in the last 15 years. (...) "A Brand New Day" is easily the best national release of the year. And, believe, it can be compared to Room V, of Shadow Gallery, in worldwide terms."
There is a broad definition for what “progressive” music stands for. Some people understand it as incredibly technical with time signature changes and a lot of focus on solos and instrumental section, to the verge of turning musicianship into “wankery” as it is often critizised as. Then there’s the layman’s definition, which includes any band that changes from clean vocals to growling or screaming, or changes from a distorted guitar to a clean acoustic sound.
Then there are bands like Akashic. These bands are critizised for kidnapping the umbrella term “progressive metal” and watering it down to a bastardized version. They are progressive in the sense that the songs progress in a certain path and use some key elements of traditional prog to better fit the scene, while not actually estabilishing a unique sound or any musical creativity.
What you must understand about Akashic’s album “A Brand New Day” is that it is fairly simple pop-prog, and that they’re considered metal probably only because their use of power chords. The vocals are the focus, and most songs revolve entirely around the pre-chorus and chorus. This fact also ensures that even on your first listen to the album, the last half of the songs will sound familiar since they are structured the same way as the previous songs.
However, if you are willing to accept this brand of prog instead of dismissing it as a lesser form of music, there are quite a few good points to the album as well. While the amount of guitar solos are somewhat short, few and far between, they are really good in the context of the song, especially in “Give Me Shelter.” The same can be said about the use of keyboards. More often than not it becomes a filler instrument, but when there is a point to it and it gets to lead like in the beginning of “Vaudeville” and “Revealed Secrets”, it’s quite good.
“A Brand New Day” is a very consistent album, which can also mean that it lacks variety. Solid gold to some, solid crap to others. Personally I think it is an average album with a few better songs and some good moments here and there, enjoyable but not excellent.
http://psychocydd.co.uk/

If you want to find another prog masterpiece to worship everyday before sleeping, i suggest you to not get into Akashic. But if you want to listen to a music that sounds very pleasant to your ears, this is what you're looking for. Akashic is a new revelation in brazilian metal scene, that captured me in the first try. The musicianship is very good, and there isn't virtuosity abuses that can make the stuff boring at some points. Its very direct music, without intros, huge solos, and progressive suites(the longest track is about 7 minutes). The music has feeling and catchy choruses, although it doesn't sound not even a bit like pop music. The lyrics explore the fields of love, relationships and problems of the modern life.
I can't classify this as a Prog Masterpiece because it is really not, but i truly recommend this album and this band. I really believe that this band can reach the progressive mainstream if it keeps evolving along the years.
Guilherme Drigo

Se nota que los muchachos de la banda pensaron en el circuito extranjero, europeo o yanky, cuando sacaron el disco, porque solamente tiene referencias, comentarios y reviews en inglés, nada en castellano y ni siquiera en portugués...
Les dejo un par de videos para que sean si les gusta. Saludos.

www.myspace.com/akashicrock



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