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lunes, 14 de diciembre de 2015

Khallice - The Journey (2007)


Para cambiar un poco la onda, vamos con metal progresivo proveniente de Brasil, con un disco de Khallice resubido por Sandy... como para que no se quejen nuestros amigos metaleros.

Artista: Khallice
Álbum: The Journey
Año: 2007
Género: Metal progresivo
Duración: 56:33
Nacionalidad: Brasil

Lista de Temas:
1. Loneliness
2. I've lost my faith
3. Spiritual jewel
4. Wrong words
5. Thunderstorm
6. Vampire
7. Turn the page
8. Prophecy
9. The journey
10. Madman lullaby

Alineación:

- Marcelo Barbosa / guitar
- Alírio Netto / vocals
- Michel Marciano / bass
- Cezar Zolhof / drums
- Bruno Wambier / keyboards
- Renato Gomes / keyboards

Y seguimos con Brasil!!! aunque esto no parezca brasilero, otra vez metal progresivo cantado en inglés y como copia a los Dream Theater ¿porqué se repetirán tanto este tipo de grupos? porque se repiten hasta en los clichés, hasta en los riffs, hasta en los solos, hasta en la forma de componer. Ojo, no digo que la música sea mala, ni los músicos que son excelentes pero están (desde mi punto de vista) desperdiciados.
Al contrario, las canciones son buenas, tienen buenos juegos, muy buenas ejecuciones... pero todo esto ya lo escuché mil veces!!! caen continuamente en los mismos lugares comunes, donde todas las canciones parecen ya escuchadas anteriormente.
Pero convengamos que el disco está muy bien dentro de su estilo, no hay nada que criticarles salvo su falta completa de estilo propio.
Como historia, les cuento que esta banda fue formada en 1994 y recién en 2003 lanzaron este único álbum (bueno, único que me haya enterado yo), auqnue en el 2008 lanzaron un EP llamado "Inside Your Head". De ahí en más no sé nada más...
Y lo trigo principalmente para no discriminar a todos los cabezones amantes del metal progresivo, para que conozcan una beuna, excelente copia a Dream Theater, a Vanden Plas, a Symphony X, a Shadow Gallery y similares.

Veremos que nos cuenta la gente que sabe:

Magna Carta alberga, entre sus luminarias, un excelente grupo que jamás había oído, algo frecuente con respecto a conjuntos nuevos, Khallice. Quién es Khallice? A diferencia de sus pares Angra y Mindflow, estos chicos son de Brasilia (se sobre entiende que es Brasil) y no de Sao Paulo, ciudad que como ya leen no ha provisto de buenas bandas metaleras. Nacidos en 1994, empezaron haciendo covers de Rush y Deep Purple y como lo aclara en su ficha biográfica, fueron cambiando de hacer temas de otros a los propios y de cantar en portugués al ingles.
Para cerrar este ‘review’ (esta crítica) vale aclarar que Khallice abarca un amplio criterio musical que abarca lo heavy y lo progresivo, teniendo canciones de cierta complejidad y extensión y combinándolas con muchas cosas que conocemos del metal como los alaridos, una voz aguda, y guitarras machacantes.
Créanme estimados lectores, que para quienes les guste un poco el metal progresivo, Khallice puede tranquilamente ponerse en la lista de excelentes combos que van a deleitar sus oídos como Mindflow, Queensryche y mas por el lado del metal Judas Priest. Estos muchachos son excelentes exponentes del metal del país carioca, que a su vez demuestran una vez más, que no solo los brazucas’ están a primer nivel mundial en cuanto a fútbol y carnavales.
Lucas Gordon

Brasil nos regala otra estupenda banda progresiva, en este caso “Khallice”, que se inscribe en la línea hard progresiva, con influencias de Rush, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelín, Deep Purple a la que debemos agregar sin dudas Dream Theater.
Banda integrada por prestigiosos músicos y profesores de música como su guitarrista
Marcelo Barbosa, un prestigioso músico brasileño con artículos sobre guitarra publicados en GTR por ejemplo y profesor del Guitar and Music Institute. Su cantante Alírio Netto es además actor, fue protagonista de la versión brasileña y mexicana de la ópera rock Jesucristo Superstar. Completan el grupo Michel Marciano en bajo, Bruno Wambier en teclados y Cesar Zolhof en batería.
Hicieron un primer demo en portugués, y luego la versión en inglés de tema de Mutantes “Balada do Louco” a la que titularon “Madman Lullaby”, y luego otro demo titulado “Prophecy” lo que hizo que el prestigioso sello americano Magna Carta les propusiera grabar su disco debut que acaba de ver la luz, este muy buen “The Jouney”.
Obra de hard progresivo, de alto vuelo instrumental y que demuestra la calidad de los músicos, además de un gran trabajo vocal de Netto por momentos cercano a LaBrie (rangos graves) y a Geddy Lee (rangos agudos), de destacadísima labor.
Un muy disfrutable trabajo, compuesto por diez temas, donde se destacan la vibrante suite de ocho minutos que abre el disco “Loneliness”, o la potente y lograda “Turn the Page” a lo largo de sus ocho minutos sumamente intensos, o el cambiante y climático “Thunderstorm”.
Un muy buen trabajo, sumamente recomendable para fans de Dream Theater o Rush, y para todos aquellos que gusten del buen hard progresivo virtuoso.
Elegante digipack, y un bonus track disponible en el web site de Khallice, el tema “Madman Lullaby”.
Gustavo Bolasini


Y acá hay mucho comentario en inglés (sobretodo) se nota adonde apuntaban los músicos al hacer este disco:

Now, I can’t decide how the name of this band is pronounced. Is it “Chalice” (meaning a trophy or prize) or “Callous” (meaning heartless or insensitive). You make the choice, as you are the one reading this. However, when I first put Khallice’s The Journey in my CD player, I could not get past the similarities to Dream Theater. Singer Alirio Netto’s voice is hauntingly like James LaBrie. Thankfully, as I listened to it more I found some different nuances and other influences like Sweden’s A.C.T and Glenn Hughes.
“Loneliness” is a blazing commencement, featuring a dual guitar/keyboard combination in unison that’s very pleasant. This unison style of playing becomes a calling card of the band as they incorporate it on a few of the tracks herein, often including the other players as well. Khallice members are undisputed virtuosos at their various instrument of choice and it shows right from the onset.
Other tracks of note are “Spiritual Jewel,” and the A.C.T inspired “Vampire.” I especially enjoyed “Vampire” since I’m such a big fan of this Swedish act(heh). If you are a prog metal fan and not afraid of some unabashed Dream Theater references, Khallice is an excellent purchase. Good quality progressive metal in the vein of DT, Shadow Gallery, Queensryche, etc.
Terry Jackson

As of late, Brazil is unleashing some spectacular up-and-coming musical groups into the entertainment market. The latest entry is a band called Khallice (pronounced “ka-LEE-say”) whom throws their hat into the overwhelmingly and seemingly crowded Progressive Metal ring. The band started their careers like most others by covering material from some pretty popular late seventies bands (e.g., Rush, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple) and managed to put out two demos, the first written in their native tongue, Portuguese. Their second demo, Prophecy, was released to rave reviews from media and fans all over Brazil. The entire band has a long list of musical accomplishments, including teaching, extensive experience with Jazz, Pop, Classical, and Bossa Nova styles, being published in musician-oriented magazines, owning a Guitar and Music Institute, and performing in the Brazilian and Mexican cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. There is a lot to like in their first full release, The Journey here in 2007, and thanks to Magna Carta, countries outside of Brazil can now experience Khallice. The album was sold out in the first six months it was released in Brazil, by the way. The Journey includes new tracks as well as re-recorded or reworked versions of songs written since the bands inception. Technically speaking, this band is at the top of the grade, firing on all cylinders. Musically speaking, they sound very reminiscent of early Dream Theater, but with a sense of renewed vigor, energy, and hunger. Compositions have occasional tempo changes, “animal-like” drumming (visions of The Muppets’ “Animal” comes to mind), massive lead guitar and rhythm sections, and several keyboard accentuations that remind of earlier Progressive bands like Rush and Yes. Also refreshing is the astounding vocal performance of Netto, who sounds like a cross between a James LaBrie and Tony Harnell, all delivered with a convincingly clear English annunciation. All of these elements combine to keep the music refreshing, interesting, and entertaining. Bottom line, this is a remarkably artistic and technical debut release. What’s even more amazing is that most of the material here is from the band’s early catalog; just imagine what they could do now that they have one release under their belts. Fans of highly technical, Progressive Metal in the vein of Dream Theater are going to burn a hole in this disc. Beware; it takes several listens, and a keen ear, to fully embrace and appreciate everything that is going on in each track. Based on this release, expectations for a follow-up will run very high.
NEH Records

KHALLICE is a Brazilian prog metal band, originally formed back in 1994. "The Journey" is their debut album, first released in 2003, and now reissued worldwide after the band signed to the Magna Carta label. The re-released version of the album comes with one bonus track. Musically, Dream Theater is a clear inspiration for the band. Most tracks contain parts with distinct Dream Theater flavoring, especially as the prog metal greats sounded on "Images and Words" and "Awake". Khallice has other sources of inspiration as well, though. You'll be able to hear hair metal influences and some Rush inflections as well as touches of Iron Maiden along the way. There are also tinges of jazz and fusion to be found in most tracks here, as well as keyboard work with a distinct ‘70s touch to it. All of those influences put together could make for a killer record, but not in this case. The most frustrating aspect of this release is that the songs wander all over the place. Most songs are built up on a plethora of small parts, where excellent-sounding parts that you hum along to are left after much too short a time for something else, and often for something not as good. And as another excellent part in a song comes into play, the same thing happens again and again. This ceaseless wandering in the tracks makes it hard to get a good feel for the individual tracks, as all the parts mixed together result in songs with a distinct lack of identity. That the individual parts of each song can have extreme variations in sound and mood does not help in building an identity either. The end result here is that I get the feeling that this is a band in search of an identity of their own, and a band without the ability or skill to really hear which parts of each song are good enough to explore further, and what parts are better to scrap. The musicianship is excellent though, so if listening to good musicians is more important to you than listening to good songs as such, this one should be checked out. Unless you're into vocals, that is. The singer in Khallice does have a good voice and good range, and sounds a bit like a mix of Bruce Dickinson and James LaBrie, but without the control and restraint those two utilize, resulting in vocals that at times end up in generic heavy metal howling as they did it back in the 80's. Now, if these guys can harness their individual talents a bit and develop as songwriters, their next release could be a very interesting effort. This one however, is a tad on the weak side overall.
Progressor

Brazilian band Khallice do know their Dream Theater, especially the early releases. They know their hair metal, Maiden and Rush as well. And likes insert small fusiony bits in the music here and there.
Unfortunately, they also like to explore lots and lots and lots of small musical segments in each song. So as you''re humming along to the cool heavy guitar riff overlayed with epic synths, or the gentle mood of the melancholic acoustic guitar with the fragile synths adding atmosphere, all too sudden the song takes a left turn into something completely different.
Again, again, and again.
Good musicians with good ideas here and there. Lots of talent overall, but with a clear developing potential when it comes to songwriting.
Olav Martin Bjørnsen

Printed on the sticker attached to the cover of Khallice's "The Journey" are the words: "Brazil's Top Progressive Metal Band, influenced by Rush, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Dream Theater." Anyone who has heard "The Journey" doesn't need to see that sticker: this band wears its influences on its sleeve.
Sounding at times like one or more of the bands listed as influences, "The Journey" is a solid recording with impressive musical performances, stunning production and songwriting that -- for the most part -- is above and beyond the typical. At its best, "The Journey" bears more than a passing resemblance to the bands it claims as influences while maintaining a sound of its own. Most of the tracks here are bigger-than-life tunes that tell a story with music. With tempos ranging from the mid-range to slow (but heavy), and musical calisthenics that will often leave you breathless, Khallice earns their reputation as Brazil's Rush on "The Journey."
At its worst, "The Journey" is sometimes screechy and noisy. Vocalist Alirio Netto sounds a lot like Geddy Lee of Rush (who can sometimes be screechy himself). It's most obvious on "Spiritual Jewel," which starts out like a power ballad and turns into some kind of funky concept piece or something. With its nails-on-blackboard vocals and droning rhythm, it's easily the CD's worst track. The huge, cascading sounds of tracks like "Vampire" and "I've Lost My Faith" more than make up for it, though.
Interestingly, "The Journey" sounds as though it were written and recorded as an entire album; however, the CD contains not only new music but new recordings of older songs as well.
Fans of progressive metal will find much to please them on "The Journey."
R. Scott Bolton

Jesus Christ sings for a Brazilian progressive-metal band.
Now that I've got your attention, allow me to introduce Khallice (pronounced "ka-LEE-say"), a prog-metal band with a vocalist who sounds like James LaBrie and who once performed the role of Jesus in the Brazilian and Mexican casts of "Jesus Christ Superstar." Taking blatant influences from Dream Theater, Rush and Queensryche, the members of Khallice introduce themselves to the rest of the world via The Journey. It's the first English-language CD from the band and includes both new songs and rebuilt versions of earlier work dating back to 1995.
Khallice has played in front of as many as 50,000 people at one time, and it's easy to hear the band's oozing confidence in these nine songs. (The Magna Carta version contains one bonus track, plus "Madman Lullaby," an English version of "Balada do Louco" — a hit in the Seventies for the famous Brazilian band Os Mutantes — is available as a free bonus track download at the band's official web site.) Singer Alirio Netto's diction is a little lazy and he gets lost in the dense mix now and then, but he sings in a James LaBrie style with little trace of an accent. Netto is backed by exceedingly competent players with backgrounds in jazz, pop, classical and bossa nova. The result is an impressive album, but without a whole lot of originality. The quintet plays with such passion, though — dominant keyboard runs, crisp guitars, well-paced rhythms and invigorated vocals — that it's easy to consider The Journey a promising start to 2007's progressive-metal output.
Michael Popke

Underrated. The Journey is a nice work from this underrated brazilian band, Khallice. It have some flaws into masterization quality, and you will find a few boring passages, but it have some great ideas and sure it worths.
Well, it's absolutely not a masterpiece. They have great songs here, but the obvious Dream Theater and Rush influences was a big mistake. The musicians are very skilled, and the songs are cool to listen to, and many of them are very creative, even trying to crush at the same beach that Dream Theater have been living for years.
It's very good, some really great ideas, but after listen to the whole album, I notice that it would be better and the album wasn't innovative.
Lucas Votoms

Good album!!! It seems like Dream Theater a lot, but it has original ideas and influences by Rush, Journey a Symphony X, too. For a first album it's excelent and I think the next will be a masterpiece... Listen too Karma, an execelent brazilian prog metal band. The new album is fantastic!!
metalhammers

Desafortunadamente, para mí Khallice es simplemente otro clon de Dream Theater con un puñado de excelente músicos desperdiciados, pero para mi gusto. Claro, los músicos son muy hábiles, pero la música carece de originalidad y consistencia. Las composiciones de este álbum son bastante pobres auqnue tienen arreglos muy bien armados y prolijos, también hay montones de voces exageradas, y una verdadera pesadez en los riffs de guitarra (este es un verdadero pecado en el mundo del metal progresivo), pero todo ello, para algunos amantes del género, será un insentivo en vez que una contra, y eso hay que tenerlo en cuenta.
Porque, al fin y al cabo, el álbum está muy bien en su estilo.

www.khallice.com.br



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