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miércoles, 13 de enero de 2016

Cast - Nimbus (2004)


Y seguimos sin respiro republicando los discso caídos de Cast, el grupo mexicano liderado por el tecladista Alfonso Vidales, en una más de las tremendas resubidas de nuestro amigo Sandy.

Artista: Cast
Álbum: Nimbus
Año: 2004
Género: Rock sinfónico
Duración: 78:55
Nacionalidad: México


Lista de Temas:
1. Ladrona de Suenos (Part I)
2. The 911 Suite (Part I) 911
3. The 911 Suite (Part II) The Next Day
4. The 911 Suite (Part III) My New Home
5. Volando En Uno Mismo
6. Sucio Nino Bien (Part I) Sucion Nino Bien
7. Sucio Nino Bien (Part II) Suenos De Platino
8. Dias De Sol Y Lux
9. Ladrona De Suenos (Part II) Puerto Prohibido
10. Ladrona De Suenos (Part II) Tragicomedia
11. Un Siglo De Invierno (Part I) Cataclismo
12. Un Siglo De Invierno (Part II) Esperanza Austral
13. En La Cueva Y El Bosque
14. Reunion 2003
15. Bojarasca
16. Extension 17

Alineación:
- Alfonso Vidales / teclados
- Francisco Hernandez / voz y guitarra
- Carlos Humaran / Guitarras
- Kiko King / bateria y percusiones
- Flavio Jimenez / bajo
- Pepe Torres / vientos
Invitada:
Guadalupe Acuña / Voces y coros


Con tantos discos que nos presentan, grupos que aparecen, usuarios que se conectan, y encima todo el tema de resubidas, me había olvidado de seguir tratando de completar la discografía de la banda mexicana Cast, que cuenta con una trayectoria muy extensa y una abundante discografía, siendo un ejemplo a seguir por su perseverancia: Una agrupación que interpreta música poco comercial, autofinanciándose dentro de un país con una economía propia de un país sudamericano, y además organizando exitosamente el festival "Baja Prog" desde hace muchos años, es un gran esfuerzo que merece ser reconocido. Es obvio que tanto su líder Alfonso Vidales como todo el equipo de Cast realmente aman a la música y al Rock Progresivo como pocos.



La dinámica de Cast siempre ha sido y será constante, y para esta grabación, Cast había sufrido una gran transformación, perdiendo algunos de sus miembros clásicos, pero enriqueciendo su sonido con la presencia de nuevos integrantes. El grupo afrontó los cambios de manera muy positiva, siguiendo su camino como siempre. Este no es uno de los discos más conocidos ni reconocidos del grupo mexicano, pero no por ello piensen que es de menor calidad que el promedio de su discografía, sino que "Nimbus” queda como un disco atípico dentro de la discografía de Cast. Se puede ver a una banda mucho mas agresiva, con mucha participación del español Pepe Torres en los vientos.


Casi todo el disco es cantado en castellano, con algunas secciones en inglés, siendo su sonido más moderno y compacto. Vamos con un comentario de alguien que escribe mejor que yo.

Tras su todavia calentito doble album "Al-Bandalus" Cast nos ofrece, en este 2004, un nuevo trabajo titulado "Nimbus", que viene a ser su primer trabajo con la compañia chilena Mylodon Records.
Parece que la superactividad de CAST no acaba aqui sino que ya estan trabajando en la composicion de un nuevo trabajo inspirado por su reciente viaje a la Patagonia Chilena. Este esta previsto que se grabe en Septiembre en Chile y se llamara "Australis", antes quizas veamos editarse algun Live con grabaciones del "Progday 2003", Santiago de Chile 2003 y las actuaciones registradas en los festivales de "Progsud" y "Sarlat" este anyo en Francia.
Volviendo a "Nimbus", la gran novedad del nuevo album de Cast viene de la mano de la gran presencia de instrumentos de viento, flauta y saxo del gaditano ex-Omni Pepe Torres, cuestion que le da otro aire a la musica sinfonica clasica setentera de Cast, ya la cual y a raiz de su anterior doble trabajo Al-Bandalus, parece mas reposada y melodica y no tan alborotada y energica.
La otra gran novedad o quizas podiamos decirle confirmacion es ese acercamiento al Metal progresivo en ciertos fragmentos, debido a la presencia de la guitarra de Carlos y la bateria de Kiko. (solo hay que escuchar el comienzo del tema (11) "Un Siglo De Invierno (Part I) Cataclismo" para darse cuenta).
Tras un comienzo sorprendente, muy energico y caotico algo King Crimson(iano) con el tema (1) "Ladrona de Suenos (Part I)" llega una suite dividida en 3 partes "The 911 Suite" donde tenemos al CAST mas sinfonico y clasicista, letras cantadas en espanyol e ingles por Francisco Hernandez (prefiero personalmente que cante en ingles), con muy buenos toques epicos y progresivos, una gran suite al estilo de "El Puente", quizas en esta suite tenemos los mejores momentos del album.
Tras la finalizacion de la suite llega un tema completamente instrumental (5) "Volando En Uno Mismo" donde los musicos de Cast se explayan cada uno con su instrumento en un tema alegre y en ocasiones algo Hard, pero que Pepe Torres se encarga de calmar en distintas fases con los solos de flauta.
Mas adelante tenemos una mini-suite casi instrumental titulada (6) "Sucio Ninyo Bien" (Part I) y (7) "Sucio Ninyo Bien (Part II) Sueños De Platino" con una mas que notable intervencion instrumental, especialmente en su segunda parte, fragmentos Metal Progresivos herederos de la etapa musical en la banda "Aria" de Kiko y Carlos.
Con (8) "Dias De Sol Y Lux" Lupita da el toque vocal femenino a un tema baladista y algo aflamencado, despues tenemos la continuacion del primer tema titulado esta vez (9) "Ladrona De Sueños (Part II) Puerto Prohibido" un tema baladistico cargado de sentimiento y emotividad en la voz de Fco... que me recuerda a al tema que abre el segundo CD del Al-bandaluz, concretamente "Viento" .
Con (10) "Ladrona De Suenos (Part II) Tragicomedia" llegan unos momentos delirantes por la fuerza y energia de la base ritmica y el saxo y la flauta de Pepe Torres y los continuos cambios en la estructura musical. El tema (11) "Un Siglo De Invierno (Part I) Cataclismo" nos trae esa nueva sonoridad de CAST, el acercamiento al Metal progresivo y la aportacion de un saxo caotico y energico. Sonidos Premonitorios de futuro de CAST?
Llega (12) "Un Siglo De Invierno (Part II) Esperanza Austral" otro tema instrumental con un buen duelo teclados y flauta, con toques metalicos salidos de la guitarra metalica de Carlos Humaran.
Tambien hay sorpresas (relativas) con el tema (13) "En La Cueva Y El Bosque" un tema folk basado en canticos indigenas en la epoca de la conquista del nuevo mundo por parte de los espanyoles, con un trabajo de Poncho en los teclados que me recuerda a R. Wakerman.
Seguidamente esta "Reunion", una version acustica de tonos pastorales con inclusion de armonica de un tema del album "Landing in a serious mind"., da paso a (15) "Bojarasca" un tema completamente instrumental triste y melancolico bien orquestado y con buenos solos especialmente de guitarra... que da paso a la conclusion del album con (16) Extension 17 con toques alegres y algo jazzeros (saxo).
En definitiva, tras Al-Bandaluz nos encontramos a unos CAST mas relajados, sinfonicos pero a la vez mas durillos tirando en ciertas ocasiones sin abusar al Metal Progresivo, gran aportacion instrumental de Pepe Torres y una mas que buena continuacion de Al-Bandaluz.
Juan

Y además, del comentario de Juan, esto también nos comentan de este álbum:

Este álbum marca la confirmación del nuevo sonido de “Cast”. Grabado en “Uranio Records” en Mexicali fue el primer trabajo totalmente hecho en México en todas sus facetas. Se muestra a un “Cast” mucho mas agresivo,, con mucha participación de Pepe Torres en todos los vientos. El tema “En la Cueva y el Bosque” esta cantado en su parte principal en Nahuatl y basado en los cánticos que los indígenas de la Nueva España, entonaban hacia sus dioses en los templos. Mi esposa Maria Guadalupe participa en canto con mas seguridad y compenetración tal y como lo demuestra en sus participaciones ya en los conciertos como miembro del grupo y sentimos a Carlos Humaran, Kiko y Flavio mas afianzados con la banda, de manera que esperamos muchas cosas mas espectaculares de ellos. “Reunión”, tema muy importante de la alineación anterior y que significo en muchos conciertos la parte épica de los finales, se incorporo de manera acústica a manera de reconocimiento a los anteriores miembros. “Extensión 17″ forma parte de la época en que la banda tocaba cool jazz. Se grabo en 2003 con Jesús Madrid. El arte en portada es obra de Carlos Humaran y Julio Camacho contando con Carlos Humaran en el papel de “Payatrix” que ahora nos brinda la oportunidad de conocerlo en otra faceta.
Sangrepesada

Y vamos con varios comentarios en inglés:

The Mexican band CAST, the invariable organizer and inspirer of the annual Baja Prog festival, was formed precisely 25 years ago, in 1979, by keyboardist Alfonso Vidales and several of his schoolmates. Their first two albums were recorded in 1985 and 1989, but were released only in 1993 when the band founded their own label. Starting with 1994, Cast nearly every year gladdens their fans with new efforts, and "Nimbus" is already their twelfth studio album, while in all there are no less than 17 titles in the band's official discography. The reviews of Cast's previous studio albums are also available on Progressor and can be read by clicking >here and >here.
I've always liked Cast, which is not only the most prolific among the contemporary Art-Rock bands, but is also the most stable. What is more, these Mexican men are always searching for new ways in their creation, and it won't be far from the truth to say that each of their new albums is better than its predecessor. It seemed to me it's just impossible that the band would create anything better than the last year's "Al-Bandaluz". Yet, released just ten months after, "Nimbus" has just thrown down all my presuppositions on the matter. So once again, I won't say anything new or unexpected by establishing the fact that this is Cast's most profound and interesting album to date. In addition, this is their most brave effort, opening many new horizons and covering many new, exceptionally diverse, territories. Just listen to the opening number Ladrona si Suenos-I. With the huge amount of RIO-like angular melodies, twisting rhythms, dissonances and highly eclectic and intricate arrangements in general, can this really be considered Neo as many still describe the band's style? A similar unique combination of the RIO-infected Symphonic Progressive and Classical music performed by dints of Art-Rock and Prog-Metal in many ways determines the sound of Next Day, Suenos di Platino, and Volando en Uno Mismo and is just the essence of two more compositions: Suenos di Platino and Ladrona si Suenos-III. A highly complex Prog-Metal is presented on Cataclismo and Esperanza Austral. My New Home and Hojarasca are pieces of Classical music, both of which, as well as the Folk music-inspired Dias de Sol y Luz, En la Cueva y il Bosque and Reunion, were performed without the rhythm section. But this is still not all. The last track Extension is a pure first-rate Jazz-Fusion, and this is just Cast, with no signs of resemblance to anything else. Classic Symphonic Art-Rock as such is only on 911 and Sucio Nino Bien with the former being the only track on the album where the genre's traditions, laid in the '70s, are evident. Both are as brilliant as nearly everything on this 16-track / 80-minute monster where, by the way, the number of songs and instrumental pieces is equal, and most of the songs are largely instrumental. (Regarding "nearly everything": the short Ambient-like Ladrona si Suenos-II is the only track here, which hardly possesses any special virtues save originality.) Francisco Hernandez is in his best form as a vocalist, and not only. Unlike "Al-Bandaluz" where he was a free singer, the guitar parts here are shared between him and Carlos Humaran. The band made the right decision having engaged Jose Torres last year. Now, this excellent jazz and classically trained musician has become a permanent member of Cast, and his eccentric solos on saxophone and flute give a very specific flavor to the music. Nevertheless, it's still keyboardist Alfonso Vidales who sets the mood on "Nimbus", too, and the most prominent instrument on the album is piano. Really.
The band is exceptionally tight and masterful on "Nimbus" and shines with an innovative approach to the arrangement as never before. Generally, which of the other bands, at least those from the Symphonic Progressive camp, so-called Titans included, are notable for such a strong devotion to vital progressive principles as our heroes and would've been able to create masterpieces as frequently as Cast? You know there aren't many, to put it mildly. Cast remains true titans themselves, and regardless of the opinion of those who still don't realize this for some reason, the band has reserved a seat in the pantheon of the genre.
Progressor

This time I should like to erase an half star at least: in fact their stuff,in the course of their long music career, is disseminated with all those derivative and often prolix albums, regarded almost in all the circumstances as a tiring repetition of the same "formula"...that is a progressive rock clichè, becoming tiring at the end!! Here is a clear example,represented by their song "Reunion 2003":in fact by means of this latter they perform a new revisit of the main theme of "Landing in a serious mind"; and moreover "Extension 17" was already played by a different line-up consisting of a couple of members from Cast, many years ago (since about 1978), who took great delight in performing a kind of jazz music.Ok, coming back to the present issue, it's a pleasant music excursion, even though they are a Mexican "insititution of prog music" nowadays,so you know what you are going to listen to.You can check it out without a doubt, but to me the present album is suitable for their "diehard fans" only...never mind anyway!!
Lorenzo

I listened already to a couple of albums from this band and until now I favoured Al-Bandaluz, but since I listened to NIMBUS, I've got to say that this one is even better. It's in my view their first album which does not confirm the typical neoprog cliché. One reason for the shift in their style might be the addition of the sixth member José 'Pepe' Torres who extends the sound by providing saxophone, flute and clarinet. The music on this album is in some way a perfect blend of classical prog with some jazz elements and in some parts a strong tendency towards progmetal. In the classical prog parts it sounds to me reminiscent of ELP or VDGG. Obviously there is some concept behind the album, but my knowledge of Spanish language is not sufficient to get it.
The album consists of 16 tracks which are grouped in four parts. It opens in a very captivating way with the first part of Ladrona de Sueños: threatening keyboard riffs, rough heavy guitars and screaming sax interludes. Parts 2 and 3 of this suite are placed later on the CD, part 2 has mainly keyboard with vocals and the final one is all instrumental apart of some spoken words, a rather savage and weird track featuring some sax playing again.
Second suite 911 consists as well of three parts. First part has vocals both in Spanish and English accompanied by piano, keyboards and acoustic/electric guitar. The title obviously refers to the US emergency phone number or possibly to the world trade attack. Second part is all instrumental and very nice with flute, piano, keyboards and electric guitar. The third part My New Home is instrumental as well, but acoustic, the best one IMHO, the flute gives it a strong reminiscence to JETHRO TULL. I noticed already on their other albums that usually the instrumental sections are the strongest ones of this band.
Volando En Uno Mismo brings back some electric guitar, again flute and piano, quite FOCUS-reminiscent and a great track as well. Sucio Nino Bien has some intricate melodies, vocals in Spanish and a nice guitar solo. Suenos De Platino is another great instrumental track featuring electric guitar, keyboards and clarinet. Just the sound of the drums could be better in some way. Dias De Sol Y Luz is a mellow song with piano, flute, some tender electric guitar and guest vocalist Guadalupe Acuána, a nice counterpart to the vocs of Hernández.
Cataclismo , the first part of Un Siglo De Invierno is a quite progmetal-alike track, but not really perfectly done since the drums don't sound very good. Apart from this flawing the performance of the musicians is great. On second part Esperenza Austral they're coming back to a more mellow mood in the beginning but the rest of the track sounds more or less like Part 1. En La Cueva Y El Bosque is a bit of a medieval/classical blend and Reunion 2003 is an acoustic version of a song from their debut album. Hojarasca is an acoustic track with rather querulous tunes whereas the final one Extension 17 has a more cheerful mood.
NIMBUS is an excellent album and possibly the best one they've ever done in my view. The addition of instruments like flute,clarinet and sax really expanded their sound in a very nice way and brought it away from the typical Neoprog style of earlier albums. The only critics I've to put on the poor drumming in progmetal-alike parts like Cataclismo. Disregarding this point it's rather close to a masterpiece. I would say it's worth 4,5 stars and a strong recommendation for any progfan.
Dieter Fischer

I consider their previous album "Al-Bandaluz" one of their best albums so far (just a bit too long...). As Cast has already done in the past, we'll get several "suite" type of songs available on "Nimbus".
"Ladrona De Sueños" opens the album with a harder attack than usual. The complex stucture, the powerful sax and the scary mood of "part I" has the permanent KC mark. But it sounds a bit loose, I'm afraid. Part II sounds as a medieval madrigal and is not appealling at all. Last section is again on the heavy side : chaotic and structureless. Limit experimental. Although the second half of it is is fully symphonic. I told you : structureless.
I far much prefer the second "suite". "911" is a powerful but subtle track which is more in the Cast tradition. The flute in here is great (but I like very much this instrument). Just listen to the grandeur of the finale of "part II". Wonderful. Part III sounds like several songs of this album. If you like trespass, you will like it as well.
"Volando" is a dynamic rock number. Somewhat different which brings some variety. Not bad, actually. Very powerful.
"Sucio Niño Bien" is a beautiful piece of music. A combination of PFM and early Genesis (but there is nothing new here). Part I is particularly well achieved : full of sweetness. It is a real delight. Part II, is harder and scary. I admit that the clarinet in the second part adds a special flavour (hi KC). The finale is rather melodic and rhythmy. My preferred song here.
We stay in the same mood with "Días De Sol Y De Luz". Female vocals combined with flute again is very expressive. A tranquil moment. This is how I like Cast the most. Symphonic prog at its best. Extremely melodic. Another highlight.
Complete change for "Un Siglo De Invierno". More complex, dark and hard. Maybe it is due to its theme (a winter lasting for hundred years), I don't know. Part I ("Cataclism" !) is very pleasant though. It is a nice contrast in comparison with "Sucio" and "Días". Powerful sax is displayed here. It will automatically remind you the master of the genre : Dave Jackson (VDGG) of course. Introduction of "Austral Hope" (part II) is again more melodious (like "Sucio" part I). The flute has again a major role and I appreciate every single second of it. A very pleasant moment. At half time, the dark side gets back. Fully Crimsonesque.
Don't try to understand the lyrics from "En La Cueva Y En El Bosque". The chorus is sung in Nahuatl (a pre-Columbian dialect). It is based on the cantics that the native people from that era were singing in their temples. It might be faithful to these legends but it is not my cup of tea.
"Reunion 2003" is a re-worked version of their "reunion" song released in "94. This acoustic version is a sign of recognition of the previous line-up who used to end their concerts with this song. Some nostalgia there. This version won't be remembered for the years to come, I'm afraid.
"Bojarasca" is another very quiet instrumental song. I have to say that since Dino has left, I could hardly cope with their lead vocalist (while female guests were fine, maybe a hint for Cast ?). The closing number is a very old song which they used to play way before they started recording. It is fully jazz-rock oriented which is not my cup of tea.
The first times I listened to "Nimbus" I did not really like it; I had marked it as a two-stars record. But the more I listen to it, the more I like it. So, be patient with it, it won't be love at first sight (which is mostly the case with Cast records, anyway).
Three solid stars (but if two or three songs would have been left over, I might have rated four).
ZowieZiggy

CAST added a sixth member for this album in the form of a flute / sax / clarinet player. Once again we get a long one clocking in at 79 minutes. These guys seem to have an endless supply of ideas and great music.The problem for me once again is that it's too long, and like Zowie Ziggy mentions, if you could drop a few tracks this would be a four star album. Still like every album by them i've heard there is some outstanding music to be enjoyed. Both English and Spanish vocals on this one.
"Ladrona De Suenos (Part I)" is a top three track. An interesting tune with almost operatic vocals early on. I like when the sound picks up before 3 1/2 minutes. "The 911 Suite Part I" opens with atmosphere as fragile vocals join in. Piano after 2 minutes when the vocals stop. It's still pastoral until it kicks in before 4 minutes.Vocals a minute later.This is good. It settles after 8 minutes with reserved vocals before kicking back in late. "The 911 Suite Part II" is an uptempo instrumental. "The 911 Suite Part III" has the same sound they just slow it down some. "Volando En Uno Mismo" is a top three. A jazzy mode here with flute. It picks up after a minute with the guitar out front. It settles back again with flute leading as contrasts continue. "Suicio Nino Bien Part I" is pastoral with vocals. It picks up after 2 minutes but the tempo continues to change. "Suicio Nino Bien Part II" has some prominant horns part way through.
"Dias De Col Y Lux" has some female vocals this time but male vocals too. Flute and piano help out early. "Ladrona De Suenos Part II" features some atmosphere with laid back vocals and keys. "Ladrona De Suenos Part III" kicks in right away as spoken words then sax join in. Flute 2 1/2 minutes in. "Un Siglo De Invierno Part I" is mellow with flute and bass to start. Drums after a minute then it kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes. Nice. Guitar comes to the fore after 4 minutes. "On La Cueva Y El Bosque" has a classical vibe before turning Celtic then back to classical. Not a fan. "Reunion 2003" opens with acoustic guitar,percussion and flute. Piano then vocals follow. "Bojarasca" is mellow while the closer "Extension" is also a pleasant track with some nice guitar and horns.
John Davie


En definitiva, un lindo disco de estos mexicanos, no será el mejor disco que han sacado pero seguramente hará la delicia de más de uno, sobretodo los que gustan del rock sinfónico con mucho dinamismo y con alguno cuota de poder. Un disco muy interesante, y uno menos para completar la discografía del los dinosaurios progresivo mexicanos.








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