BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH
a great pleasure and I'm very happy to comment, when a new brazilian band
stands mainly out among dozens of musical options in my country and also,
around the world. Certainly, Brazil always was among the countries who
participated, actively, in the Progressive Rock movement, since the 70's,
and around of five last decades has contributed and continues to actively
contribute with this enthralling style called Progressive Rock. Thus, I
am pleased to introduce to all of you, a neweast sensation of the brazilian
progressive rock, belonging to this modern generation, full of energy and
many ambition to become a new great reference in the Brazilian and around
the world scenary. Formed as an instrumental quartet, comming from Belém
do Pará, they are called as Ultranova. Ultranova and
their music, has a sonority highly accessible and deliberately catchy,
where we can hear emotional songs beautiful and refined, with an
instrumentation, sometimes deeply melodic, full of colorful and pleasant
passages with strong instrumental explorations and reminds us a musical
style pretty similar from some consecrated brazilian musicians, such as
many prestigious bands both nationally and internationally. The band's
sound is totally filled of symphonic elements with a high degree the maturity,
such as one extensive musical experience from long years, together they
create magnificent arrangements, where the sound of the guitars and keyboards
are unbelievable, of course, the biggest fuel that
line-up on Ultranova album and actual band are:
It all started in 2012 to the sound of Pat Metheny. The cousins Daniel Leite (guitar) and Thiago Albuquerque (synthesizer / piano), decided to propose a modern dress to progressive rock consolidated in the 70s by names such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Yes.
The idea was to create a band with a unique sonority, as their own identity, without departing from the style to which they were identified.
They then invited two other prog-rock-lovers-musicians to finally found the band, and so Henrique Penna (drums) and Príamo Brandão (bass) joined in replacement of the former bassist Mario Neto.
From that point on the compositions together absorbed a sound of rock in its most progressive aspect, and the quartet ended up highlighting the originality from the fusion of musical influences from each of its members. The result is instrumental music with a futuristic / space atmosphere, hence the name Ultranova.
They began to stand out in Pará/Brazil musical scene at the Festival Se Rasgum 2013, after being chosen by the public through a contest with live auditions for the main event. From then on the band started to perform at festivals and events throughout Pará, sharing stages with renowned Brazilian artists such as Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal, Trio Manari, Violeta de Outono and Ney Conceição.
The band started recording their songs at Na Music and StudioZ studios in Belém/Pará, hometown of the group, and gradually their compositions began to be published on the web. Soon the tracks were reaching some prog-rock web-radios worldwide, and the record company Rock Symphony (Rio de Janeiro/Brazil) invited them to release the debut album “Orion” through their label – that released and distributed some big progressive rock names such as Violeta de Outono, Focus, Le Orme, Nektar and Pendragon, in Brazil.
After this contact, Musea Records (France) invited the band to also release the album in Europe – the label even has exclusive distribution of Discipline Global Mobile (King Crimson), Camel Productions (Camel) and Classic Rock Legends (Uriah Heep, Van der Graaf Generator and Genesis).
“Orion” was released on May/2017 and Ultranova had the album featured prominently by the brazilian media. The songs are full of progressive elements that reminds the golden age of prog-rock from past decades, with great references to Yes, but incorporating a very modern fingerprint on the style that made its name especially on 70s.
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