|......................................THE BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH|
The band Blue Mammoth Born in 2009, considered as a new group and surely a revelation, however, the band are formed by experienced and talented musicians, all them highly committed to a well defined style, where the arrangements are carefully prepared in the symphonic line, with many progressive rock elements, moreover there is some influences of the musicians in the style of tradictional melodic hard rock, adding lush harmonies and a vibrant energy, with strong lyrics, where the instrumetal explores various musical forms, capturing real musical essence that can only be found in the original prog rock bands of the '70s. Blue Mammoth it's typically configured such as many progressive rock bands as we has been followed all these years, using conventional musical instruments like guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and naturally adding strong vocals, however, this "amazing quartet", have a musical power orchestration, like a group composed with several musicians. Powerful and virtuoso music with strong voices, the vocal fits perfectly with the arrangements, offering an unique vibration, stunning guitar solo, not so fast and not so heavy, complemented by vibrant bass sounds and a thunderous drums, keyboards parts are very rich, demonstrating a fine symphonic musical taste, in combination with a hard and symphonic style, providing a very creative ambient. The themes are developed through long tracks, the album opens with the song "Blue Mammoth",which is divided into four parts, at first moment the introduction starts with synthesizers adding some epic effects, after, the compositions follow divided around many Progressive Rock passages, fantastic rhythm section in an impressive style, blending Symphonic, Progressive and Hard Rock elements, something well special developed by the musicians, really a wide range of musical styles a real musical delight. The next tracks, we can listen a music section full of impressive arrangements, developed in a range of beautiful melodies, powerful vocals and emotional musicality, while the keyboards adds a infinity of symphonic passages. Including "Blue Mammoth", my favorite songs are "Metamorphosis", "The Rain of Changes
- A Poet Spirit Voyage", "Same Old Sad Tale", and "Quixote's Dream". For all listeners of the best progressive rock style, using as a reference, we can say that, the band Blue Mammoth follows the same line of bands such as "Yes", "Genesis", "Kansas", "Gentle Giant", "Uriah Heep", "Nektar", "PBII", "Cryptic Vision", "Knight Area", "Black Bonzo", "The D Project", "Adventure", "Big Big Train" and many others in the same line. Brilliant, fantastic, and an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...
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The Blue Mammoth Band is the result of a fortunate encounter of bassist and musical producer Julian Quilodran as well as the keyboard player and composer Andre Micheli.
Julian never gave up on the idea of setting up a new prog rock project since his band "The Octohpera", dissolved right after releasing their debut album in 2002. He met Andre Micheli in early 2003 and they worked together on a few projects, while Andre was studying musical composition at the Rio de Janeiro Federal University.
This new friendship made Andre go much deeper into progressive music and several invitations to make a band soon appeared. At the end of his course, Andre was disappointed about the erudite music production and the academic milieu. Thus, he found in progressive rock a perfect way to show his artistic expression, where he could assemble the grip of the ever loved rock music and the harmonic colors and techniques of classical music. Right after that they began working on the project.
The initial idea was for the project to only consist of studio sessions in composition/recording by the two members, since forming a band seemed unlikely at this time. At this time, some guitarists collaborated transiently on the pre-production of the songs, such as Pablo Marques and Cesar Aires.
The repertoire gradually proved itself strong enough to motivate musicians to join the project permanently. Amongst these musicians, the first was the drummer Thiago Meyer and, soon after, guitarist Andre Lupac. They both did a great job with engagement and dedication, which made the accomplishment of a unity throughout the repertoire. As Andre Micheli assumed the lead vocals , the initial project now deserved to be called a band.
Just a few weeks after three singles were released on the internet, the band was invited to sign with Masque Records and release their first international album .
work became intense and, due to personal issues, guitarist Andre Lupac
decided to leave the band. We called Cesar Aires back, who had always been
aware of the paths and developments of the production of the album. Luckily,
there was almost no break on the band’s working rhythm and Cesar is now
fully incorporated to the band’s group.
The debut self-titled Blue Mammoth album is a fourteen tracks one with up to 1h03min long. Some tracks are grouped to tell only one story, like “Blue Mammoth” on tracks 1-4, “The Rain of Changes” on tracks 6-8 and “Quixote’s Dream” on tracks 10-12. Nevertheless, it’s not quite a concept album like many prog fans would understand this denomination. But everyone who listens to it will surely perceive kind of imaginary thread throughout the tracks. This is much more due to some encircling force that surrounded everyone involved in the album’s production then to some deliberated act. This passion involvement let the group make a deep sink into the material’s universe, and we can say that these pieces really represent an artistic moment of this group.
There was a helpful order throughout the album production process, since every songs were composed in a closed period of some months unless track 13 “Resurrection Day” that Andre Micheli brought from an old partnership’s work. All pieces were arranged in a subsequent closed period of some months too, unless the last album track “Infinite Strangers” that the band decided to completely change its arrangements when they were almost in recording process. And they don’t regret it. This means that when they begun to work on the songs they had already a broad vision above all selected material and when they begun to record they had it already ready to go. Most probably that’s why all the repertoire seems to naturally cohere.
The album is a fine production arranged by André Micheli and Julian Quilodran, recorded and mixed by Julian Quilodran, and produced by Blue Mammoth band, and is now released by Masque Records in 2011. It comes with an eight pages booklet with all lyrics and informations.
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