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Cronico — Delirium Room
((Not on label) no#, 2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-10-01

Delirium Room Cover art

Cronico is a promising new entry in the classic symphonic proggy-prog field from Mexico City. A five piece featuring bass, drums, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, and a female vocalist, with a strong emphasis on extended instrumental arrangements. In fact four of the album’s ten cuts are entirely instrumental. Singer Lizbeth Mendizabal has a commanding voice, yet often double tracks for harmony; the lyrics are sung in both English and Spanish, track depending, however the Spanish songs are far more convincing, “Delirium” being one of the highlights. Keyboardist /guitarist Daniel Köppen – who also has a hand in all of the compositions – employs a number of keyboard sounds and textures from piano to hard crunchy organ to classic synth approximations, and keeps the longer instrumental sections interesting with a cache of compelling compositional ideas and arrangements. The rhythm section supports the effort well, as does the guitarist, who offers plenty of excellent searing leads. If I have one criticism, it’s that the guitarist tends to use the same effects throughout and a little more variety in that area would make his contributions stand out far more. In all though, this is a promising start from a band that’s definitely on the right track.


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