Exposé print issues (1993-2011)
Iconoclasta — La Rencarnación de Maquiavelo
(Avanzada KCT 43, 1992, CD)
by Mike Borella, Published 1993-10-01
This is the recent release from Mexico's premiere band. However my first question, after noting that the band is now ten years old, was, "Have they sold out yet?" Seems like all the best do eventually. I'm happy to say that La Reencarnación de Maquiavelo is not musically compromising at all. They may have lost a bit of an edge over the years, but not enough to warrant any complaints. In fact, this release is very much in the same style of the rest of their albums. That is where I have a problem. While Iconoclasta remains one of the best instrumental ensembles recording today, their style is no longer fresh. When they released their debut in 1983, in was an innovative, adventurous and unique departure from the dominant sound of the time. In 1992 they sound largely the same. While this is better than a commercial sell-out, it is still stagnation. But La Reencarnación is a very good CD to add to your collection and I recommend it, especially if you've heard and enjoyed earlier Iconoclasta releases. Overall, I give it a thumbs up.
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