Introvisión — 08:36:59
((Not on label) no#, 2010, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-05-08If a prog band has guitar sounds that resemble heavy metal, does that make it prog metal? I'd have to say no, and Costa Rica's Introvisión is a perfect example of why not. Yes, the guitar often uses tones found in metal since at least the 80s (a little to slick to be 70s metal), but everything else is pretty far from that, most importantly the compositions. Four tracks extend beyond ten minutes, featuring the sorts of sections and flow found in classic symphonic prog, and lacking the kind of tuneful pop anthems so prevalent in neo prog. But enough of genre-quibbling - to the music. Introvisión has some very quirky tendencies, adding a degree of unpredictability that's very appealing. There are interludes of sound effects and taped voices, sudden turns into spaciness, structural oddities that defy expectations (like ending an energetic tune with a quiet coda), and some really nice details. In "La Tierra de Nadie" there is a lovely section with prominent backing vocals (is that an oxymoron?), and mixed in with the harmonies you can hear whispering. It reminds me of the attitude Genesis had on "Supper's Ready" without sounding like Genesis hardly at all. You know, the different voices Peter Gabriel did, and the different sections in different time signatures with completely different moods. This is a really nice example of a young band doing prog right, well worth seeking out.
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