Friday, 7 April 2017

Chronos Mundi - Luz & Trevas (1999)


The one and only album from this Brazilian band.

Chronos Mundi was a trio with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and male Portoguese vocals.

Their name sounds like a death/black metal band from somewhere. The music is anything but metal.

We are in symphonic prog land again. But this time in the other end of the symphonic prog land.... sort of.

Take the Genesis album Trespass as a starting point. Add some ELP and Renaissance to the mix too. And the more pastoral part of the Italian symphonic prog scene. Add some South American symphonic prog too. You will end up with something like this.

There is a lot of church organs like keyboards here. The references to ELP is clear. But where ELP was bombastic, Chronos Mundi is pastoral.

They are even ambient on some melodies here. This forty-three minutes long album does not speak loudly. More like a whisper, in fact.

But there are still some uptempo stuff here to make this an album with some contrasts, light and shade.

The end result is a good album which showcases a trio which should have released more albums together. That this is their only album is a great shame. Check it out.

3 points


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