Sunday 15 October 2017
Tantra - Holocausto (1978)
The second album from this band from Portugal.
Tantra was a quartet with a lineup of sitar, guitars, mellotron, grand piano, clavinet, minimoog, organ, clarinet, bass, drums, percussion, tubular bells and Portoguese vocals.
Back in September 2009, I reviewed their debut album Misterios E Maravilhas for ProgArchives. My review was both poorly written and probably inaccurate too. But you can read it here. Maybe a revisit of that album and a new review is in order..... I will see.
Tantra is a symphonic prog band from Portugal. It is one of the many good symphonic prog bands from the Iberian peninsula.
Their music takes a lot from Genesis. But there is also a lot of fusion and local folk and pop music here too. There is also a lot of Van Der Graaf Generator in their music. Ditto for RPI influences.
The music is pretty softly spoken with only sporadic pieces of harsh and hard music. But most of the music is very softly spoken.
The vocals and the musicians are really good. And the music too is good. It is an album which surprises me on many different levels. It sounds a bit dated anno 2017.... but that is not much of an issue. Tantra and this album deserve your attention.