Sunday 14 January 2018
Ultranova - Orion (2017)
The debut album from this Brazilian band.
Ultranova is a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, piano, percussions, drums and synths.
I believe this album was released on a local Brazilian label before Musea and later ProgShine Records re-released it. The ProgShine version is on Bandcamp for a bargain price and you can get it from here.
The music on this album is instrumental symphonic prog with some fusion and world music influences. The band reminds me a lot about another Brazilian band called Index.
There is also some other bands who does instrumental symphonic prog with fusion and world music influences. All of them off course inspired by Camel, the greatest band in this sub-genre of the symphonic prog genre.
It is not the most exciting music around, instrumental symphonic prog. And the music on Orion is a good example who proves my views.
The music is pretty, nice and very wishy-washy with not much colours. It is also a bit too much shopping mall music or elevator music in my view.
The music is well crafted though but not particular good. It is a decent album but the band has to add something more meat and juice in their coming albums if this they are going to become more than a footnote in the history of Brazilian symphonic prog.