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Etcetera - Tales Of Ardour And Deceit (2003), Danish prog delight torrent
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Etcetera started out as a high school band in Aarhaus Denmark, in 1986. It was a group of friends who, inspired by a Jethro Tull concert, decided to start a prog band. Guitar player Frank Carvalho, and Drummer Johnny McCoy were not only founders, but would also prove to be the only consistent members of the band. rnrnOver the years, there were various incarnations. They played the usual gigs, and managed to record some demos. There was even a stint as a cover band called Dr. Robert in \'93/\'94. In the later \'90s, they had finally amassed enough material to record an album. Being that they were not full time musicians (with regular jobs and families), getting the group together took time. This would prove to be a constant problem, and the reason for the band\'s instability. rnrnThe initial two releases were home made affairs. 1999\'s "Fin de Siecle" was the first proper release. This was followed in 2003, by the album "Tales of Ardour and Deciet." It would prove to be their last, as McCoy finally ended his partnership with Carvalho in 2004. rnrnTheir influences are obviously from the \'70s, most notably Jethro Tull and Gentle Giant. There are also touches of King Crimson, Genesis, and the Moody Blues. Although they are more recent, this band is highly recommended to fans of \'70s prog.rnrnTrack listing:rn1. The Song Of Marsh Stig (16:27)rni) Premonitionrnii) Deceitrniii) Despairrniv) Outlaw rn2. Songs (4:11)rn3. Kentish Suite (8:17)rn4. The Lady Of Castela (7:40)rni) Ines de Castrornii) Dom Pedro rn5. Lament (3:5rn6. The Ghost Of Yang Part 1 (11:37)rni) Ardourrnii) Nepotismrniii) War And Escape rn7. The Exit (3:42)rn8. The Ghost Of Yang Part 2 (3:39) rnrnTotal Time: 59:31rnrnMusicians:rnFrank Carvalho - guitars, bass, synthesizers, Hammond & portuguese guitar rnJohnny McCoy - drums & percussion rnrnGuests:rnMichael Munch-Hansen - lead vocals (1) rnPer Solgaard - Moog (3) rnTorsten Hagemann - saxophones rnAsger Baden-Jensen - Hammond (3)rnrnAlbum review from progarchives.com:rnIn ’98 the Danish progrock band Etcetera released their debut-CD entitled “Fin du siecle”. Not until five years later their next, long awaited album came out. rnrnThe first, very long track “The song of marsh” (16 minutes) is very alternating: a sumptuous climate featuring moving Mellotron (like mid-Led Zeppelin), dreamy twanging acoustic guitars and volume- pedal guitar play (in the vein of early Genesis/Hackett) and fiery, more complex parts with saxophone like King Crimson and bombastic church organ with echoes from Keith Emerson. So you can conclude that this band sounds like a progrock stew of the Seventies dinosaurs! rnrnThen the short “Songs” with tender Fender Rhodes piano, beautiful acoustic guitar and halfway wonderful violin-Mellotron and vocal harmonies. rnrnIn “Kentisch suite” you will be delighted about the fiery wah-wah drenched guitarwork and runs on the Moog synthesizer and Hammond organ, VINTAGE TIME!! rnrnThe track “The lady of Castela” is indeed Spanish influenced delivering an intro with Spanish guitar like Julian Bream, followed by twanging acoustic guitars, mellow flute (evoking early Hackett solo) and soaring keyboards and a bagpipe sound. The climates are very alternating featuring choir- Mellotron, up-tempo with Gilmour-inspired guitar and great Moog and Hammond work. rnrnThe final tracks are “The exit”, this short song contains fiery electric guitar and an exciting guitar/synthesizer duel and “The ghost of Yang Part II” with lots of nature sounds. rnrnAlthough this CD delivers lots of captivating progrock moments, to me it often sounds a bit too fragmentic, the compositions need more maturity. But Etcetera deserves credit on their second album, I’m looking forward to their next one!rnrnBitrate: 320 kbpsrnDownload size: 136,46 MBrnTracker: Komodo VillagernrnFor more quality (prog)rock music visit www.komodoisland.net and www.komodovillage.com!