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TRACK LIST: 1. Vidas son horas 5:47 2. El angel exterminador 7:10 3. Penumbra 1:57 4. Dynamite 2:54 5. Al destino devenir 5:06 6. Ruptura III 2:46 7. Jaqueline 2:20 8. Zakarit mena al Maghreb 1:56 9. Trayecto V 3:15 10. Bypass 4:24 11. Simetricanarquia 7:09 All tracks: by Dificil Equilibrio. LINE-UP: Alberto Diaz - guitars (+ vocals on 4) Jean Francisco - basses Luis Rodriguez - drums & percussion With: Celia Torres - violoncello (on 2 & 3) Josep Sola - saxophone (on 4 & 6) Robert Cervera - trumpet (on 2) Produced by DIFICIL EQUILIBRIO. Engineered by Rodriguez at "Hiso".
Prolusion. "Simetricanarquia" is the fifth album by the Spanish band Dificil Equilibrio. The music on their previous album, "Trayecto", represents nothing else but a great clone of King Crimson in the 1980s.
Synopsis. It seems Dificil Equilibrio's 'clone' period has finally come to an end, and the band moved towards a more original sound. Stylistically, "Simetricanarquia" is the most diverse album in the band's discography, and only four out of the eleven compositions here are about a pure guitar-based Art-Rock: Vidas son horas, Al destino devenir, Bypass, and the album's title track (1, 5, 10, & 11). The music on each of them features approximately the equal number of original arrangements and those influenced by King Crimson, and nevertheless, these four are hardly less interesting than the other compositions on the album, all of which are original completely. A guitar Art-Rock with elements and the bits of music of the East is respectively presented on Trayecto V and Jaqueline (9 & 7). El angel exterminador (2) represents a guitar Art-Rock with elements of Symphonic Art-Rock, and Ruptura III (6) a guitar Art-Rock with elements of Jazz-Fusion. The stylistics of Penumbra (3) and Dynamite (4, which is the only song on the album) is somewhat of an Avant-garde Space Rock with elements of Jazz-Fusion. Finally, Zakarit mena al Maghreb (8), which features only powerful beats of varied percussion instruments and female exclamations, reminds me of a ritual of some of one African tribe. This track and those featuring the parts of violin and brass instruments (2, 3, 4, & 6) sound very atypical for Dificil Equilibrio, but while all four of the latter compositions are as great as all of the others, the first of them doesn't fit this album at all.
Conclusion. Although the presence of Zakarit mena al Maghreb is certainly unnecessary here, I think this album is worthy of a status of masterpiece. And nevertheless, I find Dificil Equilibrio's previous effort, "Trayecto", a bit more impressive than "Simetricanarque".
VM: Agst 16, 2003
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