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Hábitat - Tratando de Respirar en La Furia - 2010
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Trying to breathe admist fury

The Argentinean band Hábitat is originally from the early '80s and played some gigs 1984. In those days they also used a classical instrument as the lute. The line-up of 1987 played more rhythm orientated music and they made a first demo recording. In those two periods Hábitat played symphonic and progressive rock empathizing on the melodies, writing -in a literary aspect- fantastic images inspired on Tolkien's Books, with lyrics in Spanish.

The New Era of Hábitat began in 1994. "Historias Olvidadas" ("Forgotten Stories"), the first independent production, includes old songs with new arrangements. "Historias Olvidadas" was released on cassette in September 1997 and in October 1998 with four extra bonus tracks on CD.

The second production, "Baúl Repleto De Sugerencias" ("Chest Filled Up With Suggestions") released in June 2001, is a more darker CD than the former one. In October 2006 the band released "Puente" ("Bridge"), the third CD that includes the most powerful songs from the band up till now.

And now there is a fourth CD, "Tratando De Respirar En La Furia" ("Trying to breathe amidst fury") that was released in August 2010.

Aldo Pinelli - vocals, bass, classical / acoustic / electic guitars, percussion & keyboards;
Roberto Sambrizzi - drums & percussion; Guest: Paula Dolcera - flute

The first track on the album is called “La Luna Roja Y La Montana Negra” (“Red Moon and Black Mountain”) and starts up-tempo. After a beautiful melody on the electric guitar there is a quiet interlude with a beautiful classical guitar and a melody on the flute. The classical guitar playing reminds me a little of the music of Anthony Phillips. The composition ends again with a lot of South American temperament. As always with South American bands they still manages to retain the warmth in the music.

The next song is called “El Humo Delator” (“The Denouncer Smoke”). Mysterious music with organ and Fripp-like guitar playing combined with melodic and warm vocals.

“Periplo” (“Periplus”) has a lot of temperament, fast electric guitars, complex drumming, a furious synth solo and beautiful keyboard orchestrations. The end is rather mysterious. In “Lenguaje Y àmber” (“Language and Amber”) the acoustic guitars are back. Habitat often uses a combination of electric and acoustic instruments. This diversity in instrumentation makes the music more varied and therefore continues to fascinate.

Then we get the numbers “Torres: a) Torres / b) Etnias” (“Towers: a) Tower / b) Ethnicity”) and ”Detenido Por El Viento” (“Held by the Wind”) which consists of music that has more or less the same character. Beautiful melodic guitar work and beautiful warm vocals. The music has a quiet character and is sometimes reminiscent of the music of the Catalan band Dr. No. Symphonic Rock with a mellow character. Especially the vocals in “Detenido Por El Viento” are very beautiful.

Hereafter we get the two short tracks “Las Musgosas Rocas Del Muelle” (“The Mossy Rocks of the Pier”) and “Desde Una Ventana Del Castillo” (“Out Looking from a Castle's Window”). The first track opens with a piano and has a lots of vocals. In “Desde Una Ventana Del Castillo” the beautiful melodic guitar parts are back again and we hear at one point an electric violin in music. A beautiful song.

Following is the longest track of the CD called the “Pastores de Renos a) Pastores de Renos / b) Lo que queda” (“Reindeer's Shepherds a) Reindeer's Shepherds / b) What Remains”). The song starts with repetitive piano. Slowly a little more melody gets into the music before the first vocal lines. Bagpipe-like keyboard sounds and militaristic drums. The song is varied by the various percussion instruments, beautiful vocal lines and the melodic guitar work. In the end you can hear a very nice classical guitar part. This is one of the finest songs and the highlight of the CD.

The last song of the CD “Juego De Nina” is a Spanish cover of the Italian band Le Orme (“Gioco di Bimba”). A nice ending of this good album.

“Tratando de Respirar and La Furia” is a fine example of South American Symphonic Rock. The music has a warm-blooded character. Although there are some uptempo and more complex pieces in the album the overall character of the music is mellow. You must listen to the album a few times to discover all the beautiful pieces of music. The album grows with every listen. Because the band uses electric and acoustic instruments, the music keeps varied. A beautiful album by a band with potential.
Douwe Fledderus - October 2010
rating - Lizard Records

 

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