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RC2: Future Awaits


Radio Clip is a very successful Venezuelan band, they release four albums between 1988 and 1994 and achieve huge regional popularity. After various lineup shuffles, the band is dissolved and reformed under the name "RC2" in 1999, and this second incarnation of the band moves to Barcelona, Spain in 2004. In 2008 Mike Portnoy selects the band to support Dream Theater in one of the South American gigs, playing to an audience of over 7,000, and later in the same year, they release Future Awaits.

So you'd expect this Venezuelan / Spanish band to play Dream Theater-styled progressive metal, but you'd be mistaken. It is hard edged third-wave prog, with a few metallic elements but with more symphonic or neo influences. There are inserts of traditional Latin American rhythms and instrumentation, but it's principally the standard rock ensemble with keyboards. In fact the elegant piano work adds a particularly pleasing element to the music. Testament to their previous commercial successes, they manage to blend progressive complexities with an approachability that will reach across genres.

The vocals are delivered in mid-strength, high registers, and are integral to the band's signature sound. They're pleasing but somewhat unconventional, and might not find universal appeal. But love them or hate them, the vocals are not dominant - and most of the music is instrumental.

Despite the band's numerous lineup changes, the depth is apparent and it's clear that these guys are well versed in song structure, strong musicianship, and the importance of solid melodies. And the lyrics are in English now, which will enhance the universal appeal of Future Awaits. The performances are strong in every department - subtle guitar work, driving bass, very good drumming - RC2 delivers the whole package.

"El Diablo Suelto" is a playful, all-instrumental piece that clearly showcases RC2's musicianship - and is probably the standout track. Opening song "Time Pieces" is an 11-minute mini-epic that moves through several structural elements and shifting tempos - and look out for the piano-backed wailing guitar solo about half-way through. It won't blow your socks off, but you'll probably enjoy it enough to play it again and again. And two-part "Voice Of The Storm" is a 16-minute epic featuring long, soaring, expressive guitar solos, rich Hammond and synth sounds, and powerful vocals.

Approachable, hard-edged, melodic, but with plenty of progressive complexities - a strong addition to the Prog Rock Records stable.

Track Listing:
1. Time Pieces
2. Future Awaits
3. 11
4. Autumn
5. El Diablo Suelto
6. Coming Down Again
7. Voice of the Storm - Part 1
8. Voice of the Storm - Part 2

Added: October 7th 2008
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: The Band's Website
Hits: 5244
Language: english

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RC2: Future Awaits
Posted by Alex Torres, SoT Staff Writer on 2008-10-07 02:14:23
My Score:

RC2's band members emigrated from Venezuea to Spain afew years back. the stresses and emotions of that life-changing experience are encapsulated in this music. With a soundscape that is 100% Dream Theater school I was disappointed that the album overall did not move me in any way. Competently played and sung, on first analysis there is nothing wrong with the song-writing, but for me it lacked the emotion that makes music the force that it is.

I was not surprised, having heard the album, that RC2 have opened for Dream Theater, ostensibly to great acclaim. Perhaps live they are able to instil some of the energy and emotion, some of the soul that this music lacks on disc.

I would guess this is for Dream Theater nuts only.

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