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Antiheroe: Entretejido Cosmico

Antiheroe are a jazz fusion band hailing from Argentina. The band consists of Jose Maria Torrabadella (trumpet), Dario Iscaro (guitar), Guille Marengo (bass) and Jose Franco (drums, electronic percussion, bandoneon). It was difficult to find information on the band but I believe this is their second album. The music is definitely in the realm of jazz or jazz fusion and is quite complex. All the band members are clearly accomplished musicians. Electric guitar is the main instrument but all band member's instruments figure prominently such as trumpet and some interesting percussion are found throughout the disc. This is not 'easy' music to get and is really an acquired taste. Odd time signatures and discordant melodies are the norm. In other words there are no songs that I would consider ear candy on this disc and considering the genre of music this belongs to I did not expect any.

Dario Iscaro is the main songwriter and formed the band in 2004. He has a very angular guitar style creating odd patterns and rhythms that are often complex and never boring. The drummer and bass player are equally proficient providing a solid rhythm section. On many songs Franco really shows his drumming skills by adding nice fills and polyrhythms that work well with this style of music. Trumpet is used often, creating sinuous melodies and helping to define some of the album's jazzier moments.

A good example of the band's angular style is the albums first song "Ciudad Zombi (Part 2)". Starting with some guitar picking and discordant guitar chords followed by trumpet, it all leads to a cacophony of chaotic sounds that actually start to make sense the more you listen to it. The rest of the album is somewhat similar although there are a few quieter and subtler moments to be found that effectively give the listener a break from the more difficult musical passages.

If you are fan of jazz or jazz fusion or like your prog with a heavy jazz influence and you have a preference for instrumental music this one could be right up your musical alley. Although I am not overly familiar with the genre I found myself enjoying this cd quite a lot. This is intricate and sophisticated music that deserves to be heard. Add one more star to my 3 if you are a jazz fusion nut.

Track Listing:
1) Ciudad Zombi (Parte 2) (2:38)
2) Ciudad Zombi (Parte 1) (4:02)
3) Anos de apatia (6:19)
4) Sonambula (9:41)
5) Indios electronicos (4:39)
6) Devian (5:39)
7) Que rest I till (6:39)
8) Lo viejo por venir (5:00)
9) La esquina de las corazonadas (8:51

Added: January 28th 2009
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Language: english

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