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Lines of Nasca
Flor de Loto
Celebrating more than two decades on the music scene, Flor de Loto presents their first career English-language album, "Lines of Nasca.” The album renders up an audacious mix of soaring vocals, intricate instrumentals, and genre-bending compositions that defy easy categorization. The band, hailing from Peru and in the prog-rock game since 1998, serves up a seven-track offering. Produced by Roy Z—who famously likened the band's sound to what you'd get "if Iron Maiden met Jethro Tull in the ruins of Machu Picchu"—the album shows that Flor De Loto has more than lived up to that evocative description.
The record boasts a range of guest artists, including Fabio Lione of Rhapsody of Fire and Douglas "Doogie" White, formerly of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and Alcatrazz. Their contributions only add to the album's dynamic atmosphere, which is also colored by clean, precise vocals and an intelligent flute section. It's an album that showcases Flor De Loto's flexibility within the progressive rock sphere; from the Iron Maiden cover "Afraid to Shoot Strangers," enriched by a compelling flute line, to my favorite track on the album, "Slave to Your Soul," a song that hooks listeners with catchy riffs.
...compelling proof that the spirit of progressive rock is alive and well in South America. ...and it’s sure to resonate with fans of both Ian Anderson and Bruce Dickinson.
What makes "Lines of Nasca" particularly appealing is its diversity. While it’s hard to pinpoint a single standout track, each song offers its own set of treasures. Take, for example, the synth-heavy instrumental 'Nasca Lines,' which demonstrates that prog-rock isn't just endless guitar solos and elaborate suites; it can also embrace more concise, yet equally powerful, musical expressions. Fabio Lione's vocals in "Regression" prove another highlight, capturing the listener’s attention in a way that complements the overall musical canvas.
All in all, "Lines of Nasca" serves as compelling proof that the spirit of progressive rock is alive and well in South America. It’s a fresh, inventive album that both challenges and respects the genre's traditional boundaries, and it’s sure to resonate with fans of both Ian Anderson and Bruce Dickinson.
Tune in to Prog Radio to hear a few of the stand-out tracks from this album in our New Music rotation.
Oct 18, 2023
Slave To Your Soul • Afraid To Shoot Strangers • Nasca Lines
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