[Review] The Guildmaster – Liber De Dictis

When I receive records from Finland and read Seacrest Oy, I am always very happy because I know it is synonymous og high quality. I recently received the new chapter of The Guildmsater project, in which Rafael Pacha, Alessandro Di Benedetti, Marco Bernard and Kimmo Pörsti participate with the addition of numerous guests as usual. Entitled “Liber De Dictis” it contains 12 tracks of medium-long duration, creating a mixture of Prog and Folk, enhancing both the executive and compositional technique of the band. The album “A lo hecho, pecho” opens with an introductory song with guitar arpeggios that intertwine with the flute and keyboards, creating a dreamy atmosphere. In the second part the drumming enters and develops with more Progressive traits, immediately immersing us in the sound of the album. With folk sounds “A Rey muerto, Rey puesto” develops in the first part with percussion and traditional instruments. In the central part with a change it is transformed into a Prog tarccias of exquisite workmanship, with the keyboards in evidence. With the intensity that increases with the passage of the song and the keyboards that accompany us with a prolonged solo, the track ends in an almost pompous crescendo. “Agora” begins with percussion and melodies of the Mediterranean of folkloristic matrix, combining past and present, with the addition of a warm and expressive vocal. The tempo changes are an added value for the sound, which evolves by combining Prog Folk traits to transform itself into a Prog Rock with valuable and intense keyboard only. The track is an alternation of more Prog Rock and other more Folkloristic passages, full of sophisticated ideas and musical textures. Another valuable passage with Foilk Mediterranei features opens “Manos frías, corazón caliente,” combining modern and ancient sounds. At 2 minutes the guitar takes the stage with a solo and the sound becomes more Rock, a winning blend of traditional music, Prog, with positive melodies and forays into Classical. Excellent tempo changes that allow to pass from more delicate moments to more energetic ones. Guitar arpeggios and a melancholic flute melody open “Suruista tehty Soitto” characterized by a softer rhythmic session. The sound is more delicate but full of pathos, with the guitar offering a good solo insert at the end of the first part. With orchestrations and winds accompanying us in the central instrumental section, after another guitar solo the vocal returns and the piece closes. “Agua pasada no mueve molino” begins with the sound of water and the flute intertwined with the piano notes. The first part follows the melancholic sounds of the previous one, and then transforms itself with a change into a track with more cheerful sounds. A solid rhythm session and guitar solo inserts evolve the central theme of the track, mixing the Prog and Folk traits with technique, giving life to the characteristic sound of this project. A piece that increases in intensity for a second part that ends in a musical crescendo alternating guitar and keyboards in the solo parts. A long introductory section characterizes the first part of “La Música amansa a las fieras,” which develops an intense vocal with a sonority halfway between Folk and Prog. in the second part Rafael and his acoustic guitar take the stage with intertwining arpeggios with Baroque features. the marching-style drum rolls begin “Nea Polis” which proposes a rhythm typical of Mediterranean Folklore, with melodies that intertwine traditional instruments and a sung in Neapolitan. Very energetic and rhythmic, it combines traditional Neapolitan music with Prog, with intense lyrics and a sound that reminds me Osanna. Good mixes between guitar and keyboards that blend with percussion and traditional instruments, creating a pleasant and original passage. A long intro with guitar and flute arpeggios markedly Folk and begins “La primavera, la sangre alters.” With the entry of all the instruments it transforms with a soft rhythmic session, orchestrations in the background and keyboards protagonists with solo inserts. Tempo changes and elaborate plots develop the song that increases in intensity, resulting in the more traditional Prog, to conclude with the initial theme with more Folk traits. “El perro del hortelano” is rhythmic and engaging with positive flute melodies and a cheerful atmosphere. The singing is in Spanish, and the first part flows pleasantly with more traditional sounds, which evolve with the introduction of drumming and keyboards. The guitar and keyboards duet in the central part of the track, which in the second part returns to the more Folk sounds, closing with a fine acoustic guitar solo and wind instruments. The longest track on the album “Young Me, Old You” which exceeds 11 minutes, opens with guitar arpeggios and a warm and expressive male vocal. The first part is softer, and then increases the intensity and enriches with more Progressive tempo changes and textures. A track that in its long duration shows all the sound facets of the band, passing from Folk to Prog with forays into Classical, between traditional instruments and Rock. The listening closes with “Suruista tehty Soitto (acoustic reprise)” which elaborates the theme of the previous track in an acoustic version. This second album by The Guildmaster continues the musical discourse undertaken by the previous one, offering elaborate and very intense tracks. A blend of Progressive Rock and Folk, with the use of traditional instruments and well-developed plots full of ideas, solo cues and refined passages. A listening that confirms the good of the record company and this group of artists, an excellent album Folk Prog lovers.

Tracklist

1. A lo hecho, pecho (2:52)
2. A Rey muerto, Rey puesto (4:55)
3. Agora (6:24)
4. Manos frías, corazón caliente (5:42)
5. Suruista tehty Soitto (6:02)
6. Agua pasada no mueve molino (7:01)
7. La Música amansa a las fieras (5:15)
8. Nea Polis (6:11)
9. La primavera, la sangre altera (4:23)
10. El perro del hortelano (4:46)
11. Young Me, Old You (11:20)
12. Suruista tehty Soitto (acoustic reprise) (3:06)

Lineup

Rafael Pacha / Zyther, Recorders, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Frame Drum, Viola Da Gamba, Toumbeleki, Hackbrett Psaltery, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Peñaparda Frame Drum, Classical Guitar, Whistles, Mrindgam, Coimbra Portuguese Guitar, Tabla, Venezuelan Cuatro, Bodhrán, Blaps, Cajón, Keyboards
Alessandro di Benedetti / Keyboards, Vocals
Marco Bernard / Shuker Basses
Kimmo Pörsti / Drums & Percussion

With:
Marco Grieco
/ Keyboards, Accordion, Claps
Evangelia Kozoni / Vocals
Paula Pörsti / Vocals
Jose Manuel Medina / Keyboards
Tommaso Fichele / Vocals
Patrizia Grieco / Tamburello Napoletano
Beatrice Birardi / Tamburo A Cornice, Darbouka, Castagnette
Rubén Álvarez / Electric Guitar
Manoel Macía / Baroque Guitar
Carlos Espejo / Voices, Claps, “Jaleo
Daniel Fäldt / Vocals
Sara Traficante / Flute

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