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The Toundra are a group that I love but, for one reason or another, had not yet had the chance to see live. And not for lack of trying, but because the stars have always been aligned against. Undoubtedly the creiexement both musically media quartet Madrid. Each new album expands their horizons a bit, without neglecting its characteristic sound. This post rock / metal instrumental melodic and epic, full of ups and downs, not pale in comparison to any other part of the world genre.
This time we had at the Apolo is presenting her fourth album (called, following the same logic as the previous IV), baked this week. An album that should take some time already finished, as Toundra exactly a year ago that they play some songs in concert. If the two previous albums were in the hands of the label and promoter Barcelona Aloud, have now made the leap to the giant German Metaller Century Media, a step which will surely contribute to the expansion Beyond the Pyrenees. An expansion that certainly deserve due to their good and hard work and his talent.
Judging by the buzz created by this concert, it is clear that the public is ready. Apolo had a magnificent appearance, if not exposed to the little lacking. The last concert that was here was with Anathema in October, and I dare say that there were more people Toundra. Certainly helped the excellent offer to purchase the new album + entry certainly competitive price (€ 18 with CD, vinyl 22) A formula also used the Angelus Apatrida a week before the concert in the hall Vault (and other concerts on the peninsula), and I find very interesting, stimulating at the same time assists concerts and sales of discs (both of Toundra like the Angelus have been number 2 in the sales in Spain week came out, and I’m sure this offer are very helpful). Leaving that aside, it is clear that Toundra enjoy an excellent pitch today (coming from two sold out nights at Joy Eslava Madrid), so the look of the room could not surprise anyone.
To open the evening we had to Exxasens a quartet Barcelona making an instrumental post-rock, space (both musically and thematically) and sometimes a little mail. Recently signed by promoting Aloud and are magnificently, as is traditional in this record. Regardless of the popularity enjoyed by Russia,, perhaps akin to the atmosphere last year were at the crossroads and this year have made the jump to the Primavera Sound. Conversely the Toundra is a group that I like but me crazy, but circumstances had already seen twice Fusiònica Granollers Festival in 2013, and indeed of the Aloud Music Fest last year, where they were the opening act Maybeshewill. Always solvent winding, but maybe a little flat. This time was no different. Good songs with good arrangements and well executed, but it seems to lack a little to take you up and down. The subjects did not know more often sound very similar to each other. They opened as does his latest album “Satellites”, the intro “The Launching” and good single “Rocket to the Sky.” Also sounded the subject title of this new album, “Your Dreams are my Dreams” from their debut album, and two songs that I know of “Planets are My Hands” and “Brave,” I understand that may belong to his next work. To close one of their best songs, the subject title of his penultimate album “Eleven Miles,” which is the best for me, and which I missed some subject more. Well, a minute of the 40 who had neither could do much more. A good concert that certainly sparked interest group for people who did not know that practically cluttering the room, waiting for the start of the stars of the night.
I did not take long to do it. Without much fanfare and accompanied by a efecives projections, the concert began as does IV with “Strelka”. The continued “Marte”, and when the agreements began the magnificent “Maghreb” to me because I had won. Exceptional individually and together, they manage to create the sound as you bring parts to more aggressive environmental epic moments with such ease … no issues with repeated structure but flow as if they were born so … magnificent. They followed with “Rain”, a mode interlude to end, as well as IV, the excellent “Belenos” (for me one of the best of the new album). In this small concert tour group presentation is accompanied by a group of musicians to complete some of the issues. At this point of the concert was to raise the backdrop and entered violins, cellos, drums, trumpets and tubas. Also both took the acoustic guitar, and together they played the curious “Viesca.” As the experiment is good, and the disc has its thing, but the end result in direct, though interesting, cut the pace a little concert. Another thing was when they went up into the wind and Joan Colom (from Zeidun, the cell Sleeper, and himself) as a special guest with an acoustic in hand. What came was a beautiful interpretation of the “Requiem”, perhaps one of his best songs, this epic crescendo emcionant puts goosebumps. All guest musicians came down from the stage and we were again showing the four chemical components: Esteban Macón (former Adrift, IV is the first album where part) on guitars, styles and much presences different Alberto Tocados the middle with low, but taking a very discreet and bright Alex Perez on drums. They have four more than enough to fill the stage and sound, with relevant instruments that bring guests is fine, but it is not absolutely necessary to enjoy a brilliant choice. This showed us the triplet “Kitsune” (one of my favorites from the new album), “Zanzibar” and “Cielo Negro” (two, for my taste, they have two of the best). The thing since coming to the end, with the acclaimed “Red Gold” which closes his new album, and I just do not get me. Personally I missed “Qarqom” maybe my favorite IV. After the break of rigor, came back to complete a great concert almost two hours with the equally acclaimed “Now Caeli” opens III.
Overall, bolaco. These guys have nothing to envy to any part of the style worldwide. Enjoy an overwhelming musical personality in a style trilladíssim. Within a few days, thanks to the new drive that are meant his move to Century Media, will embark on a European tour as headliners, discovering new countries and making a further step in its growth unstoppable. Inevitable when working together, perseverance, talent and musical quality. And I am glad. Good luck!