Mansion, La - Where Dreams Lie

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Luna Negra
Catalog Number: CDLN-14
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

Mexico's La Mansion could easily be grouped into the 90s wave of prog metalists, but in fact they are closer in sound to the 70s hard Kraut rocker's like Jane, Guru Guru, Prof. Wolfff, and Bullfrog. Their sound is spacey, mystical and riff oriented. Precision and speed is not a factor that drives the music.

Fans of technical metal in fact will find La Mansion's sound way too loose and their virtuosity is moderate at best. Even the sound recording is muddy in places. However, upon each listen, the atmospheric melodies of each song improve and are decidedly betrayed by some early mediocrity in the CD.

"The Dark View", track one, opens the CD in the worse possible way - with a straight up, almost clumsy rock riff. As with most songs on this CD, however, the song drifts into a quiet refrain that moodily sweeps us to the songs end. "Spiritual Damage" is a spoken poem (in French) back dropped by a steady bass line. It eventually erupts leading to "Creatures of the Nightfall", one of the best tracks on the CD. Building on a spacey melody, the song erupts at the end to a brilliant climax.

Song four, "Beyond the Bloody Dreams" gets back into the riffy stuff and never really takes off. Here, the band is trying to be like Dream Theater but they lack the expertise to pull it off. Thankfully, "Changin' Mood" leads the band into their own sound and the CD never looks back. With an acoustic backbone, the instrumental is reminiscent of some of the finest moments from the classic Kraut Rock period. Things get even better on track 6, "Away". Trino Ascencio's fine vocals carry the melody to resound like Golden Earring during their classic days. I love the lead guitar here which just soars.

"Fallen Eagle" is driven by deep, speed riffs proving this band can really rock when it wants to. The arrangements are a bit sparse, but the airy sound again reminds me of the classic prog rock of the 70s.

The very slow, moody "Learning to Die" makes good use of bass and acoustic guitar interplay. It, along with the CD's last "official" song, "Weekend", use the slow build up to a searing climax concept - something Wishbone Ash did so well during its heyday.

The last three bonus tracks are live and though being nice rockers with layers of keys, the sound quality is way below standard. However, their inclusion here is really no more than a testament to the bands ability to perform in front of an audience.

Where Dreams Lie was recorded in 1996 and 1997 and is only now being released, thanks to the efforts of LunaNegra. I recommend the CD to all those who prefer the classic prog rock of the 70s, rather the technical speed of this decade. In many ways, the music found here has a "garage" like immediacy, one that denotes improvisation and atmosphere over virtuosity and complexity.

The Dark View / Spiritual Damage / Creatures of the Nightfall / Beyond The Blood Dreams / Changin' Mood / Away / Fallen Eagle / Learning To Die / Weekend / Bonus Tracks: Nobody Listen / Stained Wood / For A Fair Fee

Trino Ascencio - vocals and acoustic guitar
Mauriciio Barami - electric and acoustic guitar
Victor Contreras - bass and electric guitar
Aldo Almanza - drums and percussion
Full - bass
Juan Barami - keyboards

Where Dreams Lie (2000)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin MX

Added: October 31st 2000
Reviewer: Richard Zwyotkiewicz
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Language: english


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