Mysticae Visiones

This second album marks the beginning of César G. Forero's lasting and fruitful relationship with Kotebel. It also incorporates the magical voice of Carolina Prieto, that would accompany Kotebel's sound for several years. This album defines a path that will continue until nowadays: an attempt to create elaborate music that appeals to the mind and the spirit. Still Kotebel was conceived as a studio project and Carlos Plaza continued to take care of all keyboards, bass and drums, but the participation of other musicians increased significantly.

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1. Mysticae Visiones 49,00 Mb
2. The River 20,30 Mb 14:48

Articles / Reviews

... "stylistically" speaking, such a polymorphous music that is presented on this album masterpiece is, of course, nothing else but Fifth Element. Or, maybe, you'd prefer to define it with a bulky phrase that I used above to describe its stylistic constituents? "A blend of Classical Academic Music and Classic Symphonic Art-Rock with the elements of Prog-Metal and Avant-garde Academic Music."

Vitaly Menshikov - ProgressoR

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".... this second album has a more mature sound than its predecessor. It is still a keyboard-driven album, with great influences from XX Century composers like Debussy at the piano..... The influences go from Clearlight to Seventies Italian prog and jazzy moments. It includes several different rhythm changes according to the part it represents: death, birth, childhood, meditation, etc. There are also some Genesis-like passages enhanced by Hackett-like guitar solos and keyboards that remind of their classical sound....To conclude, I think you should give Kotebel a try. If you liked the first record, then you'll like this second one, if you don't know its music, then it is a great opportunity to discover a great Spanish exponent of the progressive rock scene. You'll see why I placed "Mysticae Visiones" among my favourite 10 albums of 2001…"

Enrique Gomez Montiel – progVisions (España)

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"...Mysticae Visiones is a spectacular CD, very symphonic, majestic and even spiritual. The album consists of two pieces. The first is the 35:48 "Mysticae Visiones" suite with 12 individually named movements, then "The River", clocking in at 14:55. The album is mostly instrumental, but Carolina Prieto provides some ethereal female "ah-ah" vocals. "Mysticae Visiones" has some very classically-styled passages, in fact Debussy's more pastoral moments are frequently in evidence, particularly in the piano and strings. But there are also many traditional progressive elements as well, such as Thijs van Leer-styled flutes and Steve Hackettish guitar solos....I found this to be one of the best CD's I've heard so far this year (it was released so late in 2001 that it's almost a 2002 album), and I think this is an essential CD for anyone enjoying symphonic prog or romantic classical music."

Fred Trafton – Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock (EE.UU.)

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