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En Busca de Eldorado
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Eldorado
En Busca de Eldorado
Avispa Music
2008
Hard Rock
Mark Balogh
www.enbuscadeeldorado.com
www.myspace.com/enbuscadeeldorado
Rating:
3.5 stars

I was sent a link to ELDORADO ’s myspace site along with some information on the band and asked if I liked what I heard to contact them further. After listening to a couple samples I did just that and today I have the debut ELDORADO CD “En Busca de Eldorado” in my hands for review.

Now first of all I have to tell you that all but one track on this CD is sung in Spanish. The only song with English lyrics is a cover of the DEEP PURPLE MkIII classic “Mistreated”. So if that doesn’t turn you off then please continue reading.

The record opens with “Abril”. The song is a hard rock groover. The vocals are strong but there is another catch as the singer on the CD (Ignacio Vicente Torrecillas) is apparently no longer with the band. Since the recording of the record Jesus Trujillo has entered the picture. How is vocals compare to what is heard on the album is something I am a bit curious of but Torrecillas vocals certainly do the music justice on this record.

The band has a blues-based, classic hard rock sound along with some solid production on the album courtesy of Richard Chycki. Chycki was the guitarist in WINTER ROSE, a band many may be familiar with because it also featured DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie back in 1989. Chycki has gone on to work with artists such as AEROSMITH, RUSH and SEAL to name a few. The songs on “En Busca de Eldorado” are riff-based and since I don’t understand Spanish I have to focus on the music, playing and production. That certainly doesn’t seem to be the issue you’d think it would be when listening to a foreign language album, as the songs seem strong and flow well.

The album has a couple standout tracks for me musically with songs like “Dejame Decirte” with its slow, moody arrangement. And title track “En Busca De Eldorado” is a great hard rocker and I actually hear shades of DREAM THEATER vocalist LaBrie in Torrecillas’ voice on this one.

“El Jugador” has a classic PURPLE vibe with its bluesy structure. That track is followed by the aforementioned “Mistreated” and with that song I can finally get the “full effect” as I have the language on my side! It’s a more than faithful rendition.

The album ends with “Identidad” and the song has a bit of a WHITESNAKE meets heavy blues feel to it.

En Busca de Eldorado” is an enjoyable affair even with me being “language challenged” on this one. I’d like to hear more from the band and of course, if they ever decide to record in English I think they could appeal to a wider audience. If not, at least the Spanish-speaking fans around the world have a decent newcomer to keep an eye on.


Band Lineup:
  • Ignacio V. Torrecillas – Vocals
  • Nano Paramio – Guitars
  • Cesar Sanchez – Bass
  • Alex Rada – Drums

 

Track Listing:
  1. Abril
  2. El Final
  3. Un Mal Presentimiento
  4. Dejame Decirte
  5. En Dusca de Eldorado
  6. El Jugador
  7. Mistreated
  8. Identidad

 

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