|Artist:||Caja de Pandora|
|Title:||Caja De Pandora|
|Label:||Deneb Records CD SD01|
|Year(s) of release:||1997; Sol &|
|Month of review:||05/1997|
|2)||Cuento De Hadas||4.39|
|4)||Requiem Para Il Silencio||3.10|
|8)||Luz En La Obscuridad||5.14|
|10)||La Gruta Del Rey De La Montana (bonus)||5.02|
|11)||Tema De Pandora (bonus)||7.53|
The same holds for Cuento De Hadas that has a fairylike melody (and yes I know, Cuento de hadas means Fairy Tale), with an important role for keyboards, but also a large number of breaks and mood changes. Especially the guitar part betrays the Mexican/Hispanic origins of this band.
Illusion is an up-tempo piece with fuzz guitar and a highly psychedelic sound. Personally I'm not that fond of this kind of music, because usually it is merely displaying technique and in fact this track does sound like a showcase for the abilities of each of the band members. The keyboards solo reminds me a lot of ELP, very bombastic and over the top.
Requiem Para El Silencio reminds me somewhat of the older Camel, with a rather jazzy but still thoroughly progressive sound. I'm not sure whether the freaky intermezzo's are meant to be funny, but they do seem that way.
Horizontes then again reminds of Asgard (Flight of Silver Drakkar in fact) with that catchy keyboard melody, but this band turns it into something far less serious.
Reunion is an up-tempo guitarrocker with driven percussion and that same drive is present in Luz En La Obscuridad, which by the way is a rather jazzy piece ending with the beautiful pianowork it started with.
The closer of the original album Esperanza might at first sound like a majestic synth based end to this album, but the band still succeeds in ridiculizing their attempts.
The first bonus track Kings Cave Of The Mountain (or La Gruta Del Rey De La Montana) sounds a like a rock rendition of a classical piece and can be compared to a fuzzy version of Ekseption.
Pandora's Theme starts with a nice clean guitar solo, but sadly turns to rather freaky up-tempo progressive rock that is not very interesting and is a little too disjointed for my tastes (note that the booklet tells us that the length of this track is 2.49).
Eclipse starts out threateningly and theatrically. Unfortunately the melodies are not that good. Still there's drive present also in this song, but the melodies are lacking a little in my opinion.