Friday, April 1, 2016

Abril - Abril (1988)

Country: Mexico
Year: 1988
Line-up: Armando Ortiz (vocals), Jose Luis Dominguez (lead guitar), Rafael Hernandez (rhythm guitar), Fernando Padilla (bass), Hector Berthier (drums), Victor Trejo (keyboards).

Track Listing:
1.  Para Un Nino  3:25
2. Carreteras   3:58
3. Fin de Semana   3:20
4. A Veces    4:32
5. Otra Vez   4:47
6. Noche Gelida   4:10
7. Espejo   3:35
8. Sin Salida   3:03
9. Suicida   4:14
10. Abril   3:24
11. Testamento    3:40

Fletchanator's comment: To celebrate the arrival of the new month, here's a band whose name literally translates as April. These guys are from Mexico and sing in Spanish. They're still around (albeit with a different singer) and these days apparently play a mix of power metal and prog rock. But on this, their first album, they were melodic hard rock, leaning heavily towards the AOR end of the spectrum. The production values aren't great and their sound if very raw, but hey, it's not every day you come across a Mexican hard rock band from the 80s.
I don't speak Spanish so can't talk much about the lyrics. Some of the song titles are easy to translate (Suicida = suicide, Testamento = testament, Abril = April etc). A quick visit to google tells me that other titles in English are Roads, Weekend, For a Child, Sometimes, Again, Mirror and No Exit. So pretty typical stuff for a melodic hard rock band.
This is definitely one for collectors of obscure material or those looking to broaden their music-listening horizons.

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