Negua is a new Spanish five piece band with members from former Spanish
prog bands Dracma and Unoma. During my first musical encounter with Negua I
was pleased with their sound but to me it sounded a bit polished. However,
as usual for good prog, a further investigation delighted me: what a varied,
adventurous and especially dynamic prog this is!
The first song Bagdad (about political failure and suffering civilians)
contains a lot of tension, often with bombastic interplay between guitar and
organ and inspired vocals. The ominous middle part delivers furious guitar
and propulsive, militairy beats, it sounds like the musical translation of
raining bombs and screaming people and reminds me of Forgotten Sons by
Marillion (another complaint about political failure and suffering people).
The next three songs showcase Negua their adventurous mind and variety: A
Reason To Believe is melodic rock with strong guitarwork (sometimes evoking
Eighties U2), Late Night contains a tight beat with delicate orchestrations
and fiery guitar and Bright Light is alternating with halfway soaring
keyboards and a moving guitar soli with howling runs.
The final two tracks are quite long: first the very dynamic Lullaby (from
dreamy to bombastic eruptions) with great guitarplay (from sensitive runs to
propulsive riffs and swirling interplay with the organ) and a grand finale
with emotionals vocals, slow synthesizer flights and adventurous drumming
and finally the three-piece composition View From The Castle (more than 20
minutes) that features Negua at their best, from biting guitar and sumptuous
parts to tender piano, flashy synthesizer and twanging guitar with soaring
keyboards. The vocals contain a slight accent but the emotional overtones
match perfectly with the dynamic music.
The entire running time of one hour I have enjoyed Negua their fresh and
modern blend of melodic rock (evoking modern Rush), neo-prog (IQ and
Marillion) and symphonic prog (Genesis), this is a very promising band that
has a lot to offer for progheads!