"Gamadion" is a turbulent and passionate progressive rock, nothing dry about it. The best non-musical image I can think of to describe it would be that of a thunder cloud, though the music itself is not dark in a negative emotional way. It is a mix of unsettled and uplifting passage built from bold keyboard presentation and fairly crunchy, distorted electric guitars. The lead playing is beautiful, soaring and fluid, quite expressive. Composition features good dynamics and variables. "Xólotl" is a standout track which opens with church bells and a gothic pipe organ to a militaristic snare drum, the organ soon doubled to the lead guitar and later some lovely piano enters. The title tracks is very dramatic, it utilizes a Hitler speech as the set-up for a musical look at the horrors of war. Bullets and bombs sound effects fill bombastic, intense riffing and feedback sections, brilliantly placing the listener into the hell and confusion of violence, simply one of the best musical interpretations you'll hear of such a horrid subject. "Tu che sei" is another favorite because it so reminds me of Italian prog, featuring traditional prog-folk melody with dreamy vocals, violin, and piano. At the end is a bonus version of Xólotl with lovely female vocals. I realized while listening that parts of the melody resemble the verse melody of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" and certainly Arbatel are delivering that level of excitement with this music.
01 Catarsis 02 Necrópolis 03 A) aversión 04 B) efugio 05 C) paseo por necrópolis 06 D) subversion 07 E) efugio pt. 2 08 Némesis 09 Xólotl 10 A) asedio 11 B) el lamento de xólotl 12 C) la cruz detrás de la espada
13 D) crepúsculo de un pueblo 14 E) cortejo fúnebre 15 La fuga 16 Gamadión 17 A) preámbulo a una masacre 18 B) irrupción intempestiva 19 C) caos bélico 20 D) la ruta de la desolación 21 E) hecatombe 22 Tu che sei (bonus track) 23 A) falsi paradisi 24 B) salici 25 C) conclusione 26 Xólotl (versión cantada)