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Album Review – Meridian EP by Regna

By David Hernandez exclusively for World Prog-Nation.  Originally published on May 18, 2016
English translation by Alfredo Iraheta

(Version in Spanish follows – Listen to the full EP at the end)

In recent years the progressive rock landscape has seen the birth and growth of different bands around the world who have managed to show why this genre still has many followers and continues to grow among some young audiences who want to satisfy their demanding musical tastes, and who probably did not live through the golden age of emblematic Progressive Rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis and Yes. However, some bands have managed to rescue the best of that era and today give life to the genre in a genuine and sincere way.

From Barcelona, Regna has shown that in order to reinvent the sound of progressive rock, it is always necessary to take a look at the deeper roots. It is those unavoidable influences that marked the evolution and development of this genre, where the foundations of Regna‘s first EP, entitled Meridian, can be found. Throughout almost 20 minutes, Regna takes us through a veritable musical journey that surprises us with passages that take us from beautifully illustrated nostalgia, through various powerful and intense climactic points.  The journey starts with “Black Crows”, a song where the guitar and the quiet, soothing voice are able to melancholically narrate the transition into madness.

The members of Regna display great musicianship as they take us through different scenarios full of rich sound and instrumental quality. During “Collapse in Technicolor” the listener cannot help but to stay immersed in abstract sensations that increase with every passing second; this musical work does not stop here however, and our ears simply can not resist following the path that takes us in unexpected directions.

“Awake again” is a comforting place where the despair illustrated in previous parts is behind us, and we can open our minds to new perceptions. At this point it is impossible not to feel the weight of so many years of good progressive rock, which is why sonic surprises continue to appear as the instrumental work that dominates this segment of the EP extends. Keyboards take the lead accompanied by guitar riffs that weave harmoniously with the bass and drums to reach the edges of the last part, “Coda” where again the same guitar theme we hear at the very beginning, returns in a quieter but equally sharp way. The piano seems to whisper the end of this adventure where musical contrasts are only a reflection of life itself.

Undeniably Meridian is an honesty-filled musical work that is firmly framed in the progressive rock conceptual legacy of the great classics of the genre. Without overdone displays of virtuosity or speed, Regna effectively moves our soul and elicits admiration of their creative abilities that surely have a lot to deliver in the future.

 

Meridian by Regna, out now

En los últimos años el panorama del rock progresivo ha visto el nacimiento y la consolidación de diferentes bandas alrededor del mundo que han logrado demostrar por qué este género tiene todavía muchos adeptos y continua creciendo entre algunas audiencias jóvenes que desean satisfacer gustos musicales exigentes y que probablemente no vivieron la época dorada del rock progresivo con bandas tan emblemáticas como Pink Floyd, Genesis o Yes. Sin embargo, algunos grupos han sabido rescatar lo mejor de aquella época y darle vida en la actualidad con una propuesta auténtica y sincera.

Desde Barcelona, Regna ha demostrado que para reinventar el sonido del rock progresivo siempre es necesario dar una mirada a las raíces más profundas. Es allí, en esas influencias ineludibles que marcaron la evolución y el desarrollo de este género donde están los cimientos del primer EP de esta talentosa agrupación catalana, titulado Meridian.  A lo largo de casi 20 minutos, Regna nos ofrece un verdadero viaje musical que sorprende con pasajes que nos llevan desde una nostalgia ilustrada con gran belleza, pasando por varios puntos de clímax desbordantes en intensidad iniciando con Black Crows, un corte donde la guitarra logra narrar con melancolía la transición hacia la locura.

Pasar de una parte a otra en este EP demuestra el gran talento de los músicos de Regna para llevarnos a través de diferentes escenarios sonoros llenos de riqueza y calidad instrumental. En ‘Collapse in Technicolor’ es inevitable quedarse inmerso en sensaciones abstractas que se incrementan con cada segundo; esta obra no se detiene y nuestros oídos sencillamente no pueden resistirse a seguir ese camino que toma direcciones inesperadas.

‘Awake again’ es un corte reconfortante tras un inicio donde el desespero ilustrado en las partes anteriores ha quedado atrás y podemos abrir la mente a nuevas percepciones. En este punto es imposible no sentir el peso de tantos años de buen rock progresivo, es por ello que las sorpresas no dejan de aparecer mientras se extiende el trabajo instrumental que domina en este segmento del EP. El teclado toma la delantera acompañado de unos riffs de guitarra que juegan armoniosamente con el bajo y la batería hasta alcanzar los bordes de la última parte ‘Coda’ donde vuelve esa misma guitarra que escuchamos al principio, con una voz más tranquila pero igual de afilada con un piano que parece susurrar el final de esta aventura donde los contrastes musicales son sólo un reflejo de la vida misma.

Sin lugar a dudas Meridian es una propuesta llena de honestidad que ha apostado por un rock progresivo enmarcado en la herencia conceptual que nos han dejado grandes clásicos del género. Sin necesidad de excederse en demostraciones de virtuosismo o velocidad, Regna logra conmover el alma y provoca admiración hacia sus capacidades creativas que seguramente tienen mucho por entregar en el futuro.


Listen to the full EP:


Support the band here:
https://regnaofficial.bandcamp.com/

Regna is:
Alejandro Domínguez: Guitar
Arturo García: Bass
Miguel González: Keyboards
Marc Illa: Vocals
Eric Lavado: Drums
Xavier Martínez: Guitar


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