Thanos "ProgCaliph" Patsos
Newcomer alert! Something great is spawning in the Spanish prog scene and ILVCIA are a great example, managing to produce a rare breed of old and new, expanding the definition of symphonic prog even further.
In less than 40 minutes, the self-produced debut of ILVCIA marries the early 70's sound of symphonic prog (see Genesis but also a general aura of the Andalucian scene) with post-rock (!), a rather rare mix, which, despite sounding odd, actually works very well. I cannot define what is the glue and recipe that binds this all together. There is a general nostalgia in the atmospheres that the band create, and a characteristic use of keyboards, in the vein of VDGG (see Universe of Fields). The guitar work stretches the imagination, ranging from acoustic passages (The Safe, Baghdad) to heavy post prog passages and clean electric phrases, which bring to mind the mighty Caravan (see Sir T. Weaver).
Of special mention is the Baghdad trilogy with the middle-eastern moods interchanging eloquently with post-rock and flamenco techniques. Unfortunately, the self-production does not help in bringing out all the magnificence behind the composition and the English-sung vocals can do with some improvement both in tonality and accent. Don't let these relatively small flaws to divert you from the essence of this work.
An exciting and intriguing listen, ''In the Nature of Reason'' is a welcome offering from the Spanish prog scene and is worth not less than 4 stars.