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Chupacabras

by Phideaux

Artful progressive rock with a slight post punk tinge. A beautiful and complex album not for the feint of heart.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Okay
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2. Chupacabras
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3. Party
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4. Fortress Of Sand
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5. Ruffian On The Stairs
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6. Sunburnt
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7. Return Of The Ruffian
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8. Titan
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Phideaux is a project between drummer Rich Hutchins and singer Phideaux Xavier. Utilizing the engineering wizardry of Gabriel Moffat, they create a complex, humourous, pretentious type of overly artsy progressive psychedelic rock music.

With a SLIGHT post punk attitude, they have unleashed an epic with their new album Chupacabras. With cellos, flutes, dobros and a host of nasty electric guitars and several singers, this spree is polyphonic and polytheistic.

It's our party -- stay forever -- say you will!

"With some great performances from all the musicians involved, tasty arrangements and high quality writing, Chupacabras is far more than a collection of oddities and previously unreleased pieces flung together from "excavations of the Bloodfish boneyard". The album hangs together very well providing a cohesive and coherent fifty minutes of entertainment. Add to that a superbly presented 20-page booklet and a very reasonable price, what you get is a class album.
Conclusion: 8 out of 10"
Mark Hughes, The Dutch Progressive Rock Page Dprp.net

"Chupacabras is the type of album that makes me still enjoy listening to Prog Rock today. It's the type of album that needs to be heard by the widest audience possible. Highly recommended."
Marc Roy, ProGGnosis.com

"Another indispensable addition to your prog records collection!"
DisAgreement.net underground music e-zine from Luxembourg

"If you enjoyed his previous albums this is a must have. If you’re a fan of Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Pink Floyd, Bowie or similar then you owe it to yourself to add Chupacabras to your collection immediately!"
Ron Fuchs, ProgNaut.com

"...this is a fun collection of songs that would appeal to a wide variety of listeners, as it has enough elements of prog, space/ambient, pop, and heavy rock to fit many molds."
Pete Pardo, SeaOfTranquility.org

"Phideaux wrote to meabout a totally over the top prog-rock epic called "Chupacabras" about the life of the so called "puerto rican goat sucker" creature. Clocking in at over 20 minutes, the piece would dominate any album, and so it appears on this semi-official release. Chupacabras begins with the deliberation of a Peter Hammill epic and then a load of new elements get thrown in: female vocals, melodic guitar solos, changes in rhythm, bubbly synth, steel guitar, flute. Each element is introduced with care and fits in naturally. There's a lightness of touch even when Phideaux is at his most Prog and you always welcome his expressive voice. Now, I grew up in the 70s and I've listened to a good many 20 minute songs but Chupacabras beats what I can remember by a mile because it doesn't become tired at any point.
The other tracks are good too, but a bit overshadowed by the epic. The last track Titan is about when I came out of my trance and it wrapped everything up very nicely. So, a 70s prog epic? Not really, this isn't a retreading of old footprints but a true maverick making something new yet familiar. "
Cool Noise coolnoise.co.uk

"Here we have a high quality Progressive Rockband from the USA. They sent me 3 CDs, all of which are quite impressive, but especially their 2005 release ‘Chupacabras’ is a very sensational record that would do very well in the European Progressive Rock community as this offers perfectly produced prog in the style of FLOWER KINGS, IQ, RUSH and you name it. I am quite sure when the prog fans discover this gem they will fall in love instantly with the band. Their first record ‘Ghost story’ from 2004 offered a bit more modern and radiofriendly songs, but just like their 2005 record, also the new CD ‘313’ goes into a very progressive rock area with lots of instrumental passages. Nevertheless, the real winner of the 3 PHIDEAUX albums is their 2nd 2005 record ‘Chupacabras’ with the titletrack being a 20 minutes counting epic prog rock monster! Recommended to all prog fans out there.
(Points: 8.3 out of 10)"
Strutter Magazine www.strutter.8m.com


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pitig38

Un disque recommandable aux amateurs de Fish ou d’Arena.
S’il n’y avait qu’un disque de Phideaux à recommander à un amateur de progressif, ce serait celui-ci. « Chupacabras » constitue une sorte d’hommage au « Supper’s Ready » de Genesis, dont il reprend malicieusement le titre dans une de ses sous parties (« Supper’s Calling »), avec des passages de pianos saccadés ainsi que des envolées de guitares que l’on associe immédiatement à l’ancien groupe de Peter Gabriel.
L’ensemble s’écoute comme un très bon album, certes varié, mais que l’on classifierait sans doute dans la catégorie « néo-progressif », du fait du chant très expressif voire théâtral de Phideaux et des claviers très présents.



The title track is quite long - but amazingly never seems to drag. "Okay" and "Titan" are solid songs that definitely needed to be recorded! "Party" and "Fortress of Sand" are lighter pieces in different ways (one for fun and one for dreaming). Although the assortment is diverse and unusual - it works - the remaking of "Ruffian on the Stairs" was disappointing to me due to the cleaning up of the lyrics and mellowing much of the sexual energy - even though the guitars rock. Overall, like all Phideaux albums, it is hard to take it out of the CD player - you want to hear it over and over again and again.

Evan Whitney

Astoundingly great album from a humble band
I was only halfway through this album before I decided it was 5 stars. Fantastic performances and production all around. Great! Great! Great!

chris

outstanding
man
for the price buy 2 and turn someone else on to this jem!!
listen to this with a set of headphones and float away

Jim Mills

Superb!
I could gush on and on about how wonderful this CD is, but I'll spare you by simply saying that it's trippy, engrossing, and beautiful! Check out the two-minute Hi-Fi samples above!

Jonas Bang

Supercabras!
What can I say... Mr. Xavier Phideaux & Co strikes again! This is highly professional stuff and high-quality workmanship. Dazzling musicality with lot of emotions, soul and nerve. Progressive and folky with modern soundscapes, a superior addition to the already superior Phideaux catalogue. Standing ovations! The lap of honour can continue!

ken s.

another turn........
with chupacabras, phideauax makes a full on prog cd. this is my favourite of all. no favourite songs, all are great! from the opening organ, the prog flows out and keeps on going, especially the epic title track. it twists and turns and changes like all the 'classic' long prog songs and holds up with all the greats. then not content with just prog, he throws in the 'ruffian sandwhich', some progressive metal! and nails that too. then ends it all off with titan, a fitting closer to a classic peice of work. i just want to say that rich hutchins is a huge factor this time. drumming in the prog style is so important and he takes all the twists and turns and fits it all together....amazing! seeing the title, i searched for the chupacabras on the net and found that it is an elusive creature ("goat sucker") that seems very hard to describe and nail down, kind of like this music.......coincidence?

Peter Brockwell

Not as Instant as Fiendish and Ghost Story but worth living with.
Not as instant as Fiendish or Ghost Story but well worth living with for a few spins as it is ultimately more rewarding than both. Okay is a gentle introduction and brings you nicely into the Chupacabras section which is probably the best piece of work from Phideax EVER. It ebbs and flows through varying moods and is all over far to soon, despite it's length. Other than the title track Party is MY favorite track, especially the dreamy mid section which reminds me of Welcome to my Nightmare era Alice Cooper. I'm not totally convinced about Fortress yet, but time will tell and it may be because what comes next with the two Ruffians and Sunburnt is so stellar and close to Chapacabras in it's epic impact, although more of a kick in the teeth than a gentle stroll through a musical landscape. Finally I am brought back down to Earth as Titan closes the experience with guitar, keyboard and vocals riding over you like a wave washes over a fortress of sand, as it says in the lyrics. And all I can do is take a deep breath and say (although you couldn't guess) I Love It. This album benefits from being played LOUD or with headphones (or both) as it seems to bring out the layers of sound from within the mix. Try it you'll like it (but maybe try Fiendish first).