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Mattador - 1994 Save Us From Ourselves

ARTIST: Mattador
ALBUM: Save Us From Ourselves
LABEL: Osama
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Tony Collazo - vocals * Miguelangel 'Tito' Rodriguez - guitars, vocals * Leo Alvarez - keyboards, vocals * Ruly Kuan - bass, vocals * Carlos Benitez - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 Fear (HIV) * 03 Lost Souls * 04 If You're Gone * 05 All Behind Me * 06 Tired * 07 Live Your Life Not Mine * 08 Save Us From Ourselves * 09 I Don't Know Why * 10 Hear Me Calling * 11 Lying Eyes * 12 In And Out Of Trouble

You don't see too many rock bands coming out of Puerto Rico do you? Well here's one. And we're not talking about Calypso music or some other form of Carribean reggae. It's spectacular progressive melodic rock all the way. I'm not sure about the direct comparisons that have been made in the past to the likes of Bon Jovi or Kansas for that matter. Mattador's music's is too technical and progressive for that. IMHO I'd venture out on a limb and say Dream Theater and Extreme. In Tony Collazo, take a pinch of Gary Cherone, Ted Poley, Russell Arcara and... oh OK.. Steve Perry. The guitarist has obviously had a decent listen to DT's John Petrucci.. with some very technical pieces on show here. In keyboardist Leo Alvarez they also have a guy who can add colour and effect. One thing Mattador do extremely well are the ballads. They are exquisite.

The Songs
Their progressive attitude is exemplified on the opening track 'Fear (HIV)', mixing musical power with news broadcast voiceovers describing all the various viral epidemics. The best ballad on show is the delightful 'Tired' (unfortunate title yes..). Some others worth mentioning include 'If You're Gone' and the title track. Their closest attempt to melodic rock is 'Hear Me Calling', where Leo's keyboards can be heard more distinctly through the solid guitar mix. All up though, it's at the heavier end of the scale. What I can say though is this: it ain't AOR ('this ain't Kansas Toto!'), and don't let anyone convince you otherwise. It's melodic yes, but it's also reasonably heavy.

In Summary
Just where they ended up is anybodys guess, probably still on the island, but at least some kudos goes to the erstwhile Khalil Turk for giving these guys some exposure. Hey, and doesn't the album cover look exactly like Praying Mantis 'Cry For The New World'?

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#1 | 367 on May 03 2006 06:38:32
Do you remember Brazilian AOR band Mattador? Well, mid 2005 they got together again with a new line-up and the good news is that a brand-new album is being finished now. To be continued...

from the RR news-site.

Isn't Mattador from Puerto Rico???
#2 | 367 on May 03 2006 06:39:02
Yes! they are from Puerto Rico and new line-up.
They are finishing there new album title 'Shades of Gray' if you want to listen some of the new material go to:
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