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Cuprum, Czech Republic

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First published June 11, 2012 and moved forward to highlight their new album Brahma Višnu Šiva.

The band is still active as of the summer of 2016.

Cuprum - Musica Deposita. 2011 private (CD)
Cuprum - Brahma Višnu Šiva. 2014 private (CD)

----Musica Deposita

With Cuprum what you get is good old fashioned hard rock meets progressive with loads of fuzzy guitar, Hammond organ and a little flute. Sure, it's retro 1971 England or Germany, and a sound you've heard from other modern bands like Wicked Minds (Italy), Seid (Norway), Siena Root (Sweden), Blood Ceremony (Canada), Hypnos 69 (Belgium) and a few others. But the Czech Republic has no such tradition, and hearing this style performed with the Czech language is quite interesting indeed. About the only band from 1970's Czechoslovakia that even came close to this sound was Flamengo and maybe Modry Efekt - both groups only at their most hard rocking selves. The songs for the most part are quite compelling, even though it does possess that been-there-done-that feeling. I think if Cuprum expands their instrumental palette, adds a few more ideas per composition, navigates the twisty road and turns on a dime capriciously and truly does "go for the gusto", then they will hit Masterpiece status. Even as it stands, I'm quite happy with what they accomplished on this most extraordinary debut.

----Brahma Višnu Šiva

The sophomore effort "Brahma Višnu Šiva" shows Cuprum upping their game a bit. The flute is more present, the guitars have a louder psychedelic tone, the 70s keyboard set is full blare (Hammond, Rhodes, Moog, Mellotron). All still sung in their native, and wonderful, Czech language (can I please ask for those wishing for English to stop? My goodness, is there really no one else singing in English now?). The songwriting has seen a bump up as well, and the album engages the listener that much more. It's telling that I've seen videos of Cuprum covering Flamengo. There cannot be a better band from the old Czechoslovakia to emulate. And there's still room for improvement, as they have yet to explore the more kinetic aspects of progressive rock. For those who can't seem to get out of the 8th decade of the 20th Century (like me par example), then Cuprum is your dream band. Ground zero of the Retro Prog movement is right here. Wonderful stuff. Keep it going my friends from the East!

Last update: August 20, 2016

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