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Bubbling under: La poderosa muerte (Los Jaivas)

The Chilean band Los Jaivas (image credit) recorded a large number of albums in their unique style, blending symphonic prog music with local folk instruments like the Andean pipes and hand drums. Their best album Alturas de Macchu Picchu (The height of Macchu Picchu) from 1981 features their best song, the fascinating epic La poderosa muerte (The powerful death), which shows plenty of musical variation as befits a prog masterpiece of over 10 minutes. Lead singer Gato Alquinta has an outstanding voice, and the use of the Spanish language adds to the emotional approach of this band.

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