MATRAZ is the name of a current Chilean Progressive rock band, that gained an interesting position on the prolific Southamerican scene. ""Tiempo"" has been released in 1999 on the Mylodon label, and is today reissued by Musea. This first album is dominated by two opposed tendencies that were brilliantly put together here: the symphonic Progressive rock that is so dear to the South-American connoisseurs and the complex DREAM THEATER-like heavy-metal music. The first tendency is especially affirmed by Diego ABURTO's keyboards, which are particularly featured during piano parts. The guitarist Claudio CORDERO plays in turn powerful and cutting riffs that don't leave the slightest ambiguity ! Some jazzy breaths also appear for good measure. Let's also note that each of the four long tracks has been written by a different musician. Five years later, the second opus ""Gritare"" (2004) sees the arrival of a fifth member. As skilful in ethereal passages as in epic stampedes, the divine female singer Loreto CHAPARRO actually leads the music with a voice that can remind of that of Mariela GONZALEZ (NEXUS). This true achievement ends with a superb nearly 20 minute-long epic. Don't miss it, on no account whatsoever !