Numen (rock band) is a Spanish progressive rock band from Alicante formed in 1992 by César Alcaraz, Víctor Arques, Gaspar Martínez, Manuel Mas and Antonio Valiente.Currently, Marcos Beviá is the new guitar player of Numen.
Numen has become one of the most known progressive rock in Spain of the 90's. The band's sound is predominantly neoprogressive.
César Alcaraz - Vocals,
Víctor Arques - Bass,
Marcos Beviá - Guitars,
Manuel Mas - Keyboard,
Gaspar Martínez - Drums,
Numen was born as a quartet in 1992. The former band was composed by Víctor Arques (vocals and bass), Manuel Mas (keyboards), Antonio Valiente (guitar) and Gaspar Martínez (drums). From the beginning of its musical career, the band has been pointing its style to a quite elaborated kind of music whose main aim is melody and the instrumental arrangements. All these qualities are perfectly mixed up with a deep feeling on its lyrics. The final result consists of some kind of mosaic where spontaneity and innovation fit together through a musical style as the progressive rock, one of the most suitable fields for the musical experimentation.
In 1996 César Alcaraz joined the band as vocalist. His style goes together amazingly well with the musical conception of the band. From that moment, the recording project of its first album called Samsara arose.
Samsara (sanscrit word: reincarnations cycle) is a conceptual record in which we try to show all the things that surround the man as an integrating part of Cosmos. Each song of the CD is related to some of the vital matters which influence straight to the human being (cultural backgrounds, freedom, love, the old age,...). The record is composed by nine songs starting from different musical plannings which drive us to some free structural developments. Melody and the instrumental arrangements create some atmospheres which bring the listener to each one of the situations reflected by the lyrics. Numen, due to this first album, made themselves known through prog rock catalogs from Italy, UK, USA and Japan, among other countries. Besides, Samsara had very good reviews all over the world.
In 2000 Numen was dissolved as a band. Its members are engaged from that time to their personal projects.
After a long separation, Numen members have got together, on the one hand, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Samsara in 2013, and, on the other hand, to publish a new album. Nowadays, Numen is promoting their second work Numenclature. This album means a high degree of maturity on their music. The songs included in Numenclature cover several styles such as classical rock, prog rock, folk, etc. As it happened fifteen years ago, Numen has had a great deal of good reviews again. Despite the global crisis suffered by the music industry, Numenclature has found a place in the prog rock catalogs from around the world. Besides the new CD, the filmmaker Alejandro Moreno has just launched a DVD called "Numenclature. A journey in progressive" devoted to prog rock in Spain through the making of Numenclature. Furthermore, taking advantage of social networks, a videoclip has been filmed based on the song "The camel's back" in order to announce the reunion and the return of Numen.
Recently, Antonio Valiente, Numen guitarist, left the group to pursue personal projects. As a result, Marcos Beviá has just joined the band as a new guitarist.
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