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RIZENGARD are a progressive rock band from Monterrey, Mexico, established in 2010 as a result of winning an important award for 'Best Musical Production' by the National Council for the Arts and Culture (CONARTE). The initial line-up included Jesus TORRES (bass), Alberto GALARZA (vocals), Rodrigo SOTO (drums), Christian RIZZO (keyboards) and Gilberto FERNANDEZ (guitars). The latter would be later replaced by the duo of Gary ZIDNES and Daniel TONDA. In January 2011 the band would enter the Garrets Club Studio to record 14 songs (composed over the previous 15 years!), produced by Jorge 'Flaco' Díaz, and RIZZO in a process that lasted up to February 2012 and involved circa 20 musicians in total. ''Chapter 21'' (named after the Anthony Burguess' book, 'A Clockwork Orange') was released in 2012 and received good responses, as a result of which the band confirmed their participation in festivals and concerts outside Mexico.

''Chapter 21'' involves a plethora of musical expressions, instruments ranging from bagpipes to Aztec percussions and covers a large spectrum of progressive rock and metal music, with influences ranging from DREAM THEATER and ELP to ALLAN HOLDSWORTH and SYLVAN. Although it is difficult to define exactly their style, the prominent use of keyboards and the resemblance to modern Neo-prog acts, places them (compromisingly) in this category.

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