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Petrus Castrus

Portugal is not an easy country to get information from, especially because during the 70's when PETRUS CASTRUS wasformed, this Iberian country was under a dictatorship that was not very fond on freedom of speech, and this guys didn't fellunder the category of political correct. The fact that their first and better album has never been upgraded to CD and thesecond one just recently makes even harder the search for their material.

Petrus Castrus is an interesting Symphonic band formed 1971 by brothers Jose (Keyboards, bass, vocals) and Pedro Castro(Vocals, guitars, bass), who ...read more

Portugal is not an easy country to get information from, especially because during the 70's when PETRUS CASTRUS wasformed, this Iberian country was under a dictatorship that was not very fond on freedom of speech, and this guys didn't fellunder the category of political correct. The fact that their first and better album has never been upgraded to CD and thesecond one just recently makes even harder the search for their material.

Petrus Castrus is an interesting Symphonic band formed 1971 by brothers Jose (Keyboards, bass, vocals) and Pedro Castro(Vocals, guitars, bass), who recruited Julio Pereira (Guitars) and Rui Reiss (Organ) ex members of a band called Play Boys andJoão Seixas on drums, the name of the band is the latin translation of Pedro Castro.

During this first era they were heavily influenced by Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, The Nice and even Pink Floyd, despite the factthat their inspiration is very eclectic, their sound is very close to early British Symphonic, mostly ELP.

The band signed a contract with the producer Valentim de Carvalho and recorded two EP's "Marasmo" e "Tudo isto, Tudomais" which were well received by the critic, after this releases they signed with a new born label called Sassetti.

With this label they released their first LP "Mestre" in 1973, considered one of the best albums of all Portuguese Prog historythat I had the luck to listen a couple of times. Due to the controversial lyrics based in poems by Bocage, Alexandre O'Neill,Ary dos Santos, Fernando Pessoa and Sophia de Mello Breyner Anderson that are a statement against the Dictatorship,"Mestre" was banned for three months by the Censorship Commission, it's even harder to understand why they weren'tcompletely banned, rumors say they had some strong influences in the Government circles, this album is not available on CD.

After this debut album they release a third single called "A Bananeira" still a satirical criticism to the Government, but brothersCastro tired of censorships and temporal banning of their music decide to end the band and leave Portugal to study until1976.

This new incarnation of PETRUS CASTRUS recorded their second album "Ascenção e Queda" (Rise and Fall) released in 1978, aconceptual album much more Symphonic oriented but still very naïve, the concept is about the hopes of the people in afictional new politician of an obscure nation that after some times becomes a new dictator. The critic was hard with thisalbum, but very appreciated outside Portugal. "Ascenção e Queda" is the only PETRIS CASTRUS album released in CD by aKorean label in 2001.

There is not much more to say about this band after "Ascenção e Queda" only was able to find that they released two moresingles "Cândida" and "Agente Altamente Secreto", made a couple of tours and simply vanished from the Portuguese scenarioin 1980 « hide

Similar Bands: Tantra, Jose Cid, Banda Do Casaco, Quarteto 1111

LPs
Ascensão e Queda
1978

3.7
5 Votes
Mestre
1973

4.4
4 Votes
EPs
Cândida
1977

4
1 Votes
A Bananeira
1974

3.8
3 Votes
Tudo Isto, Tudo Mais
1972

4.5
1 Votes
Marasmo
1971

3.9
4 Votes

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