I have received three promo CDs from Phideaux to review but Chupacabras is the first one I have listened to and represents my first contact with his music. Well, if Chupacabras is representative of the rest of his stuff, I'm sure going to enjoy listening to his other albums.
I have read that Chupacabras consists of tracks left off other albums. Be reassured, this is not in any way apparent while listening to the CD. In fact, even though there are different moods present on the album, I find there is almost a conceptual line from beginning to end. This is mostly because of the last track reprising the first, and because there are some Epic tracks on the album. For me, the second piece, "Chupacabras", clocking at more than 20 minutes, is the highlight of the album. Listening to it I am somewhat reminded of the better work (featuring vocals) by Mike Oldfield, this because of the music, but also because of the angel like singing of Valerie Gracious , that does remind me of Maggie Reilly. Another great part of the album is the three part Epic "Ruffian", that is very aggressive almost in an Anekdoten way.
Chupacabras is the type of album that makes me still enjoy listening to Prog Rock today. It's the type of album that needs to be heard by the widest audience possible. Highly recommended.