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1 stars Hm, RUSH is supposed to be a sort of very influential mid-70s prog rock trio that influenced development of prog metal.

I must admit the band is virtually unknown in the former Yugoslav republics - as far as I can remember, only Permanent Waves saw the light of the day in exYU record shops at the turn of the 80s. Basically I never heard what they sounded like until I joined ProgArchives and listened to several samples. Now, I tried to listen to the entire album Fly By Night for a few times and I am very disappointed.

First, there is no trace of any progressive rock here - what I hear is a basic hard rock with elements of emerging heavy metal.

Second, sorry guys but the voice of Geddy Lee is really horrible, I can't stand it! At moments it reminds me of late Bonn Scott of AC/DC, with a difference that Scott was enough funny and deliberately caricatured in a teen-glam rock fashion.

Third, music is below-average hard rocking with occasional acoustic moments, drawing unoriginal inspiration from ZEPPELIN's folk-Tolkienesque themes (Rivendell).

The title song is a decent and catchy rock tune, while the acoustic ballad Making Memories is OK because Lee's vocal is at least somewhat bearable.

Overall, this is bad album without innovative or experimental prog elements and sounds like third-class heavy metal. If compared with its contemporaries like LED ZEPPELIN, BLUE OYSTER CULT or even AC/DC, it is very poor.


P.A. RATING: 1/5

Seyo | 1/5 |


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