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Symphonic Prog

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Sean Trane
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4 stars 4.5 stars really!!!

Last album by this Catalonian quartet, and probably their crowning achievement, Reviure (reviver in Catalan) must be one of the most stunning Iberian albums around. Unlike many of their peers, Atila avoided sounding "Italian". (as Crack did) and were typically theirs (as Coto & Pel), roughly based on a sound between Vanilla Fudge, King Crimson, with un unusually ever-present Moog synth in the foreground. Niebla's guitar is excellent all around and leaves no ground uncovered that Nogue's Moog had left unfilled. Their sinister semi-skeleton artwork sure gave them an edge on many of their peers in the shelves of record stores. .

Two tracks aside with plenty of mainly instrumental enthusiastic prog (excellent but not overly pleasant vocals) filled of tricky time sigs and great interplay (JP Gomez's bass work is outstanding, getting the odd touch and oh-so-subtle of Zeuhl into a soundscape that Crimson would not disclaim. Like many of their Catalan peers (such as Iceberg, Fusioon or Maquina), Atila made sure that their music was solid in all department including the drummer Punet (he gets a short drum solo slot in the awesome eponymous track) and unlike what some seem to say, there is still some organ parts, namely in the album's apex, Atila. Four excellent tracks, not a moment of rest and plenty of power.

Although all three Atila albums are vastly different from each other, I believe all three are much worth the investigation, the debut being a bit iffier, unless you're into the type of music found on erotic spoof movie Vampyros Lesbos. One of the best albums from the Iberic peninsula.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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