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Atomic Rooster


Heavy Prog

3.86 | 321 ratings

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4 stars Dark, heavy, bleak and rather brilliant!

Carl Palmer left Atomic Rooster after their first album, and from the drum perspective things were never the same again. However, this second album has other qualities and it is hard for me do decide which of the two first Atomic Rooster albums is their best. But there is no question that this is the heaviest, darkest and bleakest of them all. John Cann joins the band here and contributes lead vocals and guitars. While the first album had almost no guitars at all, there are some here, but not a lot still. The sound of Atomic Rooster was always primarily keyboard driven, Hammond organ and piano being the main keyboard instruments here as on the debut.

They can still be compared to the likes of ELP, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Beggar's Opera. But in honesty, they are quite unique. The really come up with some great songs and instrumentals here and the album flows very well. The only moment I don't like is the middle of Gershatzer that tends to drag a little. All the other songs are very good.

For those who like heaviness cannot go wrong with this album, but the debut is, I would say, the most progressive of their albums. Make your own choice, I choose both!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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