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APOCALYPSE

Mahavishnu Orchestra

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.64 | 271 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars Apocalypse is the third album of MO, with quite a different line-up that many have already described in other reviews. The largest noticeable change is the orchestra inclusion to create a symphonic, sometimes overblown sound. Titles of songs are somewhat pompous as are maybe ambitions. I find violin and bass playing better than on the previous two albums but sadly, keyboards and drumming is not comparable to the first line-up.

"Power of love" is a mellow reflective acoustic guitar/violin piece that announces revolutionary change in MO sound. "Vision of a naked sword" sounds like composed for first two albums, quite reminiscent of those years however we have orchestra instead of violin performing the wall of sound. I prefer more earthy sections without orchestral elements with the violin, drumming and guitar. Playing is less intensive, clearer and less overwhelming although more than most other fusion bands could handle ;)

"Smile of the beyond" could have certain Return to Forever resemblance with the leading melody and female vocal, and it finally gets moving in the second half with speedy rhythm.

The last epic - "Hymn to Him" has modern classical music/soundtrack feeling in some parts but also ferocious violin/guitar/drum parts. I like quite well audible bass playing on this track and Rhodes improvisation.

This experimental and ambitious album is worth listening to.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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