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2 stars This US band released some good albums at the start of their long career, but their third one ("Test O Wills") showed a serious downfall in terms of originality or creativity. I also found that their music was more metal oriented from this entry point.

What we get here is an intro which sounds to come out of an unreleased ELP album: bombastic but pedant ("Gorilla With A Pitchfork"). The very heavy (and uninspired) lines come with the "epic" from this offering: "Killer Of Hope". Vocals are rather average (sub, sub par Anderson at times), the beat is uselessly complex and keyboards sections are again very much ELP oriented.

Nothing very personal nor memorable. The usual "Kansas" suspect can also been thrown as influence in here but sounds very shy from themodel.

But the ELP gimmick is much present over here: "Bach 16" is another example. A short instrumental which features a classic piano intro, followed by pompous organ. "Late For Church" is another one these. Of course it is on a very hard, heavy edge. Just imagine ELP playing heavy rock music?Vocals again aren't helping much here either. Basic heavy metal. No more. Same is valid for "Counterparts".

The worse moment is the pitiful "A World Groove": heavy noisy pop tinted with funky mood. I quite dislike the mix: press next of course. This is quite a boring album actually. But their latest two were no big deal either. "Impossible Figures" is by far their heaviest work released. I'm not really enthusiast about it. Too much metal oriented for sure.

Two stars is the farthest I can get.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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