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PRAISE THE LOAD

The Load

 

Symphonic Prog

2.84 | 16 ratings

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akraten
5 stars First of all, I am surprised - there is still no one reviewed this amazing album before. The Load is keyboard driven blend of symphonic progressive rock generally in the vein of ELP, REFUGEE, early Rick Wakeman and Rick Van Der Linden (TRACE/EKSEPTION) very slightly touched by "American prog influence" that "infected" such American's bands as Kansas, Starcastle, Fireballet. The main feature is definitely virtuosity of keyboardist Sterling Smith using huge variety of keyboard units from Hammond organ to string synthesizer (that makes The Load's uniqueness), however exciting bass lines by Dave Hessler and very effective drumming by Tommy Smith create excellent support. The tracks very crafted primary instrumental numbers with complex themes influenced by baroque era of classic music. Some tracks are even arrangements namely Rossini's William's Tell Overture and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto. The entire album conceptual masterpiece underrated at the time, creates unique touches of medieval spirit . Their second afford "Load Have Mercy" (recorded a year later wasn't release until it appear on CD in 1996) generally in the same direction, just more space for Dave Hessler guitar's passages that interplay with trademarked keyboard's overwhelming. The original LP issued by Owl Records is pretty hard to find, it is appears on Ebay auction from time to time for the price of $100 and up. The Japanese CD contains two bonus tracks that nicely suites to the album conception. I offer it with five starts rating without any doubts, I wish could give them more! Both albums are absolutely essential and highly recommended for all progressive fans, especially those who mostly appreciate keyboard domination. Alexander Kratenko - Ukraine
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