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STRANGE FRAME OF MIND

Arabs in Aspic

 

Heavy Prog

3.66 | 77 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Once in a while, I get a positive surprise through ProgArchives.

I have heard about this band for a long time, but have always dismissed them as merely a rock/pop band. I was very surprised and a lot sceptical when this album arrived at my doorstep courtesy of Black Widow. I was very surprised that they were associated with Black Widow.

That was until I heard this album for the first time. Everything then made sense.

Arabs In Aspic 2 is correctly labelled in the heavy prog genre. Their sound is based on heavy Hammond organs with good support from some guitars. That in addition to bass and drums. The vocals is special and suits their music very well. Some of the vocals are even in Norwegian.

Their melodies are rather catchy and light hearted. In short; this album is a throwback to the early 1970s. That's it's big strenght and selling point, really. That and some really good songs like TV, The Flying Norseman and their peculiar version of Hocus Pocus. But there is not a single weak track here. The overall quality is really great. My only gripe is the lack of a killer track.

For those who are into vintage heavy prog dominated by Hammond organs and with some catchy songs; this is the album for you. I am won over.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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