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REFLECTIONS

Twenty Sixty Six And Then

 

Heavy Prog

4.04 | 61 ratings

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Sagichim
3 stars Now that's what i call heavy music!!

2066 & then released their sole album in 1972, but again in 1989 it was released with some bonus material, that i guess was meant for a second album. The band definitely reminds you of 'uriah heep' and some heavy 'deep purple', with their organ guitar driven rock. The music is always heavy with a slight psychedelic overtones, also contain some great breaks and some good shifts between styles. There's a good rhythm section behind the band, i especially like the drummer, he fills the songs very effectively and flows very good with the music, creating an intricate rhythm. The album opens with 'at my home' which is a fine track with good vocals and some flute is added to the mix, but still is quite straight forward, including a long organ solo, nice but nothing more, at this point i thought "if the album is gonna be like this, i won't stick with it very long". But 2066 have much more than this, the rest is much more progressive, 'autumn' is sensational starting out with a trippy build up then goes heavy metal only it's in the 70's, after the vocals go, guitar goes on fiery solo with some very good drumming on top, one of my favourite parts on the album, it then evolves to a calm quiet part reminicent of 'in the court...' superb stuff. Butterking is my favourite, mixing their heavy riffing with again 'in the court...' kind of acoustic guitar and good vocals, what a great atmosphere. The main theme fuses some heavy rock with psychedelic and some dynamite solos, being a 15 minute long song i prefer the shorter ones better being more progressive.

The second half of the cd, although is not bad and contain some good parts, really brings the whole album down. 'the way that i feel today' and 'spring' both are long and are not so progressive, even the solos doesn't do it for me. the shorter tracks are even worse, and contain nothing for prog fans. So if you like your prog to be very heavy with distorted guitars, good organs and good vocals, this could be a nice addition, for me it's inconsistant, but i like to hear it maybe once a year.

Judging this album only by the first half, which is the original 1972 album but perhaps not the same versions, i would rate it 4 stars, but judging it as a whole it's really 3 stars.

Sagichim | 3/5 |

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