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STYX

Styx

 

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2.80 | 106 ratings

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Gatot
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3 stars The nucleus of STYX goes back to 1964 and a South Side neighborhood band called TW4. The years have brought two new guitars and a direction by five multi-talented artists whose energy is a tribute to the beauty of the Chicago rock 'n' roll community. [CD sleeve opening remarks].

As far as prog concern, this debut album by Styx can be considered as prog as some compositions have the music that characterized prog e.g. tempo and / or style changes. The opening track that serves like an epic with four parts has all the ingredients of what prog band usually offer. One part "Fanfare for The Common Man" (Aaron Copland) is a famous part where Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) also played. "Movement For The Common Man" even though sounds like disjointed between parts it still offer a good style of music that most proggers might enjoy. Another song that has become one of my favorite Styx songs is "What Has Come Between Us" - it offers great vocal harmony and excellent melody. One of the band's key strengths is their choir comprising members of the band's voice.

Overall, this album gives you a cohesive stream of Styx music that later became well- known with its unique style. At first glance, you might hear the influence of Uriah Heep especially on guitar parts that resemble what Mick Box typically plays. But Styx has its own brand name that sets apart from any other rock bands. This is a good addition to any prog (rock) music collection even though the music tends to be a hard rock one. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |

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