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Triumvirat - Illusions On A Double Dimple CD (album) cover




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Grimble Crumble
5 stars I am honored to review such a mind-blowing masterpiece, and by the way, NO ELP clone, as triumvirat developed a very own atmosphere, commanded by the genius Jurgen Fritz, his piano and keyboard playing continue to move me. This epic album starts with Flashback, a melancholic piano and vocals, which will remind you of some childhood song. The following Schooldays starts with a fantastic riff, giving a happy atmosphere, condensed by the catchy vocals, a small masterpiece really. Triangle is the first huge masterpiece on the album, starting with some brilliant piano playing, covered by mind-blowing synth riffs, increasing the instrumentation each second more into a rocking piece. Illusions gets back with a melancholic piano playing, with very nice drumming, and some synth riffs in the background. The vocals are really melancholic and drive a deep atmosphere. Dimplicity is the concept following to Illusions, and is probably the album's masterpiece, alternating fast and happy moments with some very serious and intense. There are some parts here which sounds like the Yes Album. The melody here is brilliant, specially the vocals. A pure prog rock piece. About Last Dance. okay, there is really something here sounding like Tarkus or Karn Evil 9, but that do not prevent this from being a very good and complex piece, and Triumvirat's own style impressed on it. The second piece starts with Maze, a frenetic fast piano followed by fantastic basslines and precise drumming. In the middle section, there's some synth playing. The song might remind you of Across the Waters from Mediterranean Tales album. The great rocking spirit of this song is followed by some dark and intense piano playing in Dawning. Bad Deal gets off with weird vocals, with some kind of a sax in the end. Roundabout is a synth driven piece, with some fast and fuzzy playing reminding Emerson Lake and Palmer, and a very groovy bass playing. Lucky Girl has a nice (and rare, for Triumvirat) acoustic guitar playing, sounding like a ballad, with beautiful vocals, another masterpiece. The song becomes a synth driven piece, evolving into the final act, Million Dollars. The closer song is a very happy one, wich gets the atmosphere developed in the album to a bitter and great end, the piano playing starting at 2 minutes after the synth driven introduction, closing the album in a great style.

This is a great introduction to Triumvirat, and a great hearing for any proghead. Best Songs: Schooldays, Triangle, Dimplicity and Lucky Girl.

Grimble Crumble | 5/5 |


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