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OCTOBER EQUUS

October Equus

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.91 | 25 ratings

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4 stars Fripp meets Art Zoyd meets Magma...

Somebody thinks that speaking of concept when the subject is an instrumental album is not appropriate. I think that instrumental music is able to transmit sensations, feelings ans states of mind and this is more successful when they match the basic idea. I was not aware of October Equus being an ancient Roman rite, a very bloody one dedicated to Mars, the God of war. I will not repeat here what can be read in the previous review of this album, just let me say that the music fits very well in the concept and seems to have been thought with the concept in mind, so deeply thought to become the band's name, too.

More than dark I think this music can be called sinister or grim, like some of the Roman rituals were. Think to "Magna Mater" and Bacchanals.

The ensemble is excellent for musicianship. Apparently the tracks are lead by guitar but there's a lot of keyboard and in the parts which appear to be more "jammed", the base comes from the keys. Sometimes very good bass lines come from the background while the drummer makes a lot of work with the unusual signatures. The atmosphere is sometimes Crimsonian,but I think that the closing track, "Hydra" could fit in any Magma album.

The general mood is not Zeuhl, anyway. I think this kind of music can be better compared to Ard Zoyd and Shub Niggurath (their first two albums) but more rock oriented, so that even the comparison to non-RIO artists, Fripp in particular, is appropriate.

An excellent 4-stars debut.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |

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