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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.31 | 1332 ratings

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3 stars A great, but overrated album.

There's that term again. This album is really good, and shows how far VDGG had come in a matter of a few years, but its severely overrated by many fans here, and I'm one of them. This album might be one of the most mysterious and complex in VDGG's collection, though not in a techinical standpoint.

Killer is a personal favorite of mine, and has an eeriely similar feel to the classic Sabbath riff in "Iron Man" (although this was produced well before it). This little track highlights the strength of VDGG well, the dark undertones, the wonderful organ rich tone, and the blending with the sax. Emperor in His War Room is good, but the first half of the song is much better than the second. Lost, is indeed, a very lost track, and the worst of the 5 presented here. It seems this track has tinges of the sounds from Aerosol Grey Machine in it as well. It ends well though, with a powerful cresendo. The last track is a mixed bag, overextending its welcome and paling in comparison to the epic to come on Pawn Hearts.

Overall, this is another good VDGG album. I enjoy the first half of this record much more so than the 2nd, a bit odd considering on Pawn Hearts this would be completely reversed. VDGG really finds their sound here, able to craft dark pieces of music with the help of Hammill's voice and Banton's organ.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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