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




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4 stars Oh man, this one's a keeper. 2 excellent tracks of 20 min. or so and it's worth the very low price ('cause it's re-mastered). WOW, I must admit.

First, the first track is a superb blend of everything Triumvirat ever done. Very catchy but not too easy either.There's the obvious winks at Tarkus and Close to the Edge, but who gives? My motto: "A good song is still a good song". So if a little inspiration from England legends don't bother you, let the impulsive buying show you the way to the cashier.

No kidding, Triumvirat at their best is no shame compared to ELP. In my quest for prog that blows me off my socks, a great catch!! Unlike ELP, Triumvirat had the ability to throw less filling by- products in their albums. Triumvirat has a more equilibrate way of writing. They put a good amount of 'goodie-prog' in every tracks. ELP has many classics, but it's like there's no middle. Great (Karn Evil 9, Tarkus) or dispensable (way too much).

The band did listen to a lot of ELP, but the frame and the production of the songs are flawless. Great, and I mean great keyboard works by Fritz who graduated from the classical conservatory of Cologne. With Tony Banks and Van der Linden, he's on top of my list. Helmut Koellen is more than capable as a vocalist and rythm section, thank you. And, at last, my fav'...Hans Bathelt. Big-metal-German-diesel-drumming-tank. The guy's an unstoppable machine. Rolls and fills that would make Neil Peart impressed. Triumvirat had it all.

Catchy and complex at the same time....the dangerous combination. My kind.

Mach Shau!

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