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3 stars Krokodil - An Invisible World Revealed (1971)

Progressive rock from Switzerland with blues-rock, folk, heavy prog and minor symphonic elements. The band is often listed under krautrock, but it lacks the psychedelic, free and obscure feel that most bands from this genre have. This third album by Krokodil is actually pretty well produced (thinking of it, this record aged really well for a recording in 1971) and sounds therefore more like Grobschnitt (albeit way less symphonic). The artwork is great, with a nice inlay and a booklet added to the recent Second Battle vinyl reprint.

'An Invisible World Revealed' has two longer tracks and four short tracks. In their longer compositions the band explores different atmospheres, but thrives during intense heavy rock progressions with great sounding guitars and a harmonica to give to music its own vibe. Some of these parts sounds ahead of its time, which I find pleasurable for no apparent reason. During the folky parts the band explores tribal folk, American folk/country (perhaps mostly because of the harmonica) and a bit of psychedelic folk. On the shorter tracks we can also find more straightforward tracks like the moody opening track 'Lade of Attraction' and the blues-rock ending 'Last Doors'. The main weakness of the band are the vocals, that often have dull melodies and a dubious tonal quality. Luckily the vocals aren't off-putting and absent during most of the time.

Conclusion. Very well produced progressive rock with great heavy prog moments and some interesting folk moments. Not 'highly recommended' because of the lack of really memorable songs or melodies, but pleasant for perhaps a large range of listeners of the progressive rock genre - I certainly can think of no reason to actively dislike it. Recommended to collectors of heavy prog/psych, folk prog, krautrock and early seventies rarities with great artwork. Three and a halve stars.

friso | 3/5 |


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