Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Amos Key - First Key CD (album) cover


Amos Key


Symphonic Prog

3.32 | 26 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Special Collaborator
RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
3 stars The only one album released by this German trio has been often compared to ELP or also to the Nice, mainly because of the omnipresence of Emerson-like keyboards and the absence of guitar. There's some guitar in the album but it has more or less the same role that it has in Lake's hands. To me, this reminds more to Marian Varga and Collegium Musicum. The parts clearly inspired to classical music are more mittle-European respect to Emerson who usually looked after Russian composers. Respect to ELP they lack on vocals. Molin and Gross together can't compete with a singer like Greg Lake. (Neither Lee Jackson could, effectively).

There are rock parts. Knecht Ruperts can be compared to ELP's Living Sin for being hard. Got the Feelin is even harder. Other parts are clearly inspired by J.S. Bach, and this is when they get closer to Collegium Musicum. Unfortunately, they don't have the same originality of the Czech band so while I had the pleasure to rate Konvergencie with 5 stars, I can't do the same with Amos Key. This band was in possess of all the musical skill needed to release masterpieces, but they stopped after the first try. It's a pity, but this also means that if you like Emerson or Varga, you can enjoy this album but it won't add anything to what you already have. The typical 3-stars situation.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this AMOS KEY review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.