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ATTACK OF THE MARTIANS

Eccentric Orbit

 

Symphonic Prog

3.94 | 44 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars This is a four piece USA prog rock formation. Some members have played in the prog rock bands PYE FYTE (a 'vintage' keyboard heaven) and A TRIGGERING MYTH and on GENTLE GIANT covers albums. The music on their debut-album "Attack of the Martians" is a tribute to the sound of EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER ("Trilogy"-era). Despite the fact that some members played on GENTLE GIANT covers albums, ECCENTRIC ORBIT plays keyboard leaden prog rock with strong echoes from ELP, the "Trilogy"-era. The five dynamic compositions feature a propulsive rhythm-section as a base for sumptuous keyboard play with a leading role for the Hammond organ and Moog synthesizers, flight after flight. In some songs we can trace the sound of the Fender Rhodes electric piano (imagine the legendary intro from "Riders on the Storm" from The DOORS), the Wurlitzer piano and the swinging clavinet. The strong title-track (3 parts) contains a bombastic duel between the Moog and Fender Rhodes. The even longer, very alternating track "Forbidden Planet" (4 parts) starts with a spooky and hypnotizing climate, followed by lots of changes of atmosphere and tempo delivering many waves of a violin-Mellotron and runs on synthesizers, concluded by fragile piano play. Along ELP, this composition also evokes ARS NOVA and other ELP-inspired Japanese bands like SOCIAL TENSION and DEJA VU. The music on this instrumental CD is beyond original but sounds exciting.
erik neuteboom | 3/5 |

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