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Atomic Rooster


Heavy Prog

3.86 | 322 ratings

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Dark Nazgul
4 stars Gothic and demonic.

"Death Walks Behind You", is the second album of the Rooster, and is a big step forward from their debut work. It is a record of enormous importance because it will influence heavy music for years to come. The style is a hard prog with gothic tones, dominated by the organ of Crane and with the decisive contribution of John Cann, the new guitarist and singer of the band. There's no Carl Palmer, who has reached Emerson and Lake in the ELP. Paul Hammond, the new drummer, though less talented than his predecessor, proves to be a valid newcomer.

Death Walks Behind You, the opening track, is one of the best songs of the album. Exceptional dark piano introduction, with a descending scale of notes that leaves the listener almost petrified with terror (could be the soundtrack of a horror movie). Then a powerful guitar riffs takes the scene, and the vocals of Cann extraordinarily in tune with the music. VUG is an instrumental piece very effective and very intricate with frantic duets of guitar and organ. The "bluesy" middle part sees Cann and Crane engaged in furious solos of good technical depth. Tomorrow Night is a more catchy and appealing song. Cann sings very well and there are great organ solos, as usual. The song is definitely more catchy than the previous two, but not tired even after repeated listening. The other songs are great, perhaps only Sleeping For Years is a little bit obvious. For the rest there are no weak moments in the album. Streets is an exceptional hard rock number, with gothic tones, and fantastic guitar riffs. Also good are the final and most experimental Gershatzer, with many parts of piano and demonic organ solos, and the least aggressive Nobody Else.

Definitely a recommended album, very enjoyable. Rating: 8/10.

4 solid stars

Best song: Death Walks Behind You

Dark Nazgul | 4/5 |


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