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3.81 | 344 ratings

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4 stars What this album attracted me first was its cover: a white mouse inside a lightbulb. Very cute. The music got me hooked even more.

Yes, this German outfit easily reminds us to the legendary British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer because of its staunch and articulate keyboard work, which sweepingly dominates the music. It's only partly true, however. Give it a serious listen and you'll know the music is actually different, not just its nuances but also its substances -- say, the melody has its signature dynamic.

And this third effort properly serves as an example of how the band have been so successful in infusing guitar texture -- be it electric or acoustic -- into the dense, uncompromising notes produced by the keyboard and or synthesizer, sometimes accompanied by powerful and energetic bass riffs. In the case of this album, by doing so, the band also easily find a way to seamlessly harmonize them with the chosen theme.

It's safe to say that this is a balance and solid album. Its theme, the rebellion against the almighty Roman empire led by the famous gladiator Spartacus (that's right, the one that was made into a movie in 1960 by Stanley Kubrick, starring Kirk Douglas), set the landscape to any mood and tone the composer(s) intended to put into -- both optimism and pessimism, or mighty and melancholy, or epic and ballad. Try, for instance, "School of Instant Pain", or "March to the Eternal City", or "The Deadly Dream of Freedom".

Whilst it's not as strong as it's predecessor (1973's "Ilussion on a Double Dimple"), this album might serves as an appropriate stepping stone to the remaining Triumvirat catalogue -- to say the least.

kunangkunangku | 4/5 |


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