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THE GUILLOTINE DRAMA

Black Bonzo

 

Heavy Prog

3.50 | 83 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars It sounds very heavy. More heavy than their previous albums I've encountered. But nothing to be worried about. Nice old sounding keyboards here (How Do You Feel) with acoustic guitar (War Machine). In these keyb driven tunes it reminds me one similar group, "Bigelf". But "Black Bonzo" (first I had to overcome some kind of prejudice, Bonzo means quite bad offend in my language, but hell, what they could know) does it in not so pathetic way. Overall, it's hard to describe, but for sure interesting modern approach to prog music.

4(+) is fair enough by my opinion. I flirted with masterpiece rating, but there are things that brings it down.

EDIT: This is seriously music, where you can do quite a lot headbanging. Everything you always wanted since Deep Purple (and others, but these fits probably the most) using modern sound methods (clean sound - if they want) with more, much more prog elements. Melody is most usually not so complex, heavy dependent on riffs with more acoustic passages, however, notice the instruments and these little things that makes prog music so interesting. Not exactly sure what it is, but it's there. After all, something was responsible for my rating here, I don't give these things for cheap. So it's like "enhanced" Purple, even it's not entirely true.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |

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