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EQUINOX

Styx

 

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3.50 | 194 ratings

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1967/ 1976
5 stars Styx, a band with two souls: a Heavy Metal / Hard Rock soul and Progressive Rock soul. I read Styx as Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band very happy. In Progressive Field read only the production of some songs. However, "Equinox" is one of those masterpieces that would be simplistic to put them into one musical category only. Without distinction on what I think about Styx "Equinox" is an album that crosses musical genres. We define "Equinox" a Proto Prog Metal album? Maybe. Clearly, "Equinox" is an album Heavy Metal. "Suite Madam Blue" is a composition Progressive Rock. But that sub genre belongs? It would seem strange. Yet to be seen in Symphonic Prog. Yes, you read that right, Symphonic Prog. Listen to "Midnight Ride" and I say: "This is Heavy Metal." Already. But so what? Explain what you wanted? That Styx is a naked and pure Heavy Metal band? I say to you that that's not how you classify a band. And you, you answer me that the reason is not even mine. We both are right. We both are wrong. Difficult to find a meeting point. Nevertheless, there are bands that are described as Prog and POP or POP bands that become... Heavy Metal!

Musically "Equinox" is a very powerful album, Rock, even jarring between power and melody. This is because the production is all about power and not the melody, nothing technical. The extremes are "Midnight Ride", a sort of Heavy Metal / Garage Rock, and "Suite Madame Blue", a beautiful composition of Symphonic Prog with heavy guitars. And other highlights? "Born For Adventure" is closer to the first while "Lorelei" to the second. And, with the exception of "Light Up", a piece Funky Soul Rock without Jazz, are all potential hits.

It must be said, therefore, that although we can not classify "Equinox" in a specific area of the Rock (or Heavy Prog) we can not classify it as a masterpiece. Why is full of magic, power and inventiveness.

1967/ 1976 | 5/5 |

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