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2.42 | 13 ratings | 3 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Adolescence of an Ancient Warrior (8:06)
2. Gabble (5:06)
3. A Low-Value Counting Clock (7:20)
4. [n] ~ Plug Cord 2 (I. Part One) (3:22)
5. [n] ~ Plug Cord 2 (II. Part Two) (Instrumental) (4:09)
6. Against the Wind (13:22)

Total time 41:25

Line-up / Musicians

- Akira Komachi / keyboards, marimba
- Yasuaki Matsuo / drums, percussion
- Hideaki Murata / vocals, bass
- Nobuka Numata / keyboards, piano
- Atsushi Ohmiya / acoustic & electric guitars

Releases information

LP Made in Japan Records MIJ-1007 (1986)

CD Made in Japan Records MJC-1003(1994)

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ATARAXIA Adolescence of an Ancient Warrior ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(8%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (31%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Progbear
2 stars One of the weaker offerings from the sympho-prog explosionette in 1980's Japan. Fairly flimsy synth-oriented sympho-prog, bordering on neo-prog. Singing bass player Hideaki Murata tries for that Gabriel-esque theatrical thing, but he doesn't have the pipes. The title song is an attempt at the "multiple voices" thing a la "The Battle Of Epping Forest", and is a complete joke. Lyrically, it's totally laughable, with even worse English lyrics than Novalis' notorious BANISHED BRIDGE. "Gabble" especially. And Murata's mush-mouthed delivery is no help.

The low point is a short vocal song with electronic drums whose title I can't replicate here: its title is the concatenated "ng" glyph found in the pronunciation key to some dictionaries. It's followed by the instrumental "Plug Cord II", which is probably the album's highlight, along with the surprisingly lively "A Low Value Counting Clock". The album's "epic"-the thirteen minute "Against The Wind-is predictably disappointing, just pointless and meandering.

Review by erik neuteboom
2 stars When I discovered the wonderful Japanese progrock in the early Nineties, this album was often described as a smal gem. The cover art is stunning, in the vein of our Dutch master Hiernonymus Bosch who often blended religion, surrealism and horror. The music is less captivating, it has echoes from mid-Genesis featuring Hackett-like guitar and Banks-like keyboards. The compositions has some good momens but the poor vocals and monotone drumming are very irritating. I recommend Outer Limits, Pageant, Gerard and Ars Nova as starters to the Japanese progrock.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Another record worth a review..... this only effort by this ensemble came in 1986, wrapped in a beutiful cover with dwarves and elves. And also the music envelops you in a magic storm of keyboards and guitars tunes, but.... not everything goes so fine: a little weakness of the singer and a so ... (read more)

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