Of all of those influences, Uriah Heep is the most proeminent of them all. Every song has some Heep touch and the vocals, specially, are similar to Byron's singing style. Although the album a whole is very well balanced, round and most songs are very good, some stand out more than others. In the band, the highlights are, without a doubt, the keyboards, specially the organs and the mellotrons, which are placed perfectly in every song.
Grade and Final Thoughts Black Bonzo's first release is one of many exaples of retro-prog done right. The music is familiar, but it is not the exact same thing as some other band or artist.
If you like hard rock as it were back in the 's and progressive rock, look no further than this band. After hearing the incredible 'Sounds of the Apocalypse' that was astounding music on every level, a masterpeice hearkening back to the 70s but reinventing the style, I was eager to get hold of more Black Bonzo. Unfortunately they have completely adopted a new style and it is nowhere near as progressive, nor is it is as innovative.
In fact this album was an outright disappointment. There are no standout tracks and the instrumental virtuosity so prevalent on 'Sounds This is such a shame as the band really have incredible potential. This album is 5 steps backwards from their previous one. I just could not get in to this at all. And it doesn't grow on you but more infuriates you as you want it to be great but it never delivers. Listen to any track from 'Sounds' and you will be astounded at how good they are.
On this album however, each track is short, non progressive and not up to the musical excellence and standard of previous material. It is all so commercial and there is no sense of adventure, and the concept behind it is lost on me, it feels like a sub standard rushed attempt at a failed idea.
It may have sounded good on paper but the songwriting is mediocre and the music is so below par. It sounds like a different band, and not a very good one at that. I don't mind it when a band try something new, Porcupine Tree are a prime example of making it work, but it at least has to hold the attention. Unfortunately, 'Guillotine Drama' is dull from end to end. There are perhaps 2 or 3 decent tracks in there somewhere, but I can't even recall which ones at this point.
It will rarely trouble my CD player and is definitely for completists. Review by progaeopteryx Prog Reviewer. The music on this album is very energetic and quite powerful in delivery. It shows much in the way of a combination of hard rock and symphonic rock. The organ work evens out the soaring and powerful guitar work.
The drummer is quite exceptional, at times reminding me of an early Cozy Powell. Unlike other reviewers, I'm finding it hard to pin down their influences.
I sense the Deep Purple influence, but the music is way too complicated for Deep Purple. I don't sense the Queen references as much. I do sense some Gentle Giant influences, but the band is much harder sounding. I sense some King Crimson in the mix, but not anywhere near the angularity.
Some Spock's Beard and Echolyn in places, too. In other words, a lot of influences that blend together in such a way that they sound like something new, but akin to the spirit of s progressive rock. That's probably the best way I can describe this wonderful work. Easily one of the best purchases I've made in recent years.
This one will continue living in my CD player for a long time to come. Highly recommended and well worth receiving masterpiece status to my ears.
Five stars. 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. Thump Piano Duo "Please retry". MP3 Music, April 19, "Please retry". Audio CD, September 6, "Please retry". Listen Now. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace.
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Thanks for previewing Band Search.Now, we do have a couple of examples of stuff. We have one that is entirely opposite from that, which is a piece you wrote for Margaret Lancaster, and we also have something from a CD called Red Velvet, and they’re about as different as you get.