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666

Aphrodite's Child

 

Symphonic Prog

3.91 | 400 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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1 stars 666 IS NO LONGER ALONE. AND THE SEVEN TRUMPETS BLOWING SWEET ROCK AND ROLL...

Coincidence, probably. As "The Lamb"? Who knows?

I mentioned in my review of their first album that I appreciated very much the great pop angle in their career. This album is rather impenetrable for me. Folkish Greek influences, some psychedelia but frankly, I wonder what's all the fuss about "666".

Disc one is made of sixteen numbers (16). Seven of them clocks at around one minute. I don't like this. A trussed up album.

The first bearable song is the ambient "Aegian Sea". Very much oriented towards the later Vangelis work. A true symphonic piece and one of the few highlights of this double album. Short pieces like "Seven Bowls", "The Wakening Beast" are pretty boring. But "Lament" is no better. A true lamentation for almost three minutes.

In this situation, a song as "The Marching Beast" is a kind of relief. But the rest of this first disc is abominable. A disaster. A suite of unbearable "music". One average song out of sixteen numbers. That's not a big deal, right? A big zero star, IMHHO.

Disc two starts almost on the same pattern than disc one. A short and useless "Seven Trumpets", a jammy jazzy "Altamont" with no feeling. Lots of experimentation on this work. Directionless, passionless. Anything "less" actually. Just listen to the boring "The Capture of the Beast". Fully improvised (or at least it sounds likes this).

The languish "Infinity" and its "special" mood is none of my likings either. But to be honest, the satanic concept doesn't really work on me. This is purely philosophical. The anti-thesis (the good, heaven) doesn't work on me either. Still, the performance of Irene Papas is . charming.

The long "All The Seats Were Occupied" is not really much more attractive. Greek folk influences (even Oriental ones), dark mood, religious feelings. Nothing from the other world. Some vocal parts from Infinity are integrated here and there. but will mostly lead to a general cacophony. A total chaos. This is hell, I guess. So, let's go to heaven if there are some seats available, please.

The second average song is the closing number "Break". At least we get some sort of a melody (and those guys knew how to write great ones).

I really don't like this work. At all. Completely hermetic. Even two stars sound too generous. Can't help.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |

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