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WORLD RECORD

Van Der Graaf Generator

 

Eclectic Prog

3.82 | 697 ratings

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Bonnek
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5 stars World Record did not get the general appreciation that the previous VDGG albums received. Not even with the fan base. Nevertheless, apart from Wondering, I still find them at the top of their game here.

One of the reasons for the lack of success might be that this must be their roughest album of all. "When She Comes" sound so bleak that you'd certainly wouldn't want to be around when that happens. "A Place To Survive" is without doubt the most brutal track they ever recorded and the 20 minute Meurglys III epic borders on the insane, with it's atonal interludes, crunching rhythms and, (depending on your point of view) possibly the most irritating, but certainly the weirdest and unpolished guitar solo in prog rock history.

"Masks" is maybe the most pleasing track on the album, though that remains a relative thing here. Only "Wondering" can't convince me much but by the time it begins we've already had 47 minutes of VDGG intensity so that's a minor flaw.

Listening to this album again for this review I realized that this is the VDGG album that I have always played the most. So highly recommended to all other lovers of the dark side of the force!

Bonnek | 5/5 |

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