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4 stars Grobschnitt - s/t (1972)

Let's have some fun!

The debut of the German Grobschnitt symphonic/space/related prog band is a record to cheer you up! Let's sit down for this and enjoy this enthousiastic and perfectly recorded Rough Cut. Unlike their second 'Ballerman' and most of their work after that the debut isn't very progressive or symphonic, nor is it spacey like the Solar music suite. This is hard rock heavenly influenced by symphonic rock, but even more by Santana (what?). Yeah Santana. Both the main song themes of Symphony as well as Travelling are Latin-rock like tracks. I would like to add to that: Travelling might be the best Santana song Santana never recorded. Such energy of the drums and guitars and bass player is not seen very often in the studio, however leed vocalist Wildschwein steels the show. This guy seems to be motivated, I never heard something like it before! Happily singing his lines "I'm wanting... to see you!", like great vocalist as early Maiden Paul Di'Anno would do years later. You will get drawn into this! Furthermore both lead gitarists of Grobschnitt know how the handle their six strings very well and the solo's are well composed and played. Especially in the beginning some humor finishes the scene.

I've been covering the energetic side of this record so far, but wait.. what abou this beautiful symphonic rock piece Variation (middle section of Symphony) where Grobschnitt takes it's time to shine some light on extended guitar solo'ing, building up tension on progressive chord progressions! Some nice suble basslines complete the scene and our beloved symphonic atmosphere fills the room with its striking beauty. Also on Side two Wonderful Music has an folk feel and can be seen as an experiment that turned out to be very rewarding. Nice flute. The multi-part song Sun Trip closes the album with an horrible German quotation of the bible of about two minutes. After this things progress as nice as on side one and this act of energy comes to an end.

Conclusion. Well, this is just so well recorded, well composed and rockin'. Turn it on when friends are around or get your girlfriend aroused (choose interpretation of the word yourself). Great record from Grobschnitt, though strictly not very progressive. Grobschnitt uses different elements of hard rock, latin rock and symphonic rock and comes with one of the most energetic albums I own. Four stars, no hesitation here!

friso | 4/5 |


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