ATLANTIS PHILARMONIC : S.T. (US'74)
Great Symphonic Hardprog from U.S.A.
This USA duo was formed in Cleveland during the early/mid 70’s by Royce Gibson on drums and the multi instrumentalist Joe DiFazio on everything else.Their style is mostly the blending of Symphonic influences like CAMEL,ELP,etc with some Fusion and a bit of the sound of the MOODY BLUES and Hard Rock by moments.Their first and only LP is the 1974 self titled album released by the label “Deutsche Harmonia Mundi”.The eclectic sound of this album has very characteristic features like the excellent vocals close to a blend of Psyche and Pop plus a hard edged guitar that reminds of Early ELP or THE NICE with a touch of CAMEL.But this isn’t all, in tracks as ”Friends” we can find some heavy rock influence similar to URIAH HEEP or DEEP PURPLE, others closer to ATOMIC ROOSTER like “Atlantis", plus atmospheric touches like in the incredible “Woodsman” that also blends some Jazzy leanings, strange but this last track reminds a bit of the KING CRIMSON's masterpiece In the Court of the Crimson King”.
The lush keyboard arrangements including piano, organ and mellotron and the varied mixture of sounds and styles are perfect for the taste of the most demanding Progressive Rock fans.
This eclectic album with a clear classical orientation (As their name clearly suggest) is considered one of the earliest examples of USA Progressive rock and deserves to be listened by progheads.
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