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Death Walks Behind YouImport
Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl With Gatefold Sleeve
Death Walks Behind You is the second studio album by British rock band Atomic Rooster. It is commonly thought of as the archetypal Atomic Rooster album, recorded by the 'classic' line-up of Vincent Crane, John Du Cann and Paul Hammond.
It is, critically and commercially, their most successful album and often hailed as a classic of the progressive rock genre. It also produced the hit single Tomorrow Night (UK #11), which became one of the band's best-known songs. The album's cover features the William Blake monotype Nebuchadnezzar.
The title track was covered on record in 1992 by Paradise Lost, in 2000 by Bigelf (on their album Money Machine) and in 2012 by Swedish death metal band NonExist.
A repackaging and remastering job restores the original artwork in all its gatefold glory.1. Death Walks Behind You
3. Tomorrow Night
4. 7 Streets
5. Sleeping For Years
6. I Can't Take No More
7. Nobody Else
8. Gershatzer$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Atomic Rooster1969 keyboard player Vincent Crane and drummer Carl Palmer, left The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and founded ATOMIC ROOSTER. The debut album was published in 1970 and became a respectable success, but Palmer moved to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, who became one of the supergroups of the Seventies. Crane continued with John DuCann on guitar and this occupation is still regarded as the most successful line-up of Atomic Rooster. After the second album DuCann got off. Then in 1979, the sensation, Crane and DuCann came together again. The same called album came out in 1980.1. They Took Control Of You
2. My Woman
3. He Did It Again
4. Where's The Show
5. In The Shadows
6. Do You Know Who's Looking For You
7. Don't Lose Your Mind
8. Watch Out
9. I Can't Stand It
10. Lost In Space$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Hearing OfImport
After the success of Death Walks Behind You, an appearance on Top of the Pops, a successful tour, it was time for emerging stars Atomic Rooster to record their third album. The album is a perfect example of a band evolving and in constant transition, such as they show with this little-known gem of the 70s British rock.
Much less bombastic than the band's earlier releases, In Hearing Of is almost funky at times.
The lyrics are doom-laden in the spirit of much of this genre of British hard rock at the time, and pseudo-classical references crop up from time to time, but Vincent Crane's keyboards are generally tasty, and the melodies are often downright memorable.
The album's genre is not-quite-metal, not-quite-progressive, but evocative and very well executed. Although not up to the 'classic' status that its predecessor attained, In Hearing of by Atomic Rooster is a very enjoyable album for both prog and hard rock fans, and probably the last Atomic Rooster album to make an impact on the emerging heavy prog scene; up-and-coming bands like Uriah Heep, Hawkwind and Gentle Giant would soon command more attention. However, the influence of In Hearing Of can be heard in those band's music, as well as millennial bands such as Wolfmother.1. Breakthrough
2. Break The Ice
3. Decision / Indecision
4. A Spoonfull Of Bromide Helps The Pulse Rate Go Down
5. Black Snake
6. Head In The Sky
7. The Rock
8. The Price$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Paths To CharonFans of the current 1970's retro rock explosion can add another band to their list of pick-me-ups: Sweden's Skanska Mord are yet another Small Stone signee with a taste for the Nazareths and Atomic Roosters of old.
There is also something of the Seattle psychedelic scene in 'Paths To Charon'. Wah-wahing guitars (think Valis and Screaming Trees) open up the first track 'Dark Caves of Our Mind' on this sophomore record, while Jan Benggtson's bluesy howl owes a bit to the vocal work of Alice in Chains' Layne Staley and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell.
The band's lyrics range from the traditional doom'n'gloom of metal's pioneers, with tunes like the plodding 'A Black Day' making no bones about the terrible state of things, while 'Lords of Space and Time' and 'Alien Encounter' take the listener on excursions elsewhere. 'Laggasen' eases things back a bit for its intro, with some tootling keyboards parting briefly for some harder-edged guitar work.
Folks with Graveyard, Horisont and Kadavar on their playlist should check them out.
- Andrew Carver
Pennyblackmusic (UK) - March 27th, 20131. Dark Caves Of Our Mind
3. A Black Day
4. Lord of Space and Time
5. The Flood
7. The Ambas Sadeur
8. Alien Encounter
9. Rising$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now