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REVEAL TO ME, Reveal To Me, reveal to me.....rev...,
This review is from: Cultosaurus Erectus (Audio CD)
A really good album, this!! Ok a couple of fillers - but the good stuff justifies it!
Very much of it's time (1980) and marrying hard rock/metal to melodic sensibilities. This was my first BOC album to acquire, having only previously heard Don't Fear The Reaper & Astronomy (incl the excellent Metallica cover version)and I have enjoyed it enough to set about buying more.
Fav tracks are Black Blade which is fun with it's sword & sorcery lyrics and epic arrangements, Monsters which manages be heavy & urgent and yet at the same time has these amazing jazz breaks complete with saxophone too, Deadline which is very melodic & dark at the same time and has a bassline to die for(Have to say all the musicianship is superb on the album but the bass work REALLY stands out). Closing track Unknown Tongue is brilliant, coupling sinister & somewhat erotic lyrics with a theatrical approach and some particularly outstanding keyboards - love the singing on the fadeout as Eric Bloom repeats "Reveal To Me" over and over in an almost black metal style rasp!
Heaviest track is perhaps Lips In The Hills which gallops along with some blazin' guitar and sounds like it might have inspired Steve Harris of Iron Maiden?
Divine Wind is a track that I have to be in the mood for; it has very relaxed pace but does also have a sinister undertone. The other tracks haven't really grown on me and I have to say I found The Marshall Plan hideous and totally cringeworthy.
Production/sound quality is excellent for a 30 year old album too.
Slightly dissapointed that no lyrics but there you are; at least the internet solves that.
Ok, so not a perfect album by any means..but well worth acquiring none the less :-)