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Monday, 5 November 2012
CAPTAIN CRIMSON – Dancing Madly Backwards (CDd)
With a band
name like that and an album title taken from a classic old Captain Beyond song,
I was pretty sure what to expect from this album. Well, opening track Lonely
Devils Club proved me correct within its first five seconds. We are of course
talking hard rock sounding like it was recorded in 1972, both regarding the
songs and sound. Transubstans is Sweden’s number one label in digging out these
bands with previous find such as Gin Lady, Blowback, Ambramis Brama, The
Brimstone Days, The Graviators etc. I must however say if you’re expecting the perfect blend
between Captain Beyond and King Crimson, you’ll be disappointed. To me Captain
Crimson sounds more similar to bands like Bull Angus, fully comparable to
Swedish bands like Witchcraft and Graveyard. Not overly distorted guitars, a
very ambient and dynamic sound very similar to the good old days. Props to
Jocke Frisö for his mix. The singer also sounds very authentic, and reminds me
a bit of Spice of Band Of Spice/Spiritual Beggars. Listening to the songs,
there’s no doubt these guys have been breastfed liquid vinyl and given nothing
but analogue toys. The songs give me no reason to complain either. This is really
good stuff! When I read the final track was named Dancing Madly Backwards I was
of course 100 % certain this was a cover, showing where they got the name from.
Wrong was I. The band had written their own Dancing Madly Backwards. Hmm… I’m a
little bit split here. For us fans of early seventies hard rock, it’s like
penning your own song and name it Smoke On The Water or Stairway To Heaven.
Confusing. Still, it’s a great track so I won’t complain. Fans of authentic
seventies hard rock should not miss this one! Janne Stark