Monday, 12 May 2014

Ethos - Open Up (1977)



The second album from this US band.

We are deep into the deep symph and ecletic prog 1970s here again. The British bands to be more precise. Ethos is a four piece band who created a lot of noise with drums, percussion, bass, guitars, keyboards and male vocals. A very tight band too.

The music takes a lot from Yes and Gentle Giant. The sound is like Kansas too and you will find a lot of Kansas influences here. A bit early King Crimson influences is also very much notable.

The result is a mix of epic symphonic prog, the US sound and eclectic prog. Which is fine enough on it's own. This album though is great from the beginning to the end. The wonderful keyboards sound, the Steve Howe like guitars, the intricate epic songs, the vocals... These forty minutes dishes up just what the doctor has ordered for the tired prog rock lover.

This album has been described as a hidden gem in ProgArchives and by other reviewers. I agree. It is very much a hidden gem and a great album. The only thing missing here is a killer track. Besides of that, this is a must-have album.

4 points

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