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Skyron Orchestra - Situations (IMPORT) (CD)

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Origin: Sweden
Released: 2006
Catalog number: TRANS018
You get all that you could want from this type of music: anthemic, groovy, hard rocking psychedelic tunes, with wah-wah and fuzz guitar, heavy organ sounds, husky and heavily accented vocals (reminding me just a little of those of Nico), great guitar solos, acid flashbacks… okay, maybe not the acid flashbacks, but everything else is there for you in spades. Skyron Orchestra do manage to produce their own sound, which is perhaps on the slightly heavier side of psych rock (more Velvet Underground, Hendrix, Sabbath and Vanilla Fudge, with some of the contemporary heaviness of Orange Goblin and Soundgarden, and maybe even some Goth rock tendencies on display), and the band produce some great musical interplay (with Tomas Modig coming across as a particularly fine guitarist) as part of a series of catchy and very atmospheric rock songs.

Just like the debut, the music on Situations brings us back to the '60s with similarity to Jefferson Airplane and The Doors. The latter due mostly to the guitar and organ sound. The former due to the female vocals. While the band hasn’t progressed much musically, they have matured and honed their skills to give a more mature feel. The music while very assessable, it has a slightly more complex sound in parts that will lure some Prog fans in.

This group's retro sort of sound has a lot in common with bands like Iron Butterfly and Vanilla Fudge who were either the earliest progressive rock or at least severely influenced prog. So that said, what can you expect to find here? Well, as already mentioned this has a lot more in common with the music of the late 1960's than it does with modern sounds. The vocals remind me a lot of Bjork, though. There are heavy amounts of retro keyboard sounds. In addition to the aforementioned bands I also here at various points King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Black Sabbath and others. Fans of psychedelia should really enjoy this, but those who enjoy the really old school of prog should also find something here to latch onto.