Monday 4 November 2019
Parthenon - Mare Tenebris (2005)
The one and only album from this band from Venezuela.
The band was a quintet with a lineup of keyboards, bass, drums, guitars, percussion and female vocals.
This band arrived, released this album and then disappeared again without a trace. Which is a bit of a shame. The band was onto something....
The first three letters that hits the listener first and mostly throughout this album is the letters E, L and P. Yes, the band sets out like they are possessed by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
There is a big difference though and that is the smattering of Spanish female vocals throughout this album. There is not much of that, but it is notable. In particular on the three bonus tracks.
The vocals are really good and adds a lot of spice to an album which without them would have been a bit too tedious. Spice is not bad at all. Neither is this vocals.
There are also some Latin-American vibes and rhythms on this album which you will not find on other ELP copying albums. And this album is not a ELP copying album when it comes to it. It is just elegant at times.
The end result is a good album and one that makes me want more from this band. Check it out and enjoy.