|1. The Capitol Of Power|
|2. The School Of Instant Pain|
|3. The Walls Of Doom|
|4. The Deadly Dream Of Freedom|
|5. The Hazy Shades Of Dawn|
|6. The Burning Sword Of Capua|
|7. The Sweetest Sound Of Liberty|
|8. The March To The Eternal City|
|10. The Capitol Of Power (Live In Los Angeles)|
Anyone actually reading this review probably knows this album. It is one of the great (if not well known) concept albums of the '70s. The album delves into the universal theme of hope against overwhelming odds -- preferring to risk death while fighting for freedom to a life in slavery. The album tells the historical story of Spartacus, a Thracian/Roman slave who was trained in a gladiator school around 70BC. He then led the other gladiators in revolt, and assembled a huge army of thousands of slaves to challenge the might of Rome. Rome eventually crushed the rebellion and crucified 6000 survivors. Given its theme of fighting for freedom, it is not surprising that the album is comprised of rock marches of "countless slaves [marching] to go to war."
The three man keyboard driven structure of the band invites comparison to Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Like ELP, the music is driven by some exceptional keyboard work, anchored by very strong drum work, and consists of a fusion of rock, classical and jazz. Musically, the album lacks the complexity and of ELP, and the musicianship is more mechanical and less emotional.
This is not necessarily a bad thing as the album is musically more accessible. At times, the band sounds more like Supertramp than Crime of the Century. The transition from one style to the next is effortless as the entire album is heavily echoed.
This is a great album. I highly recommend it. I just which they would come out with a DVD-Audio or SACD version.
Spartacus, a concept album with the suitably imperialist theme of the third slave revolt in ancient Rome, is the height of this band's achievement. This album is essentially Triumvirat's answer to ELP's Brain Salad Surgery.
Less heavy and eclectic than ELP, Triumvirat gets over on keyboardist Juergen Fritz's considerable music writing skills. He knows how to pace an album or album side, so that the suites are not just tunes strung together, and he knows how to incorporate irresistable melodic hooks into the keyboard-heavy proggery. The melodies are poppy and sleekly classical at the same time, reflecting Fritz's immersion in the Germanic classical tradition.
The final title track of this album is one of prog-rock's most proudly melodic moments, right up there with Yes' "Starship Trooper," Genesis' "Firth of Fifth," and, yes, ELP's "Karn Eval 9 1st Impression Pt. 3".