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Penguin Dust

Atomic Opera

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Following on from their wonderful debut (For Madmen Only), a few years on came this gem. It is a great album, but like the Galactic Cowboys, AO arrived at the wrong time, and the talent got buried in the 90s grunge revival. Lyrically, if you like your Christianity muscular and honest - uncomfortable even - this is perfect.

Musically, this echoes the classic King's X style melodic, slightly progressive with real crunch and bite, rock. If you like King's X, you'll love this. BUT AO were not just clones - they had/have their own character. Gospel Cola (which came next) shows this clearly, where uber genii Hart and Crabb joined forces to produce a jewel.

Buy it. Enjoy it. And be inspired!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Inspired by the Beatles/Queen-influenced progressive metal and spiritual focus of King's X (with whom he attended church while living in Springfield, MO), guitarist/vocalist/cellist Frank Hart founded Atomic Opera in Houston in the early '90s. With a lineup also featuring rhythm guitarist Jonathan Marshal, bassist Jonas Velasco, and drummer Mark Poindexter, Atomic Opera signed to the Giant subsidiary Collision Arts and recorded their 1994 debut album For Madmen Only with producer Sam Taylor. Though...
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1997

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