Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Socrates Drank The Conium

Still ridin' strong on some psychedelic sounds, they always seem to find their way back into my rotation during the summertime. Especially these two albums of heavy prog psych madness by Socrates Drank The Conium, Greece's creative answer to the copious influences of such bands as Jimi, Cream, and Black Sabbath during the late 60s and early 70s. But the insane guitar playing of Socrates' guitarist Yannis Spathas elevates them above many who attempt to navigate the realms of progressive music. So I give to you in my opinion their two best albums: their '72 self-titled debut which concentrates on a more bluesy/psychedelic voyage and their third album On The Wings which is heavier and darker. Socrates' frontman Antonis Tourkoyorgis sometimes strained vocals are hokey at times, but this only adds to the ingenuity of a band who has long been overlooked. Let's also not forget Greece was a dictatorship during this period, which probably explains the straight forward lyrical content and anti-establishment song titles. It is also possible that if it weren't for the circumstances, Greece could of given us Socrates Drank The Conium back in the day instead of Yanni. Enjoy...
Socrates Drank The Conium
On The Wings

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