Socrates Drank the Conium


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Born: 1969
Died: 1976
From: Greece, Athens


Socrates Drank the Conium (which is the band's proper name, not Socrates, as they are credited on this site), released two competent records prior to "On the Wings", and this was their last release (that I am aware of) before they joined up with ex-Aphrodite's Child, pre-"Chariots of Fire" composer/musician extraordinaire, Vangelis. I have yet to hear their album "Phos", with him in the fold, but I can't imagine it REMOTELY comparing to the unbridled GENIUS of "On the Wings".
Absolutely FACE-MELTING guitar work on this, one of those records where you just have to shake your head in disbelief every time you listen to it. Hard to believe this came out in 1973 (though I wasn't even born yet, so what do I know).
Bands like Wishbone Ash were already doing full-on, well-composed intricate rock arrangements with two guitars and bass all playing something different (and both ably backed with excellent drummers), but this album predates and almost predicts the classical melodies later employed by bands such as Iron Maiden, though some of the tempos and changes are more manic than Maiden or any other NWOBHM band or any metal band up until Venom (though for a comparison of competency, Slayer would be a more apt reference point).


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