Vivat Progressio – Pereat Mundas
(Garden Of Delights) Catalog no: CD133
From Aural Innovations October 2009 update
Originally released in 1978, this is a re-release on CD by the Garden of Delights Label. P205 are in essence heavy late 70’s rock not unlike the bands, Deep Purple and Uriah Heap, but they also have a hint of maybe Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come to soften up the rough edges. There are also hints of Santana here and there. As with the time, numerous bands were all doing similar things with the heavy rock vein and P205 sits comfortably among them with ease. They also have a sound that is very English orientated and they sing in excellent English for a German Band of the time. It could also be likened at times to the American Garage band sound or an early form of Grunge, but in all it really reminds me of Arthur Browns Kingdom Come, as the structure of the songs are not straight forward rock tracks, they have more of a concept behind them, so in theory it could be termed as Progressive Heavy Rock rather than plain Heavy Rock. There is also a couple of bonus tracks added on here, so anyone who has heard of the band may be interested in this new stuff. Out of interest the title is in Latin and the English translation is Long live the progress, may the world collapse under it.. Don’t you worry about that lads, it is doing so at an alarming rate!
Reviewed by Albert Pollard
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