The Beginning Of The End (1975) starts off with kettledrums imitating a clock before the well-known organ tunes from J. S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) take us into the shadows of doom on the very last day of the world. This instrumental concept album consists only of one track broken into 18 sections where the electric guitar and organ are exploring a succession of themes (including even more Bach). Arguably, this album is close to the Italian 'musical drama' tradition of albums such as Formula 3's Dies Irae and Metamorfosi's Inferno. Atila's sound was heavier than these, though - more like a raw-edged cross between Vanilla Fudge and Deep Purple. This album was a private release in an edition of 1,000 copies, of which some were sold and others were destroyed. It's in high demand and among the most expensive Spanish records on the collector's market.
The band was rewarded with a recording contract with BASF. The resulting album Intention (1976) lacked the raw power of its predecessor, aiming for a more dynamic and symphonic sound with a richer array of keyboards (and even choir vocals). Still the focal point was the superb guitar work of Eduardo Niebla. One side of the album contained a compressed version of "The Beginning Of The End". This is an excellent album very close to the Italian ambitious progressive rock style.
Atila's final album Reviure (1977) became the peak of their achievement with four ambitious (and mostly instrumental) tracks. This is serious progressive rock without pomp and painful clichйs, maintaining the energy of rock music in inspired solo excursions, mainly by synthesizer and electric guitar .
01. Reviure 9:51
02. Somni 9:34
03. Atila 11:54
04. Al Mati 7:17
Eduardo Alvarez / guitar
Juan Puñet / drums
Jean P. Gomez / bass
Benet Nogur / keyboards
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