Sound — 10
Very keyboard driven sound, unique bass, most heavily distorted guitar out of any other one of their albums. This record is a concept album about a leader getting too much power and, of course, using it for evil and being caught. Giant is known for using wierd time signatures and mixtures of a couple riffs going on.
Lyrics — 9
Very weird lyrics, give the whole concept life. They have most of the band members singing at some point. The main singer (Derek Shulman) sings most songs while the keyboardist sings two songs (Kerry Minnear). The bassist sings backround in one song (Ray Shulman), and the guitarist (Gary Green) along with the drummer (John Weathers) sing backround sometime. They all can sing really well.
Overall Impression — 9
They were a smaller Progressive rock band in the '70s, but they had a bit of a following. The most impressive songs are Proclamation (classic giant with mad keyboard), Aspirations (nice soft song with Kerry singing), Cogs in Cogs (the best of Giant in three minutes), Valedictory (ends concept with Proclamation in a darker note), The Face (great violin played by Ray), and Proclamation (live, classic live Giant) I would kill if this was stolen.