The beginning of "Jin-Zo-Ni-N-Gen" is very unexpected, and the album's title track (1) represents nothing else but a highly unique and intricate Prog-Metal with elements of Symphonic Art-Rock. After listening to it I've thought: "Yet, another band that, like Black Sabbath and Rush, played at that time music, which is both very heavy and complicated". However, it turned out that the quantity of heavy elements in the music lessens with each of the following tracks down to their complete disappearance somewhere in the middle of the album. The first 15-minute epic: Tour of the Deep Ocean (2) consist of the mixed structures typical for both of Classic Symphonic Art-Rock and Prog-Metal genres, The Last Judgement (3) is about Symphonic Progressive with elements of Prog-Metal, while the style of Out of Three-Dimension Space and another 15-minute composition Suisha Goya No Asa (4 & 5) is Classic Symphonic Art-Rock with some touches of Jazz-Fusion. Romantic Rally (6) is in the vein of The Last Judgement, but this is a bonus track, which wasn't featured on the original LP. The first three tracks on the album just shine with high originality and innovation, while the others, being also incomparable with anything, have nevertheless a bit more 'common' sound, which, in the broad sense, is rather typical for Classic Symphonic Progressive of the seventies. What's central however is that the fluent, yet, steady change of the album's stylistics has by no means affected the quality of music, and all of the compositions on Round House's debut, without exception, are masterpieces filled with intensive and very intriguing music, which, by the way, is distinctly dramatic in character. Masayuki Kato is a fantastic guitar player, though the mastery of all the band members is just top-notch, and Round House is both compositionally and technically on par with any of the well-known progressive bands shined in the second half of the seventies. Honest! The sound quality of the reissue isn't fantastic, but it's absolutely all right with me since the music is brilliant.
VM: November 24, 2003