Allan Holdsworth – Atavachron – Music. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Atavachron – Allan Holdsworth on AllMusic – – For a little background, back in the ’80s. Atavachron is a music studio album recording by ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (Jazz Rock/Fusion/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette.

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I believe this disc helped me grow as a listener.


This marks Holdsworth’s first recorded use of the SynthAxean instrument which would be featured prominently on many of his future albums. In that group the melodic sensibilities and songwriting skills of Wetton could counterbalance the Jazz-Rock indulgences of Bruford and Holdsworth while the latter two brought an adventurous edge to the former.

The jazz is being offered mostly by Allan’s improvising and by the compositions which are really listening music: A very good album, but since Allan Holdsworth would make some more of those, and this one doesn’t stand particularly out, except for the holdswofth fact of the introduction of the SynthAxe, I’m only giving it three stars.

Still, of you don’t like a sound which is too synth drenched, the album might not be a good choice for you. To a degree I also enjoy the album Holdsworth did with Jon Hiseman’s Tempest earlier on in the 70’s, though Holdsworth had not yet really developed his distinctive sound at that point.

Not of this earth You are not logged, atavacjron complete authentication before continuing use forum credentials. The main focus of this album just look at the albumcover is the synthaxe.


ALLAN HOLDSWORTH Atavachron reviews

His compositional style, which consists of chords that sometimes sound strung together in random fashion, is demanding for the listener, and if you are not in the correct frame of mind, often tedious.

Allsn you know all story about Synth-Axe used there, it gives some additional attraction. His intention was not to become a professional musician. The Dominant Plague Allan Holdsworth.

The rest left me very cold though. Non Brewed Condiment 2. So, he had to invent new methods of recording – using distortion in order to create the absolutely necessary sustain – and finally he had to convince the engineer to try out these unconventional practices! The present album from was the follow up to Metal Fatigue from the previous year. What was unique was that guitarists could therefore play a synthesizer without needing a great amount of keyboard expertise.

Metal Fatigue is by far Holdsworth’s best solo album and Atavachron is certainly a disappointment in comparison.

Live All Night Wrong Then! I was grabbed right off and played the LP constantly for weeks, until the vinyl holdsworthh to wear and the pops and clicks became annoying.

Owl alllan not be more wrong. Lyrics by Rowanne Mark. And to celebrate this event he invited a dream-team to jam with him! Patterson of AllMusic gave Atavachron four stars out of five, describing it as “semi- progressive ” with a “symphonic element” and praising it as “clear evidence of the genius Holdsworth was demonstrating release after release”.

The Dominant Plague 5: Atavachron Studio album by Allan Holdsworth. Allan Holdsworth undoubtedly belongs to the second category, aolan the personal cost is very big, and ataavchron giants can handle it. In Science and Arts you can find two kinds of people: In a way this last piece is the most conventional, but at the same time it is perhaps also the most experimental of them all due to a rather strange middle section.


Indeed, comparing this album to anything else Holdsworth had made up to that point that I have heardsolo or in different bands, this comes off as rather weak. For guitarist Allan Holdsworthalllan was yet a whole new way to achieve the sounds unvoiced in his soul in ways he just couldn’t do with a standard guitar.

The Allan Holdsworth Album Collection. The most important thing is how Holdsworth feels about music, and also his phenomenal technique and virtuosity.


These songs will make every guitar shredder wonder. Beautiful female vocals in one song framed by surrealistic visual musicks of the SynthAxe and keyboardy leads by Holdsworth may have turned guitar fans off, but this effort is clear evidence of the genius Holdsworth was demonstrating release after release. Its output goes to a synth module that produces all the sounds that an ordinary keyboard-synthesizer is able to produce and beyond that. Views Read Edit View history.

Recording Location Front Page Recorders. And as expected, Holdsworth continued to strive for that reed voicing and phrasing on his guitar solos, which merely pushed him to his best.

The album is instrumental, except for the last track, which is sung by Rowanne Mark. For me it is really simple: